The Best Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Family and Friends

The Best Holiday Gifts Do Not Need To Be Expensive

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Does Giving Gifts Stress You?

Buying gifts for everyone on your Christmas list can get expensive. In fact, the month of December strikes terror into the hearts of many people who have fixed or limited incomes. They want to be generous, and give Christmas presents to everyone on their list, but they simply cannot afford to.

Fortunately, you can do something nice for everyone on your list and not spend a lot of money. Often elderly friends and relatives would much rather have the gift of your time and attention than any nick-knack you might be thinking of giving them. Just taking them a loaf of banana bread and spending a half hour chatting with them might be the nicest thing you could do.

In other cases, you might want to give other people a gift, but you just can't afford a lot of money. How can you come up with frugal Christmas gifts that will still bring a smile to the faces of the people you love?

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Homemade Christmas Gifts

Sometimes simple Christmas gifts can be the best. Do you love to bake or make things? Why not bake cookies, loaves of friendship bread, or make candy for your friends? Or, if cooking is not your style, buy some small holiday dishes or bowls at the dollar store or a garage sale and fill them with store-bought Christmas cookies or candies. Simply assembling the cookies and candies in a pretty way on the plate, wrapping it in plastic wrap, and topping it with a bow can create a warm, neighborly, homemade look.

If you like to knit or crochet, you can always make simple hats or scarves for your family and friends. Many art supply and craft stores will have ideas for inexpensive holiday projects that are fun to create, and everyone loves feeling that a gift was made especially for them. If a child is on your list, they often have fabric with teddy bears imprinted on it. You just need to cut out the bear, sew it together and stuff it to create a sweet, but cheap, gift.

Homemade beaded jewelry is very popular at the moment, too, and many craft stores have the supplies for you to make inexpensive Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.


Give Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments

Some of the best Christmas gifts are the ones that will cause people to think of you fondly year after year. Buy a cheap box of plain Christmas ornaments at Target or Wal-Mart, and decorate them yourself with paint pens. The decorations do not need to be elaborate. You can even just write the name of a friend on the ornament, along with the year you are giving them the gift. They will cherish these tokens of your thoughtfulness for years to come!

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Kurt Adler 1.57-Inch Red/White Decorated Glass Ball Ornament set of 15

For years, we had our children paint the names of their friends and the year on colorful Christmas ornaments to give to classmates and neighborhood children. They often received similar ornaments in return and, even though they are now grown, they still cherish many of these ornaments. They became inexpensive, but valued, gifts.

 

Cheap Christmas Gifts from Garage Sales

You don’t have to purchase all your Christmas gifts new at the mall. Go shopping at estate sales, garage sales and thrift shops in your neighborhood. Shop throughout the year, and build up a nice supply of handy items to give away during the holidays. You can often find everything from china, crystal vases, toys, jewelry and clothing at a fraction of their original prices. Stock up and you will always be prepared.

Don't forget to purchase all the used items you can that have a holiday motif. Coffee mugs and holiday plates are perfect gifts when you fill them with homemade or store bought treats.


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Get an inexpensive coffee mug and give it as it is, or fill it will candy or packages of hot chocolate mix. Your friends will love it.

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The Secret to Regifting

Regifting candles, lotions and similar gifts you have received during the year is perfectly acceptable. If you receive a gift and decide that you will probably regift it to someone else, you need to do two things.

First, unwrap it and remove any personal notes, but do not open the packaging. You should give the item away looking like new. If the giver is there when you unwrap it, be sure to thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their gift. If they aren't present when you unwrap it, be sure to send them a thank you note. Just because it isn't right for you, doesn't mean you don't appreciate their thoughtfulness.

Second, the minute you receive it you should put a sticky note on it so you will remember who gave it to you. Then, when you give it away, you will not accidentally give it back to the same person, or a close associate of theirs! Have a shelf or box where you store gifts that you have purchased in advance or that you plan to regift.

Receiving gifts is fun. However, if you receive things you know you will not use, you can have just as much fun passing these items on to others whom you know will enjoy them.


Gift Certificates are Almost Always a Perfect Gift

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Amazon Gift Card - Print - Merry Christmas (Pine)

Go to Amazon and print your own Amazon gift certificate in amounts as small as .50 cents and going up to whatever amount you would like to give. You also have the option of just having a gift certificate emailed to an out-of-town friend or relative.

Gift certificates are always a perfect gift idea!

 

Charitable Gifts in Honor of Loved Ones

Another thoughtful Christmas gift is to make a donation of time or money in honor of someone else. Many charities will send a confirmation card acknowledging your gift. It doesn’t matter if it is only $5. If you make the donation to an organization that is especially important to your friend, they will be touched by your kindness.

When our daughters have been going through tough financial times, we have actually suggested that they donate time to a charity as a Christmas present to us. They only need to write in a card what they did and send it to us. It makes it possible for them to give us a gift, without spending a dime.

Draw Names for Holiday Gifts

Do you have a large family or belong to a large group of friends who exchange simple Christmas gifts? Suggest that they draw names. If they all agree, you will only have to buy one gift rather than 10 or 12. Not only will it save you money, but it will also make your life less hectic and stressful. It is almost certain that everyone will appreciate your thoughtful suggestion, because it is a great deal of work to buy gifts for everyone on a long list, even when money is not an issue.

