Spend less time in the mall and more time enjoying the season.
6 Ways to Simplify Christmas Gift Giving
Give an Annual Gift – Rather than wandering the mall year after year in pursuit of the perfect gift, opt for annual gifts like a magazine subscriptions that you renew year after year or a family photo calendar for Grandma.
Start a Collection – 17 years ago, my sister-in-law started a Christmas ornament collection for my daughter. When we put up our tree, she immediately goes to HER collection of cross ornaments, and she looks forward to her collection growing year after year. She also makes a point of telling me that she’ll be taking all of those beautiful ornaments off our tree when she graduates from college…yikes! Other ideas for collections…Junior League Cookbooks, charms for a bracelet or sports pennants for a guy.
Make Gift Exchange Rules – If gift giving is over-the-top and out-of-control in your family, don’t be afraid to make some rules. A popular gift-giving mantra for immediate family is: “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.” The rules can extend beyond your immediate family. You might suggest drawing names, setting a dollar limit or only give gifts to children. The Budget Diet Girl has a gazzilion (well, maybe only five) gift exchange ideas, and they’re all festive and frugal.
Be a Scrooge – You don’t have to be all bah-humbug, but you do have to take charge. Call your Aunt Susie and suggest you stop exchanging gifts. You might be surprised to find that she’s just a relieved as you are. One less gift to buy. One less gift to get that you never really liked anyway.
Host a Party – Rather than buying gifts for all your girlfriends or all your neighbors…host a party and make it an annual tradition. Try a cookie exchange in lieu of gifts, or how about a Christmas Eve open house?
Give an Experience – There comes a stage in life when we just don’t need anymore stuff. It’s generally comes in the downsizing stage of life, so I’m likely talking about your parents. When that time comes, get your siblings together and give them an experience. Maybe it’s theatre tickets, a cooking class or a night at a Bed & Breakfast Inn. Let Groupon inspire you with fun things to do for a fraction of the cost in your town
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