With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching and sales everywhere, gift shopping should be pretty easy, right? Just go where the sales are, right? Wrong. Price comparison is a great way to hopefully get more gift for your buck. You want your special someone to enjoy their gift and be amazed, but you shouldn’t go broke doing it. Some just ask their loved ones what they want and that’s a good starting point to get kind of an umbrella overview. How can you make them happy without breaking the bank though?
Tip #1: If you have a crafty talent and can make something homemade that they need go for it. It takes time but saves money. And it comes from the heart. If you can knit or crochet, make a scarf or hat, it’s a great idea! Winter will be chilly in some areas and you can always get a blanket to keep you both warm. Or better yet, think outside the wearable box and make something that can go on his desk at work or home. It’s a bit cheesy but its the thought that counts.
My next affordable gift idea for your special guy if he is a sports fan is his favorite team’s logo robe. It keeps him warm and it also shows his team spirit. You can also opt for a pajama set. It doesn’t have to be straight from the NFL store because that can be a bit pricey. However, there are plenty of sites that sell good quality NFL gear cheaper. In particular, I like QVC and HSN. They have good deals and great prices and if you’ve decided to get your partner a big item there’s usually the option of flex payments that you can pay on monthly.
If your other half is more of the geeky/tech type, I suggest sites like Think Geek.com, Best Buy, and Look Human.com. There are also geeky classics like Hot Topic or even Etsy.com and Amazon to help you find a really nice tech gift. Another great gift idea is the fandom of you man’s choice. I know ThinkGeek has everything in prices ranging from low to high for your nerd guy. To really stretch your cash, put your budget price in the search option in order to narrow down the gifts in your price range.
Now for the guys, I know they say ladies are hard to shop for and it’s not true. You can get your lady a great gift without breaking the bank. My big rule for gifst for either sex is to try to stay away from gift cards for significant others. It’s kind of impersonal and even if it is their favorite store in the world, it doesn’t take much thought or seem to be from the heart. So with that said, try to make gift cards a last resort.
Yes, ladies love jewelry and it’s always pricey. Or so you think. There are some great handmade pieces from small business owners can be found on sites like www.etsy.com. You can also search for a birthstone or gemstone that is in your price range or find something unique and one of a kind for your special lady. Also look into small businesses in your local area. That can help you save on shipping cost and still give you that personal, unique touch to a jewelry piece.
It’s always a good idea to look for things that your significant other may need but just not able to get at the moment. For example, if she is so busy but you notice that she could use a new case for her IPad or phone, you could always have one personalized. Or if she is commenting that it’s too cold in her apartment, a blanket big enough for two would be a nice touch! Your gift could be a great way to show her you’re listening and you care at the same time.
If you’re still stumped as to what you should get, maybe a gift that you both can use together is an option. Check Groupon for a deal that you can use at a later date for a romantic getaway for two, even for a date night after the new year. Don’t forget to try sites like RetailMeNot or Couponing.com for extra savings so that you’ll have more money to ring in the new year with.