30 budget friendly Christmas gifts they'll love

October 16, 2014

Impress for less this year with these exciting, budget friendly Christmas gift ideas: homemade treats, fun crafts and interactive gifts are just a few of the possibilities.

30 budget friendly Christmas gifts they'll love

Christmas on a budget

Gift ideas for Christmas can feel limited when you’re on a tight budget. You wonder how you’re going to find something for everyone on your list.

Here we’ve gathered a few gift ideas you can use this holiday season to wow your friends, family and colleagues without breaking the bank.

Homemade Christmas treats

It’s simple, sweet and it doesn’t have to be fruitcake!

Homemade candies, baked goods and other food items are always a welcome gift idea. Whether you’re making a large batch of goodies to share around the office or baking your friend their favourite flavoured cupcake, homemade dishes are a hit with everyone.

Some homemade food ideas include:

  1. Cookies, brownies, candies or other foods you can make in quick batches
  2. Assorted nuts—salted, candied or spicy
  3. Chocolate dipped pretzels or marshmallows
  4. Breads and flavoured butter
  5. Ice cream toppings
  6. Jams or jellies
  7. Flavoured popcorn
  8. Jar mixes with recipes
  9. Peanut brittle
  10. Herb blends

Arts and crafts: make it unique

Are you more of an arts and crafts kind of person?

Make your Christmas gifts one-of-a-kind with a handmade item. There are easy-to-find patterns online for knitting, crocheting and sewing. Drawing, painting, wood burning and any other special skill you have can help you this Christmas. Your friends and family will love a personalized gift from you.

Some art and craft ideas you can try include:

  1. Knitted or crocheted scarves, hats or gloves
  2. Framed poems, drawings or paintings
  3. Christmas ornaments of felt, buttons, bottle caps, layered paper or other homemade items
  4. Christmas wreaths of vintage corks, vintage paper, old ornaments, rags and other homemade items
  5. Scrabble tile bracelets or necklaces
  6. Silverware keychains
  7. Tree ornaments made from old family photos
  8. Gift card wallets
  9. Bags made from old jeans or T-shirts
  10. Jar candles

Have a little fun with interactive gifts

Give a gift that gets your friends and family busy!

Mix and match items like recipes and ingredients; stylish notebooks and pens or other do-it-yourself packages. These interactive gifts can be cheap while honing in on the special hobbies of your friends and family, whether it’s gardening or scrapbooking.

Some interactive gift ideas include:

  1. Teacup with herbal tea
  2. Collage kit or craft supplies
  3. Pens and pretty stationery pack
  4. Deck of cards and card game rulebook
  5. Flower seeds or small plant with gardening gloves
  6. Homemade cookie mix with baking instructions
  7. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
  8. Nail polish kit
  9. Digital media store gift card (to rent or buy a movie) and popcorn
  10. Puzzles, brain teasers and other small games

Don’t let your tight budget get the best of you this holiday season. Try one of these creative and thoughtful gift ideas for Christmas!

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