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10 Resources To Get Free Christmas Gifts

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If Free Christmas Gifts sound tempting, I’ll show you all the tricks that budget-mad shoppers use to save Cash and spend less during the holiday season.

Free Christmas Presents In Canada and how to get them.
How To Get Free Christmas Gifts In Canada

If you’re short on Cash, there are ways to save money or get free Christmas gifts this holiday season.

There are no gimmicks, just a bit of hustle and time to get free Christmas gifts.

The moment Halloween is over, the Christmas panic sets in, the weekly flyers are just as heavy as a sack of potatoes, and money signs start running through our heads.

Christmas Hits The Budget Hard

Buying Christmas gifts can be expensive, especially if you don’t have the money to spend in the first place.

I’m a massive fan of second-hand shops, freebie sites, rewards and cashback programs, and browsing buy-and-sell sites online.

For example, if you are shopping online, use Rakuten to get cashback to put that money towards another gift.

Every year without fail, someone posts an ad looking for Christmas help.

It may be that they are a single mum or dad with no spare cash looking for gift cards, free Christmas gifts, food, or decorations.

Whatever the case, it’s tough to read and even tougher to respond.

I want you all to know that waiting until the last month to think about Christmas will cost you more money even if you do take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

My tip: Shop all year long with a budget OR invest a bit of time in the following 10 Resources that will save you money and allow you to get free Christmas gifts for your family.

10 Resources for Free Christmas Gifts For Your Family

By the way, if you read an ad from a family in need this Christmas, respond.

Tell them what you know because maybe, they aren’t aware of the community resources in their area that will help them.

If you are a budget nerd like Mrs. and me, save your Cash come December and do your shopping throughout the year little by little, and you’ll save up in no time to cash in on the free rewards offered to you.

Donation Centers

community centres

If you are a low-income family, there are agencies in almost every Ontario city and town that offer assistance to families in need over the holidays.

You can sign up for a free Christmas hamper delivered to your residence filled with goodies to cook for Christmas dinner.

Alternatively, you can participate in a Christmas Adopt a Family program if your family qualifies for assistance.

Various organizations offer this program so ask around.

If unsure where to begin in your community, you could always call your local City Hall for advice and talk to someone at your local church, Food Bank, or community center.

Related: How to get Christmas Help This Holiday Season

Rewards Cards Fund Free Christmas Gifts

PC Optimum Program Canada App

We love rewards cards in our family because they are free to sign up for, and you can earn points on your purchases when you shop.

Our PC Optimum Program points are close to $400 in free groceries and other in-store items.

2019 update: We are now close to 5 million PC Optimum Points.

Our Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points are worth over $1200 because we’ve saved them for the past three years.

About three years ago, before our son was born, we redeemed four times during a Shoppers Optimum Redemption Plus day.

That meant they offered us extra money for the same amount of points.

During our most considerable redemption period, we got two free flat-screen televisions, a free netbook, free DVDs, a cordless keyboard, an external hard drive, Turtles chocolates, and other stocking stuffers.

We could get free Christmas gifts for the entire family that year just by redeeming points.

You can choose when you redeem, so we keep collecting until we have enough to buy free Christmas gifts yearly.

We don’t always purchase using points, but when we do, it’s all Free Stuff.

Credit Card Points

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Using our PC World Elite MasterCard allows us to get double PC Optimum Points on our credit card when we shop just about everywhere.

We also have a Scotia Bank Credit Card that gives us Cash Back on our credit card once a year, so the more we shop, the more we earn.

Ideally, you will want to compare Canadian Credit Cards to find the best one that fits your lifestyle.

Related: Compare The Best Canadian Credit Cards

If you are diligent in paying your monthly credit card bill, it’s worth racking the points for free cashback or rewards points to buy free Christmas gifts and other items.

KOHO Canada

KOHO is another great reloadable card that helps Canadians Budget, Save, and access Cash fast.

Get access to $100 of your government payments early.

The KOHO app helps you manage your money by giving you real-time insights into your spend.

There are also savings features that help you to stash away savings without realizing it.

Grocery Shopping

scanning code of practice 2019

Keep an eye out for the prices at the grocery store because you never know when an item will be priced higher than the shelf, netting you free stuff. 

Last week we were at the grocery store and found a Christmas gift for our friend.

Their son loves books, and the price was right, so we put it in the grocery cart.

When we cashed out, the price rang up higher, and we had the cashier apply the Scanning Code of Practice.

Related: How to ask your cashier to apply the Scanning Code of Practice

Free Christmas Gifts are great, primarily if you work with a tight budget.

Another fabulous way to get free Christmas gifts is to sign up with Nielsen Home Scan.

I used this program in the UK to get Free Christmas Gifts, and I know CBB fan Nicola participates in the Canadian program.

Nicola has redeemed gift cards that she can re-gift or purchase free Christmas gifts and save the Cash for the fantastic recipes she creates for this blog and her family.

