Looking for the perfect gift, but not exactly sure what to get that special person in your life? Sometimes, the holidays can add unnecessary stress to relationships. Sit back and relax – the perfect gift may be sitting right in front of you!
Keep it simple. If you are in a serious relationship and pinching pennies, your partner will appreciate thoughtfulness in two aspects: in regard to the gift, and in regard to saving money. If you are sharing expenses, your partner may feel guilty if you spend too much, which can cause even more stress.
Have kids? Make something together as a family. Use family photos, either new or acquired over the course of the year, to make ornaments for grandparents, parents or other close family members. Use your creativity in a collaborative effort to make specialized, one-of-a-kind gifts that have the touch of a handmade gift all while maintaining a reasonable budget.
Pay attention. How many times throughout the day do you hear your significant other mutter something about “needing” something or “wanting” something? Jot these things down and keep them in a safe spot! The perfect gift may be hidden in subliminal communication.
Going once, going twice… sold! Auction and wholesale websites, such as eBay.com and Overstock.com, are perfect places to find last-minute ideas that may save you a buck or two. While they aren’t auction houses, check out discount retailers like Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx , Kohls, and Wal-Mart – some of their name-brand items may surprise you!
A là carte. Great gifts do not necessarily have to match! Have a partner that loves music? Gift cards for music, like iTunes cards, make wonderful stocking stuffers! Movie passes, handmade coupons for foot massages or date nights, and handmade ornaments can also be sentimental, yet inexpensive, gifts for your love.
Keep a sweet tooth. You can never go wrong with your partner’s favorite sweet! Specialty candies are available around this time of year, and some companies even offer special personalization options for candies. Check your sweetheart’s favorite candy distributor to see if they have any promotional offers for the holidays. Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Bake some of that famous fudge or your family’s favorite cookies and put them in festive tin cans, adding a touch of holiday décor to an otherwise ho-hum delight.
Toys for tots. If you have the most precious of all love in your life, and are in the greater New Milford area, check out places in New Milford like Callie’s Closet, or in Danbury, like Once Upon a Child, a great consignment shop that sells children’s clothing, toys, shoes, beds, swings, and many other items. They are gently used and, typically, in great condition – and very reasonably priced. If you are from outside of the area, use a search engine to locate a similar store near you.
Facebook? Many men and women are feeling the pressure of the holidays and are turning to Facebook to sell their extra household items. Check out local tag sale pages that are listed on Facebook for items you may be looking for – they are organized by type of item or even by demographic (moms tag sale, etc). There is something for everyone!
The holidays can be stressful, and trying to find the perfect gift may increase that stress. However, neither of these have to break your bank account. Learn to stretch your wallet, and not only will you be able to afford some fantastic gifts, you will relieve some of that unnecessary holiday stress, and be able to ring in the New Year with less stress and a happy home.