If you are like most other people I know, then Christmas may easily be your most expensive time of year. From early November onwards, people are out every weekend looking for a wide assortment of gift ideas suitable for friends and family.
This year, why not take a different approach? It is possible to find unique gift ideas for everyone and save yourself some money at the same time.
The mistake that lots of people make is in assuming that the presents they buy need to come from the big department stores with their brightly lit Christmas displays that are designed to tempt weary shoppers inside.
It is true that these department stores do have lots of things inside for you to buy. There are however two major problems with buying all of your Christmas presents there.
- The Christmas gifts are too expensive.
- Most people will have something similar already.
The Christmas gifts are too expensive
However much the big name retailers promote their special offers, discounts, and other promotions, everyone still knows that by the time you have finished walking through the store and purchased everything you need for Christmas, you are going to be paying off your credit card bills for most of the next year.
Most people will have something similar already
This is one of the most frustrating problems when it comes to buying Christmas presents. You only have to take a look at the long queues which form at customer services desks in early January to see how widespread this is a common problem.
How to save money and buy unique Christmas presents
Both of these difficulties can be solved by avoiding the major retailers this Christmas. It is possible to buy unique Christmas gifts for almost everyone without ever crossing the threshold of a chain store.
In these financially stretched times, there are an increasing number of shops selling pre-owned goods, and these can make excellent presents. In many cases the items are almost new. It is common to find clothes which have never been worn, and still have the original retailers tags inside. In other cases you may be surprised to discover games and toys which have clearly been played with once and then discarded.
Why not make it yourself?
If you are looking for that really unique Christmas present, then a trip to your local used furniture store, or antique fair is always worthwhile. Not everything you find in there will be expensive. It is often possible to find items which require a little attention to restore them to use. Don’t let the idea of having to do a little work on the gift yourself put you off. In many ways this is what make the gift unique; you have the opportunity to provide a customized Christmas gift for your friend, along with the satisfaction of making something that will be on display in your friend’s house and may remind them of you for many years to come.