Christmas gifts on a budget? Need some ideas!

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Everyone loves cookies!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Honestly I’d rather someone just tell me money was tight. I wouldn’t expect anything anyway and I’d be happy to skip the gift exchange. I hate dust collectors, presents I will never use, and things people make. I just don’t have room in my house for it and it would likely end up in the garbage if none of my siblings wanted it. Unless it’s one of my nieces or nephews, I don’t want anyone making me stuff. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m going through this same issue right now! One thing we did was go down to a few ethnic markets (we live in NYC) and pick up some cheap but nice oils, vinegars, spices, etc. Not too expensive, but a cool gift for anyone who likes cooking/food!

Also, I’ve found some nice but inexpensive sterling silver jewelry on Etsy for the ladies on our gift list.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m sure pinterest has a TON of DIY ideas – it depends on what people like!  You could do homemade wreaths, photo presents, baked goods, art for the walls – there are a ton!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99: well, aren’t you a peach? i’ve never met anyone who hates handmade gifts. you’re the first.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@DuckEBee:  Homemade kahlua is fairly easy/inexpensive and turns out awesome! Same with apple butter/pumpkin butter, doing hot cocoa or cookie kits in mason jars 🙂 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@colorofmyheart:  I guess the only examples I can think of I wouldn’t want. Cookies or other junk food? Pass. Crafts that I will feel obligated to display? No, thanks. Dust collectors? Not allowed in my house. Jewellery? Don’t wear it. Maybe I’m missing something but I would rather get nothing than any of that. 

ETA: I see you edited your comment to make it rude. I guess peach is supposed to be some kind of insult. I’m honest and I’d rather people not waste their money, especially if they are in a bad spot and need it more than I do. You’re a peach, too 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  well then.

OP, i also suggest browsing pinterest. i’ve found loads of ideas for homemade presents and food gifts on there. i, for one, appreciate handmade gifts more than store bought one.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Double post after some weirdness with editing!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@DuckEBee:  Wine basket! A nice bottle, some cheese, and crackers. Yummy. The cheese and crackers might be a bit much for the budget, though, but wine/liquor is always fun. You can buy by the case to get discounts, which is nice. 

I also love HotnHollerin‘s idea of the mason jar goodies.

ETA: By “nice” I didn’t mean “pricey” necessarily. There are plenty of yummy yet inexpensive wines out there!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I think your comments here are a bit mean-spirited. Clearly the OP wants gift ideas. She didn’t ask, “Should I buy/make inexpensive gifts, or not?” She asked for ideas. So basically crapping on all of the inexpensive gifts you can think of and saying you wouldn’t like them isn’t really helpful.

And honestly, as someone on a budget, it makes me feel bad to think that my family members will be saying to themselves, “Wow, I wish that couple hadn’t wasted their money on this junk.” So I can’t speak of the OP, of course, but to me, at least, your comments are extremely disheartening. I’m actually on the verge of tears, to be hoenst.

It’s really hard to be on a budget. It’s embarrassing to be an adult and to have to tell family and friends that you don’t want to do a gift exchange. Trying to figure out something that people would like that is affordable to you is really difficult, so comments like yours kind of make it worse.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

A basket with scented candle, bath salts, bubble bath stuffed with some tissue paper. Would be like $10. The pre-made ones can be like $30. Could add a bottle of wine, if you want.

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