Ask The Swag Gal: August 18th, 2010

Buenos Dias, my Swageritas and Swageritos!

It’s Wednesday and I’ve been asked a question I KNOW you guys can help me answer.

Hey Swag Gal! I have a question….

I’m sure there are a lot of people feeling the strains of our slow economy here in America. I sure am. I am thankful to have a job when so many others are out of work, but a few months ago my company decided to cut everyone’s salary by 20% rather that go through another round of lay-offs. Since then, I’ve been pinching pennies and have been able to get by, just barely making ends meet. I also have several close friends who are getting married or having babies. I would love to be able to give them all nice gifts, but really can’t afford to. I’ve been invited to several bridal and baby showers, but feel its terribly tacky to show up empty handed. I would hate to not go to the showers because as I’ve mentioned these are some of my closest friends. So, I was wondering if you had any suggestions of gift ideas that will make a big statement but be very cheap or free???


Dear Megan,

First of all, it’s OK to call your friend and explain to them that you won’t be able to give them a gift; they’re your friends and they’ll understand. Also, consider something you can handcraft – be creative and you can wind up with a unique gift that means a lot to the recipient.

Just as you are sure there are a lot of people suffering from the slow economy, your friends expect that most are in the same boat and I am sure they do not expect anything more extravagant from you than you can afford. They loved you before you ever gave them a gift and they will love you when you give them the next gift – even if it’s not on a special date. You being there is what’s really important to your friends and family, knowing they have your support and love is a lot bigger than any gift you will ever wrap. These are all just suggestions to help YOU get over the unwelcome feeling of not bearing gifts.

By the way, you can use your Swagbucks to shop in the Swag Store. Cookie’s Kids has outfits for toddlers of all ages; gift cards to Travelocity or Southwest Airlines are great for your newlywed friends that are about to take off on their honeymoon.

I am sure a few Swagsters have landed themselves some sweet gifts from participating in SB offers. Can anyone share with Megan how SB has helped them survive the hardships of the economy?