As someone who loves to give gifts, here’s 3 things I’ve realized over the years:
- Don’t just buy a gift because it’s on sale or a good deal; ask yourself– is it equally a great deal, a great item quality-wise, and something the recipient would enjoy/use? If it’s not all three, keep looking!
- Think about what the recipient would like to receive, vs. what you would like and like to shop for. These are usually different things.
- Is the recipient not really into “things” at all? How about the gift of an experience (movie/event tickets, gift certificates for a salon, etc.)? These items don’t take up physical space in a home if space is limited, and you can find great deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial.
Updated– a reader shared this helpful tip for saving money on gift wrap:
“I started buying gift wrap at the Dollar Store instead of Target or Walmart. The Dollar Store was selling the same big fancy gift bows and everything else for $1 each!”
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