presents http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8215/all en-US The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy_bank_christmas_50816262.jpg" alt="Following a simple holiday budget anyone can follow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Promised yourself that you'd finally make a solid budgeting plan this holiday season &mdash; and stick to it? We've got your covered with these simple steps anyone can follow to stay in the black when the red and green take over.</p> <h2>1. Set Aside Only the Amount You Can Afford</h2> <p>So many people start the New Year in debt solely because of overspending during the holidays. You don't want that burden on your back. Rather, when planning your budget, allot only an amount you can actually afford, preferably in cash already saved, to the gifts you'd like to buy.</p> <p>&quot;Do not go into debt with holiday spending,&quot; warns consumer expert Kevin Gallegos. &quot;Making that commitment means changing your mindset. It may be telling yourself that giving people what they think they deserve is a mistake. You'll also want to avoid the trap of feeling you must give a gift equal to what someone gave you last year, or creating a perfect ski slope of presents under the tree. Chances are that your family and friends really don't want you to suffer financially in order to give them bigger gifts.&quot;</p> <p>It also stands to reason that they may not have returned the gesture in kind, either. So there's that.</p> <h2>2. Set Limits for Total Holiday Spending</h2> <p>Before you ever leave the house &mdash; or turn on the computer to shop online &mdash; you should establish how much you plan to spend this season and perhaps even on each person on your list. Having a specific number in mind will not only provide a guide as to what your limit is, but it will also help you choose the perfect gift for everyone based on how much money you've assigned to them.</p> <p>Alexis Nido-Russo is the owner of Chicago-based online jewelry store Local Eclectic, and she offers a very specific way on how to break down your holiday budget.</p> <p>&quot;Determine what your total budget for the holidays is, then map out who you have to buy for and assign percentages to each person or category,&quot; she says.</p> <p>For example, if there are six people on your list and your total budget is $1,000, perhaps your percentage breakdown looks something like this:</p> <ul> <li>Husband: 20% or $200</li> <li>Daughter: 30% or $300</li> <li>Mother: 15% or $150</li> <li>Sister: 15% or $150</li> <li>Mother-in-law: 10% or $100</li> <li>Best Friend: 10% or $100</li> </ul> <p>Of course, your specific budget and who appears on the list will vary. You also can shift numbers around if you find the right gift at a lower cost, or you can send that money back to your savings account where it'll better serve you. Also remember to factor in ancillary holiday expenses too, which can absolutely decimate your budget if you're not careful; things like holiday cards and postage, teacher gifts, travel costs, and food and drinks for entertaining.</p> <h2>3. Gather Your Coupons and Discounts</h2> <p>Go through your favorite circulars, emails, and apps to scrounge up all the deals and savings you can &mdash; then start to map out a plan of attack. For example, I'm on the email lists of many of my favorite retailers who send me a seemingly never-ending stream of promotional messages throughout the year, but especially around holiday time. (I recommend <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-email-trick-will-save-you-big-on-shopping">creating a dummy email account</a> for this to preserve your sanity, by the way.) Because I'm privy to insider information, I try to schedule my shopping around their biggest sales and pair them with additional saving that I may have from mailers, previous shopping trips, or in my text messages &mdash; all of which are excellent ways to receive additional discounts.</p> <h2>4. Make Cuts to Your Gift-Giving List</h2> <p>In a perfect world, we'd buy presents for everyone we know during the holidays &mdash; but that's just not feasible. So instead of trying to sneak everyone in because you feel obligated to purchase something, stick to those closest to you.</p> <p>&quot;If your shopping list includes more than five people outside of your immediate family, cut down on the number of people on your gift list,&quot; suggests Rachel Namoff, managing partner of Denver-based asset management firm Arapaho Asset Management. &quot;Then, make a homemade gift, like cookies, to give to all the people you snipped from your original gift list. Ensure you spread the holiday cheer without looking like a Scrooge while enjoying a fun activity with the family.&quot;</p> <p>If you still feel like you may be blindsided by a rogue gift for which you have a return gift, there are a few things you can do:</p> <ul> <li>Update your status on social media that details your holiday shopping plan and who's on the list. Remember, there's no shame in being on a budget, especially if money is already tight.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Contact people directly and let them know that you won't be able to exchange this year if gift giving to one another was established in the past.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Keep your unwanted gifts in storage to have at the ready so you can provide something in return if you feel so obligated.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Enlist the Help of Budgeting Apps</h2> <p>If you're not particularly financial or budget savvy, you can find help online. In fact, there are plenty of mobile apps that'll keep your holiday budget just a few taps of the finger away so you can access it while in real time while you're shopping. Gallegos recommends apps from Mint or Quicken to simplify the process, but there are plenty of others available &mdash; and we've <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sites-and-apps-to-help-you-track-your-spending-and-stick-to-your-budget">detailed them in abundance here on Wise Bread</a> &mdash; that will track your spending down to the cent.</p> <h2>6. Thoughtful Homemade Gifts Are Cherished and Inexpensive</h2> <p>Namoff suggested baking cookies for those you're trimming from your main list this year, but there's no reason you can't extend this homemade concept to the more important people in your life. I'm admittedly materialistic &mdash; I love my stuff &mdash; but I'm not devoid of sentiment, thus I prefer thoughtful, handmade items over anything store-bought because I know what kind of time and effort goes into a gift like that. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts?ref=seealso">You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a>)</p> <p>Another argument for going this route is that most people in your life rarely need anything that they don't already buy themselves. Personally, if I want something, I save for it and buy it; I don't wait to pawn it off on someone else at Christmas. Certainly I have provided a list of items to my family in the past, but those are merely suggestions and nothing that I need. What I need to know is that you care, and the best way to do that is to sit down and think about how to put a smile on my face at holiday time, and you'll get that reaction from me if you spent more time than money on my gift.</p> <h2>7. Stop Waiting Until the Last Minute to Do Your Shopping</h2> <p>They say the early bird gets the worm, and that's completely true at holiday time. While there are plenty of arguments on why Black Friday isn't necessarily the day you'll get the best deals &mdash; there are amazing offers all times of year and even between Thanksgiving and Christmas &mdash; but you will absolutely do yourself a disservice by waiting until Christmas Eve to buy presents.</p> <p>For starters, by then the pickins will be slim, and you're probably going to disappoint your loved ones with your laziness. Secondly, if you're an online shopper, you will often spend an incredible amount of money on shipping charges the last couple days before the big day, and even then you're not guaranteed that it'll arrive on time in some cases. Save yourself the headache, heartbreak, and surcharges by scheduling your shopping at least a couple weeks before the holiday.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-use-technology-to-save-on-christmas-shopping">6 Easy Ways to Use Technology to Save on Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-holiday-season-costs-everyone-always-forgets-about">13 Holiday-Season Costs Everyone Always Forgets About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping apps Christmas coupons discounts gifts Holidays homemade gifts presents saving shopping lists Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:31:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1815065 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Gifts Everybody Gets, But Nobody Wants http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-everybody-gets-but-nobody-wants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-gifts-everybody-gets-but-nobody-wants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ugly_christmas_sweater_000022214053_0.jpg" alt="Men getting gifts that everyone gets but nobody wants" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love getting gifts, but sometimes, we tear open that lovely wrapping and have to perform an acting job worthy of an Academy Award. From bad clothing to tacky knick knacks, here are 10 gifts we all know we're going to get&hellip; and can't wait to get rid of.</p> <h2>1. Holiday Shirts, Ties, and Sweaters</h2> <p>Nothing says &quot;Wow, this is useless&quot; more than a holiday-themed piece of clothing. You'll wear it once, stick it in your closet, and donate it to Goodwill a few months later. Unless the sweater is so obscenely awful that you can use it every year at your annual Ugly Sweater Party, it's not getting worn.</p> <h2>2. Scented Candles</h2> <p>Some people like scented candles. After all, there are millions of these things sold every year. However, a lot of them are sold to people who plan on giving them to you as a gift. And, 99% of the time, it's a smell you don't want anywhere near your house. Scents like Christmas Tree, Patchouli, Salt Water Taffy, and Marshmallow Chicks are all on the &quot;This sucker is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt">so getting regifted</a>&quot; list.