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Give more for less this holiday season


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(StatePoint) The holidays are a great time to shower friends and family with wonderful gifts. As you check off your holiday shopping list, remember that even small gifts can add up quickly to cost a bundle.

With these helpful tips from the discount experts at Dollar General, you may be able to give more for less this holiday season.

Holiday Thank Yous

Little gifts for the kids’ teachers, the neighborhood mail carrier, your favorite hairdresser and office co-workers can add up to some big expenses.

Gift cards are a special way to show your year-round appreciation and you don’t have to spend much to make an impact. Consider giving gift cards for a popular restaurant, retail store or coffee spot. Adorn the gift card with a unique ornament or decoration to add some extra holiday flair.

Stocking Stuffers

After the large items are purchased, don’t forget the stocking stuffers. With nearly limitless possibilities, consider fun items like lip gloss, hand cream and travel-sized toiletries for those on the go. For kids, think about small toys, mini coloring sets and yummy holiday treats including candy canes and chocolates. Add in little everyday items like gloves or a pair of patterned fuzzy socks.

The stocking is a fun part of the holiday tradition that doesn’t have to drain your budget. A discount retailer like Dollar General has a wide variety of stocking stuffer essentials at great prices for every member of the family, including the family pet. In fact, many items are priced at $1 or less.

Gifts from the Heart

Sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the one you make. Fill a fun candy jar with holiday sweets like individually-wrapped mints and chocolates, and then finish it with a coordinating ribbon and gift tag. You can also give someone a stress-free supper with a homemade soup in a jar mix. Purchase canning jars and fill with soup ingredients like beans, pasta, spices and other delicious ingredients to make a tasty DIY gift. Decorate the jar with ribbon and use the gift tag to include cooking instructions on the back.

Finally, let the kids help by creating personalized holiday cards using colored paper, glitter and craft essentials for a unique, one-of-a-kind greeting. Use creativity and have fun with it!

Make this holiday memorable by giving meaningful gifts that won’t stress your budget.

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