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Here’s how to save big on Christmas gifts

The winter holiday is the most festive time of the year because it’s always filled with love, joy, and happiness. However, it could transform into the most stressful time of the year if you’re a parent because buying gifts before Christmas could cost you an arm and a leg. Besides buying presents for your kids, you also need to purchase gifts for your friends and other family members, and it seems like the list grows without a stop. Sometimes, you might even wonder if getting something for everyone before Christmas is possible without breaking the bank. 

Suppose you like to plan ahead; you are in luck because we’ll offer some tips on how to save on Christmas gifts and avoid the stress of searching for something before Christmas. Instead of leaving gift shopping at the last minute, start purchasing the gifts in advance, and you’ll tick every present on your list and even save big money. 

This article provides recommendations on how to buy Christmas gifts that will give the receivers unforgettable memories without going bankrupt. 

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Find out what they want

The best way to ensure that your loved ones will be happy with the gifts they’ll receive is to find out what they want. Ask them multiple times what they need, want, and prefer to receive. Take note of the suggestions they make during your discussions and start watching for discounts and offers way ahead of the winter season. There are great sales in October and November, and you can buy the gifts cheaply. 

If you have to purchase gifts for multiple people, make a list so you don’t miss something. It’ll help you stay organized and allow you to take advantage of the sales period. 

Figure out what they need

Sometimes, children don’t know exactly what they want or list a ton of things, and you cannot purchase everything because that would be a waste of money. So, instead of getting them what they want, you need to figure out what they really need. Browse the list of possible gifts and try to identify those they would benefit the most from having. They might need a new jacket, backpack, bicycle, or even a membership to a local sports club. Instead of purchasing them some random stuff, you enroll them in swimming, a camp, or another kind of activity that would help them develop appropriately. 

Set a budget for each recipient

If you decide to start shopping in advance, it would be best to set a budget so you don’t splurge, as you may be tempted because you don’t spend the entire amount once but over a long period. Please make a list of the people you will be giving gifts to this Christmas and allocate a sum you want to spend for each of them. Tick the gifts on the list so you can keep track of the recipients you purchase presents for and prevent spending too much for someone’s gift. Suppose you need to spend more for someone’s gift; try to save the difference from another’s gift. It might sound cruel, but it’ll help you control expenses. 

This strategy might require creativity when shopping for gifts, but it’ll help you stay on track with your budget and ensure you don’t have financial issues during the winter holidays. 

Go shopping months ahead

The secret to offering unique gifts is to start shopping months ahead, when no one is looking for Christmas presents, and don’t wait until the last minute when everything is sold out. For example, if your children are Harry Potter fans, check out the Funko Harry Potter collection during autumn, and you’ll be able to choose from several items. 

If you want to avoid being overwhelmed during the winter holiday season, start your Christmas shopping before Black Friday. You’ll be able to pick from extensive collections and take advantage of affordable prices. 

Gift books

People rarely read these days, but just because most don’t entertain this hobby anymore doesn’t mean you cannot encourage your children to make this healthy activity part of their lifestyle. Take your children to the library and try to figure out the kind of books they’re drawn to. You could make a Christmas tradition by giving your children new books under the Christmas tree. If they get accustomed to receiving books for Christmas from a young age, they’ll find it the most exciting gift they could receive. There is something about browsing through the pages of a book, especially when it’s designed for children and also contains artwork. 

And where do you count that books are some of the most affordable gifts you could offer, so you’ll be able to cut your expenses? 

Give fewer books

Follow this piece of advice not only during the winter holidays but also for other special occasions when you purchase gifts. The recipients will get as excited about one great and unique gift as for several mediocre ones. It’s not about the quantity but the quality of what you picked. Show them that you put thought into finding something they really want or need. 

When you pick gifts for your loved ones, follow the rule Want.Need.Wear.Read. When you want to purchase multiple gifts for your kids, you can limit the options by following this rule. You’ll get them 4 things: one they want, one they need, one they can wear, and one they can read. All of a sudden, the area under the Christmas tree becomes quite crowded, and you manage to offer the perfect gift. 

Final words

Above are some great tips on how to save money when buying Christmas gifts. They’re not perfect, and you could definitely use other tricks, but they’ll help you and make you feel like the winter holidays aren’t such a financial burden on your family budget. 

Which one of the above recommendations do you find the most useful?

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