You’re planning to spend somewhere around $750 to $850 on holiday gifts this year if you’re the average American, according to the pollsters who study this. This is the range of figures reported by Gallup, the American Research Group and the National Retail Federation.
The estimate shows gift spending should be up 5% to 8% over last year. The spending range brings holiday shopping back to pre-recession levels, indicating a stronger US economy. If you’re reading this, you’re also probably part of the more than half of Americans who plan to shop for gifts online.
With all respect to those who celebrate Hanukkah, (which Gentiles sometimes need to be reminded is not a Jewish version of Christmas), it’s the season for tasteful gift giving during this Festival of Lights. Blue is the holiday’s traditional color, and charitable giving is always a gift in good taste.
With all respect to those who celebrate Christmas, nobody is trying to take Christ out of Christmas. It’s a beautiful time for celebrating Christ’s birth and you can celebrate with as much religious meaning as you want to. Our family will continue embracing these traditions from the manger to the cross. The Advent wreath holds much more significance than the elf on the shelf that my kids keep nagging me to get.
Many will choose to celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday event, with visits from Santa, retail-inspired elves and gift giving.
New Year’s celebrations could be wrapped up under the heading of holiday gift giving as well, if you think of hostess gifts and parties.
As important as setting a financial budget for your holiday giving is a budget for time and other valuable resources. Will you be setting aside time to volunteer this holiday season, getting involved in community events or donating talents to charity? Holiday gifts can take on a number of different forms.
Since Clean Couponing is about being frugal with more than money, it’s fitting that we’ll take on the topic of holidays and gift giving for our next #CleanCouponing chat. Thoughtfulness has always been the hallmark of a great gift, so let’s inspire each other to put more thought into this gift-giving season.
Join us this Thursday, December 11 from 9 to 10 pm Eastern time, when our next #CleanCouponing Twitter party with the Clean Couponing blog focuses on Holiday Gifts.
Meet some creative and inspirational people who are sharing their talents in various ways. Check out a variety of projects our panelists are working on and get some gift ideas for books they’re offering online.
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You can RSVP for this Thursday’s #CleanCouponing Holiday Gifts Twitter party here at the bottom of this Clean Couponing blog post. Hope to chat with you soon!
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