Make a List Then Check It Twice- Don't Forget Gifts For These People!

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Christmas is an expensive time; as well as the obvious costs such as gifts for kids, food and decorations there are a lot of other things too that really mount up. Travel costs, postage, and gifts for people that might not have immediately sprung to mind when you started budgeting. While you, of course, don’t have to buy anything for these people, it’s always nice to show them you have thought about them. Plus it saves the awkward situation of someone handing over a gift, and you don’t have one for them! Here are a few people you might have missed when buying presents.

Your Child’s Teacher
Aside from you, this is the person your child spends the most time with. So giving them a little something to hand over before the Christmas holidays is a nice way to thank them for their hard work. You can buy all kinds of teacher related gifts from mugs to frames to plaques. Alternatively, you could go down the route of flowers and chocolates which is something that is always going to be appreciated!

A Loved One’s New Baby
If a loved one has recently had a new baby, you might want to gift something for them. You could find out if there’s something specific the parents need, or find a website selling baby gifts in general and choose something cute. It can be tricky knowing what to buy in this situation, if you’re really unsure you could go down the route of a voucher instead.

Next Door or Close Neighbours
If you’re lucky enough to have nice neighbors, you might want to consider giving them a small Christmas gift. Not everyone is fortunate enough to live close by to people they like or get along with. You could gift anything from a bottle of wine to a box of home baked treats. If you have an elderly neighbor who is likely to be alone over the holidays, even a small gift like this could brighten their Christmas and let them know that they haven’t been forgotten.

Casual Visitors
If you have friends and family pop over for visits over the festive season, it could be worth having a couple of generic gifts like boxes of chocolates wrapped and ready to go. It saves the embarrassment of someone giving you a gift, and you don’t have one for them. And if they don’t end up being given out, you and the family can polish them off after Christmas or even keep them for birthday gifts early next year.

Charity Boxes
Charities often run ‘box schemes’ at Christmas, where you fill a shoebox sized box with items for people who are in need. Different charities will gift to various kinds of people, for example, women’s shelters help those fleeing domestic abuse. Some charities help children overseas whereas others help children who live locally. Find a cause you’re passionate about and find out how you can get involved. Many ask for simple items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a flannel and in the case of children some small toys. This would cost next to nothing to put together but could well make the Christmas of someone in need. This is an excellent thing to do with children over the holidays; they can help you choose items and wrap the box. Explain what you’re doing, and give them a passion for helping others.

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