Tips to save on birthday gifts

Buying birthday gifts can be a real budget drainer. Here are some money saving tips that will help you make the most of the money you spend on presents.

Check your budget – It is important to spend only what you can afford. Although it may be tempting to buy expensive gifts for your loved ones, remember that the thought is what counts.

Plan ahead – Make a list of all the birthday parties you will be invited to and make a spreadsheet of the names, dates and how much you are willing to spend.

Stock up – Stock up on gifts that are neutral, for example, bath salts, moisturizing products, candles or a spa voucher can be gifted to almost anyone. Not only will buying your gifts in advance save you time, but it will also mean that you will have not to run to the store each time a birthday comes up.

Find deals – Sometimes the best deals are at thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops or on For new items shop during the sale season.

Get crafty – Lots of people will enjoy a gift that is made by you. Look at baking a cake, cupcakes or cookies and gifting it to a friend or family member. If you can paint, sketch or take good pictures, create a picture and frame it for a friend. Not only will they appreciate the thought, your gift will definetly be unique and memorable.