A Savvy Teen’s Take on Smart Holiday Gift Buying

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You can get huge bargains on some really good gift stuff at thrift shops. Just set up your cosy 'gift closet'!

You can get huge bargains on some really good gift stuff at thrift shops. Just set up your cosy 'gift closet'!A Savvy Teen's Take On Smart Holiday Gift BuyingSince I was little we had a gift closet — a place where you could keep potential gifts throughout the year. I use one even today.

If you are like me and shop for holiday gifts all year long you can save this space to store those gifts in addition to any other present you might want to give for birthdays and such.

I love buying gifts for my friends and family, but I normally have a tiny budget. This is where purchasing things ahead of time comes in handy.

There’s nothing better than getting a friend something they love while knowing you spent only $5 on it instead of $35!

A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. If you spend a lot of time thinking about a person, you will be able to find something they will really love.

Young people can feel pressured to buy certain things or spend lots of money on gifts. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Sometimes, we put too much pressure on ourselves and how we look. Real friends don’t care about that, do they?  A thoughtful gift, even something you make yourself, can mean so much to a true friend, even if you don’t spend much money at the store.

Here are some of my gift closet ideas for young people.

Clearance Sections

Always check the clearance section of your favorite stores, and don’t rule out any clearance section. One of my favorite finds was in the clearance section at Office Max — not really the first place you think of when buying a present for your best friend, right?

It was offering a huge selection of Smash books that were all at least 60% off. I know most of my friends enjoy keeping a journal or scrapbook, so I bought several of them along with other decorations. I got so much cute stuff! This was a few years ago, and I am still giving it to friends.

Thrift Shops

I’m the first to understand that buying your friend a second-hand present is not ideal, but keep an open mind and don’t miss out on any awesome savings you could get during your next visit to a thrift shop. Often, the clothes are brand new and still have the tags on them.

If you spot something that you know one of your friends or family members would appreciate and it is a new item, go ahead and add it to your gift closet.

No one ever has to know — unless you want to brag about paying 35 cents for the awesome new shirt you got your BFF for her birthday. Garage sales are also a great place to look for brand new things!

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

Make sure you’re getting a really good deal — at least 50 percent off the retail price.

Don’t buy an item if you don’t know anyone who would like it. (This is super important.)

Always remember to check the gift closet before you go out and purchase a gift.

Be on the lookout for good deals on wrapping paper and such. We get the cutest gift bags at the Dollar Store!

It is a great feeling to give.  It’s an even better feeling to give a gift you got for a fabulous price.