Shopping for Christmas gifts can get overwhelming. Every year I spend hours if not days searching for the perfect present for everyone on my list. This is why I put together some ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts that I can refer to every year.
Since everyone has a different budget (inexpensive is a relative term, after all), the gift ideas below are at three price points: $10, $25, and $50. This list will help you find the perfect gift this year at a price you can afford.
How Do You Shop for Christmas on a Budget?
Shopping on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult. When it comes to presents, the most critical part is the thought you put behind it -- not the price point. Everyone has interests, so if you get something that plays to someone’s passions, they will love it.
Also, shopping for inexpensive Christmas gifts means planning. Allow enough time to come up with ideas, compare prices, and make a purchase. Shopping at the last minute will all but guarantee that you’ll spend more money than you planned.
Make a list and check it twice
Brainstorming ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts is the first step when shopping on a budget. Make a gift list with names and jot down some ideas next to each name.
An easy way to come up with ideas is to write three interests that each person has, then write out ideas related to those interests. For example, if the person you're shopping for likes to travel, gift ideas could be fancy luggage tags, packing cubes, and a travel voltage adapter/converter.
A great way to get someone a quality gift for less is to shop sales. Start the gift shopping process early so you’ll have enough time to find a good deal. When the holidays get closer, stores slash prices to lure customers. Black Friday usually kicks off the holiday buying season.
If you’re planning to brave the stores on Black Friday, it could be an excellent time to find inexpensive Christmas gifts for those on your list. Even if you don’t plan on leaving your house, many stores offer special pricing on select items on their website. That’s why it’s essential to have a list of ideas handy, so you can compare it to what’s on sale.
Use Coupons and Special offers
Using coupons and special offers is another excellent way to save money on your holiday shopping. If you’re able to stack a coupon with a sale, you may be able to pay just a fraction of the list price. Many stores offer a coupon in addition to current sales to bring down your shopping total. For example, you may see coupons for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more that could help you save money and buy inexpensive Christmas gifts.
Opt for Gift Cards
If you don’t know what someone wants for Christmas, a gift card could be a good option. Even though gift cards can get a bad rep, many people would prefer a gift card to an actual gift. That’s because gift cards let the recipient decide how to spend the money and get what they want.
Giving a gift card doesn’t have to be impersonal. For example, if you want to give someone a gift card to the movies, you can package it up with popcorn and movie theater candy for a cute presentation. For a coffee lover, you can give them a gift card to a coffee shop inside a cute coffee mug. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Set a Spending Limit
When it comes to shopping for inexpensive Christmas gifts, setting a spending limit is very important. If you don’t set a budget, you can easily spend more money than you planned. Set an individual spending limit for each person on your list as well as a total spending limit for all Christmas gifts. This will help you keep your gift giving within your budget.
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What to Consider When Shopping for Inexpensive Christmas Gifts?
Shopping for inexpensive Christmas gifts requires getting creative. You don't have to buy every gift from a store. There are plenty of options that don’t mean spending a lot of money. Below are some of your options.
Some of the best inexpensive Christmas gifts are those that you make. For example, I love receiving baked goods or a handmade scarf for a gift because the person who gave it to me took the time to do it. If you’re a baker, making muffins, cookies, or a pie are great options for gifts on a budget.
If you’re good at knitting or sewing, there is almost no limit to the gifts you can make yourself. Some of my favorite hand-made gifts (that are not food) include hand-made socks, hats, scarves, and mittens. Another hand-made gift I’ve received (and love) is a plain pillowcase embroidered with my kid’s name, birthday, birth weight, and birth height along with some cute baby animals. It’s a gift that we use and cherish every day.
For those who’re not very skilled at anything, in particular, the internet is full of cute DIY gift ideas that don’t require knitting or baking skills. For example, you can put together a cute jar of a homemade hot cocoa mix with a decorative label and ribbon. Browse Pinterest for cute DIY inexpensive Christmas gifts, and you’ll be sure to find something that fits your skill level.
Gifts of Time
Gifts of time can be more meaningful than anything you can buy. You can get creative with how you do these types of gifts by making or printing out coupons to gift to the recipient. This is a cute and easy way to give inexpensive Christmas gifts that mean a lot to the recipient but don’t cost you a lot of money.
It's the Thought that Counts (No, really!)
Just because you’re giving inexpensive Christmas gifts, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be something the recipient wants. Putting a lot of thought behind your gifts counts for much more than spending a lot of money.
Think about the person's interests. What do they like? Do they have any hobbies? What are their passions? This will help you brainstorm thoughtful gifts that fit their passions and interests.
Some of my favorite gifts I’ve received are ones that the gift giver tailored to me personally. For example, I wanted a specific knit hat I saw online but was way too expensive. My grandma knit me an exact copy of the hat I wanted down to the color and gave it to me for Christmas. I still wear that hat every winter and think of her fondly every time.
Ideas for Inexpensive Christmas Gifts at Different Price Points
Staying within budget is essential when shopping for inexpensive Christmas gifts. That’s why you’ll find some ideas for gifts at three different price points. These ideas can be a starting point when the holiday shopping season arrives.
Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Under $10
Believe it or not, there are a lot of options for inexpensive Christmas gifts under $10. All it takes is a little creativity, and you can give a meaningful and useful gift that won’t break the bank. Check out the ideas below to get your wheels turning.
1.) [amazon link=”B01N0RSCBI” title=”Scented Candle” /]
If the person you are shopping for enjoys scented candles, this could be a great gift option. A scented candle can make the whole home smell nice and inviting. Just be careful because some people have a sensitivity to smells so try to ask around if you’re not sure before making the purchase.
