Some folks make ingenious decisions when buying Christmas gifts. They’ll compare prices, maybe start their shopping very early in the year, or get very methodical about their purchases. Regardless of how you choose to prepare for gift giving, we have several tips to help you give Christmas gifts on a budget!

Make a Budget and Stick To It

After the Christmas season, we always hear folks talking about the credit card debt they’ve incurred because of the gifts they purchased. You can easily avoid this by sitting down before you even buy your first gift and decide exactly how much money you can afford to spend. This is the same budget concept that many people use when grocery shopping. Though you may want to get Uncle Frank that big screen television, if the price tag doesn’t fit into your budget, pick a different gift.

Make List of What Your Family and Friends Like

Making lists will help you avoid standing in the middle of a store wondering if your grandmother would really like to have that vase painted with hummingbirds. Sometimes we find that unique gift that just screams that it wants to belong to a particular person on your list, but that’s rare. If you’re buying for people you don’t really know that well, ask their friends or family what they may like. This can put a cap on impulse purchases at the store, too.

Make Your Christmas Gifts

If you’re a crafter, you’ve already got a built in avenue to Christmas gifts on a budget. Sewing or knitting special clothes or accessories and even home décor items is a great way to give more thoughtful (and less expensive!) gifts. If you bake, tasty goodies are always appreciated, though we’d recommend skipping cookies since everyone makes them for the holidays. A friend on a special diet, like a diabetic or those on gluten-free regimens, will always appreciate your taking the time to make them something they can enjoy, too.

Go Local

You’d be surprised what your locally owned stores have for sale. They’re just like everybody else during the holidays – stock is usually overflowing during these weeks and the sales are great. Plus, every dollar you spend stays in your local economy!

As you can see, there are many ways to give Christmas gifts on a budget. Whatever you do, however, make sure to grab yourself a great gift… you deserve it!