Cheap Gifts for a Big Group

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Holidays and other celebrations bring fun and excitement, but they can also deliver a hefty price tag. Whether it's friends, family or coworkers, the cost of buying gifts for large groups adds up quickly. You don't have empty your wallet, however, to offer a meaningful present to every person on your list.

Food

  • Because it offers so many options, food can serve as a wonderful gift for a large group. You can give something homemade or buy an item in bulk at the grocery store. Homemade treats such as cookies and brownies, for instance, will please a crowd and cost little in the way of ingredients. You can also make muffins, granola, jams, truffles, soup mixes or any other variety of goods. Add a handwritten label or tag to personalize the gift for each person.

Homemade Spa Products

  • You can craft bath oils, body scrubs and other spa items at home with only a few ingredients. Body scrubs, for example, generally require only sea salt or brown sugar and an essential oil such as lavender or eucalyptus. You can make a large batch and divide the product into jars. Bath bombs, bubble bath and dissolving bath salts also make great gifts, as do homemade lotions and soaps. You can give one individual gift to each recipient or include several sample-size versions of each product you make. However, do not give scented spa goods to those with allergies or other sinus problems.

Gift Bags

  • If you would rather buy presents, put together treat bags appropriate for the occasion. Buy a package of small cellophane bags and fill them with candy, bookmarks, pens or any other small gift that befits the recipients. You might include balloons and crayons for children or stress relievers and key chains for coworkers. Discount warehouses and dollar stores offer plenty of options to buy products in bulk, which generally costs less than buying smaller quantities. You can buy large bags of candy, for example, and divide them among the treat bags.

Cards and Certificates

  • Instead of traditional gifts, offer a thoughtful card with a handwritten note to each person in the group. You can either buy or make the card, but spend an appropriate amount of time writing a personal note. Do not simply write a generic message in every card. Gift certificates can also serve as inexpensive gifts. Most businesses, whether a small local store or a national chain, offer gift certificates. Some sell certificates in denominations as low as $5. You can also make your own. Give each person a certificate for a service you are willing to offer. You can include baby-sitting, cleaning, running errands or any other service the recipients would appreciate.

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