Today I co-hosted another fun Holiday Hangout with Personal Creations. If you missed it you can see the Playback here on YouTube or click play below.
We talked all things holiday from decor to food and budgets to gift ideas for everyone on your list. It was a fun time and not only did I share my expertise but I learned a ton too!
I shared a bit of advice for keeping your holiday budget under control. Here’s a recap of what I shared.
- Make a budget. You knew I was going to start there right? 🙂 Without a budget in place you may overspend, go into debt, or over buy. when it comes to budgeting though make sure it isn’t all about the gifts and include costs such as holiday meals, tips for care or service providers, teacher gifts, and decor and food.
- Make a list and check it twice. Make a list of all the people you’re shopping for, the other items you’ll need like decorations, a Christmas tree, and ingredients for baking and holiday meals. If you and your loved ones split shopping duties keep a digital list in a GoogleDoc, in Dropbox, or another service that lets you share documents.
- Hand make it. Making gifts whether it’s handmade ornaments, knitted caps, or homemade cookies can be an inexpensive and lovely gift idea.
- Personalize your gifts. Creating gifts that are personalized isn’t just about putting someone’s name on their present. It could be personalized by placing family nicknames on ornaments or creating fun personalized items like matching aprons that read Thing 1 and Thing 2.
- Keep gift giving costs down. Two ways you can keep costs down is to draw names for family members so each person only has to buy one gift or join funds with another family member to ‘go in’ for a gift. This could include experience gifts for your parents or crafting a photo album full of photos of the grandkids from your Grammy and Pop.
- Think outside the gift box. Instead of a traditional gift consider offering up your time or expertise. For instance offering up your babysitting services to parents of young kids or spending the day with your sister who lives out-of-town.
- Exchange it. No, not your gifts! Exchange items like home-baked cookies, handmade ornaments, or even books with friends or playmates for a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
Here are a few of my favorite personalized gifts that are sure to amaze this holiday season.
Giant Plush Stocking
Personalized door mat
Carved Heart Canvas
Personalized Vinyl Wall Art
Stoneware Casserole Dish
You’ll find more tips on the Personal Creations blog in the coming weeks so be sure to stop by frequently and check out these personalized gift ideas that are sure to wow this holiday season. If you’re stuck for a gift idea for that tough to shop for person on your list be sure to stop by the Holiday Gift Guide.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Personal Creations. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of PersonalCreations.com.