If you liked this Christmas...you will love next:
Some simple steps.
1.There are some gifts that almost everyone loves, so think about those people you know, once a month...buy a gift and put it in a box for 11 months.
2.You must save say $5.00 a week...look forward to getting that gift!
Something fun to do in 2014.
3.Go to second hand shops, if you have to buy for girls...they have some really nice glass stuff, and the like.
4.Look on ebay, you can always find a bargain.
The key is shop each month...And HAVE FUN!
A good idea would be for people to open up a high interest savings account at the start of a new year (perfect time is now) and agree to set aside a certain amount each week for this purpose, and don't touch it till Christmas shopping time. Even if its only $2, that is $104 + interest earnings at the end of the year if plan started on the 1st of Jan. It all helps.
Another strategy would be to buy items on sale, or have a set budget per person. Otherwise, some families (as in workplaces) do a KK - whereby each family member buys a present for someone in the family; therefore only one present to buy and not X amount. Sure gift giving is great, yet Christmas is all about love in families at the end of the day.
Absolutely right - I believe 1 present per person is more than sufficient, provided it's something meaningful and useful. I received over 5 presents from 1 person, which is delightful, but not necessary.