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Cheap Gift Ideas For A Broke Budget

Cheap Gift Ideas For A Broke Budget

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Are you feeling guilty about not having any extra money this Christmas? Don’t Be! You can still gift your friends and family with brilliant gifts even on a broke budget. All you need to do is put in some extra thought in. When you’re flat broke for Christmas you have to get creative. You don’t have the means to go shopping for a last minute gift.

Instead, you have to think and plan each gift carefully. Remember: It’s not about the cost of a gift, but the thought behind the gift that counts. Anyone else who tells you otherwise doesn’t have the Christmas spirit!

Here’s some ideas for gifts to give your loved ones this Christmas on a very slim budget!

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Cheap Gift Ideas For A Broke Budget

Babysitting services

Do you know friends with kids? Odds are you do and they could use a date night away from their children! (Trust me, I know). Why not offer your friends or family a free babysitting services?

You can even make a coupon to be redeemed at a late date for 3 hours of free babysitting. All you need to do later is negotiate a good time to watch their kids. As a parent, I would love it if someone would offer up some babysitting services as a Christmas gift!

DIY Ornament

DIY ornaments are easy to make and are one of the best cheap gift ideas on this list. Homemade ornaments are a thoughtful gift that many people will hang on their Christmas tree year after year. If you have never made a DIY Christmas ornament before, don’t be afraid it’s simple!

Here’s some great ornament ideas to get you started:

  • Wood slice ornament
  • Hanging jingle bells for a door or tree (with ribbons, string, and bells)
  • Your kids artwork
  • Painted wooden snow flakes
  • Pinecones dusted with glitter

For more great ideas, click here!

Framed picture

Framed pictures make a bold statement “You are in my memories!” Take a nostalgic picture of you with your bestie or a family member and display it in a frame. A thoughtful picture allows your loved one to remember a special time and place when they were most happy with you!

There are plenty of picture frames available to suite any price range!

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Holiday Treats with Recipe

I know everyone is watching their holiday weight gain carefully, but I love receiving and giving holiday treats like cookies, fudge, and more! Why? It’s not about tasting so many sweets, but the memories those holiday treats can trigger for people.

Every time I see and taste candy cane cookies I’m flooded with memories of my grandmother. I never make the cookies myself because they are time consumed, but I am thrilled to have them gifted to me!

If you love to bake and have a favorite holiday treat recipe, why not gift it to your friends and family? But the best part… Include the recipe with your favorite treat! You never know, it may be their new favorite recipe and bake your favorite holiday treats next Christmas.

Books

While not everyone is a book reader, there is a book out there for everyone. Do you know a someone who is looking for a particular book or mentioned wanting to read a special book? What about someone who trying to learn a new skill? Buy them a book and personally sign it!

Books can sometimes get expensive, but you can find quality second hand books online or at small second hand book stores.

Services (You’re good at)

Do you have a special talent like translating another language, computer coding, graphic design, or excellent resume writing skills? Offer up your special services as a Christmas present. Similar to offering babysitter services, design a coupon or card as a gift. Not only do you help your dearest friends and family, but it’s one of the best cheap gift ideas to keep costs low during the holidays.

Small houseplant

House plants liven up a living space and provide a sense of calmness. Plus, they produce oxygen which as we all know is essential for life and healthy for the brain. Why not gift someone a small house plant?!

The best thing about is gift idea is you don’t have to wrap it! Just stick or tie a bow on!

If you have a friend who doesn’t keep plants alive very well, then gift him or her succulents. They require very lit6water and they’ve in most environments.

Painting or drawing

Can you paint or draw well? Draw or paint your next masterpiece for someone special. Your friends and family will appreciate the sentiment and can enjoy it each day.

Kitchen utensils

Kitchen utensils are fairly cheap. Small kitchen items like spatulas, spoons, measuring cups and more need to be replaced after a while because it’s something you use everyday.

Kitchen utensils are one of the greatest cheap gift ideas because you can give someone multiple kitchen utensils and still come in under budget. You can find unique kitchen utensils online or shop at a Dollar Store get a bundle of items for cheap!

Amazon it

Yes, Amazon literally has everything!!! Head on over to the search bar on the Amazon website and type in some of the following cheap gift ideas:

  • Gifts for under 5 dollars
  • Gifts for under 10 dollars
  • Cheap Christmas gifts

There’s always something for everyone! The hardest part for year is finding the perfect gift for each person. But at least you will come in way under budget!

Final Thoughts

2020 hit us all hard and unfortunately we are still trying to recover in 2021. So if you’re very limited on your Christmas budget this year, please don’t feel guilty! There are many other people in the same situation.

Although its nice to give the best of everything to the people we love most for the holidays, we also need to not put ourselves in debt over it. The holidays are not about giving expensive presents but the memories we make during Christmas that matter for years to come!

So go ahead and show your friends and family your love and appreciation, while not breaking the bank with these cheap gift ideas for Christmas!

Works Cited

23+ Christmas Spending Statistics: Holiday Shopping in the US (fortunly.com)

 

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