The Gift of Three: Secret Giving Strategy

This is a guest post by Jennifer Melnick Carota where she shares her gift giving strategy.  Thanks Jennifer!

I bet you’d like to make a splash on your next gift giving occasion but don’t want to spend a fortune? Try my super secret gift giving technique called “The Gift of Three”  and make your gift giving experience more personal, affordable, and memorable.  Better yet, the Gift of Three strategy is fun and easy…anyone on any budget can do it!  

1.  *Think of an experience that you would like to give rather than a specific gift.  For example, if you would like to give the experience of relaxation to a special lady on your list, you can begin you build a theme around a home spa or pampering experience.

2.  *Choose one central gift that will be the foundation or centerpiece of the gift experience.  Remember, you are building a gift with three crucial components.  This gift should be the main focus.  

3.  *Choose two smaller gifts that will tie the theme together.  To save major moolah, consider making gift items by hand, baking gifts from your kitchen, or pull from your emergency gift stash.  Re-gifting is OK, but make sure the item is in excellent condition or has a clear sentimental value.  Just make sure they fit in with your theme, and you’ll be amazed at the results!

For Example:  The Gift of Family Time

Gift One:  A family friendly DVD the entire family can watch together

Gift Two:  A board game or jigsaw puzzle the family can build together

Gift Three:  A disposable camera to take pictures throughout the evening and capture precious memories at the same time!

For more great gift ideas please visit my blog at for creative gifts and gift giving themes using “the Gift of Three (3)” technique.  Jennifer Melnick Carota (a.k.a. the Gift Therapist) is an expert gift giver and bargain shopper featured nationally in major market gift guides, personal finance websites, and lifestyle columns throughout the US and Canada. Check out her new free holiday gift giving survival guide, ‘Giveology’ and learn how to spend less but give more!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 dawn hild December 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I agree with this philosophy 100%. It shows thoughtfulness, while not being too hard on the budget. Which is exactly what most of us want to do at Christmas time.


2 LittlePeopleWealth December 14, 2009 at 4:35 am

Christmas can get a little out of hand with some families – this helps bring it back to just being fun!


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