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Christmas gifts: how to save money?

Christmas is coming, this year you decide to do it in advance and you are right! To save as much as possible during this period, I have some tips and ideas to give you! Here they are :

Shop during BlackFriday!

If you don’t already know BlackFriday, it’s a huge shopping event born in the United States and Canada, it takes place the day after Thanksgiving, the fourth Friday in November. BlackFriday arrived in France in 2010 and aims to mark the beginning of Christmas gift shopping with attractive promotions. For your culture, we call this day “Black Friday” in reference to the darkness of the crowds gathered in the stores. In reality, the promotions are not limited to a single day but are spread throughout the week. These promotions affect both e-commerce and physical stores, but for your convenience I advise you to do your shopping online if you want to avoid queuing at checkouts and in the dressing rooms! In general, you can always make returns easily if it doesn’t suit you in the end.

Here you have some interesting promotions on beautiful brands, let’s go for BlackFriday!

  • Harmful: up to -70% on your purchases
  • aces : -25% on certain items, and can even be combined in current promotions!
  • aim : discounts of up to 50% + free delivery + €50 offered under conditions
  • PicWicToys : current promotions buy 1, get the 2nd -50% on a selection of items
  • Amazon: flash sales up to -90%
  • FNAC : current promotions up to -50%

Be creative – create your own gifts!

What could be more symbolic and personal than a gift given by a loved one? Your time and dedication will make them as happy as a store bought gift! In addition to being economical, it is ecological! Just collect materials that have already been used and let your imagination run wild!

Here are some DIY gift ideas:

  • decoration (garlands, candles, baskets, dream catchers) for inspiration you can go to the site creava that offers you DIY ideas.
  • for the more symbolic and personal side, you can also make a photo album or a beautiful photo frame
  • pearl jewelry;
  • clothes: you can learn how to knit scarves, hats or gloves, for example, there are great tutorials on Youtube!

Suggest a Secret Santa:

You probably already know about this very easy to use and inexpensive concept that is the Santa Secret! If you haven’t heard of it yet, this concept involves offering a gift to a person chosen by lottery, and most of all you have to keep the person’s identity a secret! Each person in the group of friends, or your family for that matter, will only receive one gift and will also give one, but it’s sure to be well chosen!

The economic side, then, lies in the fact that you don’t need to offer a gift to everyone, but only to one person, the one you have drawn.

Give a second-hand gift:

To offer a new gift at a bargain price, you can opt for second-hand gifts, I’ll give you some tips.

Suppose a friend of yours dreams of a nice pair of tall boots, go to a second-hand clothing site, I offer you several in this article.

Take the Vinted site for example:

  • Type in the search bar “high boots”;
  • Fill in the size in the filters
  • Check the “status” tab for the “new with tag” filter

You will find many new pairs of tall boots that have never been worn, with the tags, and sometimes even the packaging!

I hope these tips have inspired you and given you ideas for your future gifts!

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