There’s no need to go into massive amounts of debt for a happy Christmas. In fact, that’s one of the worst reasons to go into debt! We’re not a big Christmas household – in fact, we don’t own a Christmas tree! While I prep my gift guides for the coming weeks, I wanted to start with a bit of responsibility and how to reign in your Christmas spending.
Tips To Reign In Christmas Spending
Once thought of only as that awkward time of year that you need to buy a $10 gift for a anonymous colleague, Secret Santa is a legitimate way of making the present purchasing costs smaller. It doesn’t have to be a $10 bargain basement present for your family; choose a limit that suits all of the members of your family who are participating. The challenge in secret santa is twofold – one, making sure it stays SECRET, and two, making sure that people actually draw their names. Sometimes this necessitate a family get together before Christmas to do the name drawing. If you’re spending Christmas together, but live too far away to do this, then make one (trustworthy) person responsible for dishing out names.
Bring a plate
Again, something that might be a bit reminiscent of a small town dinner – but can be really nice to do. And it makes Christmas day (or Boxing day, or any get togethers around this time) a lot more affordable. The other year I made a fantastic Asian-inspired salad that I found on Pinterest. It was a great hit on Christmas day. Unfortunately, I lost the pin and haven’t found it again.
One of the reasons I like to do gift guides, despite not being a huge Christmas person, is that I like to discover unique or uncommon products. It’s also why I like garage sales – it provides a nice break from seeing the same things in chain stores. However, you don’t always want to give something that is second hand as a present. Some people don’t appreciate it or think that second hand is bad. This is when I would look to make a gift. This is easier for those who are crafty or have an area of hand made interest, but even if you have no special skills in this area, you can still get great ideas online. I would highly recommend doing some searching on Pinterest and I’m sure you’ll find something that you are capable of making.
My favourite thing to do is a combination of making and buying gifts. I love to make my own gift baskets for people as presents. Some I’ve made in the past include the New Mother Kit, Emergency Brownies and Quick Present: Popcorn. I’ve made more than those before, but they are the only ones I have blogged.
What are your tips to make Christmas a bit easier on the hip-pocket?