Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas this Christmas



I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Merry voices in the streets are already singing Christmas carols this early. Christian families have already put up their Christmas trees waiting to exchange gifts during their reunion. Children are now counting the days until Santa graces them presents on Christmas Eve. Much delight is felt almost everywhere – from the twinkling lights and gleeful songs in malls to the extravagant decors set up in shopping districts. Almost everybody is getting busy preparing gifts and this is just as expected this holiday season. Since Christmas is coming once again, everyone is getting prepared for the holy day of gift-giving.

Those who are well-off have started going to prime shopping places like Hong Kong just to purchase exquisite gifts for their loved ones. Workers who have received their bonuses early have already started to stack presents for Christmas. Some who have long lists must have already been lining up in popular shops for discounted items. While others who are yet to receive their salaries or bonuses still await the chance that they get to prepare for the holidays too. 

Thus, the commercialization of Christmas has indeed dictated the way we prepare gifts or presents. If not at least, this is how most of us act during the holiday seasons. However, the essence of Christmas is all about the thought of remembering our loved ones .The most cherished presents are not the expensive ones but those that come from our hearts. 

So if you are on a tight budget, you can still prepare your presents this early. Simply materialize low-cost yet brilliant ideas that would be most appreciated by your friends and relatives. To help you get by, here are some budget-friendly gift ideas for you. 

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Christmas Cards

Giving cards is the most popular among those people who are on a tight budget. It doesn't cost much and if they are sent via email, it barely costs even a cent. Plus, they are almost always handy for those who are greeting too many people during holidays. This is best given to acquaintances, colleagues and friends. It is also best given to loved ones who live across seas.

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Crafts

Many people love handcrafted items. Simple figurines embellished with laces and ribbons are popular among teens and wives, while wooden or plastic miniatures are most appreciated by youngsters and male fanatics. All you have to do is purchase low-cost base figures that can be decorated and artsy materials that you can embellish on them. You can also have fun by personalizing them with unique features that your recipients would most likely prefer.

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Drawings

If you have the talent in arts, you can give your friends or family members drawn portraits as presents. This gift idea is brilliant since you can personalize it to suit your recipient’s personality. For instance, you may do comic-style cartooning for those who love funny sentiments, and abstract renderings for those who love paintings. Also, it does not cost a lot since all you need to purchase are ready-made and budget-friendly picture frames besides drawing paper, inks or paint.

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Baked Goodies

If you love baking, this is your chance to show your loved ones how sweet you can be this Christmas. Cakes, cookies, candies and other sweet goodies are popular during the holidays. You can bake these items, pack them in simple jars, hand-made boxes or cellophane wrappers and your gift would surely look more delightful than those purchased in bakeshops.

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Photo Collections or Collage

Giving away photo collages or photo collections is one sure way of letting a person know that you cherish the moments with them. You do not need to spend thousands of bucks to do this since there are cheap photo booklets that you can use to keep all your favorite photos intact. Also, printing pictures does not cost a lot. There are even photo shops that offer discounted prices for batch printing of pictures.

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33 comments:

  1. I love getting handmade gifts. It makes me feel very special knowing that a person spent so much time and effort just to make me feel happy.

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  2. It's the thought that counts and most of this gives requires effort so it would be more meaningful gifts.

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  3. Handmade gifts are filled with love and are more sentimental. And lighter pa sa budget. ^_^

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  4. I love to receive handcrafted items. That's why I would take time to make some of it and give them to my friends.

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  5. Christmas and other ocCassions, holiday seasons has been commercialized for a long time now but we still we do our best to celebrate it. Christmas is not complete without gift giving and we do it for especially for the kids,So no matter how tight our budget are, we find time to give them something and find ways to get good deals, big discount or a DIY gift. After all, IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.

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  7. you're giving me a nice idea... hmmm maybe. i'll go with baked goodies. ;)

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  8. Times like this budgeting and being resourceful or creative could make a big difference. Nice gift comes from the heart.

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  9. great ideas dear! bakes goods and xmas cards is a must this xmas! love it! xx

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  10. Fantastic ideas! My favorite is the photo collections or collage! I will surely utilize that! Thanks for sharing! ^◡^

    Fashionmoto

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  11. great ideas. thanks for sharing. now im wishing that i have a creative bone in my body.

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  12. I enjoy baking, and so that's usually my gift of choice for my colleagues, clients, etc. I splurge on my parents, siblings and their families! :)

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  13. I would love to make handcrafted items as gifts, but I do hope I am good at sewing and stuff like that.

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  14. Handcrafted items suit me. But as the old adage says 'The thought counts' . No matter what type of gift you send or receive, if it is givien with LOVE... that's it.

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  15. I usually send out Christmas cards. I like seeing the reactions; ranging from pleasantly surprised to real happiness. I find that simple tokens of remembrances like cards make for meaningful gifts because writing/creating one takes personal time and effort. Not the kind that just comes off the shelf!

    I like the photo collage idea! Very good post :)

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  16. Great idea is the photo collage. It will remind someone of good memories thru the photos.

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  17. personalized items are one of the most endearing gifts that u could ever received.. its not the price that matters, just the thought of being remembered is enough to feel the spirit of Christmas.

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  18. great gift ideas, i love the photo collage
    thanks for sharing

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  19. Nice Christmas gift ideas and I love DIYs. Thank you for sharing.

    Mommy Maye
    www.momaye.com

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  20. Nice ideas! any DIY gifts are much more appreciated than those pre-made/machine made ones.

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  21. great suggestions! i might have one of these ideas... thanks for sharing

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  22. Good tips. I am also leaning towards finding memorable gifts versus common items you can find everywhere.

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  23. Great ideas. I also prefer giving gifts that are unique and with my personal touch. I think this kind of gifts will be more appreciated! :)

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  24. Nice! Thanks for the tips and the links. They're very helpful. :)

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  25. I like the photo collage gift idea. It shows much thought and feelings on the part of the giver.

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  26. I've given some of my friends photo collages of our group's activity in the past and it was really well appreciated.

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  27. i love receiving personalized gifts and making them too. Last year I gave out to my girl friends assorted chocolates then tossed in some lip gloss and nail polish wrapped them in a cute red wrapper with green and gold ribbons. =)

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  28. these are lovely giveaway ideas... perfect this Christmas season, especially when in a tight budget. thanks. Yahweh bless.

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  29. these are great! I must make it a point to start DIY gifting, even with a few people first. :)It's a lot of work but that makes it more meaningful as well.

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  30. These are all great ideas — personalized, DIY items are really thoughtful. :D I wish I had the time to make them this Christmas though, haha! :)

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  31. Handmade Christmas cards may be a handful task but I really prefer to receive this kind of gift.

    Rochelle

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