Confession: I really love giving presents. But sometimes that ends up taking more time and money that it needs to.
Gifting is my ~love language~! I can't help myself! But there are also a lot of people who I care about, and who I want to send good holiday cheer, but who don't really require a pricey customized gift.
These days, I make the holiday season less stressful (and less expensive) by giving everyone at a similar friendship level* the exact same thing.
*For me, this is coworkers and sorority sisters; for other people it might be their kids' teachers or all of their cousins.
When putting together these gifts, I rely on a few tricks:
- I don't try to make everything; I opt for DIY...ish gift. That means most of it will probably be store-bought, but overall it will feel homemade/custom.
- I always look for things I can buy or make things in bulk and then dole out in smaller portions. This saves time and money.
- I keep an eye out for recipes and DIYs that don't require a ton of expensive ingredients/supplies, or incorporate things I already have.
- Cute, festive, and/or punny packaging is great for elevating gifts, especially store-bought items. I try to keep the packaging under $2 and I usually have the best luck at dollar stores and Michaels.