Father’s Day is just around the corner, and as society is becoming more gender balanced, would you consider giving flowers to your dad? I did (once), and my dad, who is normally expressionless, was overly delighted. He said it made him feel special and happy because never in his lifetime had anyone sent him flowers. With more than 7 decades of living, for him to receive flowers for “the first time” made the occasion not just extraordinary, but unforgettable. (more…)
Category: Gift Ideas
There was a time when I cared deeply about what Valentine’s Day gifts I gave and received, and a time when the price mattered. You can say this was a time when advertising agencies, the “media”, and the social community tried to convince me that money, products, and gifts were measurable expressions of love. Having had one relationship which involved the frequent exchanging of great and beautiful gifts but a terrible relationship, I soon realised that luxury gifts do not make a luxury relationship; in contrast, grand gifts are often a way of compensating for a terrible relationship. Here are some ideas on how you can express your love while celebrating an age-old tradition without having to spend all your ang bao money: (more…)
Last year, the average American family spent $830 (S$1178.60) for Christmas gifts. This year, that figure is expected to increase despite the sluggish economy, and the spending frenzy will soon begin on Black Friday (25 Nov). As mentioned throughout this site, being frugal does not equate to being cheap, nor does it mean focusing only on the price of something. Frugality is about ROI, or Return On Investments, in which investments could be money, time, effort, or other resources. (more…)
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and for those procrastinators who have not gotten a gift yet (myself included), here are some gift ideas that are thoughtful yet frugal. Most dads, as I’ve been told, don’t really want ties and money clips. Instead, they secretly want gadgets. However, gadgets can be very expensive, and too many of them are bad for the planet as they contribute to the excessive amounts of ewaste. A lot of gadgets also end up underused and collecting dust on the shelf (the average drill is used only 12 minutes before it’s discarded) as technology evolves and new gadgets replace the old ones. Because of budget and ewaste considerations, my list includes primarily experiential gifts, along with some tech gadgets, all reasonably priced! (more…)
Nowadays, it’s very easy to express love through buying things – at least this is what marketers and movie-makers want you to do. They make it almost brainless to pick up a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, a mass-produced greeting card, or even a piece of jewelry. These kinds of gifts are seen as “traditional” and “customary”, but are they thoughtful or merely reflexive and primarily driven by expectations and marketing? There are many ways to express love, often in ways that are more meaningful than spending lots of money, such as contributing your time, expressing your sincerity, and exercising your creativity. (more…)
There are times when buying second-hand is not really an option; office or holiday gift exchanges are one of them. Here are my top picks for frugal gifts, all around $25. I’ve chosen these based on their thoughtfulness, utility, and value. As a gift giver, I don’t want to appear “cheap”. But I also don’t want to give something that is useless and creates more “stuff” in this world. Many of these are gifts that I’ve personally given to others, including in-laws and office colleagues. Today is also a good day to do some online shopping as many shops have a massive 12-12 Sale. (more…)
There’s plenty of cool things to do this Valentine’s Day weekend without breaking the bank. Here are your frugal activities for this week. Additionally, you might want to check out this post by Mothership.sg, which has a breakdown of an entire day’s date for under $30 (including dinner and gift ideas).