Recession-proof Parcels for your Boyfriend: Be Jolly and Save Some Cash!

In Being Gay, Dating, Music, Relationships on December 16, 2008 at 11:01 pm



So, yet again you have decided to wait until the last minute to find that “perfect” gift for your significant other.  Considering that the economy is in such dismay right now, you may also find it hard to pay for the more extravagant gifts that are out there.  Whatever your reasoning is, you only have a week to go – so here are some easy and inexpensive ways to let your man know you care.


Let the early bird catch the worm … you’re going for sales!!


I’ll start by saying that no one that I know of is enjoying their financial situation right now to some extent.  All of the holiday hype is aimed at getting people to pay the maximum for things because, usually, people will.  In addition, you’ve obviously already missed the madness that is “Black Friday.”  I suggest having a sit-down chat with your boyfriend and honestly explaining your monetary situation to him.  Then, suggest you wait until just after the holidays to snag up all of those great deals that occur between Christmas and New Year’s.  I have celebrated Christmas in January and February a few times now, and let me tell you, it works in everyone’s favor!


Make it a gift from the heart (not to sound too Hallmark!)


Whether you are just starting out with your new beau, or you’re married, nothing says loving like a sentimental gift – there are so many directions you can take this.  The only limit is really your imagination.  You can make a scrapbook including photos and memorabilia from trips you have taken, or a fabulous night out you two have had.  Throw in some poems, or even just words that you associate with him or that fit your personalities.  If the two of you have similar taste in music, or a special song, make a CD.  I know, I know, sounds kind of 80’s, but it will be appreciated.  Keep in mind, these things can be time consuming – so if you like the idea, you’d better start now!


The greatest gift of all … YOU!!


This one sounds kind of corny as well, but what’s wrong with offering yourself up as a present?  If the special someone in your life actually knows you, then he’ll more than likely know what kind of monetary stress you are under.  This one is easy.  First, go to any store you like and pick up a pad, index cards, and markers – any kind of inexpensive crafts, really.  Then … go to town! Make coupons for things your boyfriend has been asking for or desiring.  You can make it however you’d like – add movie nights, museum trips, special sexy games – heck, even doing the dishes! You are only limited by your creativity!


Find something he likes, and run with it!!


Unless your man is a cardboard cut-out, he probably has something that he is interested in.  So get out there and pick up a bunch of inexpensive things that you know he can use.  If he is a big coffee drinker, buy him some nice coffee and a new mug.  If he has television shows or movies that he likes, pick up a calendar or some sort of memorabilia about it.  Did you happen to land yourself a sports fan?  Then pick him up a baseball cap or sweatshirt of his favorite team.  There are tons of small gifts you can pick up for next to nothing that all together could make him very happy!!


As long as your guy understands your situation, anything you get him will be fine because it came from you.  It doesn’t always have to be some high-priced toy, or some new-age gadget.  Sometimes the best gifts come from the heart.  Hopefully some of these ideas can inspire you to stop worrying and still make this a great holiday for both you and the love of your life!


Happy Holidays!


Written by Scott Merwede, edited by J. Federico


  1. Best gifts that can make someone’s Christmas? Spencer’s Gifts.
    They have everything you need to turn an inside joke into a hilarious and memorable gift

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