22 Cheap Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank
Cheap Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank may feel like a difficult challenge but it doesn’t have to be. You might feel lost, unsure of how to show your appreciation for loved ones during the holidays, without scrapping your budget. Rest assured, we’ve rounded up the best cheap Christmas gifts that work for both genders and in every age group!
First, check out these best practices to help you keep your budget in check.
When it comes to cheap Christmas gifts, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- You want to stick to your budget
- You want to grab a sale
- DIY gifts are a great option
- Don’t procrastinate
Sticking to Your Budget
The holiday season can be one of the most expensive times of year. Aside from gift giving, your expenses may see a hike due to holiday events, hosting family and friends, buying holiday decor and other end of year goods, and more.
Set a budget and stick to it.
Need a hand? Take a look at these 20 free budget apps to help get your spending in line. You can manage your money with ease when you’re on the go.
Hit a sale
There will be an abundance of holiday sales, which will make your wallet happy. Take advantage. Here are some free apps that will help you catch a sale and save money:
Ibotta is a free app to help you save money shopping. There are several features built into the app like scanning your receipt for cashback, spotting sales, hidden offers, on the spot rebates and more. Bottom line, you should be using Ibotta. Here are 13 more reasons why.
Paribus helps you get money back when you miss a sale. After you buy, if the price drops, you may be eligible for after-purchase price matching. They also offer other cool perks like helping you get cashback if your Amazon order delivers late. You sign up for free, link your accounts and get to enjoy the benefits like price matching and cashback!
Ebates is a game changer. This free app gives you cashback on your purchases. Join for free, then shop from their huge list of retailer partners and get cash back on your purchase.
Try the browser extension. When you land on a retail partners website, the extension will tell you how much cashback you will get for your purchase!
Honey helps by finding coupon codes online while you’re shopping. They are like a search engine for coupon codes and Honey finds them for you instantly!
To get started, join Honey, then install their browser extension. That’s it! When you land on a website to make purchase, the extension will activate and present you with coupons available to use!
For even more savings on online shopping, check out these 18 easy to use cashback shopping apps.
DIY gifts can be so underrated. Thoughtful, homemade gifts can mean more than the alternative, expensive store-bought.
Here are some tips to keep your costs down:
- Shop supplies at the dollar store
- Use cashback or sales apps, like those shared above, to get the most savings
- Go homemade
- Offer services instead of goods, like DIY coupons for babysitting, washing the car, or cooking dinner
Need more tips?
Get crafty, have fun and make a great gift with these creative ideas:
Gift baskets are a fun way to bundle a bunch of goodies in a basket for your loved one. These are great because you can give them out as gifts year round, not just for Christmas. Need some inspiration? Here are 50 DIY gift baskets to get you started.
Homemade gifts like soaps, lotions, artwork you made, a knitted blanket or gloves are some examples you can try.
You also can’t go wrong with homemade goodies like cakes, brownies, or cookies. What a sweet way to show you care.
There are many options available for DIY gifts that are affordable.
Waiting until the last minute will hurt your budget big time. Get organized and plan. Not only will you save money but you will also benefit from peace of mind.
Now, onto 22 cheap Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank!
1.) DIY Cookie Jars
If you buy these fun cookie jars from the store, you can easily pay $15+ a piece! But, if you make them yourself, you can whittle the price down to as low as $5 each. These jars are filled with the cookie dry ingredients (not baked cookies) layered in clear mason jars. They are great to make in bulk and give out to friends, family, and coworkers.
Step 1.) Buy cheap mason jars (with lid) from your local dollar store or online
Step 2.) Break out your favorite cookie recipe and buy the ingredients. If you have a lot of jars to do or want extra supplies for baked holiday cookies, consider buying supplies in bulk
Step 3.) Layer the dry ingredients in the mason jar and attach a handwritten recipe card with the baking instructions
You don’t have to do only cookie recipes either. These DIY jars are great for pancake recipes, muffin recipes, hot chocolate, or even prepared homemade foods like jams or salsas. You’ll love these 30 Recipes for Gifts in a Jar to give you some ideas.