</p> <h2>3. Bathroom Gift Baskets</h2> <p>Well, it's all there &mdash; the body wash, bubble bath, lotion, soap, shampoo, and eye mask, all wrapped up in a basket and sealed in plastic. It's just a tough gift to get right. Men and women are both particular about the smells and products that they put on their bodies. If you get someone one of these, you are almost certainly going to miss the mark. It will stay sealed, and given away at a later date&hellip; probably at one of those white elephant gift exchanges.</p> <h2>4. Fancy Hot Chocolate Sets</h2> <p>These do the rounds every single year. It's cold out, and people like drinking hot chocolate. So, how about a fancy mug, some candy canes, and a couple of sachets of high-end hot chocolate to show them you care? How about no. It's a bunch of little items wrapped up and overpriced by a considerable amount. The mug will be used once or twice. The chocolate, although tasty, is something almost everyone has in their pantry at this time of year anyway.</p> <h2>5. Books</h2> <p>This is not to say people don't love reading books. But unless the book is on your Amazon wish list, or you dropped a few hints, chances are it's a book someone else loved and wants you to join the conversation about. And chances are, it will collect dust on a shelf.</p> <h2>6. Gift Cards</h2> <p>Here's the problem with gift cards; You are basically being forced to spend your money at a certain store. You'd probably rather have cash! If the card is for Amazon or eBay, no problem &mdash; you've got options. But if it's for a niche store you never visit, you may have to get creative. Maybe do a gift card swap with someone at work.</p> <h2>7. Robes, PJs, and Slippers</h2> <p>I've had my fair share of robes, pajamas, and slippers over the years. I actually did get one robe that was really cool &mdash; it's a Jedi robe, and it has been the only exception to the rule. Most robes, PJs, and slippers that you receive are the wrong material, the wrong size, they're gaudy, or just something you never wear. They're tough to regift, too. You can either take them back and ask for store credit, or donate them.</p> <h2>8. Cheap Chocolates and Candies</h2> <p>I have a love of good chocolate. But most of the time, the chocolates and candies on sale during the holidays are cheap and of poor quality. They're wrapped up to look like trees, or come in big boxes. These sweet treats are high in sugar, corn syrup, and a ton of preservatives and flavorings. Of course, they will get eaten, often by being passed around to anyone who pops in for a visit &mdash; however, these are not the kind of treats you savor.</p> <h2>9. Picture Frames</h2> <p>There are two types of picture frame gifts. There are those containing photos that mean something special to you, and those that don't. The former are great. The latter&hellip;it's a frame. Frames are usually chosen to compliment the photo or image, not the other way around. At some point you may find something that works with the frame, but until then, it's staying in a dusty corner of the basement.</p> <h2>10. Gag Gifts</h2> <p>Every year, without fail, we all get some kind of gag gift. Once, I received a basketball hoop set that you put on the bathroom door, so you can shoot while you poop. Oh, the hilarity. You probably have gag gifts at home that are still in the boxes, or that are destined to be regifted or donated at some point. Even worse are the gag gifts that are themed for the holidays, like edible candy cane flavored underwear. Funny. <em>Not</em>.</p> <p><em>Now, what have we left off the list? What awful presents or gifts have you received over the years, and how did you react when you received them?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-everybody-gets-but-nobody-wants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-unique-gift-ideas-for-women">47 Unique Gift Ideas for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-gift-cards">4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Gift Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bad gifts gifts nobody wants Holidays presents Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1619706 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Affordable Ways to Make Your Holiday Gifts Look Amazing http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-ways-to-make-your-holiday-gifts-look-amazing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-affordable-ways-to-make-your-holiday-gifts-look-amazing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wrapping_christmas_present_000053050904.jpg" alt="Woman learning affordable ways to make holiday gifts look amazing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the steep price of holiday gift wrap, gift tags, and bows, they're practically gifts in their own right. If you'd like reserve your holiday budget for what goes <em>inside</em> the package, it's time to get creative. First, brush up on clever ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">save on wrapping paper</a>. Then, express yourself by trying some other inexpensive gift-wrapping ideas this year.</p> <h2>Bows and Embellishments</h2> <p>Once you've carefully wrapped your gifts, dress up the package with some frugal options.</p> <h3>1. Twigs and Pinecones</h3> <p>These beautiful objects are literally growing on trees. Hunt for artistically shaped twigs or small pinecones and make them part of your gift presentation by weaving them through other natural elements like raffia and jute twine.</p> <h3>2. Dried Flowers</h3> <p>Dry or press flowers throughout the year and add them to your wrapped gifts in place of traditional bows. Sure, it takes some Martha Stewart-style planning, but it's a great look &mdash; and it's green!</p> <h3>3. Vintage Buttons and Beads</h3> <p>String buttons and beads through narrow satin ribbon or twine. Space evenly, and then tie knots on both sides of each bead or on the back of each button to hold them securely in place. Instead of tossing them out at the end of the season, save and reuse each year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reusable-gift-wrapping-the-wrap-that-keeps-on-giving?ref=seealso">Reusable Gift Wrapping: The Wrap That Keeps on Giving</a>)</p> <h3>4. Vintage Ornaments</h3> <p>Ornaments don't always have to go on the tree. Use beautiful single ornaments or group two or three smaller ones together and secure with ribbon. Avoid using glass ornaments for this purpose; they're not kid-friendly and you don't want one rolling underfoot during Christmas morning chaos.</p> <h3>5. Vintage Postcards</h3> <p>Classic black and white vistas or serious kitsch works equally well. Attach to gifts with adhesive photo corners.</p> <h3>6. Vintage Snapshots</h3> <p>Old family photos add a unique touch to any gift. Slip one under a raffia bow or center on the package with a dot of glue and frame with scraps of synthetic ribbon or paper.</p> <h3>7. Garland</h3> <p>Great for large gifts, use brightly colored garland instead of a traditional bow. Just tie as normal or secure in place with a hidden twist tie.</p> <h2>Gift Tags</h2> <p>Every gift needs a tag &mdash; why not make the tag a clever adornment, too?</p> <h3>8. Recycled Holiday Cards</h3> <p>Repurpose last year's holiday cards by turning them into gift tags. The heavier-weight card stock and seasonal graphics make them perfect gift tag material. Just trim to size and add a hole with a paper punch.</p> <h3>9. Tiny Picture Frames</h3> <p>Thrift stores are loaded with small vintage frames in every style imaginable. Collect several throughout the year. Insert a printed name card and attach to gifts with twine or raffia.</p> <h3>10. Wallpaper Scraps</h3> <p>One roll of vintage wallpaper will add up to enough gift tags for a lifetime. Choose seasonal colors or intricate antique patterns. Just trim tags to size and fold or use the wallpaper as unique matting for some other handmade label.</p> <h3>11. Bottlecaps</h3> <p>Print the gift recipient's monogram on a small piece of paper, cut it to fit the interior of a metal bottle cap, and glue in place. Then, circle the outer edge of the cap with jute twine and secure with a thin bead of glue (leave enough extra twine for tying later). The result is a metal hanging tag that can be tied to a bow, a bottle of wine, or the handles of a gift bag.</p> <p><em>Are you an innovative gift wrapper? What are some of your favorite ideas? What have you seen others do?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-ways-to-make-your-holiday-gifts-look-amazing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-money-moves-to-make-before-the-holiday-season-begins">9 Smart Money Moves to Make Before the Holiday Season Begins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt">10 Things You Can Totally Regift — And 7 Things You Shouldn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-holiday-gifts-that-arent-worth-the-money">13 Holiday Gifts That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Christmas embellishments gift wrapping Holidays packages presents Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:00:04 +0000 Kentin Waits 1621570 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Can Totally Regift — And 7 Things You Shouldn't http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_christmas_gift_000079542933.jpg" alt="Woman learning what she can re-gift and what she shouldn&#039;t" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Regifting. It's the act of receiving a gift, and then after a period of time, wrapping it up and giving it to someone else.</p> <p>Some people are not sure which items are permissible to regift, and which are definite no-nos. So, here's a quick guide for you. It should be noted that you can only regift items that are NEW, and should never regift <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used">used items</a> unless they are antiques.</p> <h2>Items You Can Regift</h2> <p>This stuff seems to get passed around from person to person and there's no reason it has to stop with you!</p> <h3>1. Candles</h3> <p>Jim Gaffigan once famously said of the candle gift he received, &quot;You know I have electricity, right?&quot; The great thing about candles is they are designed to be used up and thrown away. So, after enough time has passed, it's very easy to regift any you haven't used. If the person who gave you the candles asks about them, well... they were awesome, you lit them every night, and they are all gone now.