Enjoy the holidays, and stay in your budget at the same time. With a little careful shopping and planning, you do not have to dread giving Christmas gifts to the people you love. In fact, you can look forward to it, and really take pleasure in the spirit of giving!


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SusieQ42 5 years ago

We've always purchased gifts for everyone in the family (my kids, their spouses and grandkids) but this year we're drawing names. It's too expensive to buy for everyone. I usually make my gifts but even this has gotten to be too much work and money. This year it's name drawing! Thanks, Deborah for a great read.


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iZeko 5 years ago

I think drawing names is great, especially with the economy. Nice hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

What great ideas for cutting the cost of Christmas, I too like the idea of drawing names.

Thank you Deborah for a great hub and voting up.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Deborah,

Even though we are a little away from the festive season yet this is the second Xmas hub I have read this morning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and may try out some tips for this Xmas.

Take care and here's to many more hubs to share on here.

Eiddwen.


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Kayleesnider 5 years ago from USA

Hi Deborah,

I really like your all hubs specially this one.


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rogerwaters 5 years ago from Arizona, USA

What will you present me Deborah? Thanks for this beautiful article...God bless you


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

It's that time of year, again. I have officially just made my first Christmas purchases this week. Time to think of ways to keep our gift-giving affordable!


Stacy ann mclain 4 years ago

Thanks for giving me great xmas ideas. I am so going to make personalized ornaments for my family this year. Even though I am only 12 years old. I like that idea i think i might try that thanks soooooo much for the TERRIFIC xmas ideas.


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you, Stacy, for your comments. I know that your family will love your personalized ornaments!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Well, it's that time of year again! How did that happen??? You have some good ideas here. Our family is so large now; we draw names. I bake a lot during the holidays and gift friends and neighbors with cookies or my "cake in a jar". You read my Hub on that; thanks.

Great Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Nice ideas, thanks for sharing these, Deborah, whonu.


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Mary615, I loved your idea for a "cake in a jar." It is definitely a good one to mention with this hub!


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Nice hub! We've started drawing names for gifts and it makes things much easier (and affordable too)


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I'm so glad that families are starting to find ways to save money on holiday gift-giving. Thank you for sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Nice ideas for Christmas gifts. I'm trying to get quilts done for next Christmas. Voted up.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Wow! Quilts would be a wonderful Christmas gift. I want to be on your Christmas list! I have always thought that homemade gifts of any kind are the gifts that are the best remembered.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Thought I would pin this to my Christmas board on Pinterest.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I love trying to keep to the spirit of Christmas and keeping the gifts simple, whenever I can. Thanks for pinning this to your Christmas board.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Great ideas here. The one thing I would caution is not opening gifts you plan to regift. Just opening them shouldn't cause any wear, but if the giver has put a personal note in with the gift and you give it to someone else without opening and getting that note, it could be embarrassing. It doesn't happen often, but even once can be dreadful.

Secondly, if you don't open it, how do you know what it is or that you don't want it?

Christmas is officially underway now, so I thought this would make a great article for people looking for ways to save and solutions for those people on everyone's list who already have everything. Sharing!

Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you so much, Au fait, for the wise points you made in your comments. I actually went back and edited my article to reflect your suggestions. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Agree with your change 100%! I know a lot of people are hurt if they discover someone has regifted their gift, etc.,, but when I give a gift I do it with the directions that if it isn't right for them, or useful, then feel free to pass it on. After all, someone should get some real benefit, and if my gift saves someone from having to buy a gift for someone else, then it's still a gift, yes? It's still benefitted the recipient if only by saving them time and money to find a gift for someone else.

This article has many excellent helpful suggestions for dealing with gift giving and everyone who needs some fresh ideas or some reminders of ideas they may have forgotten should read it now so they can benefit by saving time and angst for this entire holiday season!

Sharing still again because today, Black Friday, is a great day to save time, money, and worry.


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cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

A hilariously ugly Christmas sweater that you can open as a family on Christmas eve :D


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

Good ideas. I didn't know you could search Amazon using those words. I like your idea of planning ahead for regifting. Making a note of who gave it to you is a must.

I'll be sharing and pinning.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

With only 2 - 3 days before Christmas, depending on when you celebrate (we celebrate at my home Christmas Eve), some people are probably rushing around getting the last few items on their gift lists completed. This article can be a big help for people who are having trouble finding just the right gift for a price they can afford.

It's easier to look forward to Christmas and enjoy the festivities if you don't have to look forward to a financial ordeal as a result. Always stay within your means and encourage others to do the same. The best present you can give yourself may be 'no big bills to figure out how to pay after Christmas!'

Deborah-Diane, appreciate your friendship here on HP so much and I hope that you and those you love will have the happiest Christmas ever!


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you, Au fait, for your Christmas wishes. I have really enjoyed your HP friendship, too. I hope that everyone here at Hubpages has a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

These gifts are affordable, but thoughtful. Your family and friends will appreciate them, and you don't have to go into debt to get them!


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ezzly 21 months ago

As usual a wonderful hub with wonderful ideas !


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Deborah-Diane 21 months ago from Orange County, California Author

Many of these gifts will also work for other special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries!

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