Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s fair to say that you might be struggling to stick to a budget when it comes to buying presents for your family. After all, it’s only natural to want the best for the people you care about.
Consequently, most people find Christmas a highly stressful experience that can put their financial stability at risk. In fact, it’s not uncommon to start the new year with debts which you’ve accumulated during the festive season. As a rule of the thumb, most Christmas debts tend to be recovered within the first 3 months of the year. For someone looking into long-term financial projects, this is good news. But for someone who’s got a birthday coming at the beginning of the year, the prospect of debts means that there’s little room for a nice present.
At least, that would be the case if you believed that all the best presents were the expensive ones. In reality, you can find thoughtful and exciting birthday gifts for yourself and others without spending a cent.
Put your mental health first
Social media is stressful. Indeed, with over 2 billion active monthly users on Facebook and Instagram, the effects of excessive social media exposure have been long documented. Indeed, social media encourages you to compare yourself against others who might look happier, slimmer or wealthier than you – at the age of mental health awareness, you want to avoid unjustified self-esteem issues. Additionally, political stress, heated online debates and harmful addictive behaviours can dramatically affect your mental health. So, for your next birthday, why not give yourself the gift of social media peace by taking a break? Delete all the apps from your phone so that you’re not tempted. Also, make sure to inform your friends and relatives of your projects. And finally, enjoy your new peace of mind!
Seriously, get your favourite brand to spoil you
With a bit of digging around, you can find that many brands have marketing schemes to get free birthday stuff to their customers or club members. Starbucks Coffee, for instance, prepares your favourite drink for free for your birthday, as long as you join the Starbucks club. Who doesn’t love a free cup of joe? If you prefer beauty products, you can join a club such as Sephora or Avada to get the whole pampering experience at no cost! Look around for the best option. Most brands need club members to have been with them for at least 30 days, so don’t delay it too much if you were born early in the year.
Cake is happiness
Last, but not least, there’s something so simple that most people tend to forget about it. Baking is a joyful hobby, and it’s by far, the best way to celebrate your birthday. Baking your own birthday cake is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Indeed, making food is tightly connected with positive feelings such as personal growth – you’ve made something — and happiness.
Can the best birthday presents be entirely free? Science – and your wallet – agree that if you know where to look, you can celebrate with style and smile and without spending anything.