Spreading Holiday Cheer With Thought--Not Debt
November 18, 2008
Elizabeth Gray, Stampin' Up! Public Relations, 801-257-5329
With recent economic strains and a possible recession looming in the minds of many, holiday shoppers are transforming from a shop-till-you-drop mentality back to the pace of simpler times. In fact, based on an annual survey, the National Retail Federation recently forecast the lowest increase in holiday spending by consumers in at least six years, and for the first time in the survey's history those surveyed said they plan to spend less on family gifts than the previous year. With this in mind, this year's budget conscious shoppers need suggestions for spreading holiday cheer with thought--not debt!
This season shoppers will find that making handmade gifts & packaging, holiday décor and baked goods are great alternative for stretching the holiday budget. The value of a handmade gift is priceless, and for many budget conscious holiday shoppers, much less expensive. "I love to give handcrafted gifts. It is often less expensive, plus the people I give the gift to usually appreciate them more," said Shelli Gardner, CEO and Co-founder of Stampin' Up!® "Creating and giving handcrafted gifts also provides and opportunity to appreciate the spirit of the holiday season by spending more time at home with the ones we love, sharing our talents and spreading holiday cheer the old-fashioned, handmade way."
One company helping shoppers do more with less is Stampin' Up! For the first time ever the company will host a Holiday Extravaganza sale offering up to 50% off select product bundles November 26-December 1, 2008 only online at www.stampinup.com/holiday. The company will also offer a variety of handcrafted project ideas, ornaments, neighbor gifts and holiday memory books, as well as ready-to-wrap gift giving guide in $10, $25, $50 or $100 increments to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from now until Christmas.
Two for One Giving
Charitable gifts are an emerging trend in holiday gift giving. In fact, many corporations are embracing the holiday spirit by teaming up with non-profit organizations to donate proceeds from the sale of exclusive products, allow individuals to make donations to particular charities on behalf of others as presents, and some corporations will even match donations during the holiday season. If you decide to go this route with your holiday shopping, try to choose an organization that is near and dear to the recipient's heart. For instance, the Ronald McDonald House Charity has a variety of corporate donors who match donations or donate proceeds from the sale of special products back to their charity. Giving a Two for One gift this holiday season is a financially smart choice, and one that will help, according to GuideStar.com, many non-profit organizations expect a drop in donations this holiday season when most donations are normally made.
Volunteer Your Time
If you can't afford to give a monetary donation this holiday season, give your gently used unwanted belongings or volunteer your time or professional services. Non-profit organizations are always in need of helping hands and hearts as well as supplies to help supplement their holiday activities. For instance, your entire family could get involved and share a heartwarming experience of cleaning out their closets and delivering clothes to the homeless shelter or delivering meals to the elderly or serving soup at a soup kitchen. The act of service will be a gift you can give to yourself and your family that will last a lot longer than the expensive gifts of years past.
About Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Up!, a 20-year-old, $240-million, direct-sales company, designs and manufactures an exclusive line of decorative rubber stamp sets and self-adhesive vinyl art and offers accessories for home décor, greeting cards, scrapbooking and creative projects. The company's size and recent growth reflect the ongoing worldwide passion for creative exploration through various mediums such as decorative rubber stamping and paper crafting. Its products are not sold in retail stores, but may be purchased at home workshops or through a network of independent sales consultants called Stampin' Up! "demonstrators." Currently, more than 45,000 demonstrators from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France and Germany teach the art of creativity and share their enthusiasm for stamping, scrapbooking, card making and home décor. Learn more about Stampin' Up! at http://www.stampinup.com.