Christmas is just around the corner. Every year when November comes, we can’t help but think “It’s almost Christmas time!” There’s a sudden sense of panic and then it goes away until the week of December 25th comes. There’s only a few people I know who’s smart with their Christmas shopping..smart as in they do their shopping ahead of time. But for most of us, Christmas shopping doesn’t start until 2nd to 3rd week of December.
Buying for friends, relatives and especially people who you know but you don't know well enough makes it hard to decide what to give them for Christmas. A good example is a co-worker. You know them but you don't really know the things they like and would appreciate. Now before you get started on your Christmas list ideas this year, there’s a few things you should consider NOT giving. Sometimes it’s so easy to buy something that looks cute, especially if it’s on sale. Don’t waste your dollars on these things listed below. Trust me, the receiver may just re-gift it or worse - go in the garbage! You’re better off buying something that doesn’t cost a lot of money but you know for sure the receiver will appreciate and actually put it to use.
CHEAP NO-NAME GIFT SETS
You know which one I’m referring to! We all received something similar to this. These may look pretty at the store, and oh do they ever smell nice. Don’t be deceived! While these are packed nicely and perfectly, ready for Christmas gift giving, chances are the receiver isn’t going to use them. When it comes to skin creams or anything applied to skin, as adults, we become aware of what works for our skin, what irritates it and such. Often times we aren't comfortable applying anything to our skin from a brand we never knew existed with harmful ingredients or ingredients we've never heard of. I can't go through all of the harmful chemicals out there but here are some that you should avoid buying when you see it listed on the ingredients.
- Propylene glycol
- Synthetic colors
- Sunscreen chemicals
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
Instead find a gift set (on sale) that’s popularly known. A good example is Starbucks coffee gift set that comes with a mug and coffee. Everybody could use an extra mug in the house. Unsure about peppermint flavour, choose just regular coffee or hot chocolate.
Again, while all these look sooooo darn cute and smells nice, they’re more for display and just really to look at. Yes, you can very well use them, but how convenient is it really to use a soap this shape.
Instead choose a soap with essential oil and/or other benefits such as Black Clay. Not only these type of soaps smell great, they offer great benefits on the skin. Black Clay can absorb 1000 times its own weight unclogging pores and detoxifying the skin while simultaneously exfoliating dead skin cells and improving the skin’s circulation.
EXPENSIVE GREETING CARDS
Yes, yes, it’s the thought that counts I get it. I give greeting cards as well, but I don’t spend a ton of money on it. There are greeting cards out there that goes above and beyond with all the music, pop up characters, etc. And chances are these cost anywhere from $6-$10. There’s nothing wrong with them, but if you are looking to save your dollars don’t spend money on this type of greeting cards. After all, the receiver will only read it once, if you’re lucky..maybe twice. Then it goes to the recycle (let’s hope they recycle it at least) or worse, the garbage. If the receiver is a sentimental type, she or he may keep it. If you feel strongly about giving a Christmas card, buy something that does both - a great message that costs less money! The receiver is guaranteed to appreciate this.
Instead opt for gift cards. Gift cards are the best especially when you pick one from a store they usually shop at. A gift card from a book store is always a good choice. Even a Starbucks gift card for $10-$15.00 will do. Although you may feel ‘cheap’ by giving just this, don’t be. This is all in your head. Chances are the receiver will appreciate this and guaranteed to put it to use. Even if they don’t drink coffee, there’s a bunch on Starbuck’s menu that they could use it for. A gift card from a well-known marketplace such as Amazon is always a plus. Amazon pretty much carries anything and everything.
UNBRANDED MAKEUP PALETTES
Cheap makeup palettes, oh so many colors to choose from! Think twice before you pick one of these palettes. It may not seem like a huge deal, but fake or unbranded makeup can seriously be bad for your skin and your health overall. Fake makeup usually contains high levels of arsenic, lead, copper etc. These ingredients are often much higher in concentration than the permitted and approved amount, making them very harmful.
Instead buy something that’s sleek and small from a well-known brand. You really don’t have to buy a palette that has all the colors in it. Just because you see a huge makeup palette that’s got colors you never knew existed doesn’t mean it’s better than a small or compact palette with just the right amount of makeup. Unsure what shade to get, go with neutral colors. One can always use neutral colors.
There's still a ton of money waster gift ideas out there, but hopefully you get the gist. Always opt for the simple, inexpensive but useful gift ideas vs something cute, cheap but useless things. I hope you give smart this holiday!