10 Dos and Don'ts of Christmas Giving

10 Dos and Don'ts of Christmas Giving

We're happy to present this smart post by Savvy Sugar, with tips on picking out the best present for everyone on your list!

Christmas is coming up in about two weeks, and some of you may still be working on your gift list. Presents can be a big headache during the holidays, because it takes a lot of time and effort to think of the right gift for someone. Before you finish your list, keep these dos and don'ts in mind:

Do Set a Budget

Christmas isn't a time to go wild and spend money on presents you can't afford. Sure, it's a time to be generous, but remember to be kind to yourself first and don't empty out your wallet. Start making a list of people you're giving gifts to and set a cap on how much you're going to spend on them.

Do Consider Giving Homemade Gifts

Personally, I tend to appreciate the gift more when it's homemade, because it shows a lot of thought and effort on the gift-giver's part. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Do Be Smart About Regifting

If you're planning to regift, remember to avoid major no-no's such as giving a used item, or giving the gift to a friend of a friend. Regifting a bottle of wine is always your safest bet, but do remember to do it with a personal touch like a small card.

Do Get a Gift Receipt

If you're purchasing something for your friend, make sure you ask the salesperson to include a gift receipt. It's just a polite gesture, and you know your money won't go to waste because your friend can exchange the gift if she doesn't like it.

Do Put Thought Into Your Gift

If you like something, it doesn't mean that your recipient is going to like it, too. Take some time to really think about what she likes and what her interests are. Here are a list of thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank if you need ideas. Don't get her a generic gift: Reflect back on your previous conversations to see if she talked about a certain item she's been wanting to get. A good idea is to check out her Pinterest profile to see if she lists products she wants, and Etsy also has a gift recommendation feature that pulls information from Facebook profiles.

For Christmas gift-giving don'ts, read the rest of the post.

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