Thoughtful Inexpensive gift ideas for Christmas

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Pinkypez:  Congrats on upcoming baby! How about homemade baked goods? Cookies, shortbread, brownies, fudge etc- packaged nicely in cello wrap with ribbon or in a tin make a lovely gift!

Post # 4
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@little_d:  +1 for baked goods

To OP, I don’t work so my gifts usually include jewelry, cutsom ornaments (polymer clay), and I’m doing a felt/needlepoint stocking for my husband this year (I just started, but I’ll post pics when it’s done)

Post # 5
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Pinkypez:  Congrats on the pregnancy!! I would search black friday adds (because a lot of those deals are online too even if you don’t go out) to get some ideas. I also like the idea of homemade gifts based on whats going on in that persons life. For instance FSIL and FBIL are moving to a new house so I made a picture collage of images of their old house in different mediums (like sketch and different filters and such through photoshop) to look like an art piece of their old house to hang in their new house. For my sister, she is moving in for the first time with a boyfriend so I am getting them a personalized ornament (for 10 bucks!) that says “our first place” and their apartment number and names. I would look at what each person has going on exciting and see if you can make that a thing and if not look at the adds and see what you can come up with! 

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t know how you feel about giftcards, but I loooove indulgent gift cards, Starbucks, Timies, Body Shop, BBW, Deluca’s. I normally avoid those places because do I really need to spend this money on those things? No, but if someone else wants to give me the money ….. I’m thrilled!

Putting any hobbies or skills to use. If you knit infinity scarves are sooo easy or just nice long winter scarfs/blankets. Quilts or pillows if you’re a sewer. If you’re goot at photograpy or art any kind of framed work.

Baking of course (extra points if it’s fudge), hot chocolate mix, brownie mix….

Anything that can be given to a couple for date night. A nice bottle of wine/liquor if they’re drinkers.


Post # 7
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our default is usually ornaments that have some sort of meaning to the person. We usually buy Hallmark but it can really be anything. My mom’s favorite movie EVER is Wizard of Oz so she always gets a special one of those, my BIL gets Christmas Story ones, etc. If you can find someone who has a favorite, movie or interest it’s a nice gift. I grew up with a hallmark ornament decorated tree and my mom can tell you exatly what year who got what ornament. They are special and remembered every Christmas they are hung.

Post # 8
397 posts
Helper bee


That’s a great idea…I’m actually doing that for all my aunts and uncles this year because I have a million.

Post # 9
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Sounds like a lot of us are baker bees out there! A super easy, inexpensive fudge is 1 tin condensed milk, 1 bag semisweet Choco chips- melt in microwave then stir in some mint extract/essence… Very festive tasting and inexpensive! let it harden in parchment-lined 8×8 dish and sprinkle with crushed candy cane:)


Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Food is always the answer!

I have never received cookies or brownies and been disappointed.

Except for one a friend packaged home-made fudge with home-made soap, and the fudge tasted like soap. Then I was heartbroken.

Post # 11
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Pinkypez As my family has grown over the years, and money always seems to be dwindling, we chose to start picking names out of a hat on Thanksgiving and only getting that person a gift.  Now, rather than spending $15-20 or more per person for say 10-20 people, we gave a $50-75 limit for one person.  

I’m also all about homemade stuff!  One year I went berry picking over the summer and made jams for people.  They last for up to a year…  You could also do big batches of fudge, cookies, caramels and wrap them up in cute little bags- super cheap ingredients!

I also love giving “experiences” rather than physical gifts… movie tix, coffee shop/restaurant giftcards, cooking or art classes.  Look on Groupon or – sometimes they have deals for things like this too at a good rate!

I’m not pregnant (congrats btw!), but I wouldn’t go out on black friday for deals!  Too much stress 😀

Post # 12
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Pinkypez:  I think ornaments are a nice gift that can be fairly inexpensive.

Post # 13
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@Pinkypez:  I’m defaulting to groupon and living social this year. I figure for souples I’ll buy them wine tasting trips and massage packages. How could you go wrong with alcohol and relaxation…


The girls that like make-up and the likes I just purchased a few of the brushes,lipsticks and packages. I’m just stuck on the babies in the family!


Edit: I’m not sure what your budget is or how many people you have on your list…but this may work. We’re pinching pennies but as you know that means different things to everyone. Hope this helps!


Post # 14
22122 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I personally love ornaments as inexpensive and thoughtful gifts. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Post # 15
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I did baked goods last year and will do the same this year.  I stopped shopping for a lot of people because it got too expensive.  So for like hubby’s aunt or my friend and her hubby, I make almond clusters or cookies, wrap them up nicely and put a nice bow or ribbon on them.

Post # 16
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I agree with PPs who said baked goods! Yumm (: Can’t go wrong with that!

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