2.) [amazon link=”B01ND1KO7I” title=”Christmas Tree Ornamen” /]
We all had favorite Christmas tree ornaments as a kid, those that we fought with our siblings to put on the tree. Building an ornament collection as an adult is a great idea to make the holiday season a little more special. You can either kick-start the tradition with a special gift or add another ornament that matches what they already collect. Either way, a tree ornament is one of those inexpensive Christmas gifts that will add to the enjoyment of the holidays for years to come.
3.) [amazon link=”B075DZ5HNS” title=”Picture Frames” /]
If you’re looking for a personal gift that doesn’t break the bank, it’s hard to beat a framed photo. Chose a photo that has meaning to the recipient, put it in a beautiful frame, and gift away. You can give your spouse a picture of you together doing something special. If you have kids, you can frame a photo of your kids and give it to your partner. The possibilities are endless so have fun!
4.) [amazon link=”B07D28741V” title=”DIY Photo Insert” /]
This is a twist on the picture frame idea. If the person you are buying for is a coffee or tea lover, instead of a framed photo you can gift them a photo mug. Websites such as Shutterfly.com allow you to upload a favorite digital photo (or a few photos) and use it to create a photo mug. Keep an eye out for coupons and discounts around the holidays to make for an inexpensive and personal gift.
5.) [amazon link=”B01M0YY1Z9″ title=”40 Cards and Envelopes” /]
Does your significant other love to write thank you cards or notes? Some people to send thank you notes for just about everything, so this can be a great go-to gift. For extra credit, you can even throw in a few stamps. Just don’t be surprised if you’re the first person to receive a thank you card from the set you gifted.
Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Under $25
If you have a few more dollars to spend on inexpensive Christmas gifts, here are some ideas under $25.
6.) [amazon link=”B073WK182F” title=”Insulated Tumbler” /]
For a coffee or tea drinker, a travel mug could be a useful gift. I received my insulated travel mug as a gift and use it almost every day. Add a specialty bag of coffee or tin of tea for a more personalized gift.
7.) [amazon link=”B00JJIOJ7E” title=”Coffee Dripper” /]
For coffee lovers, a pour over coffee starter kit could be a great option. It’s the latest trend for coffee connoisseurs and doesn’t require much to get started. You can find a starter kit for less than $25.
8.) [amazon link=”B00QVKYCQ6″ title=”Meiomi Pinot Noir” /]
If your spouse loves wine, this is a great gift option. Your best bet is to go to a store such as Total Wine and ask one of the associates to help you pick out a bottle of wine within your price range. Make sure you find out if the recipient likes red or white wine to make picking out a good bottle a little easier.
9.) [amazon link=”0764578650″ title=”How to Cook Everything” /]
Cookbooks make great inexpensive Christmas gifts. If you have a novice cook, you can’t go wrong with the How to Cook Everything cookbook from Mark Bittman. When you’re shopping for someone, who has the basics down but may want to cook delicious meals on a budget, check out Budget Bytes by Beth Moncel -- it's one of my favorites. Not sure what to get? Classics such as the Joy of Cooking or any of the Taste of Home cookbooks are always a sure bet.
10.) [amazon link=”1516894413″ title=”The Count” /]
If you’re shopping for a Christmas gift for a bookworm, you can never go wrong with a special book or a gift card to a bookstore. If there’s a book that you loved, you can gift it with a personal note about why you think the recipient would enjoy it. Alternatively, you can gift a special edition of a book that you already know they love.
Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Under $50
If you have a budget of up to $50, you can find some great and meaningful gifts to add to the pile under the Christmas tree.
11.) [amazon link=”B071FZ14LG” title=”Whiskey Stones” /]
If you're shopping for someone that likes to drink, they’d love to receive a good bottle of liquor for Christmas. You can either go with a brand that you know they usually drink or do some research and buy something they’ve never tried. As a bonus, you can add some nice, quality glasses so they can enjoy their beverage in style.
12.) [amazon link=”B07GXH6HGC” title=”ANDORRA” /]
If you live in a cold climate, you can’t go wrong with a nice winter set of hat, gloves, and a scarf. Give the gift of matching, stylish cold weather accessories that will keep the recipient nice and cozy.
13.) [amazon link=”B004P2NG0K” title=”Crock-Pot” /]
Having a delicious meal waiting for you when you get home from work can be a reality with a digital slow cooker. Load up all the ingredients in the morning before work, set the slow cooker, and come home to a fully cooked meal ready for dinner. This is an excellent gift for a busy professional with no time to cook. Throw in a few of your favorite slow cooker recipes for a more personal gift.
14.) [amazon link=”B000ITBYU8″ title=”Monopoly” /]
You can go old-school and gift the gift of classic board games such as Sorry, Trouble or Monopoly. For those who love strategy, games like Settlers of Catan or Risk are great options. For word nerds, you can’t go wrong with Scrabble or Bananagrams. Consider the recipient’s interest and find a game that fits their personality.
15.) [amazon link=”B00BYFC4Z4″ title=”Travel Gear Luggage” /]
If your partner loves to travel, a set of packing cubes can be a great gift. Packing cubes help you organize everything in your luggage to make it easy to find when you get to your destination. Some packing cubes such as this compression set from Eagle Creek can help you fit more in your luggage by compressing your clothes.
Buying inexpensive Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be difficult. With some planning and thought, you can buy a meaningful gift without breaking the bank. Just make sure to start early, make a list, and stay within your budget. Have fun!