4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas
As we discovered recently, many Canadians are choosing to reduce the dollar amounts that they spend on Christmas. With that comes the reduction of number of gifts we give per person as well. So you may be asking how you can accomplish this within your own family as well.
After all, making precious memories is more time lasting than the latest trinket, joke gift, or even the latest technological device that will be out of date in 6 months anyways.
But where and how do you even get started?
Here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs we will help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. This year we will put some decision making tools into your hands so that you can reclaim your Christmas budget back. Take the time to refocus on the true meaning of Christmas and it’s simple, yet priceless, message of hope.
Stop feeding the greed of corporations that are only looking to fill the pockets of stockholders. Rather, step back, reflect, and cherish Christmas instead.
Gather The List Of People On Your Gift List
The first thing you need to do is figure out who you will be getting gifts for. Here is a simple form for you to use as you determine who should and shouldn’t stay on that gift giving list this year.
Why are they on that list? Closest family members should be on that list, however, you may need to rethink a lot of the extra gifts. For instance, the joke gift for the co-worker is not really necessary. Not only does it cost you money you may not have, but it will end up at the local Thrift Store or Yard Sale next year anyways.
So this year, in your step towards a simpler Christmas, try to fine tune the list of people you have on your Christmas Gift Giving List. This will help you to stay focused both on:
- who you are buying for,
- and your finances too.
Determine How Much Your Total Gift Buying Budget Is
Now that you have an idea who you will be buying for, you also need to know how much money you have to work with. In this day and age, it is becoming less and less money to work with.
Even with the recent increases in minimum wage. You did notice how the cost of items already started increasing 2 months ago in anticipation of the extra costs associated with the minimum wage going up?
I did. Back in July, Tim Hortons and in August, McDonalds raised prices. In September, even a smaller coffee shop increased the coffee prices by 10 cents a cup. Other prices associated with fuel costs and delivery increased due to Hurricane Harvey that hit the state of Texas hard in late August. This will take a real toll on the increased costs of everything for this coming Christmas.
So, don’t be afraid to be a bit stingier with your Christmas budget this year. Many of your family and friends also have to reduce the amounts they have available for Christmas shopping too.
Once you know:
- how much you have available
- and how many people to buy for,
you are ready for the next step.
How Much Money Will You Spend On Each Person?
Now you need to figure out how much you will spend on each person on your gift list. For many of you that may be as simple as dividing the dollar amount in your Christmas budget by the number of people on your list:
- $850 divided by 12 people = $70.83 per person
When you have a number such as this, you can fine tune it by perhaps spending only $50 on a few names and giving you increased funds to $100 for some other people on your gift list. Once you know what your goal is to spend on each person, you are ready to start looking at 4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas.
4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas
Now that you know “who” and “how much” you have to work with, you need to determine gift ideas for these precious people in your life.
Remember, Christmas should focus more on memory making. With that comes the beautiful simplifying of both the gifts and cost reduction.
It is becoming a normal suggestion that your gift giving cover 4 basic areas. This approach allows you room for creativity and specializing to each person’s unique personality. It also allows you to cut your costs, which, if like us, you need to do.
Being frugal doesn’t mean you are stingy, rather, it shows your imagination, creativity and resourcefulness.
Download the Christmas Gift Giving List.
Now fill in the information with who and how much you are budgeting to spend on each person.
The suggested 4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas should cover:
- something to need
- an item that is a want
- something to wear
- and lastly, an item to read, watch, or listen to
As you will see from the download, Christmas Gift Giving List, I put areas there for you to fill in information such as shirt, pant, and even shoe size. Especially with growing children, it is handy to know what sizes you are looking for as you shop.
Fine Tune The Budget Per Gift Category
You will see that under each of the 4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas for each person that you can set your budget per gift item too. This helps you know when you have found a great deal on that category item and not to overspend.
As well, consider with some families, to give a “family” gift. This way even though the budget might be small per person in one category, such as the “read, watch, or listen to” gift, doing a family gift increases your options.
For instance, prepare a family night movie basket. Include a DVD that would be enjoyed by the entire family, throw in some popcorn, and other loved snack foods. Quickly you have created a memory basket for that family. You can even make a family night basket for you, your spouse, and your own kids. This was always a gift that was eagerly looked for under the Christmas tree when our children were younger.
Now that you know:
- who you getting gifts for
- how much money you have to spend total
- the amount of money per person to spend
- and that you are, in the closest family categories, looking for 4 gifts per person of:
- read, watch, or listen to
you are now EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
Other people on your Christmas Gift Giving List who are not the closest, most immediate family members, do no require a gift under each of these 4 categories. However, this will help you figure out which 1 of these categories you desire to focus their gift idea on.
Use the Christmas Gift Giving List to start brainstorming on possible gift ideas. Don’t worry that as you start shopping that this list gets changed and refined. Remember, this is to help you get started thinking about the 4 basic Christmas gift giving ideas.
You are now prepared to recognize that super cost saving deal for that item when you find it.
If Unsure “What” Gifts, Ask
With the Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend and many of the same people will be gathering now, as at Christmas, keep your eyes and ears open. Look for opportunities to ask about your loved ones. Be genuinely interested in what their needs and wants are. This will help to ensure that your Christmas giving will actually be fruitful.
After all, you want your gift to be used and cherished by the recipient. So, if you have never seen your sister-in-law wear a turtleneck sweater in all the years that you’ve known her, then don’t buy her a turtleneck sweater. Obviously she doesn’t like them. Or, if you suspect she’s never been able to afford one, drop a conversational hint and ask her how she feels about turtleneck sweaters.
Myself, for instance, I have a short neck, so a turtleneck is very strangling and rolls down into a doubled turn. So, I don’t wear turtleneck sweaters. See, perhaps there is a very logical explanation about your loved ones likes and dislikes. Ask, and listen.
Not only will this help you fine tune your Christmas shopping list, but will lead to a better use of your already tight finances. Don’t throw your money away. Put it to good use.
Now you know that the 4 Basic Christmas Gift Giving Ideas you should be considering are:
- read, watch, or listen to.