</p> <h3>2. Wine and Spirits</h3> <p>Unlike most food items, wine only gets better with age. So, if you ever receive a bottle you probably won't drink, it's very safe to regift it. This also applies to bottles of hard liquor, including whisky, rum, bourbon, gin, or anything else. If it's sealed, you're good.</p> <h3>3. Gift Cards</h3> <p>If you are given a gift card to a store you never frequent, it's fine to regift it. You may have to buy a new gift card holder, as the original may be personalized to you. Check to make sure the balance never expires, or is still intact (there are some devious people out there operating gift card scams).</p> <h3>4. Gift Baskets</h3> <p>Some people love getting gift baskets. Others, not so much. If you don't, you are good to regift it to whomever you please, as long as you haven't removed so many of the contents. If it's chock full of goodies, and you only want the little tin of mints, go ahead and take them &mdash; but don't destroy the packaging. And a word of note&hellip; food items go off. Don't keep it so long that you are regifting a basket full of spoiled goods.</p> <h3>5. Some Clothing</h3> <p>Clothing can be tricky. If someone gets you an ugly sweater that you will never wear, they may well give you the receipt so you can return it. If they don't, be careful who you regift clothing to. If it's a unique item, and you travel in the same circle of friends, that sweater could become the cause of an argument. But if the clothing is relatively nondescript, and still has all the tags attached, it's totally fine to regift it to someone who will actually wear it.</p> <h3>6. Fragrances</h3> <p>Perfumes, after shaves, and eau de toilettes are all fair game for regifting &mdash; provided, of course, they are sealed in the original box. All of these items come wrapped in plastic. Once you remove that, it's considered used, even if you never spray it. So, if you do receive something that you're unsure of, go check it out first at your local beauty store before cracking the seal. If it's not your style, regift it.</p> <h3>7. Toys and Puzzles</h3> <p>Your kids may get toys, games, stuffed animals, and puzzles that they really don't want. These are perfectly okay to regift, and are often great to have on hand for those many birthday parties your kids will be invited to throughout the year. However, make a note of who gave your kid that gift. The last thing you want to do is give it straight back at the next birthday party he or she attends.</p> <h3>8. Kitchen Items</h3> <p>Toasters. Blenders. Frying pans. Coffee makers. These, and many others, are all totally fine to regift in their originals boxes. Even refurbished items are good, too. Just make sure you don't offend anyone who comes over to your home and cannot see the great coffee maker they got you. Awkward.</p> <h3>9. Soaps, Lotions, and Bathroom Items</h3> <p>When I was a lad, I used to get my dad &quot;soap on a rope&quot; every year. I am pretty sure he still has them all somewhere in a box in his attic. Soaps, hand creams, lotions, bubble baths, or anything else in that vein are all fine to regift. The good thing about them is they're private and personal. They are supposed to stay up in the bedroom or bathroom, so no one expects to see them around the house.</p> <h3>10. Novelties and Gag Gifts</h3> <p>You will get a lot of these at white elephant exchanges, or when you turn a certain age. From tins of unicorn meat to whoopee cushions, these gifts are never really meant to be taken seriously by you. They're fun. If you want to give them to someone else later, that's totally okay. In fact, some people bring back those same gifts to the white elephant parties year after year as a running joke.</p> <h2>Items You Should NEVER Regift</h2> <p>Meanwhile, some stuff you have no choice but to keep.</p> <h3>11. Anything Personalized</h3> <p>Unless you know someone with the exact same initials as you, you cannot give these items to anyone else. Imagine their surprise when they open a set of cufflinks only to see your initials engraved on them. It just leaves a bad taste. Even names are off limits, because there will always be that suspicion that you gave them an item you just didn't want.</p> <h3>12. Dated Items</h3> <p>There is a difference between dated and classic. If you have something very cool, still in its box, that someone would find collectible, it's good. But that ancient piece of technology, or something that looks and feels old (even though it's unopened and in pristine condition) is off limits. A prime example of this &mdash; GPS navigation systems. These days, many cars, and almost all phones, come with this tech built in. An old unit, with outdated maps and no current tech support, will not be a welcome gift.</p> <h3>13. Jewelry and Watches</h3> <p>There's nothing wrong with regifting watches or jewelry if they are unworn and in their original packaging. However, when people give you gifts like these, they expect to see you wearing them at some point. How do you explain why you have never worn that great watch or pair of earrings? It's up to you if you want that kind of hassle, but honestly, keep them for a while, wear them, and then if you really don't want them, sell them on eBay or Craigslist.</p> <h3>14. Framed Paintings or Photos</h3> <p>A piece of art, be it a painting or a photograph, is a tough thing to regift. Someone went to a lot of trouble selecting something that they think will look beautiful displayed on your wall. When they next come visit, they may want to know where it is. Anything like this is going to give you all kinds of regifting headaches.</p> <h3>15. Anything With an Inscription</h3> <p>If someone goes to great lengths to inscribe a special note to you inside a book, it is no longer just a gift. It's a personal message. Sure, you could deftly remove that page, and few people would notice. But you're not only regifting an item, you're regifting a heartfelt statement &mdash; and that's not a good idea.</p> <h3>16. Anything That Is Universally Awful</h3> <p>You may receive a gift that you absolutely hate. And, chances are, your friends and relatives will hate it too. Who knows why such items exist, be they tacky, offensive, cheap, or just plain useless. You don't want to regift someone an awful present. When you get one of those, find a way to sell it, or donate it. Maybe someone, somewhere, will find a use for it. Maybe.</p> <h3>17. Opened CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays</h3> <p>They may well be brand spanking new, but if they don't have the seal around them, you cannot regift them. Everyone knows that these items are sealed due to copyright protection. If the cellophane is ripped off, and that little tamper-proof seal is gone, you have to keep it.</p> <p><em>Are you a re-gifter? What do you pass along and what do you keep?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-unique-gift-ideas-for-men?ref=seealso">50+ Unique Gift Ideas for Men</a>)</p> <h2>1. How to Find Ideas</h2> <p>If she can't think of any gift ideas, or you don't want to ask, then consider the following sneaky ways to figure out what she has her eye on.</p> <h3>Check Her Pinterest Boards</h3> <p>Pinterest comes standard with boards like &quot;Products I Love&quot; and &quot;My Style,&quot; which may contain some gift ideas. However, most women have more than just the standard Pinterest boards, so keep an eye peeled!</p> <h3>Check Her Amazon Wishlist</h3> <p>Amazon wishlists work like gift registries. You can find all of the things she wants in one place and buy them on the spot. If she does not have an Amazon wishlist, ask her to make one. Then, she's guaranteed to get exactly what she wants.</p> <h3>Go Window Shopping</h3> <p>Go shopping together and pay extra attention to what she shows interest in. You may get exact gift ideas, or at least some new general thoughts on what she likes.</p> <h3>Ask Her Friends and Family</h3> <p>When you're stumped for ideas, her friends and family can help. You will also score brownie points for the sentiment.</p> <h2>2. Find Something Meaningful</h2> <p>You don't need to spend a lot of money to give her something meaningful. Some of the best sentimental gift ideas include:</p> <ul> <li>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1601065477/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1601065477&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2U4KPZCEX35P36D7">fill-in-the-blank journal</a>, which is both affordable and a sweet gesture.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Choose a gift that acknowledges a special date, like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0ETHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004S0ETHI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6SBDQTH4RQ4FXXHU">birthday girl bathroom set</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Is she a lefty? Give her something to help with everyday tasks, like a simple <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVEL1VS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JVEL1VS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6QGIQANRQY4MH57B">utensil set</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZH418GO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ZH418GO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MUP7OBT5WYXC4Q6T">Custom signs</a> and <a href="http://www.familymatrix.com/products.html">family matrix clothing</a> are unique, personalized, and affordable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Choose a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00380TQ54/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00380TQ54&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KNUMM3DFFZTUGGL7">personalized tote</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DHJJTM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DHJJTM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LB5AZZ4XZUKUVIR4">monogrammed mug</a>, or notebook with her initial.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006Y4MNCO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006Y4MNCO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6QU7SN4RS4WWJQPQ">&quot;I love you&quot; bean plant</a>. She'll be reminded of how much you love her as the plant grows.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Baking mixes in a jar are a quick, affordable DIY gift that she can enjoy on a busy night. If you include the recipe, it will be the gift that keeps on giving.