Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Gifts

Are you tired of giving the same holiday gifts year after year? Do you feel like you are running out of gift ideas? If gift giving has lost its excitement for you, here are some tips that will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Do you usually do your shopping in malls? Stores can be crowded any time of the year, but particularly during the holidays. Try finding your holiday gifts online instead. Online shopping is more relaxing, especially if you are looking for a particular item. Start shopping a month or so in advance, so you have plenty of time to scope out the best deals.

Making something from scratch is also a great way to spice up your gift giving. You can make your own homemade chocolates, bake an elaborate cake, create a ginger bread house or make someone an afghan. When you are trying to think of the perfect homemade, holiday gift consider the recipient’s interests. Homemade cookies won’t be meaningful to someone who dislikes chocolate.

Do you have a stash of gifts from last year that you won’t use? If you want to “re-gift,” make sure you keep track of where it came from. If not, this can lead to an embarrassing situation. Instead of recycling an unwanted gift, consider using your creativity to turn it into something different. A boring picture frame turns into a meaningful gift when you put a special photograph in it, for example.

Finally, understand that even though holiday gifts are an important part of the season, spending too much can also be dangerous. Make sure you shop smart and find the best deals. Someone else’s happiness is not worth a large credit card debt. Besides, a gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful.

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