Two of the largest shopping days of the year for Christmas are upon us! That means, if you have not already, it is time to get out your credit cards, shopping lists, and favorite holiday drink, and sit in front of your computer and get to work on your holiday shopping for all of the special people in your life. Black Friday is undeniably different this year, if stores are offering in-person Black Friday shopping, you will certainly notice that the store is not bustling with the typical stress of frantic customers trying to get the best deal. If you are shopping online, be sure you compare prices between stores, check your email list to see if you have been sent any coupon codes, or if there are any special deals that you will not want to miss out on.
Remember, there is no need to go overboard this year, set yourself a budget. It is okay to be strict on prices and gifts this year, especially if your income has been compromised due to the pandemic.
An alternative for Christmas gifts this year could be things like giving the opportunity to make memories, instead of giving material items. Plan day trips that you can take with your loved ones, have a set itinerary, this could be something you do every month or once or twice, it all depends on your scheduling.
You could also make a signature dessert, such as a festive brownie or truffle, pre package the desserts yourself so the recipient can freeze what is not initially eaten, and gift it to a friend or family member, so they can enjoy a tasty treat, prepared by you, even after the Holiday season is over!
Whether you are getting creative with Christmas this year, or you have more shopping than ever to do, always remember, it is truly the thought that counts.