Nov 252012
 

A Secret Santa gift circle is a great way to stay in-budget for the holidays.

For anyone who’s not familiar, a gift circle (often called a Secret Santa) is where everyone involved writes their names on slips of paper, and then each person draws a name randomly and buys a present only for that person.  So, each person in the circle gets one present.  Because you’re only spending money on one present, you can afford to spend a little more than usual on it.  It’s helpful to set a maximum or target spending amount so that people gives gifts that are roughly equal in value- depending on the culture and spending power of the group, a max limit of anywhere from $5 to $100 could be appropriate.

My husband’s family used to do the traditional gift-giving scenario for Christmas: everyone bought gifts for everyone.  It was fun to give and get lots of presents, but it was also expensive! One year someone broached the idea of doing a Secret Santa gift circle instead, where we would each write our name on a piece of paper, put the names into a hat, and then draw names to determine who would buy for who.  We set the limit per gift at $40.  Originally we drew names at Thanksgiving, though for shopping convenience we’ve now moved the name-picking date closer to Labor Day.    Holiday shopping is so much less stressful now- we have fewer people to shop for, and a set spending limit for the gift circle (it’s now $50 per gift).  It’s super fun to show up at our family gathering with our secret gifts, waiting to surprise our gift recipient.

You can suggest a gift circle in lieu of gift exchanges at your work place, for each side of your family, and for groups of friends.

Are you a part of any gift circles for the holidays?  If not, do you plan to start one this year?

Oct 122012
 

[Expired] Cardstore is offering up yet another free greeting card!  The promo code is CCM2336.  If you have the card shipped to yourself then shipping is free, too.  Cardstore has adorable personalized photo cards like the one above, but if you’re like me and too lazy to actually sift through your photos and find one to use, then you can pick from their large selection of standard greeting cards that do not require a photo.  If I don’t have a particular occasion coming up that I need a card for then I just order a standard birthday card and save it for when the need arises.

Tip: You do not need enter any credit card information- just enter the promo code when asked and you’ll be good to go.

I found this offer on Freebie Shark, a reputable freebie listing site.

Sep 172012
 


[Expired] Cardstore is offering another free greeting card!  If you have the card shipped to yourself, the shipping is free, too.  Cardstore has both photo cards (where you can customize the card with a photo, like the one above) and regular greeting cards (where you don’t have to upload photos or customize anything). You can either stick with their sample greeting text or you can customize it.  Use promo code CCL2673I don’t know how long this promo code will last, so I recommend ordering the card right away.  If you don’t have time to fiddle around making a photo card, just order a non-photo “greeting card”- it’ll still be nicer than a generic one you’d buy at the drug store. I just used this promo code to buy a non-photo birthday card to add to our stash.

I found this offer on Freebie Shark, a reputable freebie listing site.

Sep 072012
 

Next time you need thank you cards for your kid’s birthday, check out these adorable free printable thank you notes.  Many of these would match perfectly with a birthday theme, whether it be pirates, princesses, Disney characters, or jungle animals.

Speaking of jungle animals, LelloandMonkey created this cute safari theme thank you note template:

For princess fans, here’s a thank you card that manages to squeeze every possible Disney princess onto it:

And for dinosaur fans, here’s a cute one, also from LelloandMonkey, that includes a thank you note template:

This pirate theme thank you card is probably best suited for older kids (it just looks a little scary to me, but I’m probably just old-fashioned that way):

And finally, here are three sweet thank you notes for kids that don’t include branded characters:

Hope you enjoy!

Jul 192012
 

[Expired] Cardstore is offering yet another completely free greeting card.  If you have the card shipped to yourself, the shipping is free, too.  Cardstore has both photo cards (where you can customize the card with a photo) and regular cards, and you can either stick with their sample greeting text or you can customize it.   I don’t know how long the promo code will last, so I recommend ordering the card right away.  If you don’t have time to fiddle around making a photo card, just order a non-photo “greeting card”- it’ll still be nicer than a generic one you’d buy at the drug store.

The promo code CAJ2719.  It’s valid until midnight Eastern Time on July 22nd.  Nonetheless, it’s best to order soon, as sometimes popular promo codes expire early.

I just used this promo code to buy a non-photo birthday card for someone whose birthday is coming up later this month.  I love creating photo cards, but sometimes I just don’t have time for that- luckily, even the non-photo cards are very sweet.

I found this offer on Freebie Shark, a reputable freebie listing site.

Jul 102012
 

[Expired Get a beautiful wedding or engagement card for free from Treat- use promo code TREATWED.  And, shipping is free if you have the card shipped to yourself!  Treat offers customizable greeting cards for all occasions, and you can add photos to the cards or you can order cards that don’t need photos.  Hurry, though- this promo code expires at midnight PST on July 11th.
Since I don’t know anyone who’s getting married this summer I ordered a one that didn’t need photos or customized words.

I found this offer on Freebie Shark, a reputable freebie listing site.