They say the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be among the most expensive. Stay on top of your holiday spending this year with these tips for giving thoughtful gifts your friends will appreciate just as much as — or more than — something pricier.
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- Photo Gifts
Photos make great gifts because they’re easy and cheap but also show your friends and family just how much they mean to you. You can find a frame for just a couple of bucks if you shop discount stores. Place a sentimental photo inside or even make it your own by decorating it with some DIY flair! Another idea is to buy customizable photo gifts like mugs, coasters and calendars. Either way, you’ll be giving the gift of memories, and that’s priceless.
- DIY Gifts
Get in the holiday spirit by making gifts instead of buying them. There are hundreds of DIY gift ideas out there. For the foodie in your life, try putting your favorite cookie recipe in a mason jar, attach the directions and tie it up with a bow. Or jump on the self-care trend and try your hand at making homemade soaps, scrubs or candles. Some can be whipped up in under 10 minutes! With a DIY gift, not only will you save cash but you’ll also have the satisfaction of giving something that’s truly one of a kind and made with love.
- Subscriptions & Experiences
Treat your loved one to something they love by gifting them subscriptions or event tickets. What’s nice about giving experiences is that they won’t end up unused, taking up space in a closet or drawer. You can also tailor your gift based on what you know about the person. Have a friend who’s obsessed with wine? Get them a subscription to a wine delivery service. Another idea is to buy passes to museums or community events, which tend to be reasonably priced. The possibilities are virtually endless, and it could give you the opportunity to spend even more time together.
The holidays are about celebrating, not stressing. By choosing affordable, thoughtful gifts, you can rest assured that your finances are covered and get back to what matters most — enjoying this special time with the people you love.
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