Ace gift buying on a budget
Are you looking to ace gift buying on a budget this summer?
Summer is a time that ought to be free from concern, with lazy days spent in the sun and enjoyed with your family. Of course, things aren’t always that simple. From having to find camps to send your kids when you are working to paying for a family holiday – things can in fact become quite stressful. Finding ways to buy gifts that don’t break the bank is one way to alleviate a little bit of that stress – and to save some money on the side! Here I’ll take a look at three of my favourite ways to ensure you can buy gifts for every member of the family without it getting too pricey.
Head to second-hand stores or charity shops
We all know how silly some of the ‘fashionable’ children’s toys can get. Every parent knows that sinking dread when their kid asks them for a toy that will cost upwards of £50, while tens of other toys lie discarded on the floor around them. Consequently, rather than committing yourself to financial straits every few months, opt instead to head to your local charity shop or second hand store to find some tried-and-tested classic games and toys there. Due to the vast numbers of children’s toys that get donated every month, you can find everything from jigsaw puzzles to Jenga, as well as a few more modern games, all available for just a couple of quid. These can also make great gift options for other people’s children, saving you all kinds of hassle and money.
Use resale websites
There used to be a certain taboo that surrounded second-hand stores and websites, casting them as inferior to their new-out-of-the-box equivalents. Yet in recent years this attitude has begun to change, and for good reason. Whether it’s increasing awareness of the environmental impact of rampant consumerism or simply a more thrifty approach to spending, there are a number of companies now dedicated to ensuring you can find high quality items at low prices. Take a company like Chrono24, for instance, which specialises in reselling high-end timepieces. You can find both modern and vintage moderns of renowned brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre for a fraction of their usual retail price. So, the next time you realise your partner’s birthday is just around the corner and you have no ideas, you know where to find a quick fix!
Yes I know it sounds a little bit cheesy, but homemade gifts really are often better than store-bought ones. Whether it’s a plate of delicious cookies or a gorgeous scented body scrub, handing something over that shows personal effort and a hint of creativity means more than any online order could. What’s more, when you make something yourself, you have complete control over how much you spend – both financially and timewise. For kids, why not try creating some fun personalised t-shirts? Using some thrifty fabric pens you can add a name or doodle to a basic tee, turning a dull everyday item into a special outfit!
No matter how you decide to buy gifts for people, the most important thing is that it’s heartfelt and enjoyable. Remember that gift giving isn’t about being flashy, it’s about showing you care. As anyone with kids knows, being able to save a few pennies here and there can really make the difference, so don’t be afraid to try something new!
Now you have nailed gift buying on a budget!
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