Let’s talk some Black Friday smack, shall we?
I’m as much of a deal-lover as the next guy, and I’m all for reducing the cost of holiday shopping. But Black Friday? Meh. Unless it’s a tongue-in-cheek part of your family’s holiday tradition, the whole thing strikes me as a blatant counterpoint to the spirit of Thanksgiving.
What can I say? I’m the world’s grumpiest shopper with an over-analytical, self-righteous streak and access to blogging software. I OWN IT.
Assuming you don’t have 4 XBoxes, 2 microwave ovens, and 10 Snuggies on your gift list, here’s my subversive recommendation on Black Friday: stay home. Even better, swap out some of the gadgets and goodies on your list for no-clutter gifts.
Every gift pictured here can be made or purchased at home. You may even be able to cash in on Black Friday discounts online. (Online shopping + holidays = good.) Even more online discounts will abound at your favorite shopping spots on Monday — now, ominously referred to as CYBER MONDAY which, to me, sounds like the day The Evil Robot Apocalypse begins.
But whatever. The point is these gifts allow you to avoid the crowds, reduce the clutter, reign in your spending and lower your stress. Most importantly, they will delight your gift-ees. Consider one or all for your loved ones this holiday season.
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Are you a Black Friday fan or foe? What are your favorite no-clutter gifts?
Another simple way to reduce the cost of holiday gifting is to buy fewer gifts. At Parent Hacks, we recently talked about why and how to shorten the gift list.