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The Four-Gift Holiday Shopping Guide

Budget and Save

What is it? The four-gift guide a budgeting technique to ensure that you don’t overdo it on gifts during the holiday season and end up broke.

How do I use it? For each person in your life, you'll give them one gift in each of the following areas:

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read

The amount you spend in each area is up to you. The four-gift guide still lets you splurge if you have the urge, but it won't allow you to go over budget on too many items.

A graphic chart with gift ideas for everybody

Of course, the gift really depends on you and the recipient. If you can, try making something instead of buying it. Handy with knitting needles? Consider making a scarf or sweater - your friends and family will greatly appreciate the time and thoughtfulness you put into a homemade gift.


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