Now and days, there are many people who are exchanging gifts on a budget during the holiday season. Sticking to a budget while coming up with gifts for your family and friends is not as difficult as it may sound. There are a few ways to exchange Christmas presents without going broke. This can range from homemade gifts, such as cookies or jewelry, to picking out a Secret Santa!
You can get together with your family and friends to plan out exchanging on a budget, since there is always a chance they may need to stick to a budget as well. If you are the only person who is sticking to a budget, then you can still hand out gifts without draining your bank account.
Here are a few ideas and tips for exchanging gifts on a budget this Christmas and holiday season.
Baking or Cooking.
There is nothing wrong with handing out food for Christmas! If you know someone’s favorite dish or recipe, you can make it for them! This can include Christmas cookies, cakes, candies, pie, bread and more! It does not have to be limited to sweets either! They may have a favorite side dish or healthy dish they enjoy. If they have a favorite dish they do not get to eat often, then this can make a great gift! Do you cook often? If so and they have a favorite recipe of yours, cook it for them! If they enjoy cooking, you can add include a few of the ingredients and the recipe for them to make the food as well!
Budgeting With Inexpensive Gifts.
Plan a budget for each person and stick with it, and keep the budget realistic. If you are shopping for ten people, then you do not need a budget of fifty dollars per person, as that would be five-hundred dollars in total! Even if your budget is five to ten dollars per person, you can find nice gifts at stores such as Five Below, Wal-Mart, and Target. Do not stress yourself out trying to keep the same budget for everyone, as you are not obligated to tell anyone how much you have spent on each person.
Make A Gift Basket.
If you know of someone who likes a particular interest, then make them a gift basket! You can buy the baskets and tissue paper at stores such as The Dollar Tree. You can find inexpensive items to place in each basket. Stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Five Below, The Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar carry nice items for very low prices. This way you can include a few items in the baskets without going broke! For example, if someone loves cats, then you can include a cat stuffed animal, calendar, notebook, pencils, and even a t-shirt or other type of apparel in the gift basket. These items can be found at the stores mentioned for reasonable prices.
You can also give out handmade gifts for Christmas this year. Many people who enjoy receiving handmade gifts because they are more personal. There are many handmade gifts you can create and hand out. Handmade gifts include jewelry, apparel (such as winter hats and scarves), scrapbooks, photo albums and baby books, photos placed in nice frames (which you can buy at the Dollar Tree for a dollar), you can print out photos of specific events or memories, and more. With the help of an adult (depending on the gift), children can create homemade cards, picture frames, coupon books, and even ceramic handprints.
If there is a group of family or friends exchanging presents on a tight budget, you could always do the traditional “Secret Santa”. Everyone can put their names and a few interest on a folded up piece of paper and in a hat. Then everyone draws a name (not their own of course) and does not tell anyone else who they got. They are to shop for that person. You can set a budget of no more than ten dollars to keep things inexpensive, or let everyone come up with their own budget. They can still choose to shop for their immediate family or spouses, but out of the group that has participated in the Secret Santa, they will only shop for the person whose name they have drawn.
As you can see, there are a few ideas to choose from when who are exchanging gifts on a budget. You can even mix it them up a little, such as making a gift basket for your Secret Santa or handing out gift baskets of baked food and homemade items. Whatever gifts you choose to give this Christmas season, your loved ones are sure to love it! Remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the amount you spend on someone! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!