More Gift Giving Tips

If you have a child on your gift list this year, buy them something that doesn’t require batteries. Such gifts usually require more imagination on the child’s part and less ongoing cost for the child’s parents.

Also, do as much of your shopping as possible online. Whenever I’m shopping online I open three Internet windows–one for a price comparison site like PriceGrabber, one for a coupon code site like RetailMeNot, and one for rebate site like Ebates. Once I find out which store has the lowest price for the item I’m shopping for, I look for a coupon code on and a rebate from Ebates, going with whichever one offers the best deal.

Another holiday suggestion is to build traditions. One tradition we’ve established with our kids is to read an Advent book together one page at a time in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They look forward to reading the book because each night’s reading has a door that they open, which tells them more of the story of Christ’s birth. But you don’t need to buy a book to foster this tradition. This article from Focus on the Family provides all the guidance you need to celebrate Advent. The article was written a number of years ago, so you’ll want to note that Advent begins on November 30th this year, not December 3rd.

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