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5 Surprisingly Thoughtful Gift Ideas on a Budget

You might sometimes feel pressured to get people Christmas gifts because of the social stigmas, but you might also be a bit short on money.

This can be a stressful time, because you’re trying to figure out how to afford all of these gifts while also affording things like necessary bills.

My best tip to share with you that goes beyond saving money during Christmas time is this. Learn how to live below your means. This mindset will make looking for Christmas gifts on a budget easier. Even when you are living below your means, it’s still nice to save money on gifts when we can.

Here are the Top Five Budget Christmas Gifts

You don’t have to show up empty-handed or suffer embarrassment from not being able to afford a decent gift for someone. There are many options for gift giving on even the tightest budget.

budget christmas gifts

If you have a favorite recipe for desserts, you might want to create a wonderful homemade gift that your recipient will love. There are tons of great recipes out there and you can present it in a cute, holiday container that won’t cost more than a few dollars. This is where Pinterest is our best friend. Check out this board for DIY Christmas gifts.

You might things like fudge or cookies – something they can share with their friends and family. No matter what you make, they’ll be sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into it, and it’s also very cost effective.

budget christmas gifts

For a simple and cheap version of décor, you can get someone a simple print or poster and put it in a nice looking frame that’s budget-friendly. Prints are almost always far less expensive than the original artwork, and you can get them for next to nothing.

I love looking at Michael’s in the back of the store for clearance. You know I’m in love with my clearance shopping. Many times I’ll find frames for 50% off and you would never notice the little mark on it.

This will always make for a great addition to a household. Just make sure you know their personal preferences for decorating and then try to find similar designs or prints in that same style.

budget christmas gifts

If you’re buying for someone who always seems to have a scented candle lit, then a little aromatic diffuser can bring down the cost for them quite a bit by allowing them to get many different scents without spending a lot on a constant supply of candles.

You can take it a step further and make this diffuser and essential oil holder out of wood. I still use mine to this day and this is still my favorite budget friendly diffuser. For my favorite cheap and effective essential oils read this.

budget christmas gifts

Jewelry makes for a great gift, but it’s pretty pricey when you get down to it. With readily available kits online, you can make your own jewelry for a fraction of the cost, and you’ll be adding a personal flair to it.

Finally, nothing can replace a fine book. It doesn’t have to be a rare copy or a first edition print, but a nice looking hardback of a classic can become a great addition to their bookshelf and give them a nice read that can entertain them for hours on end, all at an affordable price.

Giving gifts when you’re on a budget doesn’t have to be stressful for you. First, consider the interests of the person you’re buying for. Then think of all of the accessories and items they use on a regular basis. Look for budget-friendly options that align with that and they’ll be grateful for the gift, regardless of the expense.


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