Gift Giving on a Budget: Part 3

Exams are over! Yay! It’s Christmas Eve! Yay! You get to read another post by me! Yay yay yay! Now that all of that excitement is out of the way, I’ve just got a few last-minute ideas to help you make Christmas, if not extra special, at least mediocre. Fear not, even if you haven’t started shopping yet, there are still a couple of things you can do to try to salvage this situation from the jaws of procrastination. Believe me, I’ve been there. It can be done.

One of the cool last-minute gifts I discovered this season (although they’ve probably been around forever) is e-gift cards. Places like Amazon, Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and many others have these available on their websites, and I must say, I’m absolutely tickled by them. Amazon especially has a wide variety of options, from sending your gift card in an e-mail message, to printing out and coloring in the gift card. These e-gift cards are customizable and instant, so you won’t look like you waited too long to get a gift – your giftee will just think you timed it out perfectly.

Re-gifting. The holiday taboo. For some people, it’s a big issue. It doesn’t bother me that much, to be honest. Chances are, if there’s a gift that I dislike enough to want to re-gift it, the person who gave it to me didn’t put that much thought into it. Also, re-gifting something does not mean that you did not appreciate it. Even if I re-gift what you gave me, I still understand that you were thinking of me, and that is all that matters, to me at least. So, if you have no personal qualms about it, I say, go for it. Try to be classy about it and stick with unused/mildly used gifts though. Don’t give your friend half a bottle of lotion or a candle you’ve burned (even a few times). Even clothes are fine, but they should still have tags attached.

This piece of advice is for post-Christmas shopping, but I’ll put it here so you can get on it directly after Christmas. After major holidays such as Christmas, stores often have huge discounts on holiday-themed items so they can get rid of them now that the season has passed. It’s a perfect time to pick up wrapping, decorations, and themed gifts such as socks, mugs, etc. so you can be completely prepared for next holiday season. Happy shopping!

Finally, don’t stress too much if you don’t have a gift for one of your loved ones tomorrow, for whatever reason. Just spend time with them and be thoughtful, and I’m sure they’ll understand. You could offer to do some chores for them around the house, cook them dinner, or just give them a hug or a compliment. The best piece of advice that I could give you is that people are more important than gifts during the holiday season, no matter how much we all like opening presents.