Nothing beats getting free Christmas gifts by scanning your grocery shop when you get home.

It’s so easy!!

Free Stuff Facebook Groups

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Free Christmas gifts are everywhere online if you are lucky to get the deal first.

If you are handy, you can also bring back an item to its original state, especially if it’s solid wood.

There are so many free things you can get on Facebook, and even some that are brand new in packaging or brand new condition.

Facebook is only one social media outlet where you can score Free Christmas Gifts, so keep your eyes open.

If you are a new mum or dad, you can LIKE frugal mom groups around Canada on Facebook, depending on your city.

These frugal mom groups offer tonnes of free baby stuff and other stuff. Many times, we’ve seen brand-new items given for free too.

Not all Christmas gifts have to come in a box, so if you open a gift with no box, don’t act surprised because you don’t know if that is all the person could afford, even if it were free.

Kijiji Buy and Sell

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Kijiji Canada

There is a category in Kijiji, Canada, where sellers can give away free stuff.

Again, if you set an alert on your Kijiji app for your smartphone, they will let you know daily or weekly when free stuff is posted.

You can easily find free Christmas gifts if you search throughout the year.

The only issue with Kijiji is that you must be on alert and watch because free stuff goes fast.

Another superb option is to watch for stuff your neighbours put out on the curb.

The other day we picked up a wooden toy box for our son for free.

All I need to do is fix the hinge, and we’re back in business. It looks brand new.

Enter Contests All Year

This is a great way to see if you’re on a lucky streak by winning free Christmas gifts for the family.

Every company in Canada offers some holiday contests; enter them all.

You don’t have to wait for the holidays either to enter contests because they are ongoing.

Many people are successful contest winners every year simply because they enter.

An excellent resource for all contests in Canada that is updated daily is ContestCanada.net.

Product Rebates

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I’m sure you have seen product rebates on product packaging or coupons in your coupon flyer inserts, such as Red Plum, Smart Source, etc.

All you have to do is purchase the specified product, try it and send your receipt in the UPC to the address listed.

Every product rebate, also known as a mail-in rebate, has different rules and regulations, so make sure you abide by them or risk not getting your rebate back.

Over the years, we’ve gotten loads of beautiful candles, cleaning supplies, hair accessories, and razors.

All items you can use as stocking stuffers, all for free

Cash Back Rewards

Rakuten Canada
Rakuten Canada

Rakuten (formerly Ebates Canada) is one of the most lucrative cashback rewards websites we’ve been involved with.

Sign up with Rakuten Canada and receive your money back when you shop!

You can find loads more Cash Back rewards programs in Canada that offer cash or gift cards for free when you shop online.

Paymi App Cashback Canada
paymi app gets more cashback for Canadians

Sign up for the Paymi App FREE, use the code CanadianBudgetBinder, and start earning Cash back when shopping at participating Canadian Retailers. 

great canadian rebates

By joining Great Canadian Rebates as we did, you can enjoy all of the best savings rebates in Canada.

Product Reviews/Focus Groups

There are always companies looking for consumers to review their products.

Mrs. CBB was paid $225 for one hour to do a grocery store review for a local marketing company.

Whether you spot the opportunity in your email inbox or from a website, you follow they are often followed by a gift to review.

Even after you review the gift, you can still give it away for Christmas or consider it a gift for yourself.

We participate in Focus groups any chance we get because there are big bucks to be made.

Most focus groups we’ve participated in net us a minimum of $75-$150 cash for one hour of chatting in a group setting.

Recently, my wife made $150 for reviewing a new department store built in our area.

All she had to do was show up, answer questions, and shop.

How easy is that?

Look on Facebook for focus groups and local newspapers, and you may also find ads on Kijiji in the employment or community sections for these focus group opportunities.

Check out Clutch, which has over 206 market research companies in Canada looking for people like you.

DIY Homemade Gifts

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Mason Jar Superhero Banks

Using stuff you get free from any of the above suggestions from items around the house or yard, you can make lovely homemade free Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

One of our favorites that we will be making for our nephew is the Mason Jar Superhero Piggy Bank.

We hope to do a Spiderman Mason Jar Piggy Bank since he is his favourite superhero, so he can start saving money for things he will need.

We’ll include some Christmas Cash in the piggy bank to start him off too.

Related: How to make 8 DIY Christmas Baking Jars with a recipe

Christmas Is Time For Family

Whether or not you have the Cash to splash this holiday season, remember that it’s not about how much you spend or how little you can afford; it’s about peace, love, harmony, and family.

Related: How To Get Help For Your Family This Christmas

Discussion Question: Have you received any Free Christmas gifts this year?

What other resources am I missing for those looking for Christmas help?

Leave me your comments below, and I’ll be sure to respond.

Mr.CBB

CBB Inside Scoop

We picked up a few more Christmas decorations outside the house from the Dollar store this week. 

