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Monday, November 9, 2015

5 Tips to Save Money on Christmas Gifts

We all like to save money, right? But Holidays are one of those moments of the year where people tend to spend the most. And while consumerism has little to do with the true meaning of Christmas, we also all like to give and receive gifts. 

Today I'm proposing a set of tips that will help you select and buy all those Christmas gifts while still keeping your budget under control.

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts
 

Here are 5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts:

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts
  
Keep a List & Plan a Budget

Create a running list of all the people you need to buy gifts for, with names, preferences and, if possible, an archive of past gifts bought for that person. This way you (1) will not forget anyone, avoiding the need for last minute purchases, (2) you're more likely to buy something that person really likes or uses and (3) you avoid repeating gifts (receiving the same gift for years in a row becomes kind of boring).

Along with the list, you should also keep notes on the amount of money you want to spend on each person. This will provide you with a budget to compare your actual spendings with and will help you plan what you really can buy.

Update the list along the year with new additions to the circle of family and friends (this year I'm adding a new baby cousin to my list, for example) and make a note when you buy a gift for that person. If you're buying the gifts early you may also want to note where you store the gift. There's nothing worse than having to look all over the house on Christmas eve for that gift you're sure you bought three weeks ago but don't have an idea of where it ended up...

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts


Start Early

This seems obvious, but we all have busy lives and buying Christmas presents in June or July is rarely a priority. But if you keep a list/budget and know what you would like each recipient to get, it becomes a lot easier to save money. Use coupons, look for items on sale, Black Friday deals, etc. If you postpone your Christmas shopping until the last minute, you're more likely to pay more, not to mention deal with crowded stores, sold out items and the like.

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts
Create Homemade Gifts

There's a whole range of homemade gifts and you don't need to be exceptionally talented to make them either. If you sew, crochet or knit, search the web for inspiration and get down to work. But if you don't know how to do any of those things, trust me, homemade (or semi-homemade) is still possible. Bake a batch of cookies, place them in a cute mason jar, tie a ribbon, add a Christmas label and you're on your way. Make fruit jams or preserves and give them as gifts. Use photos to create cute Christmas ornaments for the family. Create a photo album. Gather all your favorite recipes in the computer and print a custom cook book for the couple who just got married...The possibilities are almost endless.

Or, even better, get your kids on board to make Christmas gifts. My kids love to create paintings for both their grandmas, and then love to see those same paintings hanging over the fireplace or on a bookshelf. The cost? One blank canvas, a brush and some kid safe paints. This year I'm having them decorate wood photo frames with their own photos and I'm calling it a day for the grandparents. 

See below some of the handmade gifts I've made in the past:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/07/christmas-in-july-diy-scented-ornaments.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/frozen-diy-art-bag.html

 http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/09/the-ultimate-diy-shopping-bag-made-easy.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/10/easy-inexpensive-diy-baby-blanket.html

Handmade gifts are made unique and made with love and should make both you and the recipient happy!

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts
Sometimes Packaging Makes a Difference

Have you ever seen those cute Christmas baskets of beauty products, for example? More often than not, if you add up the cost of the individual items in the basket, it's a lot less than the price you pay for the set. Why? Because you are paying for the packaging too, not just the cost of materials but also the time it took the employees to package all those baskets.

The solution: buy the items in separate and create the package yourself. Make gift bags (see a few of my tutorials below; I have another one coming soon) or get an inexpensive basket, bucket, mason jar, etc., and create a unique gift set (reuse what you have at home as much as possible, or hit the dollar store for alternatives). 

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/felt-or-fabric-envelope-gift-package.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/12/the-handmade-christmas-lined-burlap.html
http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/from-plain-to-fabulous-upcycled-gift.html

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/04/upcycle-cereal-box-to-gift-bag-tutorial.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/10/diy-reusable-gifts-bags-tutorial.html


Becoming creative with homemade gift packages can help you save a lot of money.

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts

Re-gift

Although I've left it for last, this is something I do a lot. We often are the recipients of gifts we have no use for, either because they don't come in the color or shape we like, or because we already have a lot of similar items around the house. If that is the case, keep the gifts (and/or the packaging) intact and put them aside to be re-gifted.

If you are keeping that list I mentioned in point one above, try to immediately assign them to someone else as a future gift. If you can't immediately think of someone to give them to, then make a note on your list of the items and of who gave them to you (to avoid the risk of giving it back to the same person).

Once a gift is given, it becomes the property of the recipient, so you should not feel ashamed by re-gifting it to someone who will love it more than you. This year, I'm re-gifting a ton of things we got last Christmas. Since right after Christmas I decided 2015 was going to be the year of no clutter, there were lots of items I decided not to keep.

So I actually have a reduced shopping list this year, and I've already started working on fulfilling it. I'm also planning for several homemade gifts, which I expect to start making over the next few weeks.



And remember:

5 tips to save money on Christmas gifts


Have a wonderful week,

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36 comments:

  1. These are all such great ideas! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  2. These are really smart ideas Teresa. I'm going to look into your packaging ideas. I hate spending money for gift paper and such when you know you'll throw it away after a little while.

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    1. You need to check those reusable gift bags, then. That's what I'm going to use this year, mostly, because I have a ton of fabric scraps and I don't feel like buying wrapping paper when I can use those!

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  3. What a wonderful post! Lots of great ideas, thank you!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these great tips for saving money on Christmas!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

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  5. These are some great suggestions! We are all about some cute packaging and re-gifting as we can!

    I found your post today on Think Tank.

    I liked it so much I shared it here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    1. Thank you Melanie! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. These are great tips. We have been slowly getting gifts for people. A gift a week makes it seem way more do-able than trying to buy everything at once.

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    1. Christmas shopping can be overwhelming, that's why I like to do it along the year. Thank you for stopping by Jessica!

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  7. thanks for these tips! I definitely will be DIY some gift ideas this year so that will save me a LOT :)

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  8. These are great tips. We go to yardsales through out the year and look for books and things we know the kids would like. They don't know it was used. Have a great night.

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  9. Great tips! I always love putting together my own gift baskets. You can make them extra personal and save money :) win win

    Thanks for linking up! #FridayFrivolity

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    1. So true! You need to check out the gift baskets tutorial I posted today! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/11/how-to-create-gift-baskets-like-pro.html). Thank you for stopping by!

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  10. Thanks for your great tips! I see things all year long on sale and tell my husband this would make a great gift for Christmas. But he never wants to buy ahead (that drives me crazy). I use to have my Shopping done before Christmas even got here, but I gues he likes to fight the crowds. Love your packaging ideas. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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    1. Well, my husband usually leaves the Christmas shopping for me, I I get to do it my way...Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. This is a great list! I like to look for gifts throughout the year. I can find better deals and more personalized gifts without the pressure to hurry up before the holidays. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

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    1. Totally agree! Thank you for stopping by Heather!

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  12. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  13. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Party!

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  14. Great ideas! I make gifts all of the time...and sometimes re-gift too! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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  15. Great tips Teresa! I pick up things all year for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Teresa, these are all great tips and ones that will come in handy for anyone this holiday season. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

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  17. Great ideas! I did manage to start early this year, and was very proud of myself. ;P Thank you for coming by Friday Frivolity!

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    1. I try to follow these "rules" every year and I do see a lot of savings! Thank you for stopping by!

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