HOW TO SAVE MONEY and CLUTTER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Although most of us will enjoy our family and friends from afar this holiday season, via Zoom or some other virtual platform, it is likely that gifts will still arrive nonetheless.
Perhaps you’ve already spent many hours and dollars shopping online, paid extra for gift-wrapping and tracked your packages right to the intended recipient’s home. If you still have a few folks on your gift-giving list and you've run out of ideas, check out our 50 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas here.
However, If it's been your intention to cut back on holiday gift-giving (and we can certainly think of many reasons for wanting to do so) or at least be mindful of not adding more clutter to yours or someone else's home, then read on.
Here are some tips that you may find helpful in cutting costs this season:
Gift consumables instead of tchotskes. For example: Artisan chocolate, locally roasted coffee, fine cheeses or craft wines and beer from a local distillery. Something homemade, handmade or local will have a story and thoughtfulness behind it.
Gift experiences instead of clutter (we won’t be in lockdown forever!). Pre-paid tickets to the art museum, ballet, mini-golf, spa-day or a babysitter pre-reserved + a reservation/gift card for a nice dinner would all be great ideas for experiences someone would enjoy and value. Memories are far more valuable than dust-collecting items. The gift will be even better if they will experience the event with you.
Make items in bulk to save costs. Handmade gifts are always appreciated! Think of something you can make in bulk and spend a day creating your jars or packages for loved ones. Add a tag and some pretty ribbon and voila!
Simple, classic wrapping can save costs on gift wrap. You don’t need shiny foil with reindeer prints colour-coordinated with other wrappers. Buy a bulk roll of craft paper and decorate it with simple twine or ribbon and a sprig of evergreen for a pretty touch (there are lots of examples on Pinterest).
Another great idea is to focus less on the story of Santa and building lists, and more on the traditions and experiences of togetherness. Don’t ask your loved ones to list what they want or pass them a toy catalogue to circle items. It can still be magical and you can still have fun with the anticipation of it all without focusing so much on the stuff.
Source: Meg Nordmann's Book "Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas"