During these hard economic times, it can be difficult to buy Christmas gifts for all your friends and family. Thankfully, it’s possible to give a cheap gift for Christmas without seeming cheap. There are many great cheap gifts you can buy for both the adults and the kids on your list. You can also make cheap homemade Christmas gifts that will rival similar expensive gifts that you could buy.
Cheap Toys for Kids
Cheap toys don’t have to be low quality. You can get many great toys for kids for $10 or less that you could give as Christmas gifts. For best results, get to know the child’s likes and dislikes before buying him or her a gift. It also helps to know what the child already has. Also keep the child’s age in mind when buying toys as gifts. There are special, safer toys made for children ages three and under. However, older kids will probably want toys that are more challenging.
The best cheap toys for boys include toy soldiers, wooden toys, small educational toys, action figures, discounted cartridges or discs for games like LeapFrog, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii, games for PC and Mac, small LEGO sets, small toy cars, Bakugan, Transformers and collectible cards. The best cheap toys for girls include plush toys, dolls such as baby dolls, Barbie and Bratz, doll clothing, Littlest Pet Shop Pets, Zhu Zhu pets, crafting toys, jewelry making kits and fashion toys.
Homemade gift baskets make the perfect cheap Christmas gift for the grown ups on your list. All you need is a cheap wicker basket, some shredded paper and a colorful Christmas ribbon.
For the wine lover, check out some wine competition winners for the best cheap wines. The International Wine Challenge has a long list of the best cheap wines from countries all over the world. Be sure to find out ahead of time what type of wine your recipient prefers. Place the bottle of wine in a gift basket with some small packages of chocolate, cheese and pretzels.
You can also make a cheap fruit gift basket very easily. Check out your local grocery store for fruits like apples, pomegranates, pears and oranges. Round out your cheap gift basket with some small packs of crackers, mixed nuts, cheeses, chocolates, fruit dips and a jar of jam or preserves.
A cheap chocolate gift basket is also easy to make. Clip some coupons for gourmet chocolate and buy them at your local grocer’s. Add some packages of hot chocolate, chocolate cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate fudge, chocolate covered nuts and fruit, chocolate mints and more. Be sure to find out about your recipient’s favorite kind of chocolate and customize the chocolate gift basket to her preference.
Gift Certificates and Cards
If you’re struggling for ideas for what to get someone for Christmas, a gift certificate or card is the best gift you can buy. The Christmas gift certificate doesn’t have to reflect the amount you spent, either. You can purchase cheap gift certificates on sites like Restaurant.com or Groupon.com for a fraction of the gift certificate’s face value. Be sure to check for promotions before buying the Restaurant.com gift certificate. If you have a rewards credit card, you may be able to get free gift certificates which you can give away to your friends and family for Christmas. Websites such as eBay.com and Craigslist.com may also offer gift certificate and cards at a discount. There are also websites such as CertificateSwap.com CityDeals.com that allow you buy gift certificates at a discount.
For more information on this topic, read Great Christmas Presents for $10 or Less and Perfect Cheap Christmas Presents for Adults.
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