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Finding Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas

Updated on August 14, 2011

Christmas presents don't need to be expensive to be special.

When you're trying to plan a frugal Christmas, finding cheap Christmas gift ideas is very important. Luckily, with a little advance planning, it's possible to have a great Christmas without going into debt.

A handmade bookmark with a bargain priced book makes for a thoughtful Christmas gift.
A handmade bookmark with a bargain priced book makes for a thoughtful Christmas gift. | Source

Give Handmade Gifts

Knitted hats, crocheted blankets, beaded bracelets, personalized scrapbooks, or handmade candles make very special Christmas gifts. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, a plate of cookies and a collection of your favorite recipes is a good idea to consider as well.

My hub 10 Budget-Friendly Handmade Gift Ideas has several suggestions for projects you can make even if you're not a particularly "crafty" sort of person.

Encourage Kids to Be Creative

Encourage creativity by giving children crayons, markers, stickers, coloring books, and sketch pads purchased from your local dollar store. These items can also be purchased very cheaply during the "back to school" sales in July and August if you remember to plan ahead.

Offer Your Time and Talent

Offer up a service, such as free housecleaning, lawn mowing, or car washing. This is an especially good idea for senior citizens, who really don't need anymore knick knacks to dust. Just keep in mind that you need to follow through with your promise to make this a good gift.

Consider Giving a "Secondhand Rose"

Although it's commonly believed that all Christmas gifts must be purchased brand new, gently used items can be excellent presents. For example, used bookstores are a great source of Christmas presents for avid readers. Stores that sell used DVDs and video games can also be good resources for the teens on your holiday shopping list.

Look for Experiences to Share

If you normally exchange gifts with all of your friends, see if they would be willing to go to a play together or check out a new restaurant in lieu of the gift exchange. In addition to saving money, you'll have fewer people to shop for and fun memories to share!

Buy Board Games and Other "Joint" Gifts

On a similar note, it might be good to buy "joint" gifts for some of the people on your list. For example, instead of buying separate presents for your brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew, you could buy a family board game for all of them to enjoy together.

LEGO Creationary Game (3844)
LEGO Creationary Game (3844)

Creationary is easy enough for preschoolers, yet still fun for adults.



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    • Mrs. Robin Hood profile image

      Mrs. Robin Hood 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Me, too! I plan on a lot of crafty Christmas presents this year! And some hubs about them too, of course!

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      Dana Hinders 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading Mrs. Robin Hood! I am on a tight budget with most things these days, so planning early is critical to me.

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      Mrs. Robin Hood 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Great ideas! I, too, am starting to think about the holidays (I'm planning a couple of hubs on the topic!) and it's good to see other people with good thoughts on the topic