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Unique Kitchen Supplies</h2> <p>Regardless of whether she has a nicely-stocked kitchen or is just starting out, the following items are something almost anyone can use (or replace their current one with):</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KO4EV2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000KO4EV2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XGCGUJZIEO4NSLMQ">Spice rack</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RPVG6NW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RPVG6NW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NWO4V7JT2KT7RY3X">Funny wine glasses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C28P396/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C28P396&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YSEZZLOPSRLVMTH4">Apron</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQBUF2S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NQBUF2S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5QPLXNTW665SOAKV">Wine bottle holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SALF7S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001SALF7S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=72KXAC4CK3ONJHIL">Wine purse</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Coffee Essentials</h2> <p>There are a plethora of gifts to help coffee lovers get more from their daily cup of joe. Some of the best coffee-related gifts include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FMJDJ5C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FMJDJ5C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZMHORGMTOSSISIGR">French press</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BR7JJM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005BR7JJM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QXWXDXGJZ35BSO3X">Funny coffee mugs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CO89T8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CO89T8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NVC2M67TM4CAY6DY">Mug warmer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NX1O5JK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NX1O5JK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BPVMWOXC7UYKBMVW">Self stirring mug</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OPA93P4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00OPA93P4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2XEUAZ2T7K6WTDPX">Cold brew coffee maker</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010BZXQ68/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010BZXQ68&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3AHT6BCFHTO7OGFE">Gourmet coffees</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PFWNSE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003PFWNSE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GUJWHFZTG4BUC7H5">flavored syrups</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Book Accessories</h2> <p>If she's an avid reader, there are tons of gift ideas you can take advantage of, without having to know her taste in books. Some of the best book-related gifts include:</p> <ul> <li>Gift card to her favorite bookstore</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MUAJRR0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MUAJRR0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3W4QP3C7XT4IXWUE">Unique bookmark</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1ff5/">Book messenger bag </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1545/">Book pillows</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547884591/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0547884591&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NILAJD3OCU4HQ7PR">Four-hour books</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. Appeal to Her Inner Child</h2> <p>To appeal to her free-spirited inner child, consider some of these fun gifts below:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BKJ7HCY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BKJ7HCY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CIOQYO4LBMOWII53">Unicorn slippers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PN22I6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PN22I6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WAHPL7ZSBUHXCYZB">Fun heated pillow warmer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AC8UQVS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AC8UQVS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CA7432AEXGHQFUAZ">Fun heated slippers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF3TL0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CF3TL0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=U4VW4D2MUP6YABWL">Hello Kitty wearable blanket</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O71O8XS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00O71O8XS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=M3CCY6EM27BGMSZM">Temporary tattoos</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0811870197/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0811870197&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S3CGM4TAJ35HAAPS">One Line a Day journal</a></li> </ul> <h2>7. Items to Be Careful About</h2> <p>Just as there are gifts that <em>will</em> work for most women, there are also gifts that<em> won't</em> work for most women. Before buying any of these items, make sure to take into account her personal style and taste.</p> <h3>Perfume</h3> <p>Most people are very particular about their perfume or cologne, so it isn't always a simple thing to buy. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZYR38P8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ZYR38P8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H4AORTEGAIVA25OA">perfume sample kit</a>, on the other hand, is a great way for her to find a new favorite scent.</p> <h3>Cosmetics</h3> <p>Unless you know her exact shade and favorite formulas, it's not usually a good idea to buy a woman makeup or skin care products she hasn't specifically asked for. Think about getting her a nice <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DUJEWDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DUJEWDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5GQODZQUGCKY53V4">cosmetics storage display case</a> instead.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>It can be difficult (and costly) to buy her jewelry. Instead, think about buying her a nice new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NJBMIZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NJBMIZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VMOSE55N7RMP6OOT">jewelry box</a>, or maybe a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHEYKCQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CHEYKCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q7QFTIU2TWT23TGK">decorative jewelry stand</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CK4YP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002CK4YP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K76JL3VJJ6LZ426C">keepsake box</a>. If you still want to buy her jewelry of some sort, try something unique, like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AKNK1VK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AKNK1VK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ODUDTRUWCOJ3ZVBT">pearl necklace</a> where she harvests the pearl, or a <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/birth-month-flower-necklace">birth month flower pendant</a>.</p> <h3>Clothing</h3> <p>Unless you know her size and personal style, it can be a risk to guess what clothing and accessories she might like. If you really want to buy her something to wear, consider a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009K6Z0HI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009K6Z0HI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4ZJUIEXFF52YZX73">kimono robe</a> or some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NCATGB4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NCATGB4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZCNEKE3J2UB2HOQG">comfy socks</a> she can cuddle up with.</p> <h2>5. When All Else Fails</h2> <p>Still stumped? When nothing seems like the right fit for her, there are some generic ideas that nearly anyone will love. You can still customize the gift and show her that you put plenty of thought into it.</p> <h3>Gift Cards</h3> <p>As long as you choose a gift card to one of her favorite stores and wrap it in a fun way, she'll be thrilled.</p> <h3>An Experience</h3> <p>Instead of giving a gift this year, think about giving her a tour, massage, spa service, cooking class, dance class, or art class. She'll be able to learn a new craft or hone her skills.</p> <h3>Bathroom Essentials</h3> <p>Choose a relaxing bathroom set, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089FIKC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0089FIKC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HDCBNWTPJGXK3G2P">manicure must-haves</a>, or an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EDWMBO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004EDWMBO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PKQLLOTS6O3VCDX2">essential beauty kit</a>.</p> <h3>Subscription Boxes</h3> <p>You can choose from food, beauty, and clothing subscriptions, among others. You can also choose from pre-made boxes, or surprise her with one customized to her preferences. You can send her one box or sign her up for ongoing subscriptions so she receives another the following month. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-monthly-subscription-box-services?ref=seealso">The 10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you have other unique gift ideas for the woman who has everything? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-unique-gift-ideas-for-women">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Best of all, for only $20 or less, these gifts won't break the bank!</p> <h2>1. DIY Baskets</h2> <p>DIY baskets are affordable and fun to make. Some of the best DIY baskets for a new homeowner include:</p> <ul> <li>Cleaning basket: Include things like all-purpose cleaner, sponges, a dustpan, and rags for a gift that will keep their new home in tip-top shape.