Above: One of the 10 brilliant ideas that will make you save a lot of money, this Christmas. Unemployed couples can get their son an Apple for 25 cents, instead of wasting hundreds of dollars in digital devices. And if the spoiled brat starts to complain, Dad and Mom can explain him the difference between Jobs and Jobless.
LET’S FACE IT: Money is always tight for all of us but there’s a special moment of the year that makes us feel particularly broke and desperate and furious against consumerism: the week before Christmas! We hate everything: the shopping frenzy inside a Mall packed with sweaty people wandering around like zombies in search of the perfectly useless gift. We hate the tacky plastic trees, the fake snow and the multiple Santas, each one claiming to be the original one. We hate jingle bells, rein deers, golden glossy gift wraps, champagne and panettone. We hate all this because every year it’s the same old story and, despite our money is less and less, we haven’t the guts not to buy at least a little present to our relatives, close friends, business partners and colleagues who add up, averagely, to 42 people.
The Brandpowder Team, this year, wants to break this tradition once and for all. Who said you need to spend your salary (if you still have one) on stupid presents? In order to survive these Holidays, not to mention the Maya Prophecy, we give you ten smart ideas to save time, wallet and stress.
The ideal gift for acquaintances you didn’t see for a while but you want to get in touch with, again. If you love silly puns, this present comes for less than 2 cents.
Everybody has a depressed friend. And a bullet costs only 15 cents. Eliminating your friend will also get rid of the next Christmas’ present.
One of most voted bang-for-the-buck ideas: an egg (22 cents) can be both an original ball for the Christmas tree and also a pre-present for next Easter.
Another two-in-one gift to impress your friends. You don’t even need to spend money for this. We bet you are full of these little items at home.
Don’t ask us why but to screw is something you can do even without a screwdriver. This simple present is always welcome among young friends who want to have a laugh. And it’s good omen, too. Price: only 2 cents.
If you’d like to go for something personal, something that talks about the time you spent for actually making the gift instead of simply buying it, the snowball is a classic and the white stuff is easy to find, unless you live in Jamaica (in that case, a ball of grass will do).
How many times did you end up with one sock without finding the other one, at home? Well, it’s time to give your smelly-lonely friend a purpose. This little present pulls the leg (and the foot) to all useless gifts. As such, it helps people to reflect on the subject.
Show your creative zest! You can impress your colleagues (or your boss, if you dare) spending less than one cent. To give it extra value, may we suggest to place the clip inside a matchbox? (keep the matches for yourself, though).
Last but not least, a great classic: two slices of bread, accompanied by this simple line, can be greatly appreciated by anyone. And if you feel really generous, you can add a strip of bacon.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Brandpowder Team