Sunday, December 6, 2009

Favorite Things: Starting A Holiday Gift "Tradition"

Do you ever feel like deciding what to get your loved ones is even harder than the actual purchasing of the gift itself? Make it easy on yourself and start a yearly gift "tradition". We've started a few and it has made a huge difference. For example, we buy holiday books each year for our nieces and godchildren. We mail the books right after Thanksgiving so the kids can enjoy them throughout the month of December. It is fun to help build their holiday book collection by adding to their library each year. Another fun gift tradition is sending a wreath or centerpiece each year. LL Bean has some very pretty wreaths and evergreen garlands at reasonable prices. Each year, the recpient will look forward to having a fresh decoration to add to their holiday display. Perhaps my favorite gift tradition is holiday food delivery. When we were little, our aunt and uncle sent us a huge metal tin of popcorn from The Popcorn Factory each year. We eagerly anticipated its arrival! (We even washed the tubs out after Christmas ended or the popcorn disappeared and used them as storage for our growing ornament collections.) Having a gift tradition makes creating your holiday list so much easier and buying a "family" gift can help you save some cash too. It's a win-win -- great gifts for great people with a hassle free approach.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: Do you have holiday gift "traditions"? Please share!

1 comment:

  1. I also love to buy an ornament each year for each member of the family. We write the family member's name and the year it was purchased. They usually have a significance specific to that family member. Or sometimes we buy them when we go on vacation. A dear friend always does this - buys an ornament on vacation. Their entire tree is covered with them! It's a great way to reminisce!



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