The Art of Holiday Shopping!

The Art of Holiday Shopping!

November 22, 2023


The Art of Holiday Shopping! 

 The holidays are here! In what seems like a blink of an eye, we will soon be preparing for family get togethers, travel plans and buying gifts for the ones we love. This time of year can also bring extra stress around our personal finances. This is especially true this season as prices have risen on everything from food to fuel to everyday items. We are dealing with the real Grinch, also known as inflation! How can you balance making your loved one’s holiday with the coolest gifts while not breaking the bank? We have a few ideas for you.  

 First, create a holiday shopping budget. It is a smart idea to plan ahead and avoid overspending during this festive season. Here are some tips I found from various sources: 

Category 

Item 

Cost 

Gifts 

Family 

$200 

Gifts 

Friends 

$100 

Gifts 

Co-workers 

$50 

Decorations 

Tree 

$40 

Decorations 

Lights 

$20 

Food 

Groceries 

$100 

Food 

Dining out 

$50 

Travel 

Gas 

$30 

Travel 

Hotel 

$100 

Total 

 

$690 

Making a list will give you a basic idea of things that you will need to pay for and make it easier to prioritize if you must limit your spending. In addition to listing out your expenses, create a detailed shopping list.2

As for some good ideas for great gifts or experiences on a low budget, here are some suggestions I found from various sources: 

  • A personalized charcuterie board. Simple but thoughtful, this personalized serving board adds a bit of elegance to any gathering. You can customize it with the recipient’s name, initials, or a message.  Etsy has several for under $25

On Amazon I found several cool gifts that also won't break the budget! (And usually have free shipping!)

  • An ambient moon lamp. This realistic moon lamp gives off a soothing ambient glow to brighten up a room. Whether one uses it as a subtle night light or as a room accessory, they’ll have fun matching the lamp to their mood with its multiple color options.
  • A daily journal that is easy to keep up with. Starting a mindful habit is easy with a five-minute gratitude journal. One can jot down affirmations and moments of gratitude twice daily and begin feeling inspired in no time.
  • A mini waffle maker. A tiny waffle maker is perfect for single-serve breakfasts or meal prep. It’s compact for confined spaces, heats up in a few minutes, and has a non-stick surface that is easy to clean.
  • A realistic cereal bowl candle. A cereal bowl-shaped candle makes for a whimsical and fun decor piece while filling the space with a sweet French vanilla scent.

I hope these tips and ideas help you create a good holiday shopping budget and find some great gifts for your loved ones. Happy holidays! 😊 

1 https://www.ramseysolutions.com/budgeting/create-a-christmas-budget

2,5,6,7,8 https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Holiday-Shopping-on-a-Budget

3,9 https://www.thebalancemoney.com/how-to-stick-to-your-holiday-budget-2385688

4 https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/finance/how-to-build-a-holiday-budget-that-works-every-year