Christmas in undeniably coming very soon. The weather is getting colder in this part of the world. Yuletide carols are frequently played in the malls and over the radio. And the main thoroughfares are brightly lighted and decorated for this festive and joyous celebration. Also prevalent in this time of the year is the imminent exchange of gifts between family members, colleagues and good friends.
Despite the numerous mishaps happening everywhere and the fiscal dilemma transpiring around the globe, my all time favorite occasion will always be celebrated. No matter what. Let me share with you some practical tips to purchase gifts even in times of scrimping.
1. Watch out for sales. When the prices of goods are down to 50% or even 70% off it is wise to buy items that you can hoard for Christmas. Practical items and those that can be used are often appreciated. If you have the leisure of time, shop as soon as the mall opens so you can choose from a variety of things and look hi and lo for good buys. Be sure to be in your most comfortable shoes to keep you going the whole day.
2. Make a list of the possible places you can explore for budget friendly gifts. My personal choices are Saizen, where items are an affordable P80 each. Marks and Spencer is another store I often go to for healthier gift options. They have dark chocolate coated digestive biscuits for only P135 per pack that comes with a paper bag. You can also enlist the likes of the those you intend to give gifts to. When you see them in sale, you can get one or two of those and cross out their names after.
3. Avoid the Christmas rush. This will prevent you from giving gifts that may just be sitting in the closet for years. You can handpick gifts you know your recipient will use or love if you shop leisurely minus the maddening crowd. You can also purchase vouchers online to spare you from the hassles of shopping. MetroDeal and Ensogo are some of the famous online shopping sites that offers discounts on foods, activities, travel and getaways, beauty and wellness, etc. Remember the rule in gift giving: if you like receiving the same item, then purchase it.
4. Be creative. Showcase your skills this season. If you are good at baking, give your baked specialties to friends and relatives as gifts. This could also be the beginning of a business you've been dreaming about.
Remember, it is the thought that counts when receiving a gift. Similarly, it is always blessed to give than to receive. Happy shopping to all of you and may you find the right gift for everyone on your list!
Photos from Gerard