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Last Minute Gifts They Will Love

Updated on March 8, 2016
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Deborah has four daughters, son-in-laws, seven grandchildren and other people for whom she buys gifts. She writes about her best gift ideas

Whatever the occasion, it is smart to keep a few inexpensive gifts on hand so that you are always prepared!
Whatever the occasion, it is smart to keep a few inexpensive gifts on hand so that you are always prepared! | Source

Budget Gift Ideas for Men, Women and Kids

Have you ever been in the situation when you suddenly realize that you need cheap gifts for a special occasion, you need them quickly, and you can't afford to spend a lot of money? This article is to your rescue. Whether you need to come up with a last minute gift for a friend or relative, a man, woman or child, this article is sure to have some ideas that will rescue you from being caught short-handed.

The first thing you need to do is get in the habit of keeping a few inexpensive items handy in a cabinet or drawer. Throw in a few greeting cards from the Dollar Store so that you have greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. You may even want a couple of generic greeting cards that simply say "Congratulations," "Thinking of You" or "Thank You."

What types of items should you keep handy?

A few scented candles, a couple of bottles of wine, two or three picture frames, and a few pretty jars that can be filled with candy should be adequate to keep on hand for most occasions.

Feel free to also set aside gifts you have received that you might "re-gift." However, be sure to put a note on them with the name of the person who gave them to you, so you don't give the same gift back to them! With a few gifts set aside, no matter what the event, you will have a last-minute gift that is appropriate. If you have a favorite photo of the gift recipient, you can print a copy, pop it into one of the frames and give them a gift they are sure to cherish. If there are a lot of women in your family, watch for sales on boxed sets of jewelry that you can stockpile. Or order a supply of pretty earrings in a variety of styles from Amazon and save them on a shelf. You'll always be prepared!

Gift Giving Can Be So Easy With a Little Creativity!

For those occasions when you want to give something a little more generous than the items mentioned above, you can add a gift card that can be picked up at the local grocery store or convenience store. In just a few minutes, with almost no shopping involved, you can delight your family and friends with your charm and thoughtfulness!

If you want something a little more original, however, and you have a couple of days, here is a nice selection of many different cheap gifts that you can order and have delivered. Some places will even gift-wrap and ship the item for you, if you need to quickly send a gift to someone who lives out-of-town.

Gorgeous Faux Diamond Earrings

Cosmetic Gift Sets, Lotions, Bath Salts

Many women love cosmetic sets, bubble bath, lotions, perfumes and other similar small gifts. You do not need to spend a fortune in order to bring a smile to a woman's face! These are perfect gifts for a sister, daughter or other female relative. They might also work for a co-worker at a holiday gift exchange. These suggestions may also stimulate you to think of other other easy items you may want to get them, instead.

If you are observant, you may notice that they have a favorite product that they use. Then it will be easy to know exactly what you should get for someone in your family.

You can also keep a few of these items on hand to give as last minute gifts to friends.

Picture Frames Can Be Quickly Personalized With the Right Photo!

Picture frames are the perfect gift for a wide variety of occasions! Everyone should keep a variety of picture frames handy for gift-giving occasions ... silver frames for weddings, baby frames for new moms and grandmothers, or cute frames for family members.

Have more picture frames than you need? Do you often receive them as gifts? Picture frames are easy to regift and they work for either men or women ... perfect for that gift exchange at the office.

If you know who will be receiving your photo frame, you can often print out photos you have taken ... or find them on the Facebook pages of your friends. What a great surprise it will be when you hand them a frame with one of their favorite photos inside.

If you keep frames on hand, it will only take a few minutes to print out a photo and personalize the frame. They will think you have been planning this gift for weeks!

Ideas for Men

When buying a gift for anyone, you should give some thought to their personal hobbies and activities. For a guy, ask if he likes to spend time outdoors. Is he a handyman? Is he a fitness buff? Does he enjoy collectibles?

If he supports a local sports team, you can easily pick up a souvenir hat at a local convenience store whenever you need a quick gift. A trip to the hardware or sporting goods store will help you find other items. If you really can't think of anything else, give him a gift certificate. Many companies even make it possible for you to email one to the gift recipient. What can be easier and more last-minute than that?



What are your favorite cheap gifts to give and receive?

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks! There are lots of ideas here for anyone who is looking for a gift to give someone they care about ... and all the gifts are surprisingly affordable!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      All of these are great, I love candles and bath gift sets, but that baby's first year photic frame is gorgeous

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      dessertlover 3 years ago

      Great ideas here! It's getting to be that time, last minute gifts!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      These are some excellent last minute gifts.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: I am so glad that you found some gifts here that you think would be appropriate for members of your family!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      You have a lot of nice gift ideas. My daughter would appreciate the Shany makeup kit.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Jo-Jackson: Thank you! I also like to give and receive inexpensive gifts of food!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      My favorite cheap gifts are things you can eat like cookies or chocolate. You have a great selection here for all ages and occasions.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @sukkran trichy: I hope some of these budget gifts were useful to you!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      like your gift collection. nice display.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Very nice suggestions and at some great prices.