Post # 1
I just bought a house and money is REALLY tight…his whole family, mom and stepdad, dad and stepmom, brother, sister and brothers gf are all getting me gifts…and i feel REALLY bad that i cannot afford almost anything right now…i am not a very crafty person so i doubt i can make anything….should i just forego gifts and hope they understand? And if i should get them something PLEASE help with any ideas as to what to get them…each gift could be no more than $20. I also have 3 brothers and my mom and dad…so any ideas for them would be appreciated also!
Post # 3
Make hot cocoa mix! Place it in a cute little Christmas mug and voila! That’s what I’m hoping to do for my aunts and uncles and grandmother. Here’s the recipe I’m going to use if I go through with it, but there are others if you just look online.
Congrats on the house by the way!!
Post # 4
There are LOTS of things that are less than 20$! Try Big Lots, Overstock.com, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Target! It’ll be a challenge, but it might be FUN!
Post # 5
Congrats on getting a house! Our budget is $25 each person excluding parents and his family there are 15 of us! You can definitely get some great gifts for cheap. Try DVD’s, cd’s, a cute top or scarf for the girls, etc. A gift is a gift and it doesnt need to be an excessive price to mean something 🙂
PS., if any of the people you are buying gifts for like magazines, you can get some GREAT magazine subscriptions for $10 each – Racheal Ray, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart, etc.
Post # 6
Check out stores like Home Goods, Christmas Tree Store, Big Lots, AmaZing Savings etc. They usually have great brand name stuff for a lot less. I bought my mom a Martha Stewart dutch oven at the Christmas tree store for 80% less than it is at Macy’s. I’d def. look online too – places like Overstock.com and check out realsimple.com they’ve had some great ideas lately.
I STINK at DIY but there are some small things I can pull off – what about baking? Michael’s has chocolate molds, you can melt some chocolate, pour it into the molds & give homemade chocolate candy with a nice bottle of wine? I haven’t done it yet but I want to try making Mrs. Cookie’s Soy Candles – here’s the link (http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/05/20/how-to-make-a-soy-candle/)
Post # 7
Do you have any airmiles or any other point cards – this year I am using my airmiles to buy everyone on my list a movie night out and it is not going to cost me a penny.
We are really tight on money right now and I was worried I would not be able to do anything for gifts but I am soooo happy that I thought of this idea and everyone on my list loves movies so I love that I am giving everyone a great night out!
Post # 8
@ Joeyswife: Love the hot cocoa idea!!!
A book, magazine subscription, calendar, framed photo of you and your FI, their favorite DVD, there are tons of options!
Don’t worry about your budget, it’s the thought that counts anyway! Creative and personal gifts mean the most to me.
Post # 9
DIYing gifts can sometimes be way cheaper- and better- than buying. Since I am tight on cash I am planning on making gift baskets for everyone I work with- getting wine that is good quality but on sale and maybe a couple other goodies (chocolates or crackers/cheese/summer sausage) and making gift baskets that way.
The hot cocoa mix idea is good too, or even just get some cheap tins (I stocked up at target when they were in the dollar section) and making some homemade cookies or fudge- it’s the thought that counts!
Post # 11
Wow! These are great ladies…the hot cocoa is awesome! I also just thought about getting a mag subscription for his bro! Great ideas…keep em coming! Thanks so much!
@Future Mrs.Martin no i dont have any points 🙁 I def need to look into a credit card that does give points!
Post # 12
I was just at Sephora, and it looks like they have some really cute and fairly good gift bundles for good prices- they have a whole section under $25. What I did was I bought two of my friends gift bundles for about $22 each, but I’m gonna hang onto the reciept and see if I can’t find some equally cute products at target or somewhere cheaper and just toss them into a basket, then I could return the others and get my money back.
I always comparison shop- it pays off big, sometimes!
Post # 13
I am soooooooo broke because of the wedding this year, so I had to get creative on some gifts. I decided I’m going to make “ice cream kids.” I’m going to make 3 toppings…raspberry sauce, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce. With the exception of the frozen raspberries and heavy whipping cream, I have all the ingredients in my cupboard, so it should be super cheap to make. I’m also going to buy a box of those waffle cone bowls and make it look like a cute gift basket.
Post # 14
Ice cream kits…that’s cute! Do you have any sprinkles or marachino cherries? If you wanted to add a little extra touch those would be cute, but probably not necessary.
Also, I went to starbucks this morning and was really guilt-tripping myself about it, since I need to save money. However, I was talking to one of the employees and he said that at all starbucks stores tomorrow (not sure if this is all over US or regional) the Starbucks Christmas Blend beans will be $5 off! I always get some for my mom, so now I know when to buy and the trip to starbucks more than paid for itself 🙂
Post # 15
Definitely check the online sales. Places like gap, and old navy have their “Under 10, Under $20, Under $30” type sales. (Look online for coupons for any store!)
Magazine subscriptions are a great gift. What about a dvd or video game? Books are also great cheap-ish gifts!
We’re really tight on money this year too, so I’m gleaning great ideas from this thread as well 🙂
Post # 16
@ Miss Burgundy…yep…I forgot to mention I’m going to add sprinkles in there too. I just found the cutest glass thingies to put everything in…so, hopefully all the sauces turn out yummy!