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Rakhi 2017: Are you looking for gifts? Here are 4 ways you can be a smart shopper

It’s easy to get confused while scouting for gifts for your sister. Here’s how you can focus and get her the best present.

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 06, 2017 17:30 IST
Design gift boxes from old stuff kept at your home to save money.
Design gift boxes from old stuff kept at your home to save money.(Shutterstock)

Raksha Bandhan, the festival to celebrate the love and bond between a brother and a sister, comes once a year but at times proves to be a bit heavy on the pockets. So this festive season, be a smart shopper. Here are few experts talking about affordable shopping and smart shopping this Raksha Bandhan.

Maintain a ‘To-Do List’: Nidhi Mehra, who’s an ace designer from Delhi, believes to maintain a ‘To-Do List’ for the festival, which will help you spend less and save more. Preparing an informed list of things you are supposed to buy will make you do selective shopping and one can just focus on the important things to buy. This will help you not to spend on things that you regret after purchasing.

Invest on ‘Gift Vouchers’: Spending a designated amount on vouchers and gifting it to your siblings is one of the convenient methods of gifting. Buying a gift which has no or less utility factor for the other person will not just make you feel bad but your money will get wasted. Samiksha Bajaj, founder of Samshek, an online portal which helps you customise your clothes, said, “Gifting your sister an online voucher for shopping will help her shop the best dress or anything of her choice. This will satisfy you as well as your sister will always be thankful for the gift.”

Shop around the ‘Season of Discounts’: Avneet Chadha, a fashion stylist, said “Buying products or gifts at the time of discounts will save a lot of your money. After GST, the tax on many products has increased, but if you buy products at the time of discounts you can save that extra tax you pay. This smart shopping will indeed turn into an affordable shopping.”

‘Do It Yourself’ or DIY: ‘The DIY (Do It Yourself) method is the best way of affordable shopping, said jewellery designer, Rashma Sud. Be it a jewellery or a dress or even shoes will require you to spend some extra bucks on packaging. Designing gift boxes from old stuff kept at your home will save your cost and will also give an emotional feel to the gift which will always be remembered by your loved ones.

These tips will not only help you to save some extra money but will make you a smart buyer.

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