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tool kit: Make your own by including all the must-haves, or you can simply purchase an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E20HWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000E20HWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=T5AIOQU57BN5CMHZ">affordable tool kit</a> instead.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gardening kit: Include affordable essentials like a trowel, rake, shovel, and fork, or just purchase a complete <a href="http://amzn.to/1PhzZ9t">garden tool set</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Coffee kit: Everybody needs coffee, so think about gifting gourmet coffee with a nice new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SPEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SPEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HZAS46RYVADZ3NOB">electric grinder</a> or mug. You can even create your own personalized coffee mugs with a little paint.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Kitchen set: Include must-haves like utensils, an oven mitt, a peeler, and/or a meat thermometer for a DIY kitchen basket. Add an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0898215153/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0898215153&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W5JHIVMJ6V2LVCY4">inexpensive cookbook</a> and a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WW3HEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WW3HEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YWMMDDO7FWMH26QH">cookbook holder</a> to complete the gift.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Gifts They Can Eat</h2> <p>What better way to welcome someone into their new home than with something delicious? There are several food gifts you can give that won't cost much, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Home cooked meal: Make a meal for them to enjoy and include the recipe card.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>DIY food basket: Include one of your favorite simple recipes and the ingredients required to make it. You can always add a nice new kitchen accessory as well, like a new wooden spoon.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Beers on you: All you need to do is purchase an affordable cooler and fill it with ice, beers, lemons, limes, and any other drinking accessories you think they'll like.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073GXDAS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0073GXDAS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RN6KDZZF3OHF4T7O">Indoor herb garden</a>: They'll be able to grow their own fresh herbs indoors to enjoy in about six weeks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Popcorn kit: Wrap up a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IUWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006IUWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CPOEP3ETDCECCAS4">popcorn maker</a> with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SQDZX5K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SQDZX5K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KJRD6XGTPT3W36GY">popcorn and seasoning collection</a> so they can enjoy a movie after a long day of unpacking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TUYGRU4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TUYGRU4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKLK6FXQ4A6PK64G">Mushroom farm</a>: Who doesn't love fresh mushrooms? With this gift, they can grow fresh organic mushrooms right from their new kitchen.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Personalized Items</h2> <p>Embroidered, engraved, and monogrammed items are some of the best personalized gifts you can buy. Take the DIY approach, or purchase them already embroidered or engraved. Some of the best items to personalize include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FDN7I3Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FDN7I3Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=G67YHFJAOZYOSZS2">Cutting boards</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/2015-family-holiday-ornament-30180303?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productGroup=PCHRBSL&amp;viewpos=4&amp;ratings=4.2500&amp;reviews=12&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRBSL">Holiday ornaments</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/character-charm-key-ring-30024412?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productgroup=PCHRGG30&amp;viewpos=20&amp;ratings=4.1138&amp;reviews=167&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRGG30">Keychains</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/always-kiss-me-goodnight-pillowcases-30132361?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productgroup=PCHRGG30&amp;viewpos=17&amp;ratings=4.7143&amp;reviews=42&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRGG30">Pillowcases</a></li> <li><a href="http://griffanie.com/hey-there-doormat/">Welcome mats</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.freutcake.com/favorite-things/diy-polka-dot-napkins/">Napkins</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UXPD1PS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UXPD1PS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GYS3GTJKEJU6ZNCE">Kitchen signs</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Things They're Sure to Need</h2> <p>There are certain things that we could all use more of, especially after moving into a new place. Put a unique spin on the essentials to suit your friends' style and personality. All of these items can be found for under $20:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010R5ZRC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010R5ZRC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BSK75IFGPTFD67K2">His and hers glasses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SRGPELO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SRGPELO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QOJRRCJ4XUGER7YN">Nessie ladle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BLGMLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009BLGMLA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=P7XNT5XFUWHKGYWM">Utensil holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W3CODOC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00W3CODOC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FOV4FHYWJPYHE757">Key holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018PFBVY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0018PFBVY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FXXMV3UBFMJTBYHT">Decorative candle holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CF9JC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000CF9JC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SLBBEAXLH7KH5IQO">Wooden serving bowls</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/state-slate-cheese-boards">U.S. cheese board</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=scented%20candles&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1446753520&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Ck%3Ascented%20candles%2Cp_36%3A1253523011&amp;rnid=386465011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GHJAYYCIMVZNVGE5">Scented candles</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSNL9IQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ZSNL9IQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C6O6DYO2PDPX26NG">Hanging planter</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TQ8FC2S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TQ8FC2S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VWTGLDNHE563IPLE">Display trays</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LYT86O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008LYT86O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IUTXAFQGQDSNKU7O">Vintage bottle opener</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNIGT1C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GNIGT1C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CF3Y64NENQYSYQGC">Spice rack</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Wine Essentials</h2> <p>Wine is the perfect gift for almost any special occasion, particularly after a stressful move. If your friends are wine drinkers, gift them handy essentials such as:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/1WrZvOZ">Wine aerator</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009N23UFS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009N23UFS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VT7GXH3LDBNNDGYN">Aerating wine glasses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AM4KKHM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AM4KKHM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3T7CK7YFL67MDHSH">Corkscrew set</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YFI0O6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YFI0O6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SAQ57NHXAZUOGTJI">Bottle opener</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QCBY1E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002QCBY1E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PCGS7KCOHQYHOBE4">Cork cage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KFSNFO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000KFSNFO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5Q6SDZ6QX4XTS3Q6">Wine bottle thermometer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T236XIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00T236XIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NOJ2ULAMQSG2GO6E">Wine chiller</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. Good Luck Charms</h2> <p>Everyone needs a little good luck, especially after a move. Consider a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PSI4T4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PSI4T4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MLMW6FZEYFIWQNGH">sage kit</a> so that they can cleanse their new home and attract good fortune. You can even give them unique garden sets to entice good luck, like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R19QYCG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00R19QYCG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6YRQDXMX7WYYMWVS">growing wishes seed kit</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002F914G8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002F914G8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HY2KHHLVFVDMCBJR">lucky bamboo plant</a>, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YSNT66Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00YSNT66Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7X7GSVHAW56FX3AF">bonsai tree kit</a>.