Happy Monday, friends!
I’m really excited to share today’s post as I’ve been getting very into the Christmas spirit. In my effort to stay organized this Christmas, I thought I’d share some of the gift ideas I’ve been working on for family & friends.
I definitely don’t have a huge budget for gifts, though. I don’t believe that gifts have to be expensive or elaborate to be awesome. In fact, most my gifts are really cheap. It is a good idea to start budgeting for Christmas gifts early though, if you can, and software like http://www.quicken.com ca
Check out what I’ll be giving people this season and some budget-friendly gift ideas you can easily do yourself!
1. Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub
Now before you roll your eyes at “homemade,” let me tell you how easy this is for a pretty high wow factor. All you need to make this scrub is sugar, peppermint oil or extract, coconut oil & a container. Done!
I made about 8 of these for various friends and family members this year and I love how they turned out. I used this scrub “recipe.”
I also think this is something that’s really useful too. My skin is always dry this time of year. This is such a nourishing scrub because it scrubs but leaves skin so smooth and moisturized from the coconut oil. I’m sure any woman would love that!
Total cost: I spent a chunk of money to make these since it made 8 gifts total. For one scrub, I would estimate the cost would be about $18-20 depending on where you get supplies. The cost breaks down much cheaper when you make them in bulk though!
2. Daily Devotional
With the coming new year, I can’t think of a better way to start out than with a fresh devotional to add to prayer or quiet time.
The gift-receiver not a spiritual person? I think that’s okay, as most of these devotionals are very simple and offer practical advice that isn’t too Bible-thumping crazy. And what a better way to spread the gospel than to give it!
Total Cost: $12-$15 off Amazon
Unless your gift receiver has allergies or is sensitive to scents, pretty much everyone is eligible to receive a candle these days. I think it’s a great way to say, relax and enjoy the joy of the season.
Here are two of my favorite scents this year.
Twisted Peppermint by Bath & Body Works is always on my list of favorites – very refreshing. Magical Frosted Forrest by Yankee Candle sounds ridiculous but basically smells like a crisp fir-tree – I love it!
Total Cost: $11 and $10, each.
4. Mini Gift Basket
I made two of these baskets for my two closest co-workers this year as a little something. I love making mini gift baskets because they look so fun but don’t take much money to fill up with fun goodies.
This one is clearly peppermint themed! In the basket (found at Target dollar bin) is a pair of snow man socks, hand sanitizer, hand cream, chap stick, a snack bar, and a few chocolates on the bottom. So easy!
Total Cost: $10
Another useful gift that anyone can use!
The only caveat about this one is if someone (like me!) is very organizational, a planner type of person, or picky – they might want to pick this out themselves. But I think most gift receivers would be happy to get this to start the new year organized.
Total Cost: $10 at Target
And there you have it – 5 gifts you can get just about anywhere – all within a very reasonable budget!
Questions for You:
- What are your budget-friendly gifts this year?
- Do you like buying or creating gifts more?