Alternative Gift Giving Idea for Couples | Blogmas Day 5

Welcome to Blogmas Day 5!

Today’s post is a bit of a different one. Essentially, I just wanted to share an idea with you!

This year, my boyfriend and I have decided that we want to cut down on our Christmas spending a bit. We’re saving for a house and with the unpredictability of this year, we didn’t want to create any unnecessary financial stress. So, we thought we’d mix up the way we get gifts for each other a little bit. Our aim was to keep the budget down and do something a bit different too.

So, after seeing the Target Challenge on TikTok where couples go into a supermarket and get each other little gifts in a set of categories, we thought we’d make up our own version for Christmas. And it’s worked quite well so far! So, I thought I’d share it in case anyone else wanted to try it!

We used some of the key categories from the TikTok challenge but added a few more too, plus we extended the shops we could buy from – rather than just a supermarket, we said that you could buy from anywhere. We set a budget, whatever you can afford is fine as it’s quite easy to buy both inexpensive and more pricey items, and we’ve bought each other a gift in each category. The categories we’ve gone for are…

  • Something You Want
  • Something You Need
  • Something to Do
  • Something that Reminds Me of You
  • Something to Eat
  • Something to Drink
  • Something in your Favourite Colour
  • Something Comfy

As well as a way to keep Christmas spending down, this way of buying each other gifts proved to be a fun way of showing how well we know each other. We had to remember each other’s favourite foods, drinks and colour, as well as think of something they want and need, and something that reminds us of them. It’s also meant that we’ve got each other more personal gifts and things we actually want or need.

I’ve absolutely loved doing this. It’s been so fun figuring out all the gifts and getting a mix of silly and serious ones, without breaking the bank whilst doing it. I think I’d approach Christmas like this again. We haven’t given our gifts yet, obviously, but I found that this was a really efficient and money-savvy way of shopping. I actually thought up the ideas over a few weeks then ordered them all in one night, bar the food ones which need to wait until closer to Christmas day.

What do you think of this idea? I’d love to know if you try this out with your partner! Really, it doesn’t even need to be a partner! You could do it with your friends or your family. Plus, you can always take out or put in different categories to suit you! Let me know if you’d try this out too!

23 thoughts on “Alternative Gift Giving Idea for Couples | Blogmas Day 5

  1. Amisha Acharya says:

    This is an awesome idea! I am a thrifty person by nature and always try to gifts that add value to the recipient’s life and ask people to do the same for me. Pretty and luxurious gifts will just sit on the mantel and won’t serve any purpose to anyone anyways

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  2. Jaya Avendel says:

    Oh, this way of buying gifts inspires me! I love the little list; I especially like the ‘want’ and ‘need’ categories are separate. People often do not realize wanting something and needing something are different. 🙂

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  3. mydreamality says:

    I really enjoyed this post and given that I haven’t bought a single gift yet, it’s particularly welcome. I love your approach! Thank you for sharing this ❤️

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