</p> <h2>7. Relaxation Aids</h2> <p>Everyone loves to relax after a stressful event and there is nothing more stressful than moving. Help your friend pamper themselves with items like unique <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B1DQKEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B1DQKEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BEP5JKT2TYADLDIM">bath salt sets</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0155KFTHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0155KFTHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=36RQPOKP67YQMFS7">tea samplers</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L62K8TY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L62K8TY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=N6ZERHMKJET5LY5X">crackling candles</a>. These and other spa necessities can be combined to form one large relaxation basket.</p> <h2>8. Pet Treats</h2> <p>Giving your friends' pet a new toy or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QNUGFLO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00QNUGFLO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MJKXG5XXWVROD524">gift basket</a> will make you their new favorite guest. Including a pet in the gift-giving festivities usually means a lot to the homeowners as well.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite affordable, unique housewarming gifts? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas">Stylish but Cheap Gift Wrap Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-dreaming-of-a-frugal-christmas-6-things-you-can-make-that-people-on-your-list-will-use-and-w">Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas: 6 Things You Can Make That People on Your List Will Use and Want</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Shopping gifts Homemade housewarming presents Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:00:26 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1617395 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Gift Cards http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-gift-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-gift-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift_card_shopping_cart_000022257770.jpg" alt="Finding ways to maximize gift cards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you know exactly what a person wants, shopping for a gift can be a real pain in the butt. But a gift card is quick and convenient &mdash; and since the recipient can pick and choose the right gift, it removes any guesswork on your part.</p> <p>Whether you're the recipient or the giver, it only makes sense to get the most out of a card, however. Using a gift card isn't rocket science, but here's a look at four ways to maximize the funds.</p> <h2>1. Combine Gift Cards With a Store Sale</h2> <p>I'm a big believer in never paying full price, so just because you have a gift card in your wallet doesn't mean you should spend it without considering potential savings. Many retailers begin marking down prices two or three weeks after an item hits the floor, so a little patience pays off. Since a gift card isn't a discount or coupon, a lot of retailers let you combine these cards with a storewide sale. Combine the gift card with a &quot;buy one, get one free&quot; sale or a &quot;buy one, get one 50% off&quot; sale, and you'll get more than the face value of the gift card. And always, always look for coupon codes before checking out online and in-store; you might save even more.</p> <h2>2. Re-Gift Smartly</h2> <p>Even if you're a fan of gift cards, you've probably received a card to a retail store you didn't particularly care for. If you know you're not going to use the card, it makes sense to re-gift the card so you don't waste the giver's money. Just know that if you give an unwanted gift card to a friend, there's a possibility that he'll re-gift the card to another friend and so forth. The gift card might pass through several hands before someone uses it.</p> <p>It's a completely different scenario if you know a friend will use the gift card. But if you're not sure, you're better off selling the card for cash using websites like <a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/">Gift Card Granny</a> or <a href="http://www.cardpool.com/">Card Pool</a>. You'll put cash in your pocket &mdash; which might be the gift you preferred in the first place &mdash; and the buyer gets a gift card he actually wants.</p> <h2>3. Register Your Gift Card</h2> <p>I've received tons of gift cards over the years, but I've never registered one. Luckily, I've never lost or had a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-a-lost-gift-card">gift card stolen</a>. But if you have, you know the frustration of missing out on freebies and digital cash. Registering your gift card protects the balance in the event the card falls in the wrong hands.</p> <p>Just head over to the retailer's website and provide basic information like your name and the gift card number. If the card's ever lost or stolen, the retail issues a new one after verifying you're the owner. Registering the card also provides an easier way to track your balance.</p> <h2>4. Go Digital</h2> <p>Gift cards are the same size as credit cards, so they fit easily in wallets. But with everything else going on in your wallet (identification, bank cards, credit cards, insurance cards, etc.) adding gift cards to the mix can make your wallet bulky and heavy. Going digital might be the solution, especially if you never leave home without your smartphone.</p> <p>There are apps to store and manage all your gift cards in one place, such as <a href="https://www.gyft.com/">Gyft</a>, <a href="https://www.gowallet.com/">GoWallet</a>, and <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204003">Passbook</a>. Not only should you consider digital cards for yourself, but also when shopping for others. Physical gift cards still rule, true, but a recent gift card study found that 14% of Millennials are more apt to go digital. Digital cards might be a new concept for some, but the convenience is undeniable. Pull up the gift card on the app, let the cashier scan the barcode, and you're done. There's no need to shuffle through your wallet, and you don't have to keep up with a bunch of cards.</p> <p><em>Do you have more ways on how to maximize gift cards? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-gift-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-unique-gift-ideas-for-women">47 Unique Gift Ideas for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-everybody-gets-but-nobody-wants">10 Gifts Everybody Gets, But Nobody Wants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-use-technology-to-save-on-christmas-shopping">6 Easy Ways to Use Technology to Save on Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping gift cards gift-giving Holidays presents Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:22 +0000 Mikey Rox 1511548 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Affordable Presents for Dad http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fathers-day-155849496-small.jpg" alt="father&#039;s day" title="father&#039;s day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on affordable presents for dad, getting a frugal start on summer, and how not to drown in student loan debt.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Father-Day-Gifts-17860222">44 Affordable Presents for Dad</a> &mdash; Need a gift for dad this Father's Day? Consider getting him golf ball soap or DIY shaving cream. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/06/05/getting-a-frugal-start-on-summer/">Getting a Frugal Start on Summer</a> &mdash; To get a frugal start on summer, purge your apartment from useless gadgets and personal documents. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/how-not-to-drown-in-student-loan-debt/">How Not to Drown in Student Loan Debt</a> &mdash; Getting through school as quickly as possible can help you avoid drowning in student loan debt. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/whats-your-target-retirement-age.html">What's Your Target Retirement Age?</a> &mdash; 34% of people think they will retire between the ages of 60 and 64. When do you think you'll retire? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2014/05/23/how-to-save-money-with-a-beach-bar/">Money: Have a Low-Cost Weekend for Under $10</a> &mdash; If you want to have a low-cost weekend, only allow soda to be consumed as a treat and try to stay in shape for less. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/tips-for-entrepreneurs-looking-for-success/">5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking for Success</a> &mdash; Testing ideas and staying passionate can help entrepreneurs find success. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/top-4-tips-to-save-money-on-daily-essentials/">Top 4 Tips to Save Money on Daily Essentials</a> &mdash; Buying store brands can help you save money on daily essentials. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/06/04/sensational-way-to-triumph-in-negotiations/">Sensational Way to Triumph in Negotiations</a> &mdash; Did you know that holding a hot or cold beverage can change your perception of an individual? [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/enjoying-salads-with-your-family">Enjoying Salads With Your Family</a> &mdash; To enjoy salads with your family, make pasta salad with broccoli and cauliflower. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://microblogger.com/5-tips-getting-email-subscribers/">5 Ways to Get More Email Subscribers</a> &mdash; If you want to get more email subscribers, offer an opt-in bribe or do a split test. [Microblogger]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Almost 50 Unique Housewarming Gifts for Less Than $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable best money tips dad Father's Day gifts presents Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141945 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Prefer Getting Gift Cards or Cash? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000007951783Small-1.jpg" alt="Do You Prefer Getting Gift Cards or Cash?" title="Do You Prefer Getting Gift Cards or Cash?