This is an eight part series on taking the stress out of thoughtful gift giving. If you have missed a post click HERE to see them all.
So what if you've blown your budget and you still have gifts to buy. Let's face it, it happens to most of us. We are all flawed and we will all mess up. Don't get to down on yourself, it's not worth it. BUT - don't spend more money either. I'm going to borrow one of The Nester's catch phrases for this tip... "Shop your own house". She usually is talking abut decorating but I believe you can totally do this for Christmas gifts too.
Find things around the house that you are either done wearing or you are never going to actually use or that awesome piece of art that you have never been able to find a place for. We all have stuff that we don't want anymore or don't need, why not share it. You will probably see it again if you re-gift it instead of donating. (although I'm all for donating too!) I do it all the time and guess what? No one has ever said to me "Is this used? is this from your house?! You are so cheap." Not one friend has ever said that and I don't believe any of them have thought that either. Because really, who cares especially if it's a thoughtful gift. Yes, even your re-gifts should be thoughtful. You won't feel good about re-gifting if it's not a thoughtful gift, trust me.
Another great way to not spend - MAKE SOME GIFTS! Are you a knitter? Knit up something from your yarn stash. Are you a painter? paint something on an old canvas or piece of wood or plate or anything. Search pinterest for ideas. For example, if you have a ton of corks lying around that you are planning to use for something someday, search pinterest for "corks DIY". Here are some of my favorite DIY's that came up...
Some tips for thoughtful re-gifts...
#1 If you think it's ugly - your friends most likely will too. donate the ugly, don't re-gift.
#2 If you immediately think of a certain person when you see something that's a really good sign. Maybe it's meant to go to them.
#3 Shop your jewelry and if you haven't worn a piece in over a year, consider giving it away.
#4 Books, books, books! There is something beautiful about passing down a well-loved and marked up book. One of my favorite gifts ever was a book just like that. I then marked it up even more and maybe someday I'll be ready to part with it and it will mean so much to someone else. If you do this - write a note in the book somewhere to the person and tell them why you thought the book would be perfect for them. It doesn't have to be on the front cover either. Be creative - write the note on your favorite page or one word on each page - make it special.
So, if you have messed up and blown your budget...don't give up! Keep thinking outside the box and keep being thoughtful but do NOT keep blowing your budget:)