The Value of a Birthday Present

>Someone has a birthday coming. It’s a time for celebration, joy, a party and – best yet – gifts. The question you may ask yourself as you begin shopping for the perfect gift is how much to spend. A portion of the answer factors on how malleable your spending is. Other factors are your familiarity with the person and the birthdays’ significance will direct you to either spend more or a little bit less as well. We at PaydayLoansCashAdvance want to offer you some ideas on purchasing a birthday present with the following tips:

A Gift

Any gift you give, no matter the cost, is a gesture of the heart, a thoughtful measure of how you feel about the recipient. That is not to say that you should go out and break the bank on a gift. A thoughtful gift with little cost would be much better received and adored as opposed to an arbitrary gift costing twice as much. It’s important to think about the recipient, their needs and desires. When you’re looking to buy a birthday present on a budget, thoughtful, inexpensive gifts can include things like:

  • subscription to their favorite magazine
  • small plant
  • gift card for a restaurant or their favorite store
  • lottery tickets
  • handcrafted items
  • a book by their favorite author
  • bottle of wine
  • create a music compilation CD
  • baked goods – put some of yourself into some gooey cookies or muffins
  • personal care items – create a basket of great items she can pamper herself with
  • recipe in a jar – place all the dry goods for a recipe in a jar and give along with a written version of the recipe
  • framed picture – of a shared and treasured event
  • DVD or Blue Ray movie
  • movie tickets

>This list can go on and on if you use your imagination and give some thought about the recipient. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the monetary value or price tag of the gift. If the recipient can tell that you’ve given some serious thought to the gift, it will have more value than any price you may have paid.

If the birthday gal or guy likes to cook, perhaps a few pots of fresh herbs for the kitchen, or some new kitchen utensils wrapped in a bow and tied to a cookbook. If he likes to cook on the grill, than who wouldn’t love a new set of grilling tools? Buying a birthday present on a budget isn’t hard when you really take the time to think about the recipient and there is a large selection of inexpensive gifts when you take the time to get them something that they need or want.

The gift of Time

Time is something most people don’t have a lot of. Most times it doesn’t take much of it to zip in and out of a store to get a card, a gift or gift card. A gift of time takes a little more of your time and effort, but in the end, it will be well worth it. For instance, if you are person who creates hand crafted items, you can make one of these items beforehand and offer it as a gift. If you sew, then some pretty cloth napkins and matching table cloth is a great idea.

A scrapbook or photo album of a shared time is also a great gift along with other handcrafted items, such as knitted or crocheted scarves and hats, handcrafted candles, and so on. For those who are good with their hand and have the tools, a bookcase or shelving unit might be right up your alley. If you’re into cooking, why not create a batch of their favorite cookies, or bake a cake or cheesecake? The handmade gift required you to invest your time and is a far more personal gesture to the receiver.

Personal Gift Certificate

Another gift of time is when you offer your time in the form of a gift certificate. We all have a unique skill – one of value to others – your unique gift certificate can offer that skill as a birthday gift. What working mom wouldn’t love a gift certificate telling her that you’re going to prepare her dinners family one night. Who would turn down an offer for free auto detailing? If you’re handy, then offer to make some minor repairs around the house as a gift. For those with a green thumb, offer your time putting in an herb garden or perennial garden and with every bloom or sprig of dill, they will think of your gift. Offer your friends a free night of babysitting so they can have a kid-free house, or a much needed date night. The possibilities are endless and the thoughtfulness of your gift will never be forgotten.

While some of these may seem the most unconventional of gifts, they make great use of your talents and skills while saving you money as well. There is just no reason to be extravagant in your gift giving, and there is certainly no need to spend a lot of money on a birthday gift and not be able to adequately pay your bills in the process.

If you choose to purchase a gift, stay inexpensive and purchase something that the recipient can truly use and appreciate. Remember to plan ahead, shop around and find the best price.

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