2.) Homemade Food
You’ll bring a smile to someones face with your batch of brownies or cupcakes you gift. This is a great cheap gift that will feel indulgent and expensive.
Some homemade favorites to try:
Dress up these gifts by attaching a homemade card or printing out a free holiday printable to attach.
3.) Homemade Self Care Products
If you are the creative type, you’ll love this next one. You can make homemade self care products to gift. Soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and lip balm are just a handful of examples.
If you’re not familiar but interested in trying this, this channel has some great video tutorials to try.
4.) Small Appliances
You might wonder why this one made the list. During the holidays, last seasons small appliances go on sale. You can snag waffle makers, toaster ovens and even coffee machines for up to 90% off.
Pick up some small appliances under $20 for your loved ones. Make it easy and buy the same gift for everyone, and if you shop online, try to buy from the same retailer to qualify for free or discounted shipping and don’t forget to use Ebates for free cashback.
5.) Kitchen Goods
These are great to scoop up at the dollar store:
- Wine stoppers
- Spoon rests
- Oven mitt sets
- Salt and pepper shakers
Kitchen goods are a great gift because they suit almost everybody.
6.) Coffee Mugs
Stay away from pricey brand name mugs from Starbucks or designers. You can pick up an affordable mug for $5-$10 in person from stores like Target or Walmart, or online via Amazon.
Add a personal touch by custom designing it! This pink flamingo mug is under $9 at Vistaprint.
7.) Electronics Accessories
Is your boss always complaining about their short charging cord for their cell phone? Or, getting tangled up in wired earbuds? You can grab electronics accessories for cell phones, computers, and tablets for under $20! These are thoughtful, useful gifts that will be appreciated. Here are some ideas:
- Long charging cable
- Wireless earbuds
- Charging cell phone case
- Wireless charging pad
This is a great idea for the busy or overwhelmed one in your life, too swamped to buy one of these for themselves.
8.) Apparel and Outerwear
This is the perfect gift for the kids in your life. Nieces, kids, godchildren, etc. Head to your local consignment store and grab tops, bottoms, and jackets for super cheap, $1 and up! Most consignment clothing is in great condition and you can even find brand new items, with tags!
Kids are growing. No need to splurge on expensive, name brand items that they will outgrow in 6 months anyway. Consignment stores are the way to shop.
Books are a quiet indulgence that everyone should experience. For the book lover in your life, get cheap books at your local thrift shop.
10.) Self Care Prepackaged Kits
Creating a DIY self care kit is fun, easy and cheap but if you’re pressed for time, you can get a great deal on a prepackaged kit. Grab these for $5+ at your local grocery store, general goods store like Walmart or dollar store. Online, it might be a tad more pricey but you might try Specs, Plow & Hearth or World Market.
- Bath kits
- Hot chocolate kits
- Manicure kits
- Art kits
- Grooming kits
Many times, these are so beautifully packaged, you don’t even have to wrap it! Money saver, time saver.
Essential oil diffusers have been the rage lately. Since the trend has leveled out, you can grab a diffuser sometimes including oils for under $20!
Check out this deal on Amazon!
If you want to get something a little different, check out the essential oil jewelry and essential oil clothing products.
12.) Office goods
For those always in the office, these office gift ideas are great options:
- Ergonomic mouse pad
- Gel mat (for your office chair to roll over smoothly)
- Keyboard cover
- Desk microphone
- Pencils holder, stapler, and supplies gift set
To get the best deal on office supplies, shop wholesale bulk stores like Bulk Office Supply.
13.) Gift Cards
You can’t go wrong with gift cards and it’s a great way to stay on budget. Handing out $10 or $20 gift cards as holiday gifts means less pressure on you, to try to find or make the perfect gift.
You can even get a discount! Here’s how:
1.) Head to a gift card exchange site
2.) Find your gift card of choice
3.) Negotiate with the seller, buy and get your gift card
You might be wondering what a gift card exchange is. Have you ever gotten a gift card that you don’t want or won’t use?
What do you do when this happens? You go to a gift card exchange to sell it!
