Chances are we’ve all been there. Your best friend’s birthday is coming up; someone does you a favour, Christmas is around the corner, you have a wedding to go to, the list is endless. Sometimes these situations can leave you feeling as though you need to spend more money than you can afford on unusual gifts, but that doesn’t need to be the case. If you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift for someone this small guide for being the ultimate gift giver on a budget may be what you’re looking for:
There are several occasions we may need to thank someone for something they’ve done even if it’s something as simple as a lift to the airport or feeding your cat while you’re on holiday it’s still nice to show your thanks. Try some of these options for a budget-friendly thank you:
- Bottle of wine- A bottle fo something is an excellent way of thanking someone, especially if you know what they like to drink. It doesn’t have to be wine; however, wine is always the go to if you’re ever unsure of what they favourite is.
- Thank-You Card- Often just a kind gesture like a card to show your thanks goes a long way.
- Flowers: think about how nice it is to receive a bouquet delivered to your door or work.
There always seems to be someone getting married or having babies when you hit a certain age! You can be left feeling like it’s going to break the bank, have a look at these simple ideas to help with the costs:
- Group Present: If there is a group of friends going to the wedding or baby shower then sometimes it can be an excellent idea to chipped in together to buy something more than you could have afforded individually. Not only does it help anyone a budget; it also means the receiver is getting something they probably wouldn’t or if you didn’t.
- Personalised gifts: Adding an engravement to a gift can be a charming touch, and there are often many options to suit all budgets.
- Scrapbook: If you’re crafty and you want to give your gift a personal touch, consider making a scrapbook. If you’re close friends, this can mean more than buying something.
- Framed photo: This takes less effort than scrapbooking, but is still personal.
When it comes to birthdays, people always get a little lost with a budget and although it’s nice to buy someone an extravagant gift often people are thankful if you haven’t gone crazy as it means they don’t have to either! Try some of these ways of not breaking the bank:
- Home-cooked meal: Instead of taking your friends or family out for lunch, try cooking something at home, you could always add all the trimming and set the table in a theme or as fine dining.
- Day Out: Why not arrange a day out with your loved one instead? It doesn’t need to be expensive, and you could even try a hike with a picnic.
If you are still dead set on buying expensive gifts for family and friends, one of the best ways to do it on a budget is to save for them. If you know you haven’t got birthdays or a wedding to attend in every month, then save some funds from that month to put towards when you need it.
Do you have any other ways that you can be the ultimate gift giver on a budget? Please share them in the comments section below.