Make Gift-Giving More Special This Year

Make Gift-Giving More Special This Year

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We all know that it’s the thought that counts, and it never hurts to put extra thought into your gifts. With the new year in full swing and many gift-giving holidays approaching, it can be hard to plan gifts on a budget.

If you could use help making this year’s gifts meaningful and personal without big-time spending, look no further. Use these planning tips and printables to show your love with a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, or thoughtful birthday present, and be prepared for all holidays in between. 

How To Create a Yearly Gift-Giving Budget

During the holiday season and throughout the year, gift expenses can quickly wrack up. Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of all of your gift expenditures. The best and most effective way to stay aware of your spending is to implement a gift-giving budget in your routine. Use a calendar to organize when and whom you will be buying gifts for. This will help you to allocate income towards gifts and recognize times when you might need to save up.

There are a ton of shopping sales year round that cater to a budget. Researching final sale items and discounted gifts is always a good idea when looking for gifts. Notice sale patterns of popular stores by subscribing to email notifications when sales pop up!

Not all gifts that are meaningful are expensive. A handwritten card, a dinner party charcuterie board, and other small but important gifts are great ways to show your loved ones that you care.  Tons of inexpensive, thoughtful gifts will mean a lot to friends and family. Use this yearly gift budget tracker to stay on top of your spending and be prepared for future holidays. 

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gifting budget tracker printable


How To Find the Perfect Gift for Everyone

The perfect gift comes in all shapes, sizes, and most importantly, prices. It can be tricky to decide what to get a significant other or friend even if you know them well. Despite friends and family claiming that they “don’t need anything”, or want anything for their birthdays, finding gifts doesn’t have to be demanding. 

Think about the personality of your friend or family member. Would they rather have something materialistic than a trip or event as their gift? You can make a list of all of the things that they enjoy doing in their free time and build off of that. 

If they take spinning classes often, consider buying them cycling shoes. If your friend has a favorite hand, give them a personalized poster. If they’re a passionate fan of a TV show, consider a T-shirt or mug with their favorite character on the front! Get creative with their interests to show you care! To organize your ideas, use this gifting brainstorming sheet to come up with memorable gifts. 

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gifting brainstorm printable

Benefits of Creating a Gift-Giving Plan

Just like anything else that takes preparation and planning, curating a worthy gift-giving plan is instrumental in giving meaningful gifts. With so many benefits, a gift-giving plan will ensure that you can offer friends and family presents that they will love without dropping a lot of cash.

Not only will you be saving money, but you will also be saving time. Purchasing gifts in advance ensures that you will have them ready before the holiday. We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of order delivery dates that come after someone’s birthday. If you plan, you can avoid this experience. 

You can also plan a shopping itinerary to cover the most ground and accomplish your goals. It is easy to drift from one store to another in the mall without purpose. Stick to your gift-giving plan that can outline the necessary stores that you want to visit. With this plan and budget, you’ll feel confident in your gift-giving abilities!

It can be daunting to think about what to get someone special and how much to spend. Luckily, yearly gift-giving budgets and plans can support you through the process. With these helpers in mind, you can start planning for your next gift and start saving. 


Lindsey Jenn

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