Budgeting around the holidays can sometimes be a challenge. Maybe you have a long list of people to buy gifts for or some last minute guests from out of town. Or perhaps you just went a little over budget on the kids’ toys and need to get back some control. Whatever reason you have for needing inexpensive Christmas gift ideas, here are a few simple presents your friends and family will appreciate.
A Personalized Memento
Embellish or hand paint a picture frame, insert your favorite photo, and give it as a personalized memento. Turn favorite photos or vacation souvenirs into personalized wall art or a scrap book. If there is an activity you both enjoy doing together give something that commemorates or celebrates that occasion.
Local florists and grocery stores have a variety of house plants that make great inexpensive Christmas gift ideas. This can also be a good choice if you can attach some sentimental value to it. For example, flowers from grandma’s garden that have been in your family for generations, or a plant native to a favorite vacation spot serve as heartfelt presents perfect for the holiday season.
iTunes Gift Card or Other Digital Download
iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox Live, and other online gaming and entertainment companies sell gift cards to pay for downloads. Downloads are usually cheaper than their physical counterparts, so a gift card in a small denomination can actually make for a fun present for the gamers and digitally savvy people in your life.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Usually a more expensive ornament is less expensive than other typical types of gifts, especially if you choose to make a DIY ornament. There are lots of craft shows during the holiday season and buying something handmade from a local artist makes the present little more unique.
If you can do homemade it’s a nice touch, but not necessary. If you don’t have great cooking or baking skills, try something like hot cocoa mix, soup mix, or some kind of baking mix you could put in a jar with instructions. Many people entertain during the holidays, so even if they decide not to eat it themselves, they can share with friends and family.
Gift giving at the holidays doesn’t have to leave you broke. The key to good inexpensive Christmas gift ideas is to make them meaningful!