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Bracing for the Christmas Season

It is merely over a month before Christmas. If we postpone thinking and planning about this important holiday, we might end up breaking our head and breaking our pockets too. I have already prepared my list of those people close to me. Next to each name is the item that I am intending to give as a gift. For ladies, the choice is easy. I will be making a necklace or bracelet or earring made of pearls and silver. For my mother, I will be making a set for her. Ladies love receiving pearl and silver. Since it is handmade, they could not find an exact identical item in the market. This adds more value to the gift. I am sure that you will agree with me that "uniqueness" counts much. With the fact that I will be making it myself, the receiver will surely put more value to it - sentimental value, a value unsurpassed by monetary value.

For men, it is more challenging to plan for a gift for them. Nonetheless, I always try to give something that I made with my hands. Perhaps a mug that I hand painted. It is not easy though to make something new each time. For pearls, it is easy to make another design or another combination of either the kind of pearl, shape, or color. A slight variation on the silver findings could spell a difference too.

For children, I usually just buy toys. I think that children do not consider much the "sentimental value" of a gift. Thus, I would prefer to buy a ready made item that I think they could appreciate better.

This is one of the steps I do to keep my costs manageable during Christmas season.

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Comments

RegieEstioco wrote on November 12, 2014, 8:47 AM

They say, in the Philippines, it is the longest Christmas season in the world because as early September 1, Filipinos start decorating.

BigDreamer wrote on November 12, 2014, 5:25 PM

I love Christmas!
I am trying to make some gifts this year to cut back on the cost.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 9:34 PM

I agree with you that the sentimental gifts are better appreciated by adults. For the men on your list, your mug idea put me in mind of the "survival kit" type gifts. These are sometimes humorous, but often practical as well. The gift consists of a collection of small items, each with a specific purpose. The gift includes a list (in the card or somewhere in the mug or basket) that describes each item, and why it was included. These make a wonderful choice when you are looking for something small but meaningful :)