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Think Twice before You Buy Gifts - or 3 Tips to Give Smartly

November 8th, 2012 at 02:12 pm

Early birds get the worm, or the best gift prices and selection at winter holidays. Right? But before you hyperventilate and blow through your shopping list, take a deep breath.

Now read over that list. What are you buying, and more to the point, who makes what you are buying?

Tip 1: You probably have immediate family on the list and know their specific wishes. Fine. Get the guys electronics. But maybe a 'practically new' laptop or DVD from a family who would much better use the cash can satisfy your guy. Check Craig's list. NOW.

Tip 2:You might have some kids on the list. And really this is where Christmas is magical. And also this is where the kids don't care if the bike or skateboard or dress up clothes are brand new. Get to the used sports store. Or the better resale stores. NOW.

Tip 3:But the most chance you have to give smartly is for your casual gift listings. The teacher, co-worker, friend, distant relative, visitor to your home, hostess's, etc.

I wish you would buy from INDEPENDENT small biz's. Made LOCALLY if you really want to make a difference. Guess what? It's pop up boutique season!! The prices at these craft fests are excellent.

And to make my point, take a look at what you can get for $5.00 or less from

Text is Pretty Cheap Jewelry and Link is http://www.prettycheapjewelry.com
Pretty Cheap Jewelry

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Text is Christmas in July Earrings and Link is https://www.etsy.com/listing/105621516/christmas-in-july-earrings
Christmas in July Earrings

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Text is Orange Moustache Earrings and Link is https://www.etsy.com/listing/107166807/orange-moustache-earrings
Orange Moustache Earrings

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Text is Pink Champagne Earrings and Link is https://www.etsy.com/listing/107580771/pink-champagne-earrings
Pink Champagne Earrings

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Thanks and comments welcome!

3 Responses to “Think Twice before You Buy Gifts - or 3 Tips to Give Smartly”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Etsy is a GREAT site. I actually bought a couple of gifts for myself there. HA! (Not for others just because simply not shopping for others. I suppose I did buy one gift for my mom on etsy).

    American Express is also running a promotion for small business purchases. I am waiting to see if etsy is on the list. Buy $25 from a small business and get a $25 credit. If not Etsy, my second choice would be some of the cute shops in our old downtown. The directory of small businesses was not working last I checked, so I am waiting to be sure my picks are on the list. See mymoneyblog.com for details.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. I just happened to get an official AmEx card recently so why I am excited. They have run these promotions many times before, but just seems "new" to me. Big Grin

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Thx for the support MM!! I doubt there will be an AmEx deal with Etsy. Etsy does not seem to be supremely aggressive sales wise (why should they, their income from sellers in listing and commissions is MILLIONS already). But still there are fabuloso prices to be had on the site.

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