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19 December 2016

Holiday giving: the other side of the coin

The festive season is renowned for being a time full of laughter, a time to take a hard-earned break from work, and a time for all those get-togethers with friends and family that you may (despite your best intentions) not see as often as you’d like.

The holidays also tend to be a time when many loosen their purse strings without much guilt or remorse because, after all, what’s the festive season without gift-giving, sharing and generosity?

But, the hard truth about gift-giving over the holidays is that finding the perfect gift for your friends and family can be difficult. Whilst the possibilities are seemingly endless, the need to be thoughtful about your choices only seems to compound the difficulty.

It also doesn’t provide much relief to know that, even despite the best of gift-giving intentions, some 14% of Australians reported not fully appreciating the gifts they received last year. Ho-Ho-Hoh no.

In light of all this, and to avoid any stress on your end (and disappointment on the other), allow us to let us offer a refreshing perspective on gift-giving this year.

Handmade gifts

Whether it’s your uncle with a sweet tooth , Australia’s next Masterchef  , or the bestie  you shared Gap Year with, finding a truly meaningful gift doesn’t need to turn into a stressful situation. Sometimes it just takes some thinking outside the box, and a little help from our crafty how-to videos, to guide your gift-giving this season.

After all, by making gifts at home you’ll not only save on cost, but add that personal touch that turns a good present into a truly meaningful one.

Donate to charity

Speaking of meaningful presents, another great idea for gifts for your family and friends is the gift of charity.

There are a host of great initiatives to donate to across Australia, from St. Vincent de Paul Society, to the Salvation Army, to the World Wildlife Fund. Pick an issue they’d be happy to support and make a donation in their name.

You’ll both be left feeling content knowing that your gift will be put to good use.

Sneaky savings

The truth is, we’ve all received gifts in the past that we weren’t too crazy about or simply didn’t use. Whilst the thought and effort is appreciated, you may agree that there are so many other (better) ways the item could be used.

Here’s one last sneaky tip from us – if you do happen to have a pile of unwanted, or hardly used items, lying around why not re-sell them and use the money to purchase your gifts (or fund one of the above options) this year? In 2015 alone, men reported they made an average of $361 re-selling unwanted gifts. That will go a long way in gifting something truly meaningful this holiday season.

If the thought of this year’s holiday list has left you feeling a little less than cheery, hopefully one of these fresh ideas will help change your perspective and kick-start your excitement for the holidays!

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