It is that special time of year again. Time to start budgeting, making lists and checking them twice. Perhaps you are not really in a giving mood. Let us say that you are tired of giving expensive presents that either get taken back to the store or sit around gathering dust. You want to be generous, but also practical. Here are some super smart practical presents that are sure to be used by your grateful loved ones and friends.
Another idea is a gift that is job related. For instance, a writer would love a postage scale, a journal or writing supplies. A lawyer would appreciate a new briefcase. An elementary teacher would be grateful for a year's subscription to Family Fun or Nickelodeon Magazine. A stay-at-home Mom would love a paid gym membership or an invitation to join a book club or class.
Don't forget the ultimate in usefulness: gift cards. Virtually every store offers them in any amount that you choose. The recipient can pick out exactly what they need or desire and you can be sure that it is the perfect fit. Young or "experienced," anyone will appreciate gift cards.
During this holiday season, concentrate on filling your gift list with practical presents. Instead of the traditional reindeer sweater that will join the ranks of the unworn garments cluttering up closets across America, think of the needs of the recipient. Forget expensive knick-knacks and unused exotic appliances. Try giving practical presents that is sure to please.
Shaunna Privratsky is a fulltime author. She lives in North Dakota with her family and is busy enjoying the holidays, preparing for guests and shoveling snow. Visit The Discount Diva for more money-saving ideas here.
Take the Next Step:
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor: Click Here
Sign up for our free weekly eNewsletter Surviving Tough Times.
Looking for an answer to a frugal living question? Click here to ask a
Dollar Stretcher Stretchpert!
Copyright 1996 - 2013 "The Dollar Stretcher, Inc." All rights reserved unless specifically noted.
Contact the Dollar Stretcher at:
PO Box 14160
Bradenton FL 34280
"The Dollar Stretcher, Inc." does not assume responsibility for advice given. All advice should be weighed against your own abilities and circumstances and applied accordingly. It is up to the reader to determine if advice is safe and suitable for their own situation.