Best Things to Give for Gifts on a Budget

christmas-sack-964342_1280When the holidays are just around the corner, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with purchasing gifts for everyone. Even just buying gifts for a few people can quickly become expensive, especially if you don’t have a large budget to work with. The holidays are rough on budgets for many families, but it’s possible to give memorable gifts no matter what your money situation is like. Sometimes the best gifts given are the ones that you put the most thought into, not money.

Discount Gift Cards

Gift cards make a great present for just about any occasion because it allows the person receiving the gift to use it however they please. There are a variety of ways you can find discounted cards, helping you save money. If you decide to purchase a gift card for a loved one, make sure it’s a store you know they shop at frequently. Target gift cards are popular because many people shop at Target and there are so many different types of items to buy there. Grocery store gift cards also can make someone’s day because everyone buys groceries and gift cards can help them save money at the grocery store.

Baked Goods

Just about any type of baked good makes a great gift to give someone. You can get creative as you want with your baked good gift, or you can stick to whatever you are most comfortable making. You can decorate the container you put the sweets in to make it festive for whatever occasion it is. For the holidays, some popular baked goods to give as gifts include chocolate bark or peppermint bark, cakes, cookies, pies, candies, and bread.

Handmade Gifts

If you’re extra crafty, you can use that to your advantage and give completely unique and personal gifts. Knitting someone a blanket or a new winter hat, painting a picture, creating a photo book, or writing a song or poem about them are all things they’ll treasure more than anything you can ever buy at a store. Handmade gifts mean you took the time to create something especially for them because you knew they’d love it. You don’t even have to be a crafty person to make cool handmade gifts for your family and friends. You can make easy items such as monogrammed mugs, a wreath made out of tea bags for tea lovers, personalized journals, canvas portrait, or a calendar filled with your favorite photos.

Personalized Gift Basket

A personalized gift basket can be full of any kind of items you know the person will enjoy, giving them something unique. Coffee lovers can enjoy a basket filled with new coffee mugs, different samples of coffee they may enjoy, and sweet treats to enjoy with their morning brew. Gift baskets can also be full of cosmetics, lotions, bath bombs, and body washes for just about anyone, or you can make a basket filled with small toys and snacks for the children in your life.


Books make a great gift because they’re inexpensive and meaningful. You don’t have to go out and purchase something from the best-seller’s list; instead, you can visit a thrift store and look for a gently used book that you know someone would really like, either because it’s from their favorite author, or because it’s an older edition of one of their favorite books.

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with your friends and family and help spread joy into the lives of others. It’s easy to become anxious over the amount of money you spend on gifts, but try to think of ways to give great gifts without spending too much.

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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of

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