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‘Tis the season for “Home Alone,” mulled wine...and going waaay over your budget. But you can give thoughtful holiday gifts without spending a million dollars.
No, really. If you learned how to knit in high school...or have any artistic talent...this one’s easy. Because the materials you’ll use to make something will probably cost a lot less than buying a new gift. A few other DIY ideas:
When the thought counts for a lot, you’ll need a good one. Like offering an experience that can be cashed in any time. Think: things the giftee hates — closet organizing, car cleaning, etc. — or something you can teach, like how to play tennis or mix a good martini. Babysitting, pet sitting, and house sitting coupons are also fan faves.
Got you covered:
Not anymore. Even The Emily Post Institute says it’s okay now...so long as the recipient will actually like it and you’re regifting in a different social circle. And if you get caught, don’t lie. Say something like ‘I couldn’t use it, but I thought of you as soon as I saw it’ instead.
If you’re dreaming of an affordable Christmas, don’t stress. Between experience gifts and creative spending strategies (hi, credit card points), there are tons of ways to gift without spending (that much) money. So you can be merry, bright...and on budget.
You feel it in your fingers. You feel it in your toes. The holidays are coming...but your budget cannot grow.
White elephant gift exchanges used to be about battling it out for the funniest, most useless gift in the room.
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