Frugal Gift Giving Made Easy...



One of the best ways to give is to become proactive in your gift giving experience. Once we enter the holiday seasons, sales are advertised everywhere, but the frustration of finding significant sales can be burdensome.

Black Friday has been the day most of us look to in order to save during holiday shopping. However, here are some tips to become proactive from this day forward and save hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of dollars.

Before we go into the proactive gift giving subject, here are some Black Friday links. Keep in mind most of these sites offer the same standard advertisers.

Also keep in mind that all Black Friday ads offer a limited inventory and many times these advertised items are sold out by the time you seek to purchase these gifts at the advertised discounted price.

This can be a costly mistake when seeking frugal finds... Often, we can either fall victim to paying a signficantly higher price to find a comparable item, or we may settle for a lower quality product and justify the purchase is close enough-- and thus, compromise value which can be more costly in the long run.

With this in mind, here are three Black Friday links:

www.blackfriday.com www.blackfriday.info www.bfads.net

Gift giving can be done frugally and simply. You can abandon the herd of rushing to buy everything on Black Friday, or rush to get everything done last minute.

This can take away from the personal touch of gift giving. You can not only achieve frugal gift giving, you can become very creative (and keep it simple) which can have an impressionable impact in another person's life.


Many times, we can wait until the last moment to purchase gifts... especially during the holidays, but here's a few tips to simplify it and slash the costs with your gift giving purchases...

Frugal Foostep #1 with Gift Giving...

Create a year round "Gift Grab Box" for Your Gift Giving Experience & Save...


The "Gift Grab Box" is a large box you fill with clearance, unperishable items that make great gifts...



Filling your "Gift Grab Box" at minimal cost is fun! Simply shop after season closeouts and clearance sales throughout the year.

If You Want to choose gifts from under $5, and everything Under $20...


And you currently do not have a gift grab box and want to get started now, click here for low cost gift giving pre-selected gifts.

All of these gifts are products that range from under $5 (and everything under $20). You will find many gift items that are lavishly cheap and great picks.

However, remember...

During close out sales, you can purchase items reduced by more than half- and hit a "double mark down" where you purchase items at greater than 75% off.

Example: When any holiday season comes to an end, many items that aren't "holiday oriented" will be drastically reduced.

Stock up your "Gift Grab Box" when their the holiday sales closeout is taking place...

You can fill it with gift soaps, bath and body items, stationary, sports paraphenalia, clothing, jewelry, etc.

This is great fun! Imagine being able to buy double, triple, or even more than quadruple the full cost and stock up your "Gift Grab Box."

You can.

To spruce it up and make it unique, you can package these items together, which leads to the next frugal footstep...

Frugal Footstep #2 with Gift Giving...

Put together Gift Baskets...


With your collection of great buys in your "Gift Grab Box," you can build wonderful gift baskets!

You don't even have to be that creative, but if you are, it can be fun and exciting using these gift basket ideas...

Here are some frugal gifts basket ideas...


1. Create holiday gift baskets in advance... As stated with Frugal Step #1, shop the holiday clearance sales to buy non-perishable items to use in gift baskets later on. At a fraction of the cost, you can build gift baskets for every holiday during the year by filling it with these items.

2. Create "themed baskets" for special friends... Themed baskets target something your "special friends" enjoy, or it can be simply something they collect.

For instance, if you know of a person who likes collecting glass figurines, or perhaps, stuffed animals, you can put it in a basket with a few other goodies to add to the gift. This gives it a great personal touch...

When you notice something unique in another person, it brings that much more of the personal touch. And once again, by practicing Frugal Footstep #1 with Gift Giving, you can build these baskets at a fraction of the cost!

3. Create "personalized baskets" to add that extra touch... This can have a little extra cost, but for a fraction of what you buy for those "hard to find" people in your life, you can put one personalized item in the basket, and wrap it around with other gifts from your "Gift Grab Box."



Money Saving Tip: Choose a simple theme. If you're struggling, you can simply go with a person's "favorite color. Buy baskets at dollar stores, thrift shops, and from craft clearance racks. You will find an array of basket fillers for a $1 at many of these locations. Simply take a minute and think of the receiver and what you see in their interests. Keep in mind your gifts will need to fit into the basket.


Frugal Footstep #3 with Gift Giving...

Write Personal Messages & Make it a Part of Your Gift Giving


You can make your gift giving powerful by adding personal messages. Better yet, you can give a gift that keeps on giving that is simply personal and very low cost.

These personal gifts can be well under $10...

Purchase a blank journal from a bookstore on clearance racks. These journals are liquidated often...

Inside this blank journal, you can write simple messages on each page, or every other page, that will create a powerful impact!

Here are a few ideas...

1. 101 Things You Do That Make Me Smile...

2. 101 Things I Love About You...

3. 101 Nice Thoughts I Have About You...

4. 101 Ways You've Changed My Life...

5. 101 Reasons I Am Grateful For You...

You can place any number you choose. Title the book on the first right hand full page, and by skipping every other page and writing the simple messages according to the theme on the right-hand pages only, you can fill the book up more quickly.

You can also add a visa gift card, a restaurant gift card, or a gift card to their favorite shop with this and still make then entire gift-giving experience frugal!