I found one way to beat the high cost of buying gifts. Instead of shopping at Hallmark or Card & Gift shops, I go to the supermarket. Right after Christmas 2012 there were price reductions on many high quality cookies. I knew that my coworker, who celebrated her birthday in early January, loves chocolates. So I got her a box of LU’s Petite Ecolier biscuits during the sale at my local Pathmark Supermarket.
To better add to the impression that this was a gift, I bought a small gift bag at Jembro. The Wonderland Card Shop on 11th Avenue and 65th Street still sells a nice range of Hallmark cards for 99 cents. I worked toward color coordinating all elements of the gift bag and that worked out very well.
At Chen’s Discount Store on New Utrecht Avenue and 55th Street I found a birthday cake candle to add to the gift bag.
The total combined for all items was way under what I would have spent had I decided to go with the higher priced boxes of chocolates at Wonderland Gift Shop. It takes a little more time to shop like this but the challenge of putting it all together can be very enjoyable if one keeps an open approach.
Note: I am not affiliated with any manufacturer or store.