I’ve been assessing the damage to my wallet caused by birthday gifts for the many birthdays we have celebrated this year, and the results are not good. We’re still in the first quarter of the year, and already I need to start thinking of ingenious ways to spoil the people in my life without spending a fortune. I am a firm believer in gift giving. Firstly because I love receiving gifts myself, but secondly because everyone deserves to be spoilt on that one special day that celebrates their lives and the wonderful and unique value they place in YOUR life. I especially like to carry this through with my female friends and with the children in our circle – because us girls and kids like to be made a fuss over right?
However, recently I have discovered that gift giving is becoming outrageously expensive. And this has got nothing to do with my gift choices, but rather with the number of birthday parties my kids are being invited too. Not forgetting that almost every week, someone in our family or close circle is celebrating a birthday. I used to work on R150 for a child’s gift and R200 on an adult’s gift. This was a guideline figure and an absolute maximum amount, and even still I almost always get gifts cheaper than this amount. For me, the true value of a gift has very little to do with monetary value and everything to do with customizing a gift that you know the person will love. So if you wanted to buy me a gift, for example, spending R30 on a Lindt slab and R70 on a pair of bedroom slippers would be an awesome gift – and just for R100; because I love those sorts of things. Just as going to Bargain Books and getting three books for R100 would be an ideal gift for my kids, compared to a R250 toy from a popular toy store.
But even still, if we attended three school birthday parties and had three adult friends celebrating birthdays in a month, that’s about R1000 that was unbudgeted for. And considering the tough financial times we are living in, every penny DOES count, right?
So my questions to you are:
How much do you spend on gifts for your children’s friends?
Do you have any winner gift ideas which won’t break the bank – for kids and adults?
Share with us!