9 Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas to Trim Your Holiday Spending

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here are a few alternative Christmas gift exchange ideas from Coupons.com savings and consumer trends expert Jeanette Pavini for you to create a fun experience while keeping your holiday spending in check. You can find even more ways to save on our Coupon Codes page and more savvy ideas on The Good Stuff!

  1. Pick a secret Santa. This game is a classic, but by only giving one gift to a family member, you can focus more on the gift-giving experience (and picking out something extra special) rather than spending money on several gifts that may or may not hit the mark. You can even up the ante by asking family members to leave secret notes and treats for the person whose name they’ve drawn leading up to December 25. Be sure to put a dollar limit on how much each person can spend on the final gift given on the holiday!
  1. Make a coupon book for family members. I love this idea because it’s personalized and can be a lot of fun depending on how creative you get! These coupons can be for “Making Your Bed for a Week,” “Doing the Dishes for 1 Week,” or “Letting You Pick the TV Show We Watch.” Choose simple things that can make other family member’s life a little easier or a little more fun!
  1. Set gift expectations early. It’s important to set gift expectation for kids early on. Let them know that even if they have a long wish list, only a few presents will show up under the tree. You can make this into a learning exercise by having your children prioritize which gifts they really want. Have them rate each gift idea by putting stickers next to them on the list, coloring in stars, or writing out why they want this particular gift more than others. You can also help your kids choose a couple toys they already have to donate to charity. This kind act makes room for a few new ones while teaching them about giving and sharing with others.
  1. Take a family trip or staycation. Instead of spending money on everyone’s presents, use the money for an outing. It can be as simple as a local trip — you’ll even find some good deals during the week between Christmas and New Year’s while the kids are still on vacation. Even if you just travel to a nearby town or a local park, it’s the act of getting away as a family. Too stressed to plan a family trip? Check out this list of easy family staycation ideas!
  1. Let your kids do the shopping. If they’re old enough, give your kids a set amount of cash, allow them time to search for deals and coupons, and then let them shop away for gifts for family.  The cash will help them learn the value of every dollar and how to stay within a set budget, plus most kids love the thrill of shopping on their own!
  1. Give back as a family. You can sponsor a family in need by making a donation through Heifer International. As a family you can provide a gift of a cow, goat, or chickens to a struggling family from another part of the world. You may also be able to sponsor a local family through your local Salvation ArmyFamilies First, or even adopt a military family for the holidays through Soldiers’ Angels. It’s a wonderful way to feel the real meaning of the holidays and do something as a family!
  1. Trade favorite recipes. For extended family, have everyone make their favorite dish or dessert and attach hand-written recipe cards — one for every member of the family. Gather together for a family meal and swap recipe cards so everyone in the family can build their own family recipe book!
  1. Share a family photo collage. Photos are one of the least expensive and most treasured gifts, in my opinion, so why not build a family photo album together? Have each member of your family print up to 10 (or more if you like!) of their favorite photos from that year for each person in your family. (That would be six copies of each photo if you’re a family of six.) Then, share your memories while enjoying time together. You can also have each family member bring an empty photo album with them to fill with the photos they receive so they can look back on their wonderful holiday experience next year.
  1. Create a family gratitude journal. Grab a beautiful journal or inexpensive notebook and set it in a public place where every member of the family has access to it. Starting on January 1 or even as early as December 1, each person will write one thing they’re thankful for in the journal each day. In 2018, you can all look back on your thankful messages together!

 

By: Jeanette Pavini – Coupons.com

Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology

Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology
Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology

 

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is offering the lowest prices on technology this back-to-school season. Top brand laptops as low as $249.99, earbuds as low as $7 and an exclusive bundle deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 help parents and students get back to school on budget.

“Building on 30 years of back-to-school experience, Staples is in stock all season long with the latest technology and tech services backed by our 110% Lowest Price Guarantee,” said Eric Cayton, vice president, merchandising, Staples. “We make it easy for parents and students to get the right technology including laptops, tablets, PCs and tech accessories at the lowest prices.”

Amazing Technology Deals for Back To School
Among the top technology deals at Staples are:

  • Lightweight 15-inch laptops including the Dell® Intel® Pentium® Notebook and the Dell® Inspiron Notebook each priced at $249.99 for back to school.
  • Students can also save more than $300 with the Microsoft® Surface Pro 4 exclusive Staples® bundle ($999.99 with coupon code 85005) that includes the ultra-light tablet with Windows 10, the Microsoft Surface Dock, Microsoft Office 365 software and a wireless mobile mouse.
  • All laptops, desktops or all-in-one PC purchases at Staples also qualify for free 30 days of tech support and prices are backed by the Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.
  • College students and teachers can also receive exclusive offers by signing up at www.staples.com/exclusivedeals.

Streaming devices such as the Google Chromecast provide students with entertainment, wearable fitness trackers keep them moving and headphones help them tune out distractions and relax.

Must Have Tech Accessories
Students can keep their tech and tech accessories protected and organized with backpacks and accessories designed specifically for students with technology including:

  • Exclusive Designed by Students Back 2 Back Backpack ($49.99)
  • Jansport Digital Student Backpack ($54.99)
  • Jansport Digital Burrito Pouch ($17.99)
  • Jansport Pixel Pouch ($17.99)

The Staples Less List for School features lowest prices top tech essentials every student needs including Staples Earbuds ($7.00), USB Drives (8GB, 4-Pack $14.00), Display Calculators ($5.00) and Coppertop Batteries (AAA 4-Pack $4.00) and more.

Additional ways to save include the Staples technology trade-in program (get paid when you trade in old devices), weekly school steals and 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.

For media information, visit www.staples.com/btspr

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Contact:
Kaitlyn Reardon
508-253-4195
Kaitlyn.Reardon@Staples.com

Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

Source: Staples, Inc.

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