Gifting Tips to get You Through the Holiday Season

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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.

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26 Comments

  1. robin rue

    I am about half way done with my xmas shopping right now. I like to be done by Thanksgiving, so I shop all year round 🙂

    30 . Oct . 2017
  2. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    These are all great tips. I’m usually way ahead on shopping, but this year I haven’t been my normal shopping self!

    30 . Oct . 2017
  3. Beth Davidson

    I like doing all my shopping online so I can see how much I’m spending and take things out of my cart if I go over my budget. I’ve never purchased a subscription for anything though. I can’t make myself pull the trigger for some reason.

    30 . Oct . 2017
  4. Cassie

    Great tips!! I really need to start getting ready and planning! I regularly buy couple gifts – and you’re right, a bottle of wine never goes astray

    30 . Oct . 2017
  5. Kristina

    I will be finished with my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. I like to plan ahead and when I see something that’s a great deal and a perfect gift I snag it!

    30 . Oct . 2017
  6. Karen Morse

    I agree with you about buying for a couple. That doesn’t just make it easier to look for gifts, it’s also more budget friendly! I am loving these gifting tips!

    30 . Oct . 2017
  7. Melissa Chapman

    I have not begun any shopping yet but i know that they are coming. I first have to get through Halloween and Thanksgivng then I can shop.

    30 . Oct . 2017
  8. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Great tips, I’d love the subscription box idea as well. You can also get creative and make DIY gifts for your family and friends.

    30 . Oct . 2017
  9. Katrina

    I love gift cards, if you don’t know what to get me then it lets me pick something out for myself. I’ve never tried subscription boxes but that could be a good idea for this christmas!

    31 . Oct . 2017
  10. Jessica Joachim

    I love doing subscription boxes as gifts. They really are the gift the keeps giving! Wine is also very necessary especially when late night putting together kids toys for Christmas morning.

    31 . Oct . 2017
  11. Ana De- Jesus

    Isn’t it crazy how it is November tomorrow? I love the idea of giving subscription boxes for Christmas as it is not something I had in mind but I love the sound of it!

    31 . Oct . 2017
  12. Terri Steffes

    I am at the place in my life where getting gifts isn’t necessary. I need to find a replacement idea though,, because my family insists on getting gifts.

    31 . Oct . 2017
  13. serena

    I can’t believe it’s November tomorrow. Wow were does the year go? Some of these ideas are great tips. Love the subscription box.

    31 . Oct . 2017
  14. Kaity | WIth Kids and Coffee

    Having extra bottles of wine on hand during the holiday season is SO helpful when you need a last minute gift. (Which I literally ALWAYS do, hahaha.) 🙂

    31 . Oct . 2017
  15. AnnMarie John

    Subscription boxes are awesome and they’re the perfect gift idea if you can’t decide what to get a loved one! I think these tips are really helpful! It’s not always easy to shop.

    31 . Oct . 2017
  16. reesa

    Can you believe we are already getting ready for the Holiday Season?! I love finding new ways and ideas to make the season more affordable and manageable!

    31 . Oct . 2017
  17. Kayla Uimari

    Wow these are awesome tips!! Thanks for sharing these, the gifting for a couple and not an individual is such a good idea, it would save so much time and money!

    31 . Oct . 2017
  18. Melissa

    I can’t believe this year is almost over! It’s crazy how time flies by. You have such great tips for the holidays. Definitely don’t want to break the bank with all the holidays coming!

    31 . Oct . 2017
  19. Jeanine

    I’ve already started my Christmas shopping and this is great advice and tips! It’s good to make shopping for the holidays as stress free as possible so you can enjoy them with your family and loved ones.

    01 . Nov . 2017
  20. Cassie Tucker

    I have always bought for the individual members of a couple, never for the couple itself. Maybe I will try that this year and it will also help me to not break the bank.

    01 . Nov . 2017
  21. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com

    I can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner! These are all great tips to keep in mind!!

    01 . Nov . 2017
  22. Cindy Ingalls

    Once my best friend got married I changed up my gift giving. I tried to make the gifts something she and her hubby would use or at least enjoy. It can’t be hard though to find the perfect gender neutral gift sometimes.

    01 . Nov . 2017
  23. Brittany

    I love the idea of Subscription boxes for gifts. Its like the gift that keeps on giving! And there are so many options available!

    01 . Nov . 2017
  24. Heather

    Excellent tips! I love gifting subscription boxes because there are so many great ones out there. I know for me personally I would love to be subscribed to so many but can’t justify the expense so this would be a very nice gift to receive!

    02 . Nov . 2017
  25. TColeman

    These are some great tips. I have learned to not go overboard with giving gifts.

    02 . Nov . 2017
  26. Ayana Pitterson

    Subscription gifts are AMAZING! Wish all my gifts could come like that. It’s awesome that I get something in the mail that I like already throughout the year. Great tips here.

    Thrifting Diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

    02 . Nov . 2017

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