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    Sunday, 07 November 2010

    Why does man fall, so he can learn how to pick himself up. - Alfred Pennyworth

    Trying to figure out what to get men for Christmas is one of the hardest things on earth to do in my opinion. Moving mountains seems somehow easier. But honestly, how would women know what men like? Here's a hint: "the fastest way to a mans heart is through his stomach".

    It's really quite true. Men like great food and if you can arrange his favourites in a food hamper for Christmas, you'll make him a very happy person indeed. But the real secret here is "great food". You've got to make sure everything tastes fantastic. The best way you can do that (without being able to taste it yourself) is to create your own hamper. To do that easily, go online and search for food hampers. You'll be amazed by the amount of sites that will come up. Get past the first page and look at a few sites before deciding. Look at what kind of foods they have and if they've won any food awards. The higher the food award, the better chance that food item will taste absolutely fantastic.

    You don't have to make a hamper massive. Just add items in the hamper that you know he'll enjoy and have a fair amount of variety. Think about what he likes to eat. Does he have a bit of a sweet tooth or does he prefer more savoury foods? Only you will know that answer and that's what makes food hampers such a personal gift to give at Christmas. The best Christmas gifts are always the ones with the personal touch.

    Don't forget to add your personal message to your newly created hamper. You don't want to send him a really nice food hamper and when it arrives, he doesn't even know who sent it to him, do you? It's always the little details that make it extra special.

    Lastly, arrange delivery to his home or place of work (when you know he will be there), whichever makes better sense. Just make sure if you are sending food items that are fresh, like cheeses or smoked salmon that someone will definitely be there to receive it. This is so important. Otherwise, delivery couriers will take your hamper back to their depot and it will sit there until they can attempt a second delivery. The problem with these depots is they are not temperature-controlled and fresh foods can run a very high risk of spoilage. This always depends on the time of year.

    So, why not try something a bit different this year and send the man in your life a great tasting food hamper. You'll love creating it and he'll love eating it. Have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New year! 
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    Monday, 01 November 2010

    Hopefully you have begun to think about setting a budget for your expenses on Christmas gifts for 2010. Setting a budget for Christmas gifts allows you to maintain control of your finances on the spending during the holiday season. This article discusses Christmas shopping on a budget for the best Christmas gifts for 2010 which is especially important due to the current economic conditions and people having less money to spend on holiday gifts for 2010.

    It should never be too early for anyone to start thinking about budgeting for holiday gifts. Although we may want to spend whatever we want on our family and friends, keeping tabs on Christmas spending will serve you well. The great thing is that although you will be Christmas shopping on a budget, you will still able to find some of the best Christmas gifts for 2010 that will be appreciated by your friends and loved ones. You do not need to spend a fortune for the holiday gifts to be appreciated.

    While setting a budget for holiday shopping for the best Christmas gifts for 2010, it is especially important to stick to the budget and reduce or eliminate impulse buying tendencies which will only ensure that you go over the budget which will only lead to an unhappy and stressful situation for you.

    There are many approaches to Christmas shopping on a budget for the best Christmas gifts for 2010. Some shoppers wait until they are about to start shopping to set the actual budget for buying the best holiday gifts. Shoppers who adopt this approach are usually saving specifically for Christmas shopping and may in most cases open one of the popular "Christmas Club" savings accounts offered by many banks.

    By setting aside money each paycheck or from a few paychecks during the year, they will have an idea of how much they are planning to spend in total on the best holiday gifts for friends and family when they start shopping for the holiday gifts for 2010. It is important when using this approach to stick to the savings set aside for buying the best Christmas gifts for 2010 without going over budget.

    Other Christmas shoppers set a budget for holiday shopping by buying the best Christmas gifts throughout the year and incorporating the amounts spent on these holiday gifts into their monthly spending budgets.

    This is probably the best way for shopping for the best Christmas gifts because it allows the shopper to spread out shopping for holiday gifts throughout the year which will have the benefit of keeping expenditures for holiday gifts for 2010 in check and in line with the budget set forth as well as the added benefit of less stress worrying about getting Christmas shopping done on time if they wait until December to purchase holiday gifts for 2010.

    Other shoppers wait to receive a bonus check at work around Christmas time that they will then use to purchase the best holiday gifts for 2010. By using the annual bonus for buying the best Christmas gifts, no changes in the normal monthly spending budgets will be made. One disadvantage of this method is that the bonus is usually received a day or two before Christmas day which will only lead to a lot of stress trying to find last minute holiday gifts which usually end up not being the best Christmas gifts for friends and family since not a lot of thought will be put into getting the best Christmas gifts for 2010 due to limited time.

    Another disadvantage of this method is that with the hard economic times, most employees can no longer count on getting an annual bonus check to be used for Christmas gifts which they may have received in previous years as many companies try to cut costs in order to remain afloat. Usually employees will not realize that they will not be receiving bonuses until the very last minute which will only lead to spending using credit cards as employees try to scramble at the last minute for money for gifts.

    If you plan to use credit cards for Christmas shopping for the best Christmas gifts for 2010, budgeting is still crucial. Hopefully you will know that you will be using credit cards early on to allow you to spread out holiday gift purchases throughout the year so that you are not hit with a huge credit card bill at once as you would if you wait until December to purchase all your holiday gifts for 2010.

    Whatever the scenario is, it is important to remember that before you begin shopping for the best Christmas gifts for 2010, determine how much money you have saved up for holiday gifts for 2010 or how much you are willing to charge to a credit card that will ensure that you pay off the entire outstanding balance when you receive your monthly credit card statements.

    You may either allocate the same amount for each gift for everyone on your Christmas list or you may spend more on gifts for loved ones and less for gifts for friends, acquaintances, colleagues and charitable gift giving. Determine which method of allocation works for you and stick to it.

    If you do go over budget, make sure that the reasons are valid, e.g, you may have underestimated how much a certain gift would cost. Do ensure when buying the best Christmas gifts for 2010 that you do not exceed the budget by too much. If you think you are going too much over budget, stop Christmas shopping and reassess where you are and what adjustments you need to make to control your spending for the best Christmas gifts for 2010. 
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