Saving Time By Avoiding Presents Nobody Wants

By on November 20, 2012

Christmas is a time that brings out the highest levels of joy in the majority of people which in turn puts everyone else in a better mood.  The festive season is one that we look forward to every single year.  It is a chance to get a break from work, see old friends, catch up with family, eat luxurious foods, drink until our heart is content and even exchange a few gifts.  For many people, the bit that needs the most careful consideration during this time is which gifts to buy for whom.  The reality is that not all of us are naturals when it comes to buying gifts.  Some of us buy completely unsuitable items, whereas others buy items that are just weird; but most of all, a lot of people waste a lot of cash at Christmas, money that they really did not need to spend!

Advice
First of all, there is no harm in getting some advice when it comes to purchasing a gift for someone at Christmas.  It might be a girlfriend, your mum or even a brother, but advice is always close by.  Getting advice on the best type of present to purchase will ensure that the budget allocated is respectable but also that a present will just not get put in a drawer and be forgotten for good.  Of course, there are plenty of people on hand to give advice.  Look towards family, friends and also the friends of those that you are buying for.  They will be able to see whether what you plan to buy is really essential or going to be appreciated and can give you their take on what would be the most suitable gift.

Use the Internet
It is amazing to see how many people are still paying high prices for items that can be found online at a minimal cost.  For instance, electronics from high street retailers will be offered at RRP.  That being said, many auction websites and even e-commerce suppliers will be able to supply these products at 20% discount or more.  For those spending a few pounds this might not seem like a massive saving however when buying large items such as flat screen TV’s and laptops you will soon see how worthwhile using the internet really is.

Alongside the basic e-commerce store route, there are other ways to save money.  Compare suppliers’ online using comparison websites and ask for price matches on items directly, suppliers will usually give them!  Alongside this, ensure that you sign up on cash back shopping websites, as they are able to help people save 10% or more on many occasions!

Budget
It is astounding to see that the majority of people have no real budget for Christmas presents even though they struggle financially throughout the rest of the year.  Be savvier on a financial basis with Christmas presents and allocate a cash budget for each present that is purchased.  Not only will this ensure that cash is not wasted unnecessarily but it will also ensure that the purchase is a careful more thought out one.  Generally, this will mean that the recipient will be delighted with what they eventually receive.

Think About What They Really Want
Last minute gift giving really does not work.  It is important to think about what an individual wants and the best way to do that is to explore their hobbies and interests.  This will give people a sense that the buyer has really thought about the purchase and it will also ensure that the present is one that will be used and appreciated.  Hobbies are usually an extremely good place to start with, simply because most hobbies require a lot of cash so there is always something that the individual is going to need or want when it comes to their hobby.

A great way to exchange presents at Christmas is using a secret Santa.  This is one of the only times where presents are bought on a fairly low budget and without much thought. Yet putting thought into your search can make it fun and start great friendships with your collegues.

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