The adage that declares ‘it’s the thought that counts’ when it comes to gift giving is in fact an accurate notion. By putting some thought into gift ideas for everyone on your list you will be able to offer presents that will delight the recipient, without breaking the bank.
The first step is to organize your gift shopping far in advance. Keep a calendar of everyone for whom you purchase gifts. Include their name and birthday, and notate their hobbies. Whenever perusing a store, always keep a watchful eye out for items that you know would appeal to the individuals on your list.
Dad’s birthday may be six months away, but if you spot something on sale now that would be perfect for him, take advantage and snatch it up. When you return home with your purchase, cross Dad’s birthday off the list. When the time comes, you will be able to recall that the gift has already been acquired, no frantic last minute searches for the perfect gift. Save money by rummaging through end of season clearance sales and browsing discount tables every time you find yourself in a store, always keeping those on your list in mind.
Take advantage of stores that routinely discount merchandise. Kohls coupons are a perfect example, and they carry an array of brand name clothing and housewares. Some of these venues will occasionally mail out shopping incentive coupons to entice the shopper into their stores and receive a percentage off of already discounted purchases.
Need an idea for your sister’s birthday? Try a goody bag approach: buy a handbag that would be the perfect for her style, and then fill it with little personalized things. A lipstick, a pair of whimsical socks and some hair accessories may be a good start; then fill in with items that she can enjoy, whether measuring spoons and oven mitt for the avid gourmet cook, craft supplies for the scrap booker or seed packets and gloves for the gardening enthusiast. These little things are inexpensive, but show that you put thought into selecting them just for her and her face will light up as she pores through the contents of her new bag.
By implementing these suggestions you can have all of your gift shopping completed ahead of time, and you will be able to budget gifts purchased here and there much more easily than having to charge it all at once at the last minute. Saving time and money are benefits that we can all appreciate.