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Gift differently this festive season 

It’s not even an exaggeration to say “Christmas is just around the corner”! With just 10 weeks to go until Father Christmas makes his annual appearance, it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about gifting. 

But with the rising cost of living everything from inflation to the interest rate, food, electricity and everything in between, is notably more costly this year than it was last year. Consumer spending is under severe pressure, which calls for a more considered and creative approach to gifting. 

Rather than wait until the last minute to buy gifts – and then invariably spend more than you’d planned because you’re under pressure – consider some of the ‘alternative’ gift ideas below. The best part? These are gifts that keep giving throughout the year. 

You don’t need to own it to access it

A gaming console like an Xbox or Playstation is certain to top many wish lists this festive season, but could be just out of reach for those on a tight budget. 

Luckily Teljoy makes it possible to rent gaming consoles on a monthly basis. Forego the large upfront cost of purchasing the console outright but rather lets you access it on a monthly basis. Plus, the cost of renting the console includes maintenance and insurance of the unit, plus the option to upgrade or downgrade at any time. 

“Our rent-to-own model allows for unlimited use of the unit for no more than the cost of the monthly premium. It’s increasingly the way consumers across the globe are choosing to use electronics,” says Jonathan Hurvitz, CEO of Teljoy. 

More time and a clean home 

When it comes to giving a practical gift, few things beat giving somebody the gift of time. And that’s exactly what you’re doing when hooking them up with a regular home cleaning service, such as those offered by SweepSouth. 

Whether as a once-off to lighten the domestic load at this time of year, or as a regular arrangement, a SweepStar makes quick work of cleaning and can be booked for a time that works best for you, or the person you’re gifting the service to. 

SweepSouth also have pre-vetted gardeners on their books, so you could even organise the gift of outdoor maintenance for a friend or relative this festive season. 

The gift of music 

Music (and increasingly podcasts) are almost universally enjoyed by both young and old, which is why the gift of music in the form of a Spotify gift card is sure to be welcomed by all. 

The streaming service offers access to thousands of albums, concerts, podcasts and more. Choose between a once-off gift card or purchase a full subscription for a friend, family member… or yourself! 

Ease the burden of a grudge purchase 

Ease the burden for a friend this holiday season by offering to pay their monthly car insurance premium. It’s up to you whether it’s a once off or if you can afford to do it monthly or three, six or even 12 months. MiWay Blink offers comprehensive car insurance in a blink and guarantees no paperwork and no long phone calls, thanks to the smart tech it uses. 

Give back 

Gifting is also about giving back so why not support South Africa’s great causes that make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most? A Relate bracelet is the perfect gift for someone with a social conscience. This 100% not-for-profit social enterprise donates the majority of its revenue to credible causes – and creates desperately needed income opportunities.