Let’s Teach Santa Some Frugality This Christmas!Spending | December 14, 2009 at 1:03 am
Christmas is just about three weeks away! Your kids, family and friends must be eagerly waiting for Santa Claus to gift them some really good goodies! That is quite understandable, but it seems Uncle Santa needs to be taught some frugality this year, because of the financial depression that most of us are suffering from. Here are some inexpensive items that you could consider for gifting. They are cheap but at the same time interesting and useful for the recipient. Most importantly they are different and you can personalize them before gifting so that the recipient gets to know that you really care for him/her
Scrapbooks and Collages
Let your kid or spouse receive a fully personalized scrapbook this Christmas. Fill it with personalized snaps and messages which are going to convey to recipients about how much you care for them. The recipient will cherish this wonderful gift more than anything else! A well made collage helps in conveying to your near and dear ones that you are essentially connected to them very much at an emotional level and you care for them. You might hurry and get an expensive gift from a departmental store, but there’s nothing like a personalized gift.
Don’t Gift Cookie Cutter Jewelry But Pandora Charms
You may buy a diamond bracelet of the latest model from the jewelry shop for your wife, but don’t be disappointed if your wife’s best friend flaunts exactly the same model that your wife wears at the Christmas party ! Gift a Pandora charm instead. It is fully customizable, signifies your wishing good luck for the person you gift it to and also is less expensive.
Gift Certificates Are Not Always Impersonal, They Can Be Very Personal Too
A number of unutilized gift certificates might be lying in your drawer. You might think I’m crazy to suggest such an item for gifting. But let me narrate one incident… Last Christmas, I was running low on finances. Though I badly needed a trip to the spa before Christmas Eve, I could not afford that as I had to spend on clothes and party food as a priority. My friend Alice, who knew about all this gifted me a free certificate to the best spa in town! I cannot express how much moved I was by that gesture and how much thankful to her I am even to this day!
More of these types are personalized artifacts and memory boxes that are actually invaluable materialistic testimonials of your relationship. The artifacts and memory boxes convey to the recipient that you have not forgotten about them right from the day you met and that you still love them. Books, personal-mix CDs and Movies are other options that you could think of gifting for Christmas, festival or holiday.
Personalized gifts are always better than the best gifts that money can buy, provided the recipient knows how to acknowledge the value.