Human beings are social creatures and to stay in a society you have to follow certain norms. Being a social creature means staying in a group. Usually, humans do not like staying alone and to stay in a group you have to maintain good relationship with the other members. To foster relationships among society a number of occasions are celebrated.
These occasions are nothing but reasons for getting together and maintaining relationships. But that does not mean you will through away your money on gifts.
But such occasions like weddings, birthdays, christening and so on are costly affairs for the hosts as well as for the invitees. As invitees you need to get gifts for the occasion and in general every family has to attend plenty of such occasions in a year. Just calculate the amount you spend on gifts each year then. There are ways to save money on gifts without compromising on the quality. All you need to do is spend a little time in place of money and you can have good and unique gifts that are economic too.
If the occasion is that of birthday or anniversary of a close friend or relative, you can bake a cake instead of spending a fortune in buying an expensive gift. Rest assured that a cake baked by you would be more precious to the receiver than anything you buy them. This way you not only save money but also impress the receiver by showing your love and care for them. If cooking is not your area of expertise, you can always go for some other self made gifts. Hand made gifts never fail to make any receiver happy since it is a fact that in this fast forward age, the best gift you can give anyone is time. A hand made gift goes to show that you have spent a lot of time in creating it.
If the occasion is an official one or of a distant acquaintance and you are not particularly eager to spend any time making a gift, still you can be economic and save money on gifts. All you have to do is plan ahead and research a little instead of just going to a shop just before going to the occasion and buying anything you can put your hands on. You usually end up spending more if you are in a hurry while gift shopping.
Giving and receiving gifts are not only societal norms that help us to maintain relationships, they also spread happiness. But like it is said, money cannot buy happiness and hence you do not need to spend huge amounts on gifts just to make your loved ones happy. Being economic in every aspect of life is a part of good personal financial planning and buying gifts is no exception.