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash#comment-532523"><em>Peg Mooers</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash#comment-532469"><em>Kelly</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash#comment-532619"><em>Z. R.</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Whenever the holidays or your birthday comes around, inevitably you will receive either gift cards or cash. Some people love getting gift cards to use at their favorite store or restaurant. However, others would prefer to take the cash and run!</p> <p><b>Do you prefer getting gift cards or cash?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;Why? When it comes to giving someone else gift cards or cash, which do you prefer to give?</span></p> <p>Tell us if you prefer getting gift cards or cash and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, April 30th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 30th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you prefer getting gift cards or cash and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-getting-gift-cards-or-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-ways-to-wrap-the-gift-of-cash">10 Fun Ways to Wrap the Gift of Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-optimistic-about-2011">Ask the Readers: Are You Optimistic About 2011?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers cash gift cards gifts presents Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:36:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 922770 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Rules of Re-Gifting http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-rules-of-re-gifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-rules-of-re-gifting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000007774331Small-1.jpg" alt="The Rules of Re-Gifting" title="The Rules of Re-Gifting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the rules of re-gifting, ways to find cheap paperback books, and how to avoid credit card problems while traveling.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/business-ethics/the-rules-of-re-gifting.html">The Rules of Re-Gifting</a> &mdash; Only regift when the parties involved do not know each other. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Where-Buy-Rent-Cheap-Books-18375562">Ways to Find Cheap Paperback Books For Poolside Enjoyment</a> &mdash; Find cheap paperback books by checking out Book Swim. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/how-to-avoid-credit-card-problems-while-traveling/">How to Avoid Credit Card Problems While Traveling</a> &mdash; To avoid problems with credit cards when traveling, be sure to call your credit card company and let them know you will be traveling. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyreasons.com/2011/07/roth-ira-benefits-for-kids/">Roth IRA Benefits for Kids</a> &mdash; One of the major Roth IRA benefits for kids is that the money will grow tax free. [Money Reasons]</p> <p><a href="http://www.plantingdollars.com/personal-finance/stop-wasting-your-money/">9 Ways to Stop Wasting Your Money</a> &mdash; Stop wasting your money by not buying impulsively. [Planting Dollars]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/technology-toys/gadget-addictions-5-ways-to-turn-them-off-and-reconnect">Gadget Addictions: 5 Ways to Turn Them Off and Reconnect</a> &mdash; To break your gadget addiction, set aside time to disconnect. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/we-were-hacked-8-tips-from-a-hacking-victim-for-minimizing-your-risk">We Were Hacked! 8 Tips From A Hacking Victim For Minimizing Your Risk</a> &mdash; Protect yourself from hackers by being cautious when it comes to email attachments. [American Express OPEN Forum]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/keys-career-success.html">Three Keys to Career Success</a> &mdash; To be successful in your career, you have to have a good work ethic. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2011/latest-infographic-avoiding-baggage-fees-saving-money-travel/">Avoiding Baggage Fees and Saving Money on Travel</a> &mdash; Did you know there are certain credit cards that can help you avoid baggage fees? [NerdWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/taking-care-of-you-6-outside-the-box-date-ideas-for-parents">Taking Care Of You: 6 Outside-The-Box Date Ideas For Parents</a> &mdash; Have an outside-the-box date with your spouse by doing lunch together. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-rules-of-re-gifting">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dissecting-gift-guilt-when-does-receiving-a-gift-make-you-feel-bad">Dissecting &quot;Gift Guilt&quot; - When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips gifts presents re-gifting rules Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:00:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 642368 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15 http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gifts-90094745.jpg" alt="gifts" title="gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s that time again. You think you&rsquo;ve got presents for everyone on your list, but somehow you forgot Great Aunt Noonie. Or your neighbor pops over with a gift and now you want to return the sentiment. What do you get? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>The internet is usually my first resource for finding gifts, but now you have the dreaded shipping-and-handling issue to deal with. Sure, you could get it in time, but pay through the nose to get it overnighted. Plus, the stores are emptying faster than a beer keg at a frat party. But don&rsquo;t despair.</p> <p>Here are ten last-minute gift ideas that can help you spread some cheer without giving yourself an ulcer in the process.</p> <h2>1. Magazine Subscriptions</h2> <p>There are many places to buy these, including <a href="http://www.amazon.com/magazines/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=599858&amp;pf_rd_i=magazines&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1287509222&amp;pf_rd_r=0YE218E9BSEDS0G8QFYH&amp;pf_rd_s=auto-sparkle&amp;pf_rd_t=301&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Amazon</a>. They can start from as little as $3 per year and will usually come with an e-card or printable gift card that you can pop in an envelope.</p> <h2>2. Apps</h2> <p>With the enormous popularity of the iPhone and other smartphones, it makes sense that gifts for these phones are also increasing in number. <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/22/apple_adds_gift_this_app_option_to_app_store.html ">You can now buy apps as gifts</a>, with many apps giving you the option to &ldquo;gift this app.&rdquo; Most apps are well under $10, so maybe you can gift a few. You can also add a personalized message.</p> <h2>3. Cook Something</h2> <p>Well, that&rsquo;s a broad term, but nothing says you care like something home-made and delicious. From jams and jellies to cakes and cookies, they&rsquo;re usually something you can make within a day. Wrap them in something nice and wait for the smiles. It sure beats a tie. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">15 Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>4. The Re-Gift</h2> <p>I did a whole post on this, and while some people think it objectionable, most see it as a way to make someone happy with a gift that you personally don&rsquo;t like. One man&rsquo;s trash is another man&rsquo;s treasure, but you must of course <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">follow the re-gifting guidelines</a>.</p> <h2>5. Movies</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve had Netflix for a few years now, although recently it has come into its own thanks to instant streaming through the Wii and Roku. For just $7.99 for the first month, you can give someone the gift of a whole month of streaming movies. It&rsquo;s a little more for a month that includes DVDs, but it&rsquo;s still a great gift that can be delivered instantly via email. Amazon.com also offers <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dinstant-video">movies on demand</a>, and you can buy credits to use in the Movies On Demand section of Amazon. Again, it&rsquo;s instant and will be enjoyed by many over the holiday season.</p> <h2>6. iTunes Cash</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have time to run out and buy a CD, you can give your gift recipient a code that will let them download it themselves. Most albums are available through iTunes for $10, and the iTunes program will let you print the gift certificate, or email it to your friend or relative. Just go to the iTunes store and click the Buy iTunes Gifts button on the top right, under Quick Links.</p> <h2>7. Gift Cards</h2> <p>If music isn&rsquo;t their cup of tea, you can always pick up gift cards for a wide variety of stores from the checkouts of your local grocery stores. They start at $5 and show a little more thought than just throwing a few bills in an envelope.</p> <h2>8. Get Your Groupon</h2> <p>This is a double-whammy. Not only can you get something very quickly and print it out, but you also get huge savings. Groupon deals are different for every city but they are always worth checking it. For instance, at the time of writing this article, the <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> for my city, Denver, was a $30 meal at an Indian restaurant for just $15. Other regular Groupon deals include spa treatments, magazine subscriptions, dance classes and a lot more.</p> <h2>9. Get Artistic</h2> <p>This isn&rsquo;t for everyone, but then again, art is in the eye of the beholder. All you need is a little paint (or whatever else you have laying around) and something to paint on. You could go for the traditional canvas, they start at just a few dollars at places like Michaels and Joann&rsquo;s. You could decorate pottery. You could use fabric paint on a t-shirt. You can glue shells to bottles if you like. It&rsquo;s up to you. But it&rsquo;s unique, it shows you really care, and it&rsquo;s quick and inexpensive.</p> <h2>10. Facebook Credits</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s estimated that 1 in 2 American&rsquo;s now have a Facebook account. And games are one of the most popular features of this website. Of course, like most things in life, there can be costs associated with the fun, and many games have premium items associated with them.