Christmas Gifts 2013
For millions of American families, this will be the first Christmas that the financial crisis will make itself felt in worker’s pockets. The average worker’s pay is increasing less than the price of goods in stores, so finding the perfect gift this holiday may mean being a bit more creative than normal.
The Best Christmas Gifts of 2013.
The first thing to try is food based gifts. The recipient will always appreciate the time and effort that has gone into making muffins or cakes, and they’re also the perfect chance to personalize your gift. By finding out their favorite ingredients and flavors, you can put together a gift basket that looks and smells fantastic without costing a fortune. The next option is to offer them experiences rather than tangible objects. On the whole, this is a better tactic to try for older children and other adults, as they will appreciate spending time with you doing one of their favorite activities. This can also allow you time to spread out the cost of Christmas over the course of a few months, as you can pay for tickets after December when your finances return to normality. Make sure it’s a trip that you’ll enjoy too, as there’s nothing worse than going to an event with someone who doesn’t want to be there. Finally, if you are determined to go for a more materialistic present on a budget, it’s worth hunting around online before hitting the stores. Because they don’t have to pay for staff, rent and utilities, online stores can offer massive discounts on electronic goods and books. Auction sites are also worth looking at, but be sure to make sure that you check the quality of the object before you commit to buy, and do whatever research you can on the seller to make sure that they are reliable enough to send you the product that you’ve bought.