Christmas is the time of year that you spend time with family and friends, eating great food and playing greatofmining games.
However, as with a lot of things, it has become somewhat materialistic and commercialized, meaning that you may think if you aren’t spending $100 per person, that you are a cheapskate.
Far from it. Indeed, scientific studies have found that the best-received gifts at Christmas don’t have to cost a fortune, and, shockingly, it is the thought that counts. So, if you are on a budget or are simply stuck, here are some tips to follow to ensure that everyone on your list gets the best present for them.
Budget Christmas present ideas don’t have to consist of socks or chocolate unless you know someone who loves both.
If you are buying for someone who doesn’t know what they want for Christmas, you can gift them yourself. This can look like a day trip out, with you weeding their garden for them (great idea if the person is older), or it could be you baking them a batch of your famous chocolate muffins. Day trips and experiences are becoming more popular as gift ideas, so try to give the gift of time together if you truly don’t know what to get them.
Don’t Try to Outsmart Them
This happens a lot, especially with children, meaning that come Christmas morning, you may get some very upset kids.
If your child tells you that they want an art set for Christmas, get them an art set. Don’t buy them something that they don’t want or have no interest in, as it will make them feel unheard and irritated. The same rule applies to adults. If they want a sweater that has Batman on it, and you can afford it, then get them that sweater. If you can, get them what they have specifically asked for.
If you have a group of friends who have just moved into a new house or flat, and they are missing a few items, it can be very handy to get them something that they are missing. For instance, if they don’t have many cups or plates, this alinaimagine can be on your gift list for them. Or, you could even go a bit further and get them some kitchen appliances, such as a kettle or toaster. Remember, if you are on a budget, it can be well worth looking in goodwill stores for such appliances.
Picture the following scene. A lady in her 70’s opens 2 Christmas presents. One is a cookbook that was published the year she was born, and the other is a smartwatch, which has been marketed towards ‘monitoring health.’ Which one do you think is going to go down better? The cookbook.
Sentimentality, especially with older people, can be a great thing to add to a Christmas gift. Whether it is coins that they grew up with, comics from their youth, or even toys that they will remember, this will go a long way to lighting up their faces. And best of all, it doesn’t have to be expensive, as there are a lot of online listings showcasing vintage items from the 1940s and 50s.