Most of us are feeling some of the effects of downed economy. However, that doesn’t mean you have to bust the budget to give gifts to those you care about.
After my colleague, Dr. Flora Brown and I finished creating an audio where we share some useful and practical holiday gift-giving, budget friendly tips, I remembered some other tips to share with you.
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Most of the ideas here are less than twenty dollars and can be ordered on line or purchased locally. They are equally appropriate for both men and women. In the last few years, I’ve found that ordering online from reputable companies saves me from “mall madness” and keeps a few extra dollars in my pocket.
Consider some of these gift-giving tips when you are planning your holiday shopping:
- Travel pillows – Whether traveling by plane, car or train, a travel pillow to support your neck while resting is a welcome relief.
- Journals – A journal is a great way to record your thoughts, feelings, ideas and inspirations. I have several journals and if someone you know journals, I’m sure the would appreciate a decorative or themed one.
- Bookmarks – For the readers of physical books on your list, one or two attractive bookmarks can brighten their day and remind them that you were thinking of them.
- USB flash drives – Most of your tech savvy friends and family members can appreciate a flash drive to store their photos, music or files. I carry a blank one around in my purse – just in case I need it. They take up hardly any space and you never know when one may come in handy for copying and transferring files.
- Personalized aprons or cookbooks – The cooks in your life will appreciate the thoughtful remembrance.
- E-reader covers – A lot of people have e-readers and an e-cover is an inexpensive way to acknowledge their love of reading.
- Personalized picture frames – Take candid photos of you and your friends/family as a remembrance of a special occasion you shared and give the photo to them as a holiday gift.
- Handmade gifts – If you bake, a tin of homemade cookies or other goodies may fill the bill.
Here are some online resources where you can browse for even more gift-giving tips:
Like most people, I am all about reducing stress, saving time, money and energy. Shopping inexpensively on line is a great way to preserve your sanity amidst all the rushing and stress of the holiday season.
And, please share with us your budget friendly gift giving tips in the comment section.
Gladys Anderson is a certified life coach, family therapist, certified group coaching specialist and author of the forthcoming book, “Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You”. Her competitive edge is empowering women in the helping professions to set boundaries, take charge of their lives and enjoy satisfying relationships and careers.