I’m not one of those women that finishes Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. In fact, before I had kids (read: when I had money) I used to leave it all to the very last minute. I almost delighted in the last minute rush of shopping. In the last few years I have turned in to one of those women that sends cookies and handmade refrigerator magnets. Now that I am home full time I fully expect to start crafting reindeer from dryer lint before the middle of November. Sorry, family, for ruining the surprise. In all honesty, this is the first Christmas since I have taken the Pinterest plunge. I am afraid.
Even if you are not armed with a glue gun and some glitter if you start shopping early and take advantage of online sales you can score some serious deals.
Faith from Virginia asks:
Am I being frugal or just plain cheap? Last year for Christmas I gave my mother-in-law a cute picture of my son on a canvas. She loved it, cried happy tears, showed it off proudly to everyone. The thing is, it was free. Ok, I did have to pay a small shipping charge, but that’s it. It’s not that I don’t WANT to shower my loved ones with gifts galore, I really do, but money is very tight. Am I banking too much on sentimental value? Help!
I am a sentimental gal, so perhaps I am not the right person to ask, but I say good gift! When gifting a homemade gift or scoring a great deal I always ask myself two things. Would I be happy to receive this? Would I have paid full price for it? As long as your answer is yes I think you are a-ok!
We live in a time of immediate satisfaction. If you want something you can have it delivered to your door or your smartphone in no time. It’s tougher and tougher to give someone a gift that they really want and more and more of us are “that person that has everything.” So, I say go for the sentiment. And really, maybe someone has thought it, but has anyone every heard anyone say it out loud – “Oh, man, look at this crap! Another picture of my damn grandkids!! Like I need that!!”
Now, has anyone seen my hole punch? There is a sale at JoAnn’s on pipe cleaners – can I grab you a bag while I am there?