Gifting Tips to get You Through the Holiday Season
Is it almost November already? Pinch me please, I still have a long, lingering bucket list of things to do before this year ends. On the other hand, I must admit that this is my favorite time of year. There is just something about the season of giving and being thankful for the many blessings I have that just warms my heart.
On the topic of giving I wanted to touch on gifting etiquette and how to give the perfect gift. I struggle with gifting so much, not because I am bad at it, but because I’m too good at gifting. This isn’t to toot my own horn, but I usually put a heck of a lot of thought and creativity into every gift I give. The problem with being too good at gifting is that usually my great ideas are way more than my tiny budget can afford. Because of this predicament, I always end up settling with a gift card, and putting my brilliant gift in the back of my mind for the day when I can actually afford it.
Here are a few gifting tips to get you through the holiday season…
Don’t Break the Bank
If you can’t afford it don’t buy it. I promise your wealthy aunt will not think a thing of it if you did not match her spending when it comes to exchanging gifts. When gifting is revolved around the monetary amount, the gift its self loses thoughtfulness. For the past couple of years my immediate family has given our grandparents framed pictures of the kids along with a handmade ornament or canvas. I promise you, the pictures and crafts will last longer and carry greater memories than a gift that coast a lot with little to no meaning.
It’s Okay to be Helpful
When my husband and I were first married and had a newborn, times were tough. I can’t even start to tell you how meaningful cash or a practical gift card would have meant to us. If you know a friend or family member that is struggling this holiday season don’t go out and spend money on a gift, give them the money or a gift card. When I say a practical gift card that doesn’t mean give them a gift card to Bath and Body Works, give them one for Target or a restaurant. You have no clue how much this will help that family.
Buy for the Couple and NOT the Individual
It is completely okay to purchase a gift for a couple instead of the individuals. This could potentially be helpful on your budget as well. If the couple are newlyweds this would be a great opportunity to finish purchasing items off their gift registry.
Have a Bottle of Wine on Hand
A nice bottle of wine with a ribbon tied around it makes perfect gift for a neighbor or hostess. I usually pick a nice Rose or Moscato, to keep it simple and uncomplicated.
Subscription Boxes…The Gift that Keeps Giving
This Christmas I am planning on gifting a couple of subscription boxes. Especially to my mom friends, as a mom myself, I love getting something just for me in the mail. My favorite subscription box is Vellabox. Vellabox is a artisan candle subscription box. These candles are divine. They are all small batch, hand poured and toxin free candles.
Vellabox does an excellent job of curating candles that everyone will love. I typically spend about $30 on close friends for Christmas. $30 at Vellabox will get my friends 3 months of candles. The candles are 4oz candles that will come with a special monthly surprise gift. I should also mention that the packaging for Vellabox is beautiful and perfect for gifting.
I hope these tips will help make your holiday shopping a little easier!
This post was sponsored by Vellabox.