Let’s be honest, as wonderful as Christmas time is, it can also be a financial strain if not planned in advance. Everything from buying and decorating the Christmas tree, to booking a Christmas dinner can add up to be expensive. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re looking to save a pretty penny this festive season, try out some of these quick Christmas hacks to save burning a hole in your bank card.
1. Plan ahead and write a list
Before you even think about buying presents, grab a notepad and pen. Write down a list of the people you need to buy gifts for that as this will give you a sense of clarity. Is there a way of saving money by splitting the cost of presents with a partner or a family member? In using this writing down method, you are more likely to stick to the plan.
2. Stick to a budget
Once your list is in place, now you can consider your budget. This will vary from person to person, family to family, but do not worry. We must remember that Christmas is the time for friends, family and loved ones, so it doesn’t mean you have to spend every last penny to make everyone happy. Figure out what you can afford for each person and go from there.
3. Presents that won’t break the bank
The best part about buying presents is that it doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Instead of buying lots of gifts, consider buying one present with a meaning behind it. People love vouchers, experiences, and gift cards at Christmas as they can use them during the January sales. Afternoon Tea and a romantic night at Park Regis, or afternoon Tea at Rofuto or a pamper break at Shakina Spa for example is a perfect gift for the food or spa lover in your life.
4. Reuse last year’s wrapping paper
The excitement of Christmas Day usually means having tonnes of wrapping paper thrown around the house. To save a pretty penny, instead of throwing used paper away, fold it up and reuse it again for next year. You can get wrapping paper cheap at certain supermarkets or alternatively, wrap gifts for free in newspaper or even old maps if you want to be more quirky.
5. Handmade gifts
Handmade gifts are fantastic and thoughtful – even when it comes to children. If you bake, knit or sew, then use your talent to produce something unique for a loved one instead. Make a big batch of Christmas cookies or cakes, create decorations using paper or paint on recycled bottles and jars – there are dozens of options for families planning Christmas on a budget.
6. Christmas traditions that don’t involve gifts
Remember that not all gifts have a price tag. Here are just a few ideas for things to do on the dark, cold nights that won’t ask you to spend money.
- Have a movie night
- Read a book together
- Light some candles and get baking
- Decorate the Christmas tree in fairy lights
- Make and drink some hot chocolate with extra marshmallows