How much do you spend on your Christmas, Hannukah and/or other holiday gifts? Shoppers around the country plan to spend an average of $882 for gifts this 2015 holiday season, according to the 31st annual survey on holiday spending from the American Research Group, Inc. That’s $23 above spending in 2007 and $25 below spending in 2006.
This group conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,100 adults across the U.S. from November 17 through 20, 2015. You may wonder how they got such an exact figure – check their methodology for details. Anyway, below are 5 ideas that might help you stay on budget this year.
- Love what your Fitbit Flex (or other tracker) does for you, but not so much the way it looks? Now you can purchase a piece to dress it up. Lucas designer shimmery gold and silver plastic slides – two for $29.95 from the Bytten for Target collection – will make your Flex look more like a bracelet. Many other styles available at higher prices in fine metals like silver, gold and brass. Check out the whole range of designs at www.bytten.com.
- Fabulous French wines you can afford?! Because they’re French and made by a highly respected winemaker from the now-premium Languedoc region, you get more credit than for just “bringing a bottle of wine for dinner.” These lovely sparkling, still white, rosé and red wines have the cachet of a fancy gift; dress them up in a beautiful bottle bag and you are set. Check out the story here on “everyday luxury” French wines for under $20.
- Go purseless – Option 1 for cutting down on the clutter you carry: NinjaCard is a sleek pouch for the back of your phone. Nicely put together with a firm base and stretchy cover, it attaches firmly (they say you can even remove and re-attach it if you get a new phone), holds up to 8 cards (credit, gift, ID, etc.) and money securely and works with almost any model phone. Great as a gift, even if you don’t know the person’s exact phone model. Inexpensive yet high quality, useful and cool. Lots of colors and patterns to suit any taste.
It was a pleasant surprise to be able to go out the other night with just a phone and yet feel confident the pouch held everything needed to handle any emergency. For the runners, minimalists, or just-plain-practical people in your life. Single for $9.95.
- Go purseless: Option 2 The Racktrap is a small, hide-all pocket that attaches to your bra and can hold cards (credit, key, ID, etc.) and cash and ships free. Each three-pack comes in standard bra colors black lace, white lace and nude lace. Ooo-la-la. $7.95 for the original gold edition which also comes with free shipping. All models measure 4.5 x 3.5 inches.
- Go purseless: Option 3 SmarterGarter. A sexy leather pouch that straps to your thigh or boot and carries what you need for a sports event, night out, or whatever. When you want a purseless option full of style and attitude, this is the one. Read more here on the SmarterGarter. Most styles $37.50.