I am not one of those people who just know what you need. I really don’t pay that much attention. I am usually a gift card giver. I love and hate it because as many would argue, gift cards are impersonal. But, it seriously takes out the guess work. I really prefer people to tell me exactly what they want. But I learned a valuable lesson one year, when ever gift I purchased was a gift card:
Gift cards = More money
It sounds like it could be common sense that not so common. I usually have a super long list of gifts to get and I never want to give anyone a gift card with just $10 on it. I know, I know, it’s not about that but seriously.
My advice, where you can, skip the gift cards. You can get someone a nice gift at a fraction of the cost that you would spend putting money on a gift card. Every retailer, just about, has nice, cheap stocking stuffer gifts. If you’re a Black Friday shopper you can get them at basically pennies. My cousins both received a nice scarf and glove set that retailed at $20 each and on Black Friday I was able to get them for $10 together. That’s right, door busters marked down to $5! It’s not a lot but my aunt has a family of at least 4 (this number changes based on if she has a foster child) and they can easily rack up a lot of money out of me, so…
So far, I’ve completed half of my Christmas shopping and I have about $200 in gift cards but that took care of 5 people. And I’m ok with that, but I was able to get someone a purse at about a 70% discount which was a great buy.
What do you usually do for gifts?
Until next time…