The season to be merry is almost upon us – are you dreading it or looking forward to it? For me it’s a little bit of both: I love buying everyone gifts but I hate what it does to my bank balance. So if you’re heading to the shops (in case you missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy) you may find these tips useful:
- Consider your list of gift recipients. Try and pare it down to those people who do really mean something to you. Do you really need to give a gift to that neighbor or that acquaintance at work? Make a list of who you need gifts for and then stick to it. Make sure you’re “makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice”.
- Think of the recipient. What do they need? What will they appreciate. Don’t just get something because it looks good or is expensive. Many of your friends may appreciate something handmade (are you a dab hand at making preserves, at embroidery, carpentry and so on?)
- Take along a friend. Some of us simply love shopping; on the other hand some of us simply don’t. To make shopping seem less of a chore, take a good friend along.
- Prepare for it. Make sure you’re not hungry, tired or stressed when you set out for shopping. Wear comfortable shoes. Also prepare an address list of people you will be shipping gifts to, and take it with you to the shops. Some shops may do your shipping for you. [Read more →]