The holiday season is here! If you went shopping
last Friday, Black Friday, then Iím sure you noticed the rush to spend money!
Since you will, most likely, be spending, you need to spend smart. Spending smart to me
means getting a high quality gift at a great price. You donít have to empty the
bank to deliver expensive gifts to family and friends. It is the thought that
counts. That being said, here are some suggested gifts for this season.
Gift Certificates and Cards
Whatís great about gift cards is that you only have to know
where someone shops. If they frequent Target or Wal-Mart, then a store card is
perfect. Gift cards you purchase directly from stores are better than cash-only
cards (Visa, Mastercard, and AmEx) because of the high fees many cash cards
carry. You can shop for gift cards and certificates for many stores at
Redeem credit card reward points
Of course, this is one of my favorites. Check your rewards points. Call your
credit cards and find out how to redeem your points for goods or gift cards. You
may be able to go online right now and cash in those points for gifts. Now
thatís the way to save! If youíre not using a rewards card, then you should think
about one that can deliver free gifts for next year.
My recommended list is here.
Show people you know their interests. A bonus is that people will remember you
every time they receive the magazine. You can get a 10% discount for
featured magazines at
MagsForLess.com using the code ďmarchĒ
Iíve given a few months of
NetFlix.com as holiday gift. They have specials all the time. Plus people
can, potentially, watch dozens of movies for the cost of one DVD.
Video game swap or buy used or rent
Collect the kids' old games, or old game systems, throughout the year and trade
them in for discounts on new games. And check this out,
GameFly.com will rent video games the same way
NetFlix.com rents movies. They mail the games to you, no late fees, no
Itís not bad to do this. Think of it as a form of recycling. :) When you decide
whether or not you will be "recycling" the gift, be sure to tag it with
the name of the person who gave it to you. You donít want to inadvertently give the gift
back to them. Of course, only give these re-gifts if they are something you
would have gotten for that person anyway. And, to all my family and friends reading this--I never re-gifted your stuff. ;)
Write a letter
In this day of email and electronic communication, isnít it nice to receive a
handwritten letter? A personalized handwritten letter as a gift from children
will be cherished forever.
Make it yourself
Put together a fruit basket; people love (and need) food. Create a beaded necklace,
a wreath, personalized stationery. Frame a photo of both of you.
Nothing brings the family together around the holiday table more than board games.
They make great gifts and are very reasonably priced.
Check out a list from Amazon.com.
Scarf, gloves, hats. Small winter clothes items that fit everyone. Also great
for that emergency gift you may need in case of an unexpected visit. Just pull
out the wrapped gloves, tag it with their name and voilŗ--instant gift.
Always a great gift! You can order them online with no hassles--and big savings.
Check Amazon.com for the great deals.