Christmas is my favourite time of the year, partly because my birthday is around this time too. As much as I love it though, I do dread the cost that comes with Christmas every year. This year I am going to do my best to save as much money as I can so I don't have to spend January skint. Here are some of the things that I will be doing this year to cut on these costs.
Make something yourself. Look online for inspiration and see what it is you could make yourself to gift your family. The obvious choice is to look on Pinterest for ideas, or you can even look at online shops such as Etsy and Not On The High Street and see if you can replicate something yourself. You will save money and it will be such a thoughtful gift the recipient won't be able to help but love it.
This year I am making my Mum and my Nan a woven wall decoration, something that takes a while but as I already have all of the wool and the string that is needed it will cost me next to nothing. But I know they will appreciate the effort and thought that went into the gift.
When I don't know what to get someone I tend to panic and get them anything and then look at the gift and think, "It looks a bit crappy". This then leads me to get something else that once again doesn't measure up. Before I know it I have spent a load of money on a load of gifts that the recipient will probably never use.
Instead, I am going to buy experiences. Look on things like Wowcher and Groupon and you can find so many good deals on things to do with your family. They will hold the memories with more happiness than a useless gift and you can even do it with them. In the past I have booked zip lining, Go Ape, Go Karting and even just afternoon tea. All of these were at a really reasonable price but were so unique and thoughtful that I didn't have to compensate with "filler gifts".
Plan Your Presents
Like I said before when I feel like my gift selection is inadequate I can often go down the route of quantity over quality. This is because I panic and when I feel like I haven't got them something they will like I will just keep buying until the amount of the gifts look impressive to hide from the fact that the gifts themselves are far from grand.
Now if you plan out the gifts well in advance and stop leaving it until the last minute then you can get exactly what it is you need to get them and don't have to compensate with other stuff and end up spending more.
I have already started making lists of what I want to get everyone so I know well in advance what I can get and how much it will cost me. This means I won't be making any last minute trips to the shops. This cuts on cost and stress!
Will you be trying any of these tips and what will you be getting your family for Christmas this year?