Christmas is a holiday everyone loves to celebrate, the lights in the streets, the decorated trees in the windows of homes, and the gifts under them. It’s a time to come together to spend time with those who love you and mean the most to you. With Christmas right around the corner, many people are feeling the financial-ache, thinking of all the gifts that haven’t been bought. The holidays don’t have to break the bank annually.
There are many ways to gift the people in your lives, other than visiting the malls. Although some find holiday shopping fun, the truth is you don’t need to worry, we’ve got some creative ways to save money this Christmas.
A thoughtful Christmas card shows people that you’re thinking of them. Sending a card with a handwritten not sometimes means more than buying a commercial gift. Maybe take a free online course on calligraphy writing to really impress your friends, but adding personalized messages and memories is never a wrong thing to do.
Help the Environment.
Turns out, gift bags, tape and ribbons can’t be recycled in Ontario. When it comes to gift wrap anything with glitter, velvet or foil on it has to be thrown in the garbage. There are a couple of ways to wrap your gifts and some of them look even better than the cliche printer wrapping paper. Fabric, newspaper, paper bags, maps, calendars, or you could find recycled paper gift wrap.
Take advantage of the sales before the holidays, Black Friday is the perfect time to make a list of all the people you need to buy gifts for. You can also find many of sales and promotions on most stores online. Shopping online helps you save money on gas and also allows you to use tools to compare prices to make sure you get the best offers.
Make Gifts at Home.
A great way to show someone how much they mean to you is by making a homemade gift, as they are sentimental. There are many ideas you can find for girlfriends/boyfriends, friends, relatives, parents or even kids on Youtube. Look for ideas early on, so you could have time to plan your crafting plan.
Offer your Services.
Wouldn’t you love if you were gifted your own redeemable coupons that are good for a variety of services. From having a dinner cooked for you, having your car washed, to receiving your own massage, a gift of your services would be a great idea for a gift. The possibilities are endless, so tailor it to the recipient, many people will appreciate your services more than you think. It will also give you more opportunities to see each other more often.
Share the Cost of Holiday Meals.
Unless your favourite think to do is spend all your time in the kitchen, cooking for a large group can get overwhelming, not to mention pricey Don’t be shy to talk to friends and extended family about having a Christmas potluck. Focus your time and effort on spending time together, instead of making everything perfect.
Instead of buying presents for all of your friends and family, offer the secret Santa as an idea. Write all the names on slips of paper, then shuffle the slips, everyone draws one person’s name and they’re then that person’s secret Santa. You can add another layer to this by agreeing on a dollar limit on how much everyones allowed to spend.
Book Train Tickets Early.
If you’re gifting someone special the gift of travel, rail operators usually launch tickets 10-12 weeks before the date of travel. Keep that in mind since cheap tickets sell out quickly, try signing up to get a free alert when your tickets go on sale. Always check if cheap options are available before travelling.