Re-Gift. Just don’t do it. Especially if you have a small family or social circle. If you do, there’s a good possibility the gift will recycle and everyone will find out how cheap you really are. The best thing you can do with a gift you don’t like is donate the gift to charity. Keep in mind, however, that if the gift is poor quality, or is ugly or old, that’s not an excuse to give it to the needy.
Buy everyone the same gift from the dollar store. It’s a super big no-no even if the gifts are different colors or designs. Cheap-o gifts that are basically the same thing, given to everyone on your gift list, isn’t the true spirit of giving. All that shows is either a) how much you don’t care or b) how little you are involved in people’s lives. If you aren’t sure what to buy your friends and family, give them cash or a Visa gift card. If money is an issue, make something. Preparing a loved one’s favorite dessert or treat shows that you care. And if you don’t cook, share a family heirloom.
Stress out and act like a freak. If you know the holidays stress you out and your family tells you, every Christmas, that the Grinch has nothing on you, then maybe you should step back as the Christmas party host. Can’t do that because you’re a control freak? Well, maybe you should, for the sake of your family, refrain from all holiday events. No one wants to be the reason why Christmas was ruined. Give your family a break, okay?
Share old candy. This doesn’t go for just Christmas, because it can be applied to Valentine’s, Easter, and Halloween, too. Don’t give out candy you’ve had for five years. That’s not saving money and it’s plain, old GROSS. Nothing is yuckier than biting into stale, oxidized candy.
Make Christmas be about you. Guess what? Christmas isn’t about you! It never has been, nor will it ever be. It’s about the birth of Jesus (at least for practicing Christians). And while I know that you may be thinking, “Hey I’m still walking this Earth and according to my awesome self, I’m the bees’ knees. So take THAT Christmas,” let me remind you this attitude will get you nowhere in life. Your family came together on this holiday to be in the company of their loved ones and have a good time.