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Gifts That Wow... But Don't Break The Bank

1:48 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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With the holidays right around the corner, it's crunch time. If you're like most, you started early, but you're still not there yet! Shoppers plan to spend $848 on gifts this season, according to the American Express Spending and Saving tracker-and they're loading up on gifts for an average of eight people this holiday season. Chances are the last ones left on your list are your closest friends and loved ones, because they're always the hardest to buy for.

Renowned lifestyle expert Jill Martin is familiar with stretching a budget...and finding the hottest gift items for the most challenging on your list! She shares tips for discovering unique gift ideas, how to set your holiday budget, and to help viewers make the best choices for every person on their list.

Some of Jill's tips include:

• Practicality can be Chic - Consider what a friend or family member needs in their home and daily lives - it may not seem like an exciting gift, but it ensures that your gift will be well-used and appreciated. Even something as practical as kitchen appliances come with bold design and personality.

• Convert Rewards Points to Gift Savings - Make your yearly spending work for you and take advantage of the rewards points you've accrued on your credit cards for major savings! Plus, more than you've ever thought you could do with points....

• Give the Gift of Experience - Concerts, dinners, shows and more! Give your loved ones the opportunity to try something new.

• Sign up! - Always sign up online and in store with your kids' or your wife's favorite retailers. You're the first to know about sales, family and friend discounts and more--and sometimes you get in the door before the major holiday rush. Make sure you check out the retailer's Twitter feed or check their Facebook page.

Courtesy: American Express

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