The pressure for a perfect holiday is everywhere: from social media to stores –picture-perfect Christmas is all around us, but did you know you needn’t overspend? Here are some tips you should follow for an on-budget Christmas
The world has made us believe that we need to spend a lot of money to be happy. But that only depends on you! Enjoying your holiday should not be about how much you spend, but about the time you spend with your loved ones.
Decide the amount of money to be spent at Christmas and make a list of items you need to buy –and stick to it. If you buy without a clear purpose, it is very likely that you end up overspending.
Shopping for gifts
Limit the number of people you are giving gifts to. You can try organizing a Secret Santa instead of giving several presents to everyone.
Go for handmade rather than store-bought presents. Apart from being less expensive, handmade presents are unique and special. You can try knitting a beautiful scarf that will take time and love. If you are not the crafty one, opt for local stores to support the local economy.
Make sure you use biodegradable wrapping –apart from saving some money you’ll be catering to the world’s needs.
Gifts should needn’t be luxuries, you can gift essentials, this means that the person who will receive it will have some extra money to buy themselves their luxuries.
Choose gifts that show that are vocational tools. I love drawing and painting, and the best gift you can give me is paper, one watercolor pan, a brush, markers –things that are not expensive, but mean a lot to me and I’ll use them all! Nothing makes me happier than a present from someone that actually pays attention to what I love doing. So make sure you choose a gift thinking about the person who is going to receive it.
The bottom line is that with a little planning and love, you can gift your loved ones a thoughtful present full of good vibes and still maintain your budget.
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