Giving from the heart and yes, spending wisely!

Well, the winds are blowing, the leaves are gone, we’ve turned the clocks back too. What’s left to look forward to?

The holidays?

YES, the holidays, which we spend the next six weeks shopping for.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Grinch, I’m your money coach. Think about it. Aren’t the next two months that special time of year where a simple visit to the mall is an assault to our senses? Carols are blaring, the stores are sparkly with tinsel, the parking lots are packed and everywhere, they seem to be having sales, sales, sales. Online the sale signs are flashing too.

Betty Lou Who from Whoville

Don’t be taken in. This is one of our most fun, yet most expensive seasons. It’s not just the gifts for family and friends, it’s also the myriad of parties and social events that the season brings that can empty out our pockets, ratchet up our credit cards and empty our bank accounts.

Like a lot of  people, I enjoy bringing a hostess gift to a party. I like to receive them too. I’m not talking about the requisite bottle of wine though. I enjoy something a little more personal that someone has put some thought into. Something homemade always makes my eyes sparkle and I’ll remember who gave me this type of gift every time I use it or look at it.

What do I mean?

Take for example:

  • A bottle of your secret recipe steak spice to remind me of BBQing in the summer.
  • How about some real vanilla bean-flavoured sugar in a fancy bottle?
  • Or a jar of all the fixings for homemade cocoa?
  • You can put together a small basket with some exotic teas and a nice tea strainer.

It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and you and your gift will be remembered long after the decorations are down and the festivities are over.

Take a few minutes and think about what your host might like, and you’ve probably already got most of it in your house. You’ll leave them delighted, and you won’t leave yourself with a January credit card hangover.

Do you have any great ideas about these gifts that you’d like to share?

I want to know.

Leave me a comment and I’ll share it with everyone. I’d love to hear what you think about this gentle gifting idea.

I’m Canada’s Money Coach, and you can always count on me to look at money-saving while gift-giving in a new light. Get in touch today for a consultation that will be your gift to yourself this year … and for years to come. Call me to find out more 613-875-5834.

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One Comment

  1. I was listening to CBC at lunch today and enjoyed your talk. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for teaching a 15 year old about the value of money.

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