It’s only too easy to feel pressurised into buying Christmas gifts. Nobody wants to be seen as a meanie. But what do you do when you are short of cash? Christmas is such an expensive time that many of us have to prioritise nearest and dearest and cut back on gifts to all and sundry. This can be a stressful time because you’re trying to figure out how to afford all of these gifts while paying bills and keeping food on the table. Read on for ideas for some great budget Christmas gifts.
You don’t have to show up empty-handed or suffer embarrassment from not being able to afford a decent gift for someone. There are many options for inexpensive Christmas gifts on even the tightest budget.
If you have a favourite recipe for desserts, you might want to create a wonderful homemade gift that your recipient will love. There are tons of great recipes out there and you can present it in a cute, holiday container that won’t cost more than a few pounds.
You might make things like fudge or cookies – something they can share with their friends and family. No matter what you make, they’ll be sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into it, and it’s also very cost-effective.
For a simple and cheap version of décor, you can get someone a simple print or poster and put it in a nice looking frame that’s budget-friendly. Prints are almost always far less expensive than the original artwork, and you can get them for next to nothing.
This will always make for a great addition to a household. Just make sure you know their personal preferences for decorating and then try to find similar designs or prints in that same style.
If you’re buying for someone who always seems to have a scented candle lit, then a little aromatic diffuser can bring down the cost for them quite a bit by allowing them to get many different scents without spending a lot on a constant supply of candles.
Jewellery makes for a great gift, but it’s pretty pricey when you get down to it. With readily available jewellery making kits online, you can make your own jewellery for a fraction of the cost, and you’ll be adding a personal flair to it.
Finally, nothing can replace a fine book. It doesn’t have to be a rare copy or a first edition print, but a nice looking hardback of a classic can become a great addition to their bookshelf and give them a nice read that can entertain them for hours on end, all at an affordable price.
Giving gifts when you’re on a budget doesn’t have to be stressful for you. First, consider the interests of the person you’re buying for. Then think of all of the accessories and items they use on a regular basis. Look for budget-friendly options that align with that and they’ll be grateful for the gift, regardless of the expense.
What are your favourite budget Christmas gifts?