(BPT) - If it seems like you're searching for a lot of gifts this time of year, it's not your imagination. Between Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduations, late spring through early summer is filled with celebrations. And as if those occasions weren't enough, May, June and July are among the most common birthday months, and peak wedding season starts in June.
So if you're scrambling to find budget-friendly gifts that bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones, here are some tips.
1. Make it personal
Consider ordering a customized item your gift recipient will know is unique. Several sites online can create almost any gift item marked with your friend or family member's name, a personalized message or even a photo. Even more memorable would be choosing a favorite image with the two of you together, then creating a framed keepsake of that moment labeled with your names and the occasion.
2. Celebrate what makes them unique
Show your support for your loved ones by recognizing and encouraging their talents and passions. If your dad loves gardening, your mom is an avid crafter and your brother is great at drawing, assemble a box or basket filled with supplies they can use to do whatever it is they love most.
3. Find the best deals to stretch your dollar
To gift your friends and family the way you want, it pays to find great deals. Using Microsoft Edge as your web browser can make all the difference - it's the best browser for shopping, with built-in tools right there in the sidebar like coupons, price comparison, price history and cash back. You don't have to leave your browser tab or download any extensions. Combined with the new AI-powered Microsoft Bing search engine, you can find what you're looking for quickly and easily, make smart shopping decisions, and even get inspired with unique and thoughtful gift ideas.
Shoppers can already save up to $400 a year using Microsoft Edge, and during Microsoft Edge Deal Days May 8-14, you can save even more on gifts from some of the most popular retailers with special deals like:
- Home and decorating essentials with up to 7% cash back on select Walmart purchases and up to 10% cash back on select Ashley Furniture.
- Laptops designed by Microsoft with up to 11% cash back on Surface Pro 9, up to 8% cash back + $300 off Surface Laptop 5.
- Upgrade to a new fridge, smartphone or TV with up to 12% cash back on select Samsung products.
- For a limited time, $10 cash back on one purchase of $100 or more from select retailers like Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Overstock.
4. Gift them an experience
How about gifting your friend or relative a class, a tour or another event you know would interest them? Even better, find something special you can do together, creating a once-in-a-lifetime memory you'll both cherish forever. Think about an experience you've had that you want to share with them, one thing they love to do that you'd also like to explore - or discover a new activity, and join them on the journey.
5. Give them something they'd never treat themselves to
Can you identify an item they'd love, but would never get for themselves? It could be a luxury or treat you know they want, but might feel too self-indulgent to get on their own. This might be a gorgeous gold bracelet or new laptop for Mom, a supply of Dad's favorite high-end coffee or a superior quality smartphone. If you're unsure what they're hankering after, brainstorm with family members to find that special item - and consider chipping in on a luxury item with them so you can aim higher with your gifting goals.
With these tips, you can make this gift-giving season easier, memorable and more affordable. Happy gifting!