The Holiday Season: How to Be the Best Gift Giver

Oh, the joys of the Holiday’s!

We know it as the “Giving Season”; the season of love, joy, and happiness. Or, in other words, the season that you’ll spend all of your money on gifts that people leave lying around or rarely use.

I’m sure most of you are thoughtful and the best gift givers. I, myself, am a self-proclaimed great gift giver; yet somehow I find myself spending way too much money every year! I mean, you have to buy gifts for everyone: parents, closest friends, siblings, and don’t forget about your nephews and nieces — if you have them.

Yet, Christmas isn’t about presents… *rolls eyes*

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There a variety of gift giver types: thoughtful, unthoughtful, the cash gift giver, the gift card gift giver, the “I made you a scarf” gift giver, and so many others. However, there are really only three types of gift receivers.

The Experiences Person
The one who likes concert tickets, traveling, and so on. The person who’d rather have lifetime experiences rather than physical things.

The Things Person
That one person who wants the clothes, shoes, new Xbox, and everything you could imagine.

Third, The Cash Person
They ask for cash for everything, because cash is king.

Regardless, of what type of gift receiver you are buying for, things can add up quickly. And, if you’re like me, you’d rather be thoughtful about the gifts you give than worrying about being the coolest and getting the most expensive things.

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So, what can we do to combat all that spending we do? Let me tell you!

Presents You Can Eat
Baking perfectly-looking Santa cookies seems so over-rated since the birth of Pinterest doesn’t it? I mean, I cannot even with Hot Chocolate in a jar for the fifth year in a row. I get it, but seriously, who doesn’t like presents they can eat? I’m not talking about putting the dry ingredients in a jar and adding an “instructions tag.” I’m talking full on homemade, actual baked goods.

Now, if you aren’t a baker, but your best friend loves those scones from a certain bakery, swing by and box em’ up. Add a nice homemade card and boom, you’ve got moved up to “You’re the Best”.

I can’t even lie about this one. If someone got me a 6-pack of my favorite beer, cider, or that expensive wine I love; I would be so happy! Give your best friend or favorite cousin that $12 bottle of wine instead of a $25 gift card. Plus, they might be so appreciative that they’ll share some of it with you! It’s a win-win.

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Seriously! Not kidding here, guys. Growing up, my family would draw names out of a hat at Thanksgiving and get a present for that person for Christmas. A few years ago, however, we realized everyone was basically exchanging money and so now we just spend the day together.

Time is one of the most valuable things in our lives. It’s so precious and a lot of times (no pun intended), we waste it or give it to people who don’t deserve it — a story for another day. Not to mention, we do most of our connecting online nowadays. You may talk to your best friends or family every day, but it just isn’t the same as spending real quality time with them.

Make a date with mom and dad, take them out to lunch. Take your nephews to the museum for a day. Or spend the day with your sister or/and brother watching your favorite movies. Giving your time to the people who care about you the most, without checking Facebook or being on the internet the whole time, is truly a great gift.

The average family of four in the United States will spend almost $900.00 on Christmas gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. I say, save that money for a vacation together; in about 10, 15, 20 years, your family will still be talking about how awesome that trip was, but they may not remember that gift card you bought.

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