How Do You Feel About Clearance Christmas Gifts?

[Edit: I posted this in the Community Forum and decided to move it to this Q&A Forum so it was in a more appropriate spot.]

Hi everyone! I have a quick question about saving money on Christmas Gifts. I'm going back to the mainland for Christmas and I will be around a bunch of people I haven't seen for over a year and I would like to give Christmas gifts out to (mostly) everyone I see. (Some people have asked for me not to buy them a gift and I understand why and have agreed not to buy them anything.) But that still means I will be giving out more Christmas gifts than I'm used to.

To help alleviate the cost of all these gifts I've been visiting a lot of clearance sections in the stores on my island of Oahu and I'm starting to feel a bit cheap. I'm not buying things just to buy them and I only buy things that I want to give to a specific person. But I'm trying not to buy any Christmas gifts at full price when I can search for a little longer and find something else at a discount.

So, does anyone else do this? Or does anyone have a recommendation for me to do something different? I am really starting to feel cheap about Christmas and I don't want to feel bad when I get back to mainland with all these gifts for everyone.

Thank you to anyone that responds!

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  • I don't think that sounds cheap at all...If it's something you want to specifically buy for that person and it doesn't obviously look like a cheap gift it sounds great! I kinda do the same thing...checking clearance sections anytime I go to a store and pick up stuff throughout the year. 

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      Orchid Wizard (2c394563e777) I have been very thorough when it comes to picking out clearance Christmas gifts. I'll find an item that someone will like and think to myself "Will someone think that I just picked this item up off the clearance rack if they receive it as a gift?" If not I then think "Is there a way to make this gift even more special or less like a clearance item?" I recently bought two mugs on clearance from a store for two friends and I plan on putting coffee shop gift cards in them. I'm just trying not to be too cheap. 馃槄

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  • Here, it's culturally appropriate to take price tags off of gifts, and this is one reason why.  I don't think it's somehow poor form to shop the clearance rack.

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      JoyfulSong In other countries it's rude to open a gift in front of the gift giver. I wish that was a custom in America too because I feel a lot of pressure to be extremely happy when I open gifts! But you do have a point about taking price tags off gifts that I can be thankful for. Thank you!

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      Kate This is true. As one who loves giving gifts to loved ones, I'd be sad if opening gifts in private were the norm. Weirdly enough, I dislike shopping. I wish I planned ahead enough to give homemade gifts. 

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  • Hi  Kate . I think your instincts were right on initially so I'm moving this back to the Community Forum so more folks can weigh in. 

    Also, personally, I would feel no guilt in your situation. It sounds like you're being a thoughtful and thrifty gift-giver. That's a win in my book! :-)

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      Thank you April at YNAB for moving my post back! I'm new to the YNAB forum and I definitely want to follow the rules!

      Thank you for your feedback. I'm somewhat young (I'm a millennial) and I'm doing well financially so being thrifty sometime makes me guilty that I'm not spending all the money I have on other people. I'll definitely keep trying to stay thrifty though!

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  • No guilt here! I seek out the best deals, if it's in the clearance section or half off on Amazon. If it's something I know the gift recipient will love and I can get it for less, that's a win-win in my book. I agree with taking the price tags off as well

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  • If you can find a good gift on clearance, DO IT!!!  I wish I'd been able to find decent clearance gifts.  Buying a whole pile of presents is EXPENSIVE.

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  • It's also the custom here to take off the price tag and not open the gifts in front of the giver. I think it shouldn't matter whether the gift came from the clearance rack or not. If it was selected with the recipient in mind, then it's going to be a great gift. 馃槉

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  • Keep in mind that a clearance item is only a clearance item because of timing.  馃檪 It's like saying that a movie is not as good at the dollar theatre as it was at the cineplex. 

    Regardless, I love what you're doing. My family has a Christmas dinner every year where we exchange gifts and the rule is that you cannot pay full price for it - the gift must be a re-gift, a white elephant, or something on clearance (and we're talking deep clearance).  It's always fun seeing what everyone gets. 

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      Whereforart I found a beautiful dreamcatcher necklace for my boyfriend's mom and it only cost $5 from the clearance section. She loved it so much she actually posted a picture of it on facebook! I was so surprised. I thought everyone was going to be able to tell I had gotten them clearance items but they all loved what they got.

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  • I think the thought and love behind a gift is entirely separate from how much it costs.  I would rather have someone spend time looking for something that they wanted to give me because they truly wanted me to have it regardless of the costs high or low; than to have someone run into the store and spend money they didn't have/need to spend just for the sake of buying a present.  Sometimes the perfect present costs very little and sometimes it doesn't.   I never get too focused on making sure the costs match.  To me, that takes away from the joy of giving/receiving a gift.  

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