1. Set a budget and stick to it. I can almost guarantee that your friends and family don’t want you to go into debt to buy them Christmas presents. Last year I set a budget, I stuck to that budget but my husband had a different budget in mind. On Christmas Day this caused some unnecessary drama during gift opening. Set a budget and stick to it and be sure to be on the same page with your husband.
2. Draw names. A tree with only a few presents under it is still as pretty as a tree with a massive pile of presents.
3. Go handmade. Now would be a great time to learn a new skill. I’ve actually had many handmade Christmases and in the land of Pinterest and YouTube there’s no excuse as to why you can’t have a handmade Christmas. I’ve found that the people on my list love when I do a handmade Christmas. It’s different and memorable. I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas here.
4. Shop the discounts. This time of year there are a lot of discounts at any store. However, you can also shop places like Craigslist and thrift stores to find brand new items at an even deeper discount. This does take more time so allow yourself the time to do some searching. I’ve actually received gifts that were purchased off Craigslist and I loved that my friends took that extra step to find me something I really wanted at a discount rather than go to the store and break their budget. For some reason I just thought this was more thoughtful because my friends know how much I like a good second hand deal.
5. Save a little each month. It may be too late for this year but saving a little each month has made this year’s holiday experience much less stressful in my household. I sat down and wrote out a budget using only the funds we have set aside for Christmas. I’m hoping this takes the stress out of Christmas shopping this year!
Do you have other advice? What has worked for your family? Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below!
Have a merry Christmas!