It’s that time of year again! I love the holidays and all that comes with it – the chilly weather, sweaters, boots, scarves, hot chocolate, holiday parties, twinkling lights, spending time with family and friends, and of course, gifts. The one thing I can do without? Bills.
To avoid going broke and ruining my holiday spirit, I create a holiday gift budget. That way I go shopping knowing exactly what I’m looking to spend per person. The amounts vary of course, for example I’m willing to spend quite a bit more on my Mom than on a co-worker – no matter how great they may be.
That being said, I think I’ve made it pretty clear on this blog how much I love a good deal, and for that I head to stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Target. I’ve found a gift for each of the people on this list for under $25 at one of these stores and remember, it’s the thought that counts. Your gift doesn’t have to be pricey – just thoughtful and from the heart. Think about the person and what they could really use in their day-to-day lives and how much, or little, you spend will be irrelevant. That’s my trick and I want to share it with you.
For my mom I hit up TJ Maxx. She is a yoga lover but isn’t big on buying herself clothes, especially gym shirts. I headed straight to their workout section and got her two workout tops for $9.99 each and a thick padded yoga mat for $12.99. Again, it’s my mom so I was willing and able to spend a little more on her but, had that not been the case, I could have easily done the mat and just one workout top to stay within budget.
My grand total for my mom: $33.
My sister made it very clear she wanted the Adele CD and since Target is the only place where you can currently get her CD with the 3 bonus tracks, that’s where I went for her gift. She made it pretty easy on me with this one, but I can guarantee that each of you has 1 person in their lives that would love to get this CD! Also, have you checked out the front shopping areas in Target? They are always filled with fun and sometimes very useful stuff, usually for $5 and under. In that section I found some really cute brightly colored headphones for $5 to go with the cd and boom, I was done!
Total for my sister: $21
To: Best Friend
My best friend is terrible at buying herself bags, shoes, and accessories. Something I excel at, luckily for her. Between Ross and TJ Maxx I was able to find a trendy, yet classic, crossbody bag with a good amount of pockets and room – perfect for her on-the-go lifestyle as a working mom.
Total for my bestie: $20
Everyone in my department loves coffee and tea so I considered myself very lucky when I was at TJ Maxx and found an array of cute coffee mug gift sets complete with a bag of ground coffee, and a “tower of tea” gift set. I grabbed one of each for the people in my office and didn’t think twice about it.
Grand total for each: $5.99
If you’re a dog parent like me, you know your gift giving isn’t complete without getting something for your dog-baby. In my experience, I’ve found a better variety of dog toys at much more reasonable prices at Ross and TJ Maxx. My pup is quite the chewer so I grabbed a few of the more durable toys and headed out!
Dog toys ranged: $3.99-$7.99 each
As you can see, I got presents that the people on my list either wanted or could actually use. I determined this by paying attention! I know, what a crazy concept. Putting in the effort to know what people would get use out of and truly enjoy is what is going to make your gift great, not how much you spent on it.
Good luck with your holiday shopping and in case I don’t squeeze another blog in beforehand, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!