Apr 23

How to look like you’re giving generous gifts when you’re actually just being stingy

We all have that one month in a year that is just impossibly full of important birthdays that require gifts. For many of us, it also happens to fall over the festive season, which means we have a double gifting load.

Well, the good news is you don’t actually need to dig yourself into a pit of debt by gift giving.

We’ve come up with 8 great ways you can give amazing gifts without spending much (or any) money.

Take a look:




It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it requires some exceptional observational and organisational skills, as well as an uncanny amount of tact.

In order to regift without causing offence, you will need to have a good system in place and know exactly who gave you what.

You simply can’t run the risk of regifting a gift to its original giver, or anyone close to them. Also, you can only regift things that are still in perfect condition – mostly something that’s actually quite nice, but just doesn’t suit your taste or needs.

Once you have your system in place and a solid database of which gifts came from whom, you’re all set. It will save you loads of money without anyone suspecting you of pinching pennies.


Buy Zeek gift cards


Need to get a last-minute gift, but don’t have much cash to spend? Zeek is the answer to your problem!

Research has revealed that about 30% of vouchers in the world are not used each year. That amounts to about £65billion, which ends up in the bin.

This marketplace for gift cards allows people to sell their unwanted vouchers at a discounted price. It offers an incredible variety and buyers can save up to 30% on all sorts of brands.

So, all you have to do is order the gift card, pay the money and you have your eleventh-hour gift sorted!

Find out more about making and saving money with the Zeek marketplace in our article.


Buy gifts at charity shops

Charity shop

If you’re not much of a thrift-shopper, you’re seriously missing out!

Charity shops are little treasure chests if you just have the time and the patience to do a thorough scratch.

From vintage clothes to books to antique jewellery to quaint ornaments, you’re bound to find something that tickles almost every fancy.

If you’re planning on implementing this plan for the festive season, however, we suggest that you start shopping a lot earlier in the year. By the time November rolls around, all the really good stuff will be flying off the shelves, purchased by other stingy gifters just like you!


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From make-up to magazines, food and drink to homeware, we make sure to have the perfect freebie for everyone.

This is also a great way to build up an amazing stash of gifts to give as the need arises.


Give home-potted plants


Everyone loves a pretty pot plant for their homes. But, frankly, sometimes they’re just ridiculously priced in the shops.

Cut these costs by saving beautiful containers you receive into receptacles for soil and some greenery. While you can buy a plant at the nursery, if you have your own garden or thriving indoor plants, you could even save more by propagating seedlings/cuttings for the purpose of gifting later on!

Once you’ve potted your plant in the pretty container, tie an attractive ribbon around it and voila – a perfectly classy gift at minimal cost.


Make your own hamper


Making hampers can cost very little and the goodies inside can be bought in bulk or made at home to bring down costs.

If you have trouble finding wicker baskets, you can also buy attractive boxes for affordable prices from various packaging companies.

Find out more about making your own hampers by reading this article.


Gift a home-cooked meal or baked goodies


If you’re a whizz in the kitchen, why not use those skills in your gifting game?

Instead of buying someone an expensive gift, bake them a beautiful birthday cake that they can share with friends and family.

Alternatively, invite them over to your home for their favourite meal. You might be surprised how many people would see this as a real treat!


Give the gift of experience


Now, the first thing that probably pops to mind is something like skydiving or ziplining. However, who ever said that only extreme and expensive experiences make good gifts?

Does your friend or family member enjoy going to the cinema? Gift them a movie ticket and some cash to treat themselves to popcorn and sweets!

Need to find a present for an outdoor-lover? Instead of giving them an expensive mountaineering gadget, take them on a hike they’ve never been on and bring some fancy snacks.

Often the best gifts are the most simple and thoughtful gestures!

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