Shopping for gifts and presents is always part of our shopping budgets. Why? Because giving presents to our families as well as loved ones on occasions such as Christmas, birthday, graduation, wedding and others is part of our ways of life.
Many of us have grown up seeing our parents shopping for gifts and presents for people they cherish and we have also adopted the gesture.
Presents vary from personality to occasion. For instance, the type of presents one can get for friends, neighbours or family members vary both in size as well as in cost.
As well as the personality, the occasion in which the presents are given can also determine the type of the presents and how valuable they are.
How to spend less on your shopping for gifts
The state of the global economy means that most families wouldn’t be able to spend much on presents for their loved ones as they used to do before because they can’t just afford it.
But with a little bit of budgeting plans, one can still get some great presents for the loved ones at considerably moderate prices.
With the hints and tips below, you can cut the time and money you spend on your shopping for gifts and presents, and leave yourself many more hours to have fun.
#1). Make a shopping list
If you decide what you need for each person and stick to your budget, you could be able to knock 10 to 15 per cent off your shopping bills. Also, buying locally or online could save you money and plenty of legwork too.
#2). Make use of gift vouchers
Making use of gift vouchers is another means of saving money on your shopping for gifts and presents. Gift vouchers need no wrapping at all and are available from hundreds of high-street stores and online retailers.
Being able to choose the voucher’s value makes gift-budgeting easy, and with the choice available they will be sure to get what they want.
#3). Give a good book
Giving books as gifts can also save you money. You can buy them online, they are easy to wrap and you are much less likely to be distracted by other sparkly things while you shop. Write a message inside and your loved one will think of you every time they read it.
#4). Start your shopping early
Try to do your shopping early so that you can keep your spending within your budget. That way, you can resist expensive panic-buying, and if you are shopping online, you can choose free delivery because you still have weeks for packages to arrive.
#5). Handmake the little extras
If you are good at bakery, you can surely save some money your shopping for gifts by baking some traditional cookies or other sweet treats. You can then present them in a pretty cellophane bundle, tied with either Christmas, birthday (or just the celebration or occasion) ribbons.
What you should understand is that some people value handmade gifts or presents more than those you bought at the supermarket or gifts shop.