These exchanges offer a discount on the card, so you might get a $25 gift card for $20 or a $50 gift card for $40. The sellers are pretty motivated to sell and you might even be lucky enough to negotiate the price even further!
14.) Pass Me Down (Regifted) Gifts
Save 100% with regifting! Those old wedding gifts you never opened or birthday gift card you won’t use can be regifted. Why not pass along the gift forward to someone who will appreciate it.
Other than holiday and birthday gift cards, regifting is also great for kids goods like clothes or toys that were never worn or played with.
Just a helpful tip: Make sure you don’t regift to the person who originally gifted the item to you.
More regifting rules you will want to follow.
15.) Framed Gifts
Warm the heart and gift this thoughtful framed present to someone special in your life. Just gather some favorite photos. Then, get the photo size blown up if needed, at photography stores or your pharmacy chain, like Walgreens. Lastly, frame them(not professionally, unless you don’t mind the high price tag).
You can get cheap picture frames at the dollar store or online outlet and supply shops.
16.) Marketplace Gifts
These are affordable finds you can find in gift marketplaces like Etsy or Ebay. Sellers are individuals, not big companies usually, so there’s more room to negotiate and get the best possible deal.
Plus, you’ll be supporting the small business community. Here’s a quick roundup of some marketplaces you might like:
Because a lot of marketplace gifts come from individual sellers, you might also enjoy the handmade touch that marketplace sellers offer like handwritten thank you notes, bonus freebies, and coupons for second purchase.
17.) Sports Gifts
For the sports lover in your life, affordable sports gifts are the way to go. No $50 jerseys or hats here.
Browse the sports category of Uncommon Goods to find some unique sports gifts. Make sure you set your price range, as pricing can go up quickly on some of the higher end items. Still a big selection in the under $20 range.
Find more affordable sports gifts at stores like Target or online at Amazon.
18.) Character Gifts
Character gifts are great for TV and movie enthusiasts. Think Marvel comic heroes and Warner Brothers fan gifts. These are gifts that feel expensive but don’t have to be.
Head to Amazon and search for items like bobblehead toys, action figures, themed aprons or apparel, desk accessories and more.
19.) Hobby Gifts
For those who have loved ones into hobbies, why not get them a gift to compliment their passion.
- Stamp collectors, check out Zazzle or Etsy
- Knitters, you will love this nifty gift guide just for knitters
- Golfers, fun ideas for golf enthusiasts
- Cyclists, gift ideas roundup
This is a thoughtful gift idea as it shows you support the hobby or passion of the person you are gifting.
20.) Digital Gifts
Digital gifts are gifted over the web. They aren’t tangible but can be super valuable, despite the low cost. They are growing in popularity as we move further into the digital age.
Some examples to consider:
- E-gift card
- Streaming subscription service (Hulu is offering a $0.99/month holiday sale)
- Kindle ebooks
- iTunes gifted albums
A favorite in our household are Starbucks e-gift cards. Share this Starbucks hacks resource to help the recipient get the most use out of their gift!
21.) Pet Lovers
The pet lover community is a passionate group that will love your pet-related gift. You can take this in many directions:
- Pet socks
- Pet tie
- Pet coffee mug
- Pet pillow
- Barkbox subscription
- Pet tote
- Pet jewelry
Plus more ideas right here! A lot of these gifts are under $25, which will make your budget happy.
22.) 25 under $25 List Gifts
Search the web for “under $25 gifts” and get access to pages of gift guides to give you ideas for cheap holiday presents.
Some under $25 gift examples:
- Under $25 gifts on Amazon
- Under $25 gifts that are unique
- Under $25 gifts for the outdoorsmen
- Under $25 gifts for her
- Under $25 gifts for him
- Under $25 gifts for high schoolers
- Under $25 gifts for coworkers
These gift roundup lists are huge. You should be able to find some great inspiration for your holiday gift gifting.
So you see, cheap Christmas gifts do exist! You can find thoughtful, great gifts to suit your budget, whatever it may be.
We hope this cheap Christmas gifts roundup has provided you some insight and ideas for your budget holiday shopping adventures. Do you have some ideas to add to the list? Let us know! Comment down below, we’d love to hear about it!