Christmas Gifts on a Budget
Is your gift list long, but your budget short? There are many gifts that are low cost, whether you make if yourself or purchase. Here are some creative and easy ways to give to others without killing your budget.
Facebook Groups. There are so many local Facebook groups out there now, which are great for buying and selling items. You can definitely sell some things that are around the house to finance some gift purchases. Most items for sale in these groups are gently used, but you can find many items new with tags or in original packaging. Perfect for gift giving!
Baskets. You probably have baskets stored somewhere, but if not you can find them fairly cheap. Make a theme basket for that movie lover on your list by finding a $5 movie, bag of microwave popcorn, and some candy. Spa baskets are nice and you can use travel size or sample lotions and soaps. For a book lover, put a paperback, mug and some tea for the perfect lazy afternoon. Baskets are easy to customize for a special person on your list.
If you sew, you can make cute pillows or this neat T-Shirt Bag. If you don’t sew, there are great ideas, such as this No-Sew Blanket. For a personalized gift, try this photo clock. These monogrammed mugs are also a great gift to personalize.
Jar Gifts. Everybody knows the cookies in a jar gift, but there are so many other ideas out there for unique gifts in a jar. Try this terrarium in a jar or these DIY Photos in a Mason jar. You can also find food ideas online for soup in a jar, granola or oatmeal in a jar, and even salsas!
There are many make at home bath products, too. These homemade Bath Bombs can be made in lots of scents by changing the type of essential oil added to the mix. These Lavender Hot-Cold Eye Masks would be a perfect gift for any busy mom that needs some relaxation. For an all-natural exfoliator, try this Brown Sugar Scrub.
Home baked present are always appreciated, especially if the recipient doesn’t bake or is too busy. Banana or Pumpkin breads, candied nuts, fudge and of course, cookies, are all wonderful choices for a yummy gift. Find some cute plates from the dollar store, wrap with colored saran wrap, and put a ribbon or bow on top for a festive look.
You don’t have to look far to find some creative ways to stretch your holiday giving budget. Find things around the house you can upcycle, or look in your craft closet. Buy items off sellers in your neighborhood. Get crafty or get busy in the kitchen. You are sure to find a special holiday gift for all of the people on your list, and stay within your spending budget.