Blog: Gifts on a Budget. Step #5: Buy gifts throughout the year. When I see a gift that I know
someone will love, I go ahead and buy it.... especially if it is on sale/clearance! I have a
"Christmas Notebook". I write the person's name and what I bought, then I put the gift away in a place where I keep gifts (like the back of a closet). When it gets closer to Christmas, I can look in my notebook
to see what I have already bought for different people. Plus, I know where I put the gift because I put all the gifts in the same place. I even put the gifts in a plastic bag and put the person's name on it - that it is intended for. This is another way of spreading out the cost of Christmas throughout the year instead
of having to come up with a bunch of money close to Christmas.