Do you want to get your dad something a little more exciting than foot warmers for Christmas?
Buying gifts for your family is hard enough, but buying on a budget can be a little bit tougher. And now that we’re into September (really? Already?!) you might want to start thinking about spreading your Christmas cheer.
We’ve come up with some simple pre-Christmas strategies to make sure your family gives you extra servings of Christmas ham after they open their pressies:
Put a little money aside each week (or each time you get paid) into a separate account and use that to pay in bulk for presents for your loved ones. Even if it’s only $10 a week, you’re still taking a proactive approach to saving!
Buy your presents intermittently throughout the year leading up to Christmas. Not only do you miss out on the crazy pre-Christmas shopping hype and massive crowds, but you can also shop for presents when sales are on (plus, who doesn’t love being super organised?!).
Have a plan of attack for when you do eventually hit the shops. There’s nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the millions of people Christmas shopping. Make a list and only buy exactly what’s on there. Put a maximum price next to the gift so you don’t blow your whole budget on one present.
If you’re on the lookout for some DIY and low cost fun, here’s some cool, cheap gift ideas for family (no socks in sight):
- Experience-based presents work a treat. Shout Dad a game of golf – the benefits are endless! You get him a rad present and you get to spend some quality time with your old man.
- Get your creative pants on and invest in a candle-making kit to melt wax in old teacups or one-off vintage cups from St Vinnies. They look and smell delicious!
- Bake all the things! Baking someone their favourite cupcakes or cookies will show how much you know them and they might just share the treats with you (hint hint)!
- Notebooks and pens have come a long way since high school. Decorate pages of a diary with photos, quotes and reminders of the person you’re buying for and then they’ll be enjoying your present all year long.
Shop online! Some of the best / weirdest / most awesome presents can be found on the old world wide web. We’ve done the research and found some winners so you can shop around and save:
- This is Why I’m Broke (warning – you will lose hours browsing this site)
- Etsy (an oldie but a goodie)
- Made It (for all you DIYers out there)
- Catch of the Day (get notifications on some ripper deals)
- Red Balloon (the best experience gifts out there)
Whatever you do, remember Christmas is first and foremost about spending time with family and friends so don’t get too ‘wrapped up’ (Dad joke in the spirit of this article) in the money side of things.
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