Unwrap the secrets to smart gift-giving

Not everyone is blessed with Santa’s gifting skills. Finding the right gift for each person is hard enough without worry about other gift-related issues. Here are some tips that will help you gift smarter this holiday season.

Returns

Depending on the recipient, no gift is complete without its receipt. A smart gift-giver knows to include a gift receipt with its corresponding items. To make it easier on yourself and the recipient, shop for gifts at retailers with good return policies. This way you’ll have peace of mind knowing you gave a practical gift that can be returned to the store.

Rethink the regift

Some of our worst shopping mistakes happen when we’re in a time crunch. If you’re pressed for time or maybe money, you may resort to recycling something from your own home. Whether you decide to participate in this questionable practice or not, the bottom line is to regift with caution. Be very careful not to give back to the same person who gave you the gift in the first place. If you’re not willing to take the risk, then you better rethink the regift.

Gift cards

If you’re lacking in creativity, gift cards are your best option. More and more retailers offer gift cards for purchase, some even provide festive envelopes. If you’re still not sure of the recipient’s choice of retailer, consider a multi-purpose gift card, such as Amazon or Visa.

We wish you the best of luck with all your holiday shopping endeavors. Are you buying an expensive gift this year? Try out our savings calculator to determine how much and how long you’ll need to save to purchase that perfect gift.

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