Gift Giving and Christmas Budgets
Author: Jackie Date Posted:29 October 2014
<p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><em><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Sticking to a budget at Christmas time can be tricky but finding the right gift is easy when you shop online with Hamper Me.</span></em></span></strong></p>
Christmas is a wonderful and happy time of year, but it is also a time of year that can make people cringe as their wallets suffer cramps from being empty. While Christmas is a very joyous time of year it can be a financial struggle and even heartbreaking for some.
At Hamper Me we have designed a range of beautiful hampers that suit all budgets and these do make awesome Christmas presents. If you can’t decide on what to get someone at Christmas time, then one of the best options is to give them a little bit of everything to taste and savour. You can check out our amazing range of Christmas hampers here http://www.hamperme.com.au/Christmas-Hampers.html.
In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you budget well for Christmas so it’s less stressful and more fun.
Create a budget
It is very likely you already have a household budget that you stick to all year round but it’s a good idea to create a separate budget especially for Christmas. You can choose to start working towards this budget whenever you like, the sooner you start the better. Putting a little money aside each week is ideal.
Once you decide what your spending budget will be, from food to decorations, stick to it.
Check your list
Some families are larger than others and some include all the uncles, aunts and cousins while others don’t. Have a clear idea ahead of time of what you need to buy and for whom. Also discuss amongst you a set spending amount on gifts.
One great idea is to do a present exchange where each adult only buys for one other adult. This cuts the cost of gift buying drastically and also allows you to buy a better quality gift. You only need to buy one, so you can afford to spend a little more than if you had to buy ten gifts.
Kids are tricky at Christmas time. Generally parents feel like they get enough but grandparents and relatives like to buy for them. This is a specific discussion that needs to be had and agreed to.
Cut out what isn’t necessary
There are some people who don’t ever buy cards. Cards can cost up to $10 sometimes and while the sentiment is nice, they are often packed away in boxes never to be looked at again for years or they are even thrown out.
Why not save the money you might buy on ten or more cards and opt for cheap tags for gifts, write on the paper in a nice silver or gold pen or even make your own card. If you have children they will love this. There are likely to be some other things you don’t need too.
To help out even more with the budget we at Hamper Me have a section dedicated to Christmas hampers for under $60. There are some beautiful gifts to suit everyone and they can be found here http://www.hamperme.com.au/Christmas-Hampers-Under-60.html.
Above all, Christmas is a time about family and friends. Choose a beautiful hamper and enjoy a special time with loved ones.