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4 Tips For Gifting on a Divorce Budget

December 19, 2018
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain

Whether you are in the process of getting divorced or if you are already divorced, it is very likely that your holiday gift budget is much different than it was when your family was fully intact. Here are some tips to survive gift-giving this holiday season.

1. Plan ahead

Gift-giving holidays do not usually take you by surprise. They occur during the same times every year. Although finances may be tighter, think about budgeting earlier than usual so that you have some extra funds to play around with and redistribute as the holidays near.

2. Gift smarter

Although children are typically accustomed to receiving gifts of “want,” when your gift budget has been reduced, opt for giving gifts of “need.” Now, that does not mean you have to give your child a toothbrush or a new pair of socks but try to avoid novelties that do not serve any real purpose. Avoid trendy items that your child will lose interest in by January, or items that a known to break easily. In weighing your options, think of supplementing your less-than-normal gift with homemade or experiential gifts that will be low-cost or can buy you a bit of time to save for the future before you actually have to shell out cash.

3. Work together

Even if you and your ex are not seeing eye-to-eye on much these days, attempt to collaborate when giving gifts to the children and partaking in holiday activities. At the end of the day, making the holidays special for your children is the primary goal. Especially for young children, try to keep the holiday spirit alive by not quarreling over little things, and sharing the traditions with your ex. You and your ex should not be competing for your children’s affections by trying to one-up the other with extravagant gifts or getting something that the other parent specifically said the children cannot have.

4. Remember that the best gifts are free!

Gifts are great but spending quality time with your children is worth more than any game or toy you could buy. During or after a divorce, you have had a lot on your mind and your time has become even more precious than before. Make sure your children know they are still the most important part of your life, and you are willing to do anything and everything to cherish the time you have together.

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