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For instance, my Achilles Heel is Bejeweled Blitz, and if I want extra credits for power-ups, I can pay for them. Other games even come with merchandise and collectibles. If you know someone who is hooked on Facebook games, the gift of Facebook Credits may go down very well. Target and Walmart both carry $10 Facebook Credits gift cards, and you can also buy them online for instant redemption.</p> <p>If you have any more ideas, please share. It is the season of giving after all. From everyone at Wise Bread, have a very happy and safe Holiday season.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-thoughtful-gifts-on-a-scrooge-like-budget">How to Give Thoughtful Gifts on a Scrooge-Like Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning">10 Christmas Gifts You&#039;re Better Off Returning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping gift ideas holiday gifts last minute presents product reviews Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:11:28 +0000 Paul Michael 406203 at http://www.wisebread.com Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wrappingpaper.jpg" alt="Homemade Wrapping Paper" title="Homemade Wrapping Paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been known to wrap presents literally five minutes before the family has planned to open them &mdash; and that means there's no time for a last minute run to the store for a roll of wrapping paper. If you're in the same boat (or you just want to wrap presents with something you already have), don't worry about buying wrapping paper &mdash; you've got a couple of wrapping paper alternatives at home.</p> <h2>1. Drawings</h2> <p>If you've been wondering what to do with the drawings your children produce after you've run out of room on the fridge, consider re-purposing them for packaging. They'll be appreciated far more than what some factory produced. If you've got a box a little bigger than a standard piece of paper will cover, you may need to commission something a little bigger from your young artist. While butcher paper might be ideal, paper bags from the grocery store can work out just as well. Cut the bags apart and turn them inside out &mdash; if you're worried about getting colors to show up, this is an opportunity to break out the glue, glitter, macaroni and other craft stuff your kids enjoy.</p> <h2>2. The Funny Pages</h2> <p>I've been known to hoard the Sunday comics in the weeks leading up to the holidays. They're just as brightly colored as any other wrapping paper, and they're already on hand. And I don't get the feeling that I'm buying pretty papers just for the privilege of tearing them off of a package.</p> <h2>3. Fabric Bags</h2> <p>My grandmother used to sew small draw string bags in the time it would take me to wrap a present. These bags were always festive, and I've been known to reuse them in my gift giving. It's as simple as cutting a rectangle of fabric about twice as long as the gift you want to wrap, preferably in holiday colors, doing a bit of sewing and running yarn through for the strings. There's a great pattern on <a href="http://yarnenvy.blogspot.com/2006/04/how-to-make-my-leetle-bag.html">Yarn Envy</a> if you need a little more detail.</p> <h2>4. Tape, Tin Foil and More</h2> <p>While I'm pretty sure the box I got entirely wrapped in duct tape was a last minute emergency measure, it did have a cute little bow on top made from colored electric tape. That elevated the wrapping job from emergency measure to cute conversation piece. The same goes for the gifts I've seen wrapped in tin foil and construction paper: if you take a moment to personalize the gift, the recipient is more likely to think you're being cute than you were in a rush.&nbsp;</p> <h2>5. Skip the Wrapping Paper Entirely</h2> <p>The best gift I remember getting as a kid wasn't even wrapped &mdash; my dad got me this kitchen set that he just draped a quilt over. I didn't even care: I was playing with my little kitchen the moment the blanket came off. I think it's perfectly okay to do a minimal wrapping job for some presents, especially if you're working with little kids or oversized gifts.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Almost 50 Unique Housewarming Gifts for Less Than $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deadweight-loss-of-christmas-economist-explains-why-gifts-are-inefficient">Deadweight loss of Christmas: Economist explains why gifts are inefficient</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Christmas gifts presents wrapping paper Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:41:39 +0000 Thursday Bram 2678 at http://www.wisebread.com Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000017953569_Full.jpg" alt="holding an empty jar" title="holding an empty jar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know someone who is incredibly hard to shop for. You know the type. They get that disappointed look on their face even <em>before </em>they open your gift, a look that says, &quot;We both know I'll hate it, why do we even go through this charade?&quot;</p> <p>Now you have the perfect gift for them: The Jar of Nothing!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/jar-of-nothing_0.jpg" alt="Jar of nothing. That's right, I said nothing." width="249" height="400" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; line-height: 22.1000003814697px;" /></p> <p>I first saw this on the website <a href="http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1087" target="_blank">Craftbits</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;a great place to find craft ideas and instructions on how to do them on the cheap. Of course, you don't really need instructions on how to make this. But the guest comments on the website are worth a read, as they confirm that people do get away with giving this &quot;gift.&quot;</p> <blockquote><p>my bff was having a birthday party when i asked her what she wanted she said nothing. so i gave her the jar of nothing. she cracked up and now it on top of her tv for the next time i say nothing. now i tell her something. LOL</p> <p>cute, and when i make it, to add insult to injury (lol) im gonna wrap it with about 30 layers of wrapping paper...i did something like this,but i wrapped a box filled with school papers like 10 times,and gave it as a gift to my bff for her birthday...:) josie</p> </blockquote> <p>The best comment comes from a lazy poster who asked: &quot;Just wish they had included a printer ready label. But I love it enough to work it out.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, when that special someone in your life answers &quot;Nothing&quot; as a gift idea, you may be tempted to go out and wing it anyways. We'll save you the trouble of wasting cash on popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-holiday-gifts-that-arent-worth-the-money">gifts that aren't worth the money</a>, along with items the recipient is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning">better off returning</a>. Here on Wise Bread we have some ieas for those of you coming up empty, whether they be the perfect <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gifts-for-frequent-travelers">gifts for travelers</a>, your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">favorite bookworm</a>, your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-spend-less-on-your-significant-other-and-not-get-killed">significant other</a>, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">don't forget mom</a>!</p> <p>What do you do when your friends and family ask for &quot;Nothing?&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Almost 50 Unique Housewarming Gifts for Less Than $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-flush-299-down-the-toilet-and-fish-it-out-again">How to flush $299 down the toilet (and fish it out again)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/and-the-winners-are-drum-roll-please">And the winners are...(drum roll please)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary funny gifts jar jar of nothing nothing presents Sun, 31 Dec 2006 19:16:32 +0000 Will Chen 135 at http://www.wisebread.com Stylish but Cheap Gift Wrap Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000020379621_Full.jpg" alt="craft gift wrap" title="craft gift wrap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beautiful gift wrapping doesn't have to cost a fortune. You can wrap gifts with everyday items you already have around the home. Not only will you save money, but people will also appreciate your thoughtfulness and creativity.</p> <h2>Get Crafty</h2> <ul> <li>Use the Sunday comics section. Extra points for having a <em>Calvin and Hobbes</em> strip prominently displayed.</li> <li>Leftover wallpaper or fabric from your home improvement projects can add a touch of class to any gift.</li> <li>Hat and shoe boxes for sentimental gifts, especially mementos or keepsakes.</li> <li>Spray paint boxes with bright Christmas colors. This works great for large gifts that already come in their own boxes.</li> <li>For the rustic look, use craft or construction paper and dress up the package with twine, strings, sprigs, or pine cones.</li> <li>You can also dress up plain construction paper with stickers, stencils, and stamps.</li> </ul> <h2>Use Things Related to the Gift</h2> <ul> <li>Use pages from magazines related to your gift. For example, <em>Vogue</em> for clothing, <em>Rolling Stones</em> for CDs, <em>National Geographic</em> for business traveler's gifts, <em>Wired</em> for gadgets, etc.</li> <li>If you wrap anything with <em>The Onion</em>, the wrapping becomes a gift in itself.</li> <li>Old school computer paper (the kind with hole-punched edges) for computer products.</li> <li>Maps for gifts related to traveling (i.e. those annoying travel size grooming kits).</li> </ul> <h2>Use Child Labor</h2> <ul> <li>Children's drawings they create for school are great for gifts to grandparents. Hey, it's about time your kids earn their keep!</li> <li>Children's hand prints on white construction paper. Acrylic paint is usually the best choice for these kinds of projects.</li> <li>If you have a baby, little foot prints would also work (Warning: this might be nauseatingly cute).</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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