December 13, 2012

Holiday Shopping Hangover

According to new research released by Mobilicity, Canada’s smart mobile phone carrier, 58 per cent of Canadians say they spend more than they should during the holidays and a further 59 per cent find themselves making impulse purchases. Not surprisingly, this holiday season has brought with it a whole slew of extra people that I need to buy presents for. My daughter’s teachers, her music instructor, her choir director, our neighbours the list goes on and on. I do not want these extra expenditures to lead to a “Holiday Shopping Hangover” in January. So I’ve come up with my top three ideas for guilt free gifting for the holidays.

Give a gift that’s personal. If you are creative person, consider making some cookies, baking a cake, or crocheting a scarf as a gift? This type of present would be cherished because of the thought and effort that went into making it, and it would be economical too.

Secret Santa, Kris Kringle or Holiday Exchange, whatever the name the sentiment stays to the same. Instead of purchasing gifts for every member of your extended circle of family and friends, why not organize a Secret Santa system for each group? You’ll take a lot of the pressure off of yourself because you only have to buy one present per Secret Santa group and that will help you to not overspend.

Give to charity. Many charities are in desperate need of donations, so why not donate what you can to help make someone else’s life better. For $30 you can give the gift of text books and educational support to children in a village with no library. You can also lend $25 to someone in our global village to micro-finance their small business. If you want to support a cause closer to home, you can donate toys to local children who otherwise wouldn’t get a gift this Christmas.

As you can see, there are countless ways to avoid having a “Holiday Shopping Hangover” in January.

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  1. lovely tips! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at the hop xo

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