So we all know that the biggest expense in the holiday season is the dreaded presents. This is why it’s best to be prepared.
First of all create a list, similar to the one below, which will allow you to set a budget for each person and ensure you don’t go over it. Also, you can mark when you’ve bought it, wrapped it and written their card, it’ll save you a lot of stress.
Less than a fiver
Secret Santa: If you have a big group of friends or classmates or colleagues then it’s likely to be cheaper to do a secret Santa. Set a cheap limit, like £5/£10 and stick to it. Also, despite the money-saving aspects, it saves on the amount of presents you have to buy and wrap. I count that as a win.
An IOU: Handwrite or print off a voucher that can be redeemed by the other person. Give your mum a voucher for one hour’s worth of washing-up (although this will probably be redeemed just after The Queen’s Speech), give your girlfriend an IOU for a home-cooked romantic meal. I personally would like a voucher for one hour’s ironing if anyone’s interested…
Lottery Ticket: These beauties only cost a pound and you could make someone a millionaire. Just make sure you stay friends with them, they might feel like getting you a brilliant birthday present.
In the end, I don’t feel that Christmas is about the gifts. It about spending time with loved ones, curling up in front of the fire with a full belly and drinking too much eggnog. If you are feeling the pinch, be honest with your friends. They won’t mind getting a cheaper gift, or no gift at all from you so long as they can do the same. At the end of the day, they’d rather see you than receive a present