When I set out a budget for myself all the obvious costs of living like food, mortgage, gas and electricity get accounted for, but I often forget to consider other things that I am bound to, and would like to spend money on. Sending my loved ones gifts for birthday, the birth of a new baby or just to let them know that I am thinking about them is something I love to do. However, the financial implications can soon mount up, particularly, as with my friends, in certain months of the year there seems to be many birthdays within a few days of each other. It can also result in lots of time, fuel and energy being spent when you go out hunting for that perfect gift. So, here are a few suggestions on how you might be able to spend a little less, while giving something that will give everyone a feel good factor.
Everyone loves receiving a beautiful bouquet of fragrant flowers from a loved one. There is no better way to show someone that you care about or love someone than to send flowers. By ordering online you are able to choose exactly what you want to send and hunt down any bargains there might be. You also can avoid speaking to a sales person who may talk you into spending more than you might have intended. There is the added Eco benefit of knowing that you will cut down on shipping and therefore on carbon emissions. Flower delivery services are able to send the freshest possible flowers as they use the florists closest totheir recipient. This way they can ensure they aren’t damaged in transportation.
It might be a bit boring, but sending vouchers is an easy, cost effective method of bestowing a gift to your loved one. You can buy precisely the amount to want to fit your budget without spontaneously splurgingon an overpriced gift you might find elsewhere. There is very little production, no costly trips to the shops and minimal environmentally damaging postageinvolved. You might even consider buying an e-voucher from an online store like Amazon so when they get round to spending it, they don’t have to go out shopping either, which would cancel out all of your good work. Look out for a more eco friendly supplier to up your green points.
Sponsor/ Adoption Gift
From buying an elephant to a meerkat, you can find all kinds of ways to send an unusual and unique gift by adopting an animal on their behalf. Check out aggregated sites which sell these sorts of sponsorship presents and you are bound to find deals or special offers on certain products. It doesn’t have to be an animal either. There is a wide variety of environmentally friendly options available, so you can make an informed decision on which charity you would like to support and what would give the person you are going to give it to the most pleasure. Fulfil a friend’s life time ambition of owning a pony, knowing that they won’t even have to muck it out.