Tis the season to be jolly! This year, Christmas for many people may be different than the previous years. The economy is taking some time off and most consumers find themselves strapped for cash this holiday season. It’s times like these that remind me how lucky I am to have a big family, and how important they are to me. I look forward to traveling to Southern California just to spend time with them.
I’ve been Christmas shopping and applaud myself for not waiting until the last minute this time. To make my money go further this year I’ve tried to put more thought into my gifts, but ultimately less cash. I’ve used several different strategies to buy gifts and I think my final shopping days are coming very soon.
Since I live in San Francisco and my family does not, I’ve been shopping at second hand stores to find fashionable items they haven’t seen before. Crossroads and the Buffalo Exchange are stores that sell used clothes and accessories. I’ve shopped there and bought inexpensive jackets and jewelry for my brother’s girlfriends. I’ve also bought a couple of pre-viewed DVD’s from blockbuster. When my friend was visiting she noticed a picture in a store she liked. Well I bought it, and I’ve been waiting for months to give it as a gift for Christmas.
I’ve made my father home made T-shirts of his grandchildren using iron on transfers and my digital camera. For the adults who don’t act like adults, a cheap gag gift from Spencer gifts can go a long way. Lastly, when I find myself searching for a gift idea I turn toward the sauce. Around the holidays you can find a gift set with a bottle of alcohol and a glass or two. I like to buy this gift when I’m going to a Christmas party; we always seem to have a great time. Happy shopping and happy holidays!