The silly season is well and truly on the way, which means your wallet is about to get a serious workout. Perhaps the most expensive part of the Christmas period is purchasing presents.
And while no one wants to be frugal when buying presents, all this Christmas gifting can leave your finances in a festive free fall. The good news is, it is possible to gift luxe for less.
Gordana Redzovski from Scoopon shares her top tips on how to gift smart this Christmas, without costing yourself a fortune.
Christmas gifting – how to look luxe for less
The minute someone receives a personalised gift – we’re talking mugs, bottle openers, beer glasses – it instantly makes for a memorable pressie. This is because a personalised present is proof that you’ve put in a little effort. Even adding someone’s name or initials to an inexpensive gift is a smart way to turn a small present into a big success. Jump online and take a look at websites offering personalised services, chances are you’ll find good deals and discounts.
CHOOSE EXPERIENCE OVER ITEMS
If you want to gift well this Christmas, then it’s time to start thinking about value for money. One of the best ways to be both thrifty and thoughtful is to opt for experience over items. Typically, an experience pressie – think paintball, hot air ballooning or movie vouchers – will be around the same price as an ‘item’ gift. Chances are the recipient of your gift will appreciate, remember and brag about their amazing experience gift as opposed to raving about receiving a bottle of expensive wine and chocolates.
It’s finally time to put those cooking skills to work this festive season. You can bake your way to a better gift, by whipping up a big batch of brownies, cookies or muffins. Buy the ingredients in bulk, put some carols on the stereo and spend an afternoon cooking. Once you’re done channelling your inner Nigella Lawson, head to the shops and pick up some decorations. Add some pretty bows, write a heartfelt message in a special card and hand deliver your yummy masterpiece. The sheer amount of effort is guaranteed to impress, meanwhile you haven’t splashed too much cash!
INVEST IN PACKAGING
They say don’t judge a book by cover, but the reality is first impressions do matter! One foolproof way to transform your gift from just “lovely” to “luxe” is by pimping the packaging! Even if your present was relatively cheap, by getting it gift wrapped and spending a few extra dollars on a fancy card, you’re guaranteeing a good reaction. Our top tip to make sure you’re still on budget is to buy gift wrapping, ribbon and Christmas cards in bulk. That way you can use them for multiple presents and purchase them at a cheaper price!