Being a smart Santa with your gift budget

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget When you’re under pressure to give that perfect present at Christmas it can be much harder to stick to a budget. Find ways to make your gift budget go further with our top tips for giving generously without going overboard on spending. When giving gets expensive According to comparison website finder.com, the average Aussie is planning to spend $464 on Christmas gifts in the lead up to …

The unwritten rules of gift-giving

The unwritten rules of gift-giving The holiday season is full of tough questions. What to wear to the office Christmas party, whether to go in for seconds (or thirds) of ham, how long leftover seafood keeps for (don’t push it), whether pudding is an acceptable Boxing Day breakfast (it is). But the toughest dilemmas of all have to do with exchanging gifts. If you’re feeling a bit nervous about gift shopping, you’re not alone. A …

Isn’t it better to give than to receive?

Isn’t it better to give than to receive? You start with the best intentions to embrace the true spirit of the season but, by about December 23, it’s reduced to a manic rush to the shops highlighted by car park rage, last-minute trips to 7-11 for wrapping paper and catering to bizarre meal requests for Aunty Beryl. True reflection comes about 3.30pm on Christmas Day when the over-indulgence really kicks in. A time for helping …