Meaningful Gifts on a Holiday Budget Modest Money2 Comments

If you are like us at Modest Money, the holidays are approaching and you haven’t finished your shopping. Perhaps my family is the exception, but I find them incredibly difficult to buy for. I have found the following approach serves me well, making each family member feel loved and appreciated, without spending too much or leaving anyone disappointed.

1. Give Fun/Money. This is the sleight of hand method. Because my family each has diverse interests I know nothing about – my brother the sports broadcaster, my mom the tropical fish enthusiast – I can not hope to add meaningfully to their hobby. They know so much more about it than I do, it’s best left to them to buy stuff for themselves. A well-intentioned gift card is always happily received. But it’s not fun to unwrap, and doesn’t really communicate the “spirit” of holiday gift-giving. So if I give gift cards or cash, I always make sure to include an “experience” gift that everyone can enjoy. This could be an exciting new game that the whole family can play together, a special dinner out for everyone, even just a movie after the big meal. Just giving your family time…

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