Finding the right inexpensive Christmas gifts that still show how much you care can be tough. But this list of unique ideas makes it easy!
Remember in the Little House on the Prairie books when Laura receives the inexpensive Christmas gifts of an orange and some candy? One year she even got her very own tin cup to use!
And the year that she received her rag doll was obviously special to her.
Think about that. Do you think your kids could even tell you what they got for Christmas last year?
The season has morphed from a simple celebration to an over the top holiday. Even if you don’t long for those Little House on the Prairie style days in your home, you probably like the idea of cutting back a bit.
And you know your budget would appreciate it!
Inexpensive Christmas Gifts That Will Help You Give from the Heart
This year, don’t enter a fresh new January with a pile of debt. Here are some inexpensive Christmas ideas that make the day feel special without sending your savings into a tailspin.
Try A Gift Exchange Theme
Cut back on the need to buy something for every person in the family or group with a fun gift exchange theme! There are so many different ways to turn gift giving into a fun game.
It encourages just being together rather than focusing on how many gifts you can stack up. And it’s so much fun, no one will miss the extra
clutter Christmas presents!
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There are so many free samples out there!
Of course, not every sample will be right for gifting. There are some off the wall things that you’re better off not getting at all…or just keeping for yourself.
But make up and skincare make a great stocking stuffer for a teenager. Detergent samples are great for college kids and people learning to live on their own. And foodies will love trying the latest food samples!
My favorite place to find free samples is from Money Saving Mom.
Dollar Store Ideas
I don’t know about you, but I continue to be amazed at all the things you can find at the dollar store! A friend of mine told me that there are even better bargains in the Dollar Tree online store, so I checked it out.
Create a craft kit including things like a paint your own bank set and a sand art kit. You could also just give the an assortment of favorite crafting items like ribbons, paper, googly eyes, glitter, and more!
Refresh their kitchen. A new set of dish towels can liven up a kitchen! A set of utensils, colorful colanders, and a fresh cutting board are always nice treats for the chef of the house.
Wrap up a special care package for anyone! There are so many choices, and their website makes it easy.
Acts of Service
If you’ve read The 5 Love Languages, then you know that some people feel the most loved when others give them “acts of service.”
Remember those little coupon booklets you made back in elementary school? Mom could redeem one for weeding the garden, another one for doing the dishes, etc. Those are acts of service!
Put a grown up twist on that idea! If you have more time than money, there are plenty of ways you can give that gift. And many people will appreciate this even more than a physical gift.
- Babysitting for the couple who never gets to go on a date.
- Cleaning for the grandparents who can’t get around as easily anymore.
- Painting for the friend who just bought a house.
Think about the people in your life that you know well. What would mean the most to them? (One caveat: don’t offer to plant flower if they are an avid gardener, for instance. They probably enjoy that hobby themselves!)
With so many blogs around, there are tons of giveaways available. There’s no guarantee you’ll win, of course, but the small effort involved could pay off in a big way!
I’d never suggest you knit a sweater for the first time ever and give it away this Christmas. But there are DIY gift ideas for every level of experience!
If you already have lots of flowers growing on your property, here’s a free idea that might be the perfect gift for someone on your list!
Fall is a great time to separate your bulbs. Many flowers will shoot extra bulbs. Why not put them in a pretty bag and share them as a gift?
This also works for perinneal plants such as berry bushes or asparagus which tend to send up extra shoots.
You could even start some seeds in a small pot for a pretty kitchen window bloom!
Use these inexpensive Christmas gifts for a special present that won’t leave you with a debt hangover!
Don’t worry, I have a ton of ideas to help you round out that gift list!
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What’s your favorite inexpensive Christmas gift idea?