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5 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

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Every year we all swear that this is it. This is the holiday season that is going to be different. We won’t overeat, overbuy or overbook ourselves. Then, we look back and realize we didn’t quite make that goal a reality. But there’s always next year, right?!

5 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

I think the issue is that we might be trying just a little too hard! Instead of focusing in on one or two things that could make the holidays more meaningful and enjoyable, we try and change everything at once, and then when we can’t, we give up.

One thing I’d really like to do is focus a little more on what I buy, why I buy it, and how I buy it, especially when it comes to holiday gifting. And in the spirit of sharing, here are five tips I’m sharing with you to help you make your holiday shopping a little more impactful, too!

Consider the BuyPower Card from Capital One

Look, you’re going to buy stuff this holiday season. So, you might as well do so in a way that also benefits you. The BuyPower Card from Capital One is a great rewards credit card not only for your everyday purchases, but also your holiday shopping!

Every purchase you make with the BuyPower Card gives you Earnings (that don’t expire!) toward the purchase or lease of a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle. What better way to spread holiday cheer than to purchase meaningful gifts for your friends and family while simultaneously helping you save up toward a new car? With Earnings at a rate of 5 percent for your first $5,000 in purchases each year- and 2 percent on all purchases after that- my family is definitely considering getting a BuyPower Card of our own.

5 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

Give Donations

I’m not suggesting you replace all of your kids’ gifts with presents for other people, but many organizations offer cute incentives for donations. Try to choose a donation that relates to the recipient’s interests or beliefs so that it really is a gift for them.

Regift (carefully)

Did you or your kids end up with two of the same thing? Instead of hunting around or asking for the gift receipt, just hang on to duplicates and use them for birthday presents for other people later in the year. It will save you time and frustration. Just make sure to keep track of where each present came from so you don’t accidentally regift to the giver.

5 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

Give Experiences

Instead of buying more toys or clothing that you’ll just wind up picking up off the floor, think about buying something (an experience) that you can do with your children. For example, a museum membership or gift certificate for the movies. This idea doesn’t only work for kids, either. Perhaps forego buying your husband another golf gadget by paying for a round of golf at a different club. Instead of buying your mother jewelry, what about tickets for a play or a gift certificate for her favorite restaurant?

Even better, if you purchase these things using your BuyPower Card (of course ensuring you have enough to pay off your balance at the end of the month!), these thoughtful experiences for your loved ones will also help you generate Earnings. Perhaps a few years of smart Christmas purchases will lead to a trip to your local GM dealership in the near future.

5 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

Buy Extra

What? Buy more than what you need? Yes. Look, you’re already out at the mall and some of the best sales tend to take place around the holidays. If there’s something you know you’ll use or need, whether it’s a gift or a normal household item, go ahead and buy it now. You’ll save yourself the aggravation of having to go out again later. And hey, if you use the BuyPower card to buy extra, you’ll be generating more Earnings toward that potential future car, right?!

How do you keep your holiday gift giving meaningful? Share your thoughts in the comments below!