Contrary to popular belief, Fun Cheap or Free is not a “deal blog”. You will almost never see me post a coupon, freebie, or deal/sale on here (aside from sales on my programs or events I'm throwing, etc.). Why? Because if all I did was post good deals on things, who would be there to teach you whether you could afford that good deal or not? Or how to pay for it? Or how to keep it looking new in the wash, or how to squeeze the most out of it, or 5 new cool uses for it? There are a million “deal” sites out there. Here on FCF my goal is to TEACH you to fish; to give you hacks, tips, tools, and ideas that you can use again, and again, and again…at ANY store, ANY time of year, at ANY phase of life, for anyTHING!
With the Holidays now officially in full-swing, I figured it was time to share some of my best gift-giving hacks, tips, and tricks! It's not only about WHAT gifts to buy, but WHY to buy, HOW to be smart about buying, and WHO to gift it to. It will hopefully allow you to put your own personal spin on gift-giving this year, and to make it the most affordable, most effortless, and most impactful gift-giving you've ever done!
Not only that, but then scroll to the end of this blog post to enter to win $100!!!!! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! But first, let's get to the tips.
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So there you go! Those are some of the tips I use to ensure I'm giving thoughtful, affordable, and creative gifts. Here's a quick recap for you:
1- Focus on VALUE, not PRICE
Don't get caught up on how much the gift cost, but instead focus on the actual VALUE of the gift. If you over-pay for a gift, it doesn't increase its value. Likewise, if you get a gift on sale, it doesn't de-value it! The value is the same to the person you give it to, regardless of what you pay for it! So it just makes sense to take the time to find a great, quality gift, for a good price, so you then have more in your budget to give to others!
Some of the most valuable (there's that word again) gifts I have ever been or have given, have been re-gifted. If it's in perfect condition or has sentimental value, it very well could be the perfect gift for someone! Don't be afraid to regift. (This especially goes for older generations!)
3- AIN'T NOBODY MAD ABOUT A GIFT CARD!
This one is for me. Personally, I sometimes have a hard time gifting a gift card because it feels a touch…impersonal. In actuality, a gift card is an extremely personal gift, because they get to (literally) PERSONALIZE the gift! They get to buy whatever they want, making it completely tailored to them! Websites like this one allow you to buy (or sell) gift cards at a discount. Also, remember that with Ebates you get cash back for shopping online. So buy the gift card online, get cash back for it, then use that cash for other gifts! #Genius
4- GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS
One of the most creative gifts I got in the last few years was a 3 month subscription to a beauty sample box. It was so fun to get a gift month after month after month! Giving the gift of a subscription makes it the gift that keeps on giving. This year for the men in my life, I'm gifting subscriptions to Dollar Shave Club.
They not only have the monthly razor subscription that we all know and love, but they also have shower products, hair products, skin products, cologne, butt wipes, oh and of course shaving products. Basically, if you’ve got a body, they’ve got you covered! DSC is making it super simple with their holiday gift bundles that have something for everyone, on your list. Check out this Member’s Favorite Gift Set which includes 7 trial size versions of their most popular products AND a $15 E-Gift Card to get started with the Club. make sure to order by December 17 to receive by December 24.
5- GET PAID TO SHOP
We all know by now that I'm a HUGE advocate for Ebates! (I mean, I've only been talking about it since I very first started blogging…). Ebates is the largest cash-back website. They partner with over 2,500 retailers (yes, the ones you shop at ALREADY), and every time you shop online, you get cash back! That's it. That easy. It doesn't cost you anything, there are no fees involved, nada. Ebates gets a kickback from the retailer, and they share it with you in the form of cold, hard CASH. So simple, you'd be crazy not to.
Not only that but if you Use this link to sign up, you get $10 welcome bonus after you spend your first $25. PLUS, this time of year many retailers are doubling, tripling, even 7x-ing (or MORE!) their cash back! Use their app for super easy shopping from your phone, or from your desktop download their little web tool that automatically notifies you when you are shopping on a site that will give you cash back.
It's really that sexy.
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6- GIFT EXPERIENCES
For the person in your life that doesn't need more STUFF (he'em DAD he'em…), focus on experiences. What do they love to do? What do they want to try? What do they want to get better at? What would create memories? Instead of gifting golf balls that they could easily buy themselves, why not golf lessons? Or better yet, a round of golf for you and he to enjoy together? Instead of a spatula set, do a cooking class together. Or gift them a class. Experiences create memories much better than things do.
7- GET SENTIMENTAL
One of the best gifts I got was from Bubba. For my birthday, he got short video clips from all my family and friends with sweet messages from them, put them together in one video. This was one of the best gifts I have ever gotten…and it didn't cost a thing. Focus on gifting meaningful, sentimental gifts, and it will make an impact on everything except your wallet.
So there are my best gift giving hacks! What are yours?