If you find yourself low on funds, it can be hard to figure out how to give your loved ones appropriate Christmas presents. However, the best presents are not always the most lavish. If you want to save money, you can still make Christmas a memorable time provided you are willing to invest a little extra time and creativity.
Scrapbooks full of memories can make highly meaningful Christmas gifts for friends, family members and partners. If you want to create one for someone you love, the scrapbook itself is the only thing you need to buy. You can then search for small things that are strongly connected to your relationship with the recipient, and creatively display them in the book. Ideal examples include photographs, concert tickets, trips or holidays, old letters, and business cards from favourite restaurants. You can also use certain pages of the scrapbook to write down some of the funniest and most entertaining memories that you share. People who receive such a thoughtful and personal gift are likely to appreciate the extra effort.
If you look around online, you can easily find reputable sites that will sell customisable products for reasonable prices. Custom-made items can also be very personal, adding a real emotional attachment to your Christmas gift. For example, you can have any image printed onto items like mugs, stationary, fridge magnets, mouse mats, pens, rulers and t-shirts. Or you might choose a magnet featuring a photo of you and your closest friend at a party, a mug printed with the lyrics from your spouse’s favourite song, or a mouse mat emblazoned with a family portrait. Custom made gifts can save you large amounts of money if you are willing to compare the prices that are offered by lots of different shops and websites.
Another smart way to save money involves being highly selective about your gifts. Instead of spending lots of money on a group of generic presents such as sweets and shower gels, choose less extravagant presents that show just how much you care about the recipient’s commitments, interests and passions. Presents that are intimately connected with things that your friends and family love should mean more than impersonal gifts that are double the price. If one of your parents loves to keep up with the latest developments in science, browse book reviews until you find a recent release that is receiving a lot of praise. If your partner loves photography, purchase a magazine or book subscription that offers updates on cutting edge photography techniques and technology. Don't forget that magazines occasionally offer great deals on subscriptions for the coming year. Your lack of spending will go unnoticed if you pick out gifts that demonstrate how attentive you are to the things that matter to your loved ones.
If the above tips still leave you with a few presents to make or buy, you can also save money at Christmas by choosing to buy more modest versions of the expensive presents that you wish you could afford. For example, buy your mother a silver bracelet instead of a gold necklace, give your partner a small box of handmade chocolates instead of a huge selection made by a mainstream manufacturer, and treat your brother to a set of miniature whiskeys instead of a huge bottle.
If the circumstances become too difficult, then you could consider a temporary payday loan alternative.
In summary, the key is to spend as little as possible on gifts that are as meaningful as possible. If you keep this in mind, your Christmas gifts can make a real impression without emptying your wallet.