The situation means that Santa probably can’t afford to be as generous as he would have liked, but calls for a more thoughtful and creative approach to giving gifts.
Rather than splurging on the loot – many of which are often enjoyable but unnecessary – we’ve compiled a list of ‘alternative’ gift ideas, some of which continue to give throughout the year, while others help alleviate some of the ongoing financial pressures people experience. feeling.
An Xbox or PlayStation is sure to be on many wishlists this holiday season, but for those on a tight budget, it might seem out of reach. Fortunately, Teljoy, South Africa’s leading buy-to-buy provider, allows gaming consoles to be rented on a monthly basis. It’s a model that lets you forgo the high initial cost of purchasing the console, but instead lets you access it on a monthly basis.
Additionally, the console rental cost includes unit maintenance and insurance, as well as the ability to upgrade or downgrade at any time.
“Our option-to-buy rental model prioritizes home ownership, allowing unlimited use of the unit for no more than the cost of the monthly premium. It’s increasingly the way consumers around the world choose to use electronics, appliances, furniture and even fashion and leisure equipment, ”said Jonathan Hurvitz, CEO of Teljoy.
Spic and span
Lighten the household load for a loved one this Christmas and into the New Years by connecting them to a regular cleaning service, like those offered by SweepSouth.
A SweepStar does a quick cleanup job, giving your loved one the luxury of time (and a clean home!). SweepSouth now also has pre-approved gardeners, painters, pool cleaners, and DIY enthusiasts on their books, so you can even organize the gift of home maintenance for a friend or relative this holiday season.
Thanks for the music
The gift of music (as well as podcasts and concerts) will certainly be greatly appreciated by young and old alike during this festive period.
Audio streaming service Spotify gift cards are the perfect gift for those who like to discover new music or learn new things through a dynamic podcast. You might even want to go one step further and purchase a full subscription to the service for a friend or family member. There is nothing wrong with signing up either!
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Take the grrr of buying grudge
Insurance premiums are not known as grudging purchases for nothing. Paying a monthly premium for something you might never need but can’t risk doing without, in case something does happen, isn’t anyone’s idea of a great way to spend money.
Lighten the burden on a friend this Christmas by offering to pay their monthly auto insurance premium. It’s up to you to decide if it’s once or if you can afford to do it monthly, or for three, six, or even 12 months.
MiWay Blink offers full auto insurance in the blink of an eye and guarantees the absence of paperwork and prolonged phone calls, thanks to the smart technology it uses.
MiWay Blink Director Christiaan Steyn said: “The past two years have hit the pockets of South Africans hard, with the Covid-19 pandemic largely to blame, and to make matters worse, projections to medium term are uncertain due to current economic trends.
As research shows that South Africans are generally compulsive shoppers and have been shopping more online since the start of the pandemic, consumers are advised to buy what they really need and save every rand they make. ‘they can. Insurance is a necessary purchase.
A gift for those who like to give back
If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a loved one this Christmas, why not support South Africa’s great causes that are making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need our help most?
A Relate bracelet is the perfect gift for someone with a social conscience. Not only do they look good on your wrist, but this 100% nonprofit social enterprise donates the majority of its income to credible causes – and creates desperately needed income opportunities.
The holiday season is all about gratitude and generosity, and in times of economic crisis, few things say “I appreciate you” as much as a practical gift.