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Finding the Perfect Gift at the Right Price/$100 Giveaway

perfect gift at the right priceBirthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, and Christmas are just a few of the many occasions we find ourselves in need of an appropriate gift for a friend or loved one. You’ve heard the old saying that giving is better than receiving. If we are truly blessed to be surrounded by people who love us, then giving can be a wonderful thing. However, if you are not in the best financial position, it can be stressful to find a gift that your loved one will appreciate that also fits your budget. With a little planning, it doesn’t have to be hard to find the perfect gift at the right price.

Pay Attention

If you pay attention to your loved ones, it is easy to find out things they would like to have. We all know people who have a wish list available at all times. If your gift recipient isn’t so obvious, look for signs. If you notice that your wife’s change keeps spilling into the bottom of her purse, a new wallet might be in order. If you know that your best friend is overwhelmed with a new baby, making dinner for her family might be a wonderful gift.

Know How Much You Want to Spend

You need to have a price range in mind before you start looking for a gift. If you are buying a tangible item, give yourself time to shop around online and in brick and mortar stores. You’d hate to purchase the first one you saw and find it half price somewhere else. You can also look online for coupons or discounts. While gift giving is a wonderful thing, putting yourself in debt to buy someone a gift is never a good idea.

What if I Don’t  Have Money for a Gift?

Ideally, we would all have a portion of our budget that goes into savings for gifts so this would never be an issue. Situations aren’t always ideal, and you might find yourself in need of finding a gift with little money to spare.

  • Can you make or regift something? You don’t want to give chintzy gifts to your loved ones, but you could be sitting on a gold mine already. We don’t drink coffee, but my husband gets several coffee mugs every year from his students. Some are really cute or have funny slogans. If I know that someone loved coffee, a mug filled with candy is a nice gift. If you can sew, cook, or are creative, you can make frugal gifts. One of our favorite wedding presents was from an aunt. It was a plain picture frame that held our wedding invitation. She painted the edges of the frame to match the design of the invitation. It looked like it was custom made, but I’m sure it didn’t cost over $10. If I painted something, it would look like kindergarten artwork, but if you have artistic talent, use that to your advantage.
  • Do you have reward points? My business tends to rack up lots of reward points for supplies we order regularly. We tend to do family birthday presents with these points. No one knows that it didn’t cost us a penny.
  • Would an experience gift work? Could you offer to clean a friend’s house or mow your neighbor’s yard? You can surprise your spouse with a homemade coupon book of nice things you can do for them. Honestly, the only limit is your imagination.

It would truly be a sad person who never had to buy a gift. When we love people, it is an honor to give them something they will love and cherish. When you find your loved ones the perfect gift at the right price that makes it ever better.

If you need to find a great gift, go ahead and enter for your chance to win $100 in  Paypal cash or an Amazon gift card. The giveaway runs Until February 15th. Good luck!

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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I hate gift shopping. Setting a budget is easy, but some things like jewelry tends to cost way more than it should. It’s that small and costs how much?

    And then there’s that awkward feeling of wondering whether or not I got them something that they’d like, which seems to come up no matter how much I spend.

  2. Great advice, Kim. I think the most important thing is to consider the person. What would they value the most? Is there something they really want but won’t buy for themselves? I also think making a gift can be valued even more than expensive gifts bought at the store.

    • I’ve made some really good gifts and some turn out like crap. The ones that turn out well are really rewarding mentally and financially.

  3. Kim, excellent tips! I love the part about paying attention. It’s so nice when getting a gift to know that it was one that was really thought about!

    • I try really hard to pay attention. It’s easy to get distracted with 15 things usually going on, but it is important to listen and pick up subtle hints.

  4. Great tips Kim! I like paying attention to my wife and learning about what she wants or mentions in passing. It’s easy to just go out and buy flowers & chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but it usually means a lot more if it’s something she really wants and that I have put thought & time into.

  5. Great tips Kim. I am not a big fan of gift shopping, but if you prepare, then it is not so bad.

  6. Good advice Kim! Glad to be a co-host!

  7. I regularly use the Rewards Points and Experience as my gifts. With the rewards points, it costs me nothing! The Experience is just so much more personal.

  8. We don’t really do gifts. Our relationship isn’t defined by random acts of spending.

  9. We’re not big on Valentine’s gifts, but birthdays we really make them special and put a lot of thought into.

  10. My wife and generally buy each other something trivial for Valentine’s Day. She will get me my favorite cookies and I might get her some of her favorite candy (special pieces).

  11. #1 is so important, the same gift can be perfect for someone and insignificant for someone else. I give less gifts than before but try to put some serious thoughts into it.

    • I try really hard to put thought into gifts, but sometimes a gift card is really the best way to go, especially with my teenage nephews who are not thrilled with much.

  12. Excellent tips! I like how you mentioned the importance of paying attention–a little bit can go a loooong way. It’s also great to have alternatives to spending money on gifts. Happy to co-host with you!

  13. I think the best gift I’ve ever given and received would be my children 🙂 I’m not very materialistic!

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