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May 14th, 2006 at 03:26 pm

I've seen a few blogs lately about gift giving and being frugal. For Mother's day I gave my Mom gift cards that I received from signing up for trial programs. And I gave her a Brooch from the dollar store.

I had a moment or two's pause before buying the brooch. I felt guilty spending so little on a gift for her, but at the same time, it was perfect for her style and it was definately in my price range. She loved it & had no idea that it came from the dollar store.

Still I feel guilty. I have to get out of that habit. Gift giving should't have an expected price tag on it, but be thoughtful and of use to the person receiving it.

I have a lot of occasions coming up: Father's day, father's birthday, sister's birthday, roommate's birthday, parents anniversary. So here's the game plan: I am going to find ways to give thoughtful gifts instead of going by the price tag and in doing so, I will save money and make my family & friends happier.

My roommie is getting a set of 4 beer mugs...I've scouted out prices online & have come up with a couple of prices. I just have to find the right one.

My dad is getting Lowes Gift Card for Fathers day because he has been doing a lot around the house lately and he enjoys going to lowes.

My sister is getting some hair stuff from Ulta, which I got a gift certificate for Christmas & haven't used.

My dad is getting, for his birthday, some computer photography gadgets from Circuit City--also have a Gift card for there.

Each is something I know they will use, and be happy to receive & I don't have to overspend for anything.

All I have left is my parents anniversary. Need to think about that one...and talk to my sister, we might go halfsies on it.

5 Responses to “gift giving”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    How about a gift certificate for dinner out for their anniversary?

  2. Meredith Says:

    Sounds like a great plan! I love to give items from places like Dollar Tree, repackaging if necessary (for example, the pin into a pretty handmade paper gift box). As long as you have an eye for style and quality, no one ever has to know : )

  3. lrjohnson Says:

    I think that used or quite cheap gifts can vey very appropriate, if we match the gift to the right person. When you get your next gift, think if you would be bothered if you knew the giver got it free or quite cheap at a garage sale. You probably wouldn't feel any differently about the gifts; if it's a miss it's a miss, and if it's a hit it's a hit. (And me, I'd rather that the misses be cheaper, because sometimes even when a lot of money is spent the results can be not quite right.) Good luck and good going!

  4. boomeyers Says:

    My husband and I take the kids to the dollar store for our Mothers/Fathers day and birthdays. They love it and feel very independent. The dollar store even had beautiful roses for $1. I got one for my SIL and Sis as "godmother" gifts from the girls. They loved it!

  5. Weisegeld Says:

    you should spend a bit more on your mother surely... if anybody is worth it it should be your mother....

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