(Closed) Inexpensive go-to gift ideas? (any occasion)

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Post # 3
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@oracle:  I am lazy, so I always end up with gift cards and some little trinket.

I’m interested in the answers to this question too!

Post # 4
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wine!  At least for the adults!  My Mother-In-Law really enjoys cookbooks so we’ve gone that route a few times too.


I’ve never gotten birthday gifts from aunts and uncles.  Just a card which I thought was plenty.  If you really want some sort of gift, I’d stick a $20 gift card to somewhere they like in there.

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

One of my absolute FAVORITE birthday presents ever was from a friend of mine who, at the time, was still a college student.  She and I had trained for our first marathons together, so we spent a lot of miles and countless hours encouraging, supporting, and pushing each other.


Anyway, she made a shadow box with some running stickers, photos from our training, and a few post-race photos as well.  There were running motivational quotes and other sayings in there too.  Seriously- BEST.GIFT.EVER.


Could you do something like that, where it’s maybe more personal but less expensive?  You do have a chunk of birthdays/events coming up all together in a clump so it might be unreasonable to set aside the kind of time it would take to put something like that together, but it was probably the least expensive birthday gift I had that year, but it still stands out as a favorite item even after a few years.


Post # 6
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I like to give a gourmet candy. I will order specialty chocolates from See’s. I also like to give magazine subscriptions, books or body butter sets from Costco, or luxurious wraps/scarves. Sometimes I will buy a groupon (like for a shellac manicure or dinner) and go get my nails done or grab a bite with a friend for their birthday.

Post # 7
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think events are cheaper than gifts-check out Groupon for local events nearby. I think doing something memorable with the person is worth more than the gift certificate I’d give them.

Last year for my mom’s birthday, we took her to a winery for lunch and the wine tour. It was great. This year for mother’s day we’ll