Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, and Christmas are just a few of the many occasions we find ourselves in need of an appropriate gift for a friend or loved one. You’ve heard the old saying that giving is better than receiving. If we are truly blessed to be surrounded by people who love us, then giving can be a wonderful thing. However, if you are not in the best financial position, it can be stressful to find a gift that your loved one will appreciate that also fits your budget. With a little planning, it doesn’t have to be hard to find the perfect gift at the right price.
If you pay attention to your loved ones, it is easy to find out things they would like to have. We all know people who have a wish list available at all times. If your gift recipient isn’t so obvious, look for signs. If you notice that your wife’s change keeps spilling into the bottom of her purse, a new wallet might be in order. If you know that your best friend is overwhelmed with a new baby, making dinner for her family might be a wonderful gift.
Know How Much You Want to Spend
You need to have a price range in mind before you start looking for a gift. If you are buying a tangible item, give yourself time to shop around online and in brick and mortar stores. You’d hate to purchase the first one you saw and find it half price somewhere else. You can also look online for coupons or discounts. While gift giving is a wonderful thing, putting yourself in debt to buy someone a gift is never a good idea.
What if I Don’t Have Money for a Gift?
Ideally, we would all have a portion of our budget that goes into savings for gifts so this would never be an issue. Situations aren’t always ideal, and you might find yourself in need of finding a gift with little money to spare.
- Can you make or regift something? You don’t want to give chintzy gifts to your loved ones, but you could be sitting on a gold mine already. We don’t drink coffee, but my husband gets several coffee mugs every year from his students. Some are really cute or have funny slogans. If I know that someone loved coffee, a mug filled with candy is a nice gift. If you can sew, cook, or are creative, you can make frugal gifts. One of our favorite wedding presents was from an aunt. It was a plain picture frame that held our wedding invitation. She painted the edges of the frame to match the design of the invitation. It looked like it was custom made, but I’m sure it didn’t cost over $10. If I painted something, it would look like kindergarten artwork, but if you have artistic talent, use that to your advantage.
- Do you have reward points? My business tends to rack up lots of reward points for supplies we order regularly. We tend to do family birthday presents with these points. No one knows that it didn’t cost us a penny.
- Would an experience gift work? Could you offer to clean a friend’s house or mow your neighbor’s yard? You can surprise your spouse with a homemade coupon book of nice things you can do for them. Honestly, the only limit is your imagination.
It would truly be a sad person who never had to buy a gift. When we love people, it is an honor to give them something they will love and cherish. When you find your loved ones the perfect gift at the right price that makes it ever better.
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