There is no doubt that 2023 has been tough. Everything costs more – food, fuel, electricity, credit – you name it, the price goes up! Despite this, the festive season is a time for giving, so it’s important to find innovative ways to gift friends and family that won’t drain your wallet during the most expensive time of the year.
Some families choose to only get gifts for the children, while others give gifts to everyone from mothers to brothers, grandparents to nieces and nephews. But be realistic: look at your budget and set an amount per person – and ensure that everyone sticks to it.
If R200 is the price limit for instance, consider how you can make that amount work for you, while still spoiling your loved ones. Personalised gifts are a sure-fire way to put a smile on someone’s face and you can make anything from decorated cookies that are placed in a lovely glass jar or even rope in the children to make laminated calendars for 2024 that last the year. Another lovely idea is to buy a pack of seeds with which to grow veggies in a garden.
Or consider giving an experience to someone you love. This could be tickets to a must-watch movie, a manicure at a local salon, a picnic on a beach or in a park, depending on where you live, or a visit to a beautiful public garden where you can enjoy the blooms and soak up the sun. There are limitless things to do together as friends and family that don’t cost a lot but create long-lasting memories.
On that note, capturing memories is harder these days as few people print out photos anymore; most live online. Why then not give the gift of great times spent together? Print your cherished photos, put them in a scrap book or photo frames, and just like that you have created a present that can be displayed and enjoyed every day.
You can also give the gift of health this festive season. With the significant increases in medical aids – some reaching as high as 15% – coming into effect in January, many will find the extra cost too much to manage. Some will buy down to more affordable plans or cancel their medical aid altogether. However, there is an inexpensive way to help those in your life by giving them health insurance membership. TymeHealth is an affordable health insurance that offers cover for day-to-day and emergency care needs. And you could give this to a family member, a friend or staff members both at work and home, knowing that they can access private healthcare facilities any time they need them. You just purchase a membership plan – which range from R139 to R399 a month – and the beneficiary is then the main member with access to quality healthcare.
Thinking out of the box this festive season will indeed be on many families’ minds as budgets are stretched even further. There are creative, memorable and valuable gifts to give to others. Put your thinking cap on and consider how you can give someone something that will put a smile on their face, create a unique experience or positively impact their everyday needs.