As you establish your holiday budget, craft your gift list and
start buying presents, I want to share some wise words from my
As we were cleaning her room recently, we came across an old
teddy bear that my maternal grandmother had given me. She asked if
I still had anything my other (paternal) grandmother had given me.
My answer was no, and I told her I couldn't remember any specific
gifts that I had received from her. My daughter, who has heard
plenty of stories from me about all the fun times I had with that
grandmother while I was growing up, quickly responded: "She gave
you the best gift: She was a good grandmother." So true.
As Jason at the
blog points out in
Too Broke to Buy Christmas Presents
, you shouldn't feel an obligation to buy for everyone on your
Christmas list. Instead, you should find "a thoughtful, inexpensive
way to mark the holiday season by telling someone you love and
And as Flexo at
The Best Holiday Gift: A Shared Experience
, "consider finding a way to offer an experience that everyone
would enjoy. The benefits might not be immediate, but an experience
could create memories that outshine this year's hot Christmas toy
or latest Apple product for years to come."
If you do buy gifts, you don't have to break your budget to do
Bible Money Matters
blog has a great list of
100 frugal gifts you can give this Christmas
Or consider gifts that keep on giving, such as the the
10 financial Christmas gift ideas for children
that will teach them the basics of money and set them on the path
toward a strong financial future.
To keep things in perspective, see
How Does Your Holiday Spending Compare to the
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