When shopping for holiday gifts, deciding how much to spend on each person can create a headache. How much do you really want to spend on Aunt Susan who never fails to give you unsolicited advice on your love life? And should you splurge on your brother-in-law because you like him more than your sister (sometimes)?
Over the last few years, I’ve found a way to work around that painful exercise: fix a single budget across the board—an outer limit, if you will. This year, I’ve landed at $30 and I think that might just be the magic number. A gift around $30 is more than a stocking stuffer, but not quite an investment item. You can afford something substantial and thoughtful—a present that’s more original and less fleeting.