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Bunny on a Budget. How to Celebrate Easter on a Budget

In 2023, an estimated 81% of U.S. consumers celebrating Easter will spend a total of $24 billion. So, if you’re considering celebrating Easter on a budget this year, you’re already doing better than most of us! Year-round holidays have us spending a little more than we know we should and, according to the National Retail Federation, Easter 2023 isn’t going to be an exception. But, that doesn’t have to be the case for you or your loved ones. 

As experts in affordability, we believe in the beauty of a budget. Whether you’re wanting to cut down on gift spending, or looking for budget-friendly ways to host the perfect Easter get-together, you’re celebration can be magical even when you’re counting coins. So, read below as we share Easter saving hacks you’re sure to keep in mind for years to come.

easter on a budget:  eggs, bunny, and glass jar on lunch table.

8 Meaningful Gifts to Give to Your Best Friends

Considering meaningful gifts to give to your best friends? Look no further than our gifting tips! Friendship is one of the most important kinds of relationships we develop over our lifetime. And, while we can’t exactly choose our family (unfortunately), we do choose our friends. That’s why making great friendships is something we should always cherish. And, what better way to do so than with meaningful gifts? 

Not only are meaningful gifts effective in showing your friends how much you care, but they are also a great solution for when you’re gifting on a budget. Read below as we assist you in finding meaningful gifts to give your best friends and help you save along the way! 

Happy friends presenting gifts to shy girl celebrating her birthday at home party

Gifting on a Budget: Why Corporate Gifts Don’t Have to be Expensive

When you hear the term “gifting on a budget” do you experience a sense of uneasiness? Uncertainty? If your answer is yes, you are most definitely not alone. Many people still consider the word “budget” to be somewhat taboo. Throw in the pressure of corporate gifting, and you may feel like it’s an almost impossible task. However, as experts in budget gifting, we are happy to confirm that budgeting is the new splurging! And, when it comes to buying corporate gifts, you can certainly make the most out of any budget you may have. 

To stop you from falling into the trap of sending overpriced corporate gifts, we’re here to discuss why corporate gifts don’t have to be expensive. There is no shame in budgeting around corporate gifts. In fact, it’s the smartest way to ensure that your business can send gifts year-round! So, read below to learn more about corporate gifting on a budget. 

Gifting on a budget: Man gifting a woman a gift in the office.

Anything But Valentines Day: Romantic Ideas For a Long Distance Relationship

Every year, the month of love comes galloping in like a white horse in an open field — aesthetically pretty, but still a wild animal. While Valentine’s Day has many of us anticipating roses, chocolates, and Shakespearean sonnets, others may be miles away from their partner. And, just as wet clothing clings to the body, pressure attaches itself onto this red (and if you’re into pink) affair. The question is, why? Well, our theory is that many people consider Valentine’s Day the ‘do or die’ day of romantic gestures. But, you truly can choose to be romantic any other day(s) of the year. And, when you apply consistency, it could mean just as much! 

Every romantic relationship requires mutual effort to keep the flame from going out. However, long distance relationships are certainly in a league of their own. If you’re looking for romantic ideas for a long distance relationship, you’ll be happy to know that this is our chosen theme for the month of love. And, as long distance romantic gifting experts, we want to provide you with sweet (and affordable!) romantic ideas and tips for this year and beyond. 

Boy and girl cartoon couple facetiming.

Christmas Savings: How to Save on Christmas Gifts and Holiday Shopping 

Some pessimists call it a money making scheme, advertisers call it a ‘marketing strategy’, and the best of us refer to it as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. But, let’s be honest, whichever way you view the holidays, you’re still somehow bound to become another statistic in its bright red tinsel topped mistletoe madness of mass consumerism. Or…are you? Is there a smarter way to go about spoiling your loved ones during the holidays? Oh, we hope so! On to the Christmas savings!

With holiday savings and Christmas deals on the rise, you’d have to have super human strength to resist indulging in holiday shopping. The truth is though, you don’t have to resist! And instead of super human strength, all you really need is a plan, and to stick to it. Whether you’re doing Christmas on a budget, or simply want to cut down your holiday spending this year, we have some tips you may find useful. Read below and let us help you rock around the Christmas tree – debt free! 

Christmas Savings: Santa ordering gifts on laptop with credit card.

Holiday Employee Appreciation Ideas: Gifts and More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A season to eat, drink and be merry! And after a challenging year in the workplace, your employees deserve a little something extra (and perhaps a heavy-handed eggnog). Let’s get straight to the fax, expressing gratitude towards people that spend endless time helping your company succeed will always be valuable. Employee appreciation gifts are a wonderful way to express just how much you value your team and their contributions to the overall success of the business. 

Sending a gift to your employees can create a memorable moment, along with an emotional connection to the company’s overall vision. But, when it comes to offering gift in the corporate world, it can be tough to know what the ‘right’ gift is. Luckily, Ace of Hearts has curated a list of employee gifts that can help you this holiday season! 

Holiday employee appreciation ideas: Santa typing on a laptop surrounded by gifts on desk
Group of four cheerful smartly dressed friends standing isolated over white background, celebrating New Year, drinking champagne

6 Black Friday Safety Tips: Facts and Fairytales

It feels like a lifetime ago when Black Friday was an event that had the entire world marking their calendars and queing (camping) outside their favorite department stores at the crack of dawn. But, although we’ve come a long way since the unruly consumerism and chaotic Black Friday hysteria of 2012 – it is still an event that causes people to overspend and fall victim to big black ‘50% OFF’ signage. The only difference is that, today, the tricks of the trade (and we mean tricks) are occurring more frequently online. 

This year, consumers will be participating in Black Friday sales online more than ever before. And, this will unfortunately leave more room for scams and ‘too good to be true’ discounts. Luckily, there are a few ways you can take precaution both online and in store. So, before you add to cart, or go busting down store doors, have a look at our Black Friday safety tips so you can make the most of this year’s frenzy. 

black friday safety tips woman holding black gift bag with pink background.

How to Launch a Budget Corporate Gift Campaign

We get it. Times have never been this challenging. But, if you still wish to prioritize your finances for a budget corporate gift campaign, you can give yourself props. A tight budget should never get in the way of building and maintaining your business connections. And, if that’s what led you to this article, we’re happy to tell you that you’re already on the right track!  

On any battlefield, your strategy can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Similarly, a budget corporate gift campaign is a tussle you can easily win by implementing the right game plan. No matter the size of your budget, whether annually or monthly, you can successfully launch a gift campaign when you plan ahead. Read below as we guide you with tips and tricks for sending corporate gifts on a budget. 

Budget Corporate Gift Campaign: Small shopping cart in female hands on white background

The ‘B’ Word: When Are Budget Gifts Appropriate?

We understand that when it comes to special occasions and major life events, there is a lot of pressure to give the ‘right’ gift. The same way a good gift has the ability to strengthen a relationship, an offensive one can unfortunately cause damage. And, we never want to partake in the latter. However, when it comes to celebrating our family and friends, we don’t always have the funds to send expensive gifts. Finding an affordable and valuable gift for the right occasion may require an extra dose of thoughtfulness and creativity, but trust us, it’s not impossible! So, are budget gifts appropriate?

Ace of Hearts is here to help. Before you start scrolling through gifting catalogs and jump into giving mode, we suggest creating a gift budget. Thoughtful gestures beat impractical and costly gifts every time. And, fortunately, we have loads of tips and tricks to help you decipher when is the best time to save and give gifts with a budget in mind. Read below to find out how you can send gifts even on a shoestring budget. 

Are Budget Gifts Appropriate: gift box and dollar bills