Tips and Tricks: Gift Giving 101

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Hello there, Beauties!! With so many gift guides floating around right now, I wanted to put my own spin on the subject. 

We all know the drill. December 1st hits and you realize that you haven’t purchased a single Christmas gift. The panic has set in, and you may or may not be wondering if you even have any wrapping paper left over from last year. Maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, with consumerism at its highest peak in December, it can be easy to fall into a black hole of mental anguish trying to figure out where to spend what and all things relative to gift giving. Today I’m here to give you a few tips that have worked for me over the holiday gift giving seasons of the past.

1. DON’T OVERSPEND!!!! – This is the best piece of advice I think I could give anyone this time of year. Once the presents have been opened and all, you’re still going to have to deal with the credit card bills that came from that. You don’t have to go broke in an effort to show those you love how you feel. Because when it’s all over, you’ll forget the joy you felt giving the gift and be super stressed, and no one has time for that.

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2. Make a list and stick to it. – If you’re purchasing gifts for a lot of people, make a list and don’t stray from it. For example, I have a teenage son. 15 to be exact. He asks for stuff for Christmas literally all year. If I went out and bought every single thing he asked for in passing, I would be living in a cardboard box. What I do instead it, I listen for the one thing he asks for consistently. Typically, kids will just ask for random stuff until you say yes to at least one thing. I know the one thing that will mean the most to him to receive, and that’s what the hell he’s getting. Same goes for everyone else. Listen for the thing that clearly gives them the most joy talking about and get that. It makes no sense to buy a million things that likely won’t be used by the spring. This brings me to tip #3.

3. Give gifts that count. – Don’t just buy someone something because it’s expensive or something. The things I’ve received that meant the most to me were always gifts from the heart. The gifts that show the receiver that you have been paying attention to the conversations you’ve had in passing will always hold higher regard to the gift that was given just so you could look a certain way. Handmade gifts or things can be used regularly will be a constant reminder of the thoughtfulness the giver gave. Thus, everybody wins.

4. Buy in bulk. – Hear me out on this one. When you buy those holiday gift sets, think about the people on your list. If the gift set comes with six masks, for example, look on your list and see if you have two people that are into that kinda thing. Then, you can split the gift set in half and take care of two birds with one stone, as the old folks say. This saves you money while making two people super happy.

5. Those who can’t wrap use gift bags. – Listen. If you know that your gift wrapping skills leave much to be desired, throw that gift into a gift bag with some tissue paper and keep it moving. Don’t stress yourself out trying to fold the perfect corners and all that madness. Another option is to ship packages directly from the vendor to the recipient and have the company wrap it for you.

6. DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT TRYING TO COMPETE WITH EVERYONE ELSE!!!! – Honey, do the best you can for who you can and keep it moving. Don’t let the pressure of keeping up with others you see with mountains of gifts under their tree freak you out. Everyone lives differently. As long as you know that the gifts you’re giving come from a place of love and reflect that, you did your job.

What are some of your gift giving tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo

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