Christmas Present Ideas on a Tight Budget


You can give loved ones Christmas gifts they will enjoy without spending a lot of money. Christmas is often stressful because of the pressure to find the right gifts for friends and family even when money is tight. Fortunately, the most thoughtful and meaningful gifts often cost little and come from the heart. A memorable gift requires craftiness and an understanding of the recipient's tastes, not a maxed-out credit card.

Christmas Tree Bookmark

  • Create a Christmas tree bookmark that will be appreciated and enjoyed long after the holidays are over. Trace one Christmas tree over a piece of heavy card stock and another, smaller Christmas tree over a piece of wrapping paper. Cut out both trees with a utility knife and then glue the top half of the smaller tree onto the larger card stock tree, which allows the two Christmas trees to slip between pages and serve as a bookmark.

Write a Letter

  • Another thoughtful gift is a letter explaining how important she is in your life. Recount a memorable event such as a concert you attended together or an occasion where she gave you advice that helped guide your decision-making process.

Christmas Goody Bag

  • Exercise your design skills and craftiness by making a Christmas goody bag full of holiday treats that he will enjoy. Make your goody bag out of brightly colored red and green paper and decorate it with handwritten messages and drawings. Tie the bag closed with festive-looking ribbons after filling the bag with small gifts like candy canes and handwritten notes.

Stop the Junk Mail

  • Unsolicited catalogs annoy us by clogging our mailboxes and cluttering our environment. Most of us would be happy never to receive another one. Tell your friend beforehand that you are signing her up for this service so you will know which catalogs she wants stopped and which she wants to keep receiving. Sign her up for a free stop-the-junk-mail service and set the preferences so that she will get only the catalogs she wants.

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