We decorated the wreaths with big red bows and the tree with lights and Christmas balls.

Our son loves the balls.

The Christmas tree is decorated and ready for our son to try and tackle.

Every time we turn around, he’s trying to take something from it.

My wife bought a bag of chocolate coins from the dollar store along with fruity candy canes and put a few in a wicker Santa sleigh that we have.

She kept it on the shelf under the coffee table but forgot about Mr. Chocoholic.

Twice I caught him with his hands in the sleigh, hiding and opening the chocolates.

Now, we put them away. Learned that lesson fast.

On our way home the other day, we grabbed a wooden toy box from the curb.

The wife wanted it because it matches the table set that we have for our son.

I only need to put a new latch on it, and it’s good to go.

I’ll be on holiday come the second week of December, thankfully, as I’ve had a long 2016.

I look forward to relaxing with my family, completing our legal Will, and possibly some bits around the house.

Can you believe this is the 200th Saturday weekend review? Wow!!

That’s lots of blog posts for one day of the week over the past four years.

The blog will be five years old by the end of January 2017. Time to celebrate!! I think a contest is in order, don’t you?

How was your week?

Mr.CBB

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Welcome to the 2016 Making A Difference series! Join the networking movement of Personal Finance Bloggers around the world.

If you are a personal finance blogger and would like your blog to be featured, drop me an email.

I’m currently booking for January 2017. Today let’s welcome the personal finance blog, My Naira Journey.

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Hi Mr. CBB and Fans
My name is Eme Stephen, a personal finance blogger and the founder of  Mynairajourney.com, a personal finance blog.

I got interested in personal finance because of the belief in my country Nigeria that to be financially free, one must be lucky.

To us, luck makes everything makes sense.

How is it that my lazy neighbours are wealthy and I am not? They are lucky. How is it they are happy, and I am miserable? They are lucky.

And so we go about overwhelming ourselves with the constant pursuit of luck since that is the only way to get the wealth that will enable us to acquire the good things in life.

I want to use this blog to make people pay more attention to what they earn, how they spend it, and how they invest in the future.

We love to live now, to spend everything we earn and even more now so that we can live our life to its fullest, forgetting that there is tomorrow.

Luck is a good thing, but when you ignore your money when you fail to save more, spend less, and invest better, you will never be financially free, no matter the luck.

Mynairajourney is all about this, and I welcome you to stop by any time.

Thanks.

Weekly Fan Brag

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Hey, CBB fans…

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If you have a brag that you want to share, email me at canadianbudgetbinder@yahoo.ca with a photo and a small write-up of your deal.

It can be anything you saved money on that you are excited about.

If your story gets featured, you get two ballots in the yearly draw for a PC Financial Gift Card and at least one entry for emailing me your access.

Either way, you get a ballot in the draw.

Check out this awesome Brag from CBB fan Jen Peacock who knows how to spot a deal.

Hi everyone!!

I needed some new footwear for work. I stopped at Payless on the weekend as I received a rewards member email with a 30% off coupon.

On top of the 30%, I received another $10 since I am a CAA member.

I saved $50!!

Spotlight on Finance

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Sometimes it’s hard to see just how important your actions today will affect your future.

You must realize that although you can’t see into the future, you sure don’t want to make it there unprepared.

Finance Post Of The Week

I read lots of finance posts from all over the world every week, and I learn something new from each one of them.

This week I stopped by the personal finance and travel blog Nomadic Matt.

If you’ve ever wondered if you were living the dream but felt something was missing, maybe you should stop what you’re doing and live it.

After a trip, Matt returned home to his admin job in a hospital only to find he was still bored with the job.

He started his website, and the rest is history. Matt travels and loves every minute of it.

This an excellent post you must read for inspiration to find your dream. Thanks, Matt!

You can’t win the game of life if you don’t play it.- Mat

Frugal Recipe Box

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Nutella Chocolate Macaroons

Food is a big part of a budget, so it has been essential for me to create frugal recipes for my fans.

I have a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot, where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers worldwide.

Since we are officially in the Christmas Holiday season, I’ll share recipes you can make at home for special gatherings, celebrations, and gift-giving.

Check out the Free Recipe Index on CBB, compiled of frugal recipes 100% tested and accepted by family and friends!

This week I stopped by the website, The Instructables, to come across this delicious-looking recipe for Nutella Macaroons made by the Treat Factory.

What I love about macaroons is that they are so soft, and with the Nutella oozing out, it would be the perfect dipping cookie!

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Always begin and end your day with a SMILE!- Mr.CBB

Every week I get thousands of people to visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Most times funny, Sometimes serious.

  • How I made it in Canada– I like this one. I hope my story inspires others.
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That’s all the fun for this week; thanks for dropping by, and we’ll see you again next Saturday!

Mr.CBB

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