Christmas is almost here and that means the shopping frenzy is upon us. It can be discouraging to realize you don’t have much money in your budget to spend on gifts for your loved ones. However, Christmas isn’t about how much you spend, it’s about how much thought you put into your gifts. Here are some ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts that will wow your relatives.
1. DIY Cards
While buying store-bought Christmas cards might not seem like a great expense, when you have to buy a lot it can start adding up. Instead, make your own Christmas cards with paper and colored pencils. Write a little note to each relative to customize the cards. If you’re not artistic you can find print templates online that will save you from the 2-3 dollar price of store-bought cards.
2. Deals Galore
If you’re on a budget it may be worth it to head out into the crowds to do your Christmas shopping. Be sure to check out the store’s websites and social media pages to find out what hours they will be open and what deals they have. If you don’t want to fight the crowds, shopping online let’s you order things from the comfort of your home. Be sure to check out online deals and see how to get free stuff online.
3. Cute Tickets and Coupons of Love
If you don’t have money to spend on material goods, offer up acts of service instead. Make a coupon book and fill it with things you can do for your relative. This can include a back massage, running errands for them, or doing household chores. You would be surprised how much you can help someone just by taking things off their to-do list. This is especially true around the holiday season when they are trying to balance entertaining with working. Decorate your coupon book and focus on presentation. Personalize them to whatever your loved one likes.
4. Homemade Ornaments
People can never have too many ornaments on their tree. Handmade and homemade ornaments are special and sentimental. They will remind your loved one that you took the time to add something extra to their tree. Ornaments can be made with pine cones, glue, and glitter. Head to your local craft store and get creative in making something your relative will love hanging on their tree.
5. Book and Board Game It
The art of reading is going out of style with some people. Bring the joy of getting lost in a good book back to your relatives. You can find cheap paperback books at your local bookstore. Try to find something you think they would really like whether it’s fiction or an instructional book about one of their hobbies.
If you have many people to buy for, you could get a bunch of books and play an exchange game like Yankee Swap. In Yankee Swap, you put all the wrapped books in the middle of the circle, one per person playing. The first person would open a new gift. Then the second person would have the option to steal the first person’s gift or choose a new gift. Games are a fun way to spice up a Christmas where you might not have a lot of money to spend.
6. Baked Goods
It’s hard to go wrong with gifting sweets over the holiday season. From sugar cookies to pumpkin pie, there is no shortage of ideas for great holiday desserts. If you love to bake, whipping up a dozen gingerbread cookies doesn’t cost much and is an easy gift for almost anyone on your list. If you really need to stretch, you can also wrap individual gingerbread men with a mini liquor and create twelve gifts out of one batch of cookies.
7. Give the Gift of Greenery
Plants are a great gift to bring life to someone’s home. A plant is also the type of gift that will last a long time. A small succulent or a small bonsai tree doesn’t cost too much and is suitable for someone without a green thumb.
8. Gift Experiences
Sometimes the best gifts aren’t material things but the time that you have spent together. One idea is to buy tickets to an upcoming concert, cooking class, or movie for you and your loved one. Or buy a tank of gas for them and take a day trip together to visit a national park. Two movie tickets would cost around $20 and you would have the added bonus of getting to experience something with them.
9. DIY Beauty Products
You would be surprised at the beauty supplies you can make just by using ingredients in your kitchen. Coconut, avocado, honey, sugar, and sea salt are all everyday ingredients that you can combine into a nice scrub. Use mason jars as containers for the scrub and write the ingredients on the side. This is an easy, homemade gift that will allow the recipient to pamper themselves around the holidays.
Enjoy These Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas
These inexpensive Christmas gifts will bring a smile to your loved one’s faces. Remember there is always a way to personalize an item to make it more special. You don’t have to a ton to make someone’s Christmas special.