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Christmas Gift Savings

10/25/2016 05:09PM ● Published by Hood Magazine

By Shaina Herrmann

According to The American Research Group, the average family will spend over $800 this year on Christmas gifts. That number, while still being high from my perspective, begins to make sense when you take into account the number of gifts needed to include immediate and extended family members, close friends, co-workers, neighbors and even pets! It becomes a real challenge each year to find gifts for everyone in your life while still maintaining a reasonable budget for your family. When you are out shopping this season, there are quite a few things you can do to save money as you search for those perfect gifts. Here are some of my favorite ways to save!

Make it Yourself - If it can be made at home and it will save you money, why not make it yourself? You can learn how to make just about anything if you do one quick internet search.  Additionally, a DIY gift adds a little extra sentiment, having it be a one-of-a-kind gift made just for them!

Framed Photos - We live in the age of photography! We all love to see images that remind us of good times we’ve shared with others. Photo prints are affordable and likely to be cherished by anyone who receives them. Did you go on a trip with a friend this year? Give them a framed print of the place you visited, or gather groups of images from the trip and place them into a photo book or album.


Hobby Gifts - Consider the hobbies of the person you are buying for. Does your friend love to write? Pick up some pretty stationary and some stamps. If your budget allows, add in a few nice pens and her favorite candy! Does your cousin love concerts? Find them a good scrapbook or photo album to put all of their mementos in.


Snail Mail - Can’t afford many gifts this year? You can still show your appreciation and love to your friends and family. When is the last time you mailed someone a letter? You could make it a card, postcard, a letter, or just a little note of appreciation on some nice stationery. If you have a few dollars to spend, include a favorite snack or candy with your letter.

Free Shipping Day - For all of those last minute shoppers, hundreds of companies offer free shipping on December 16th of this year! Visit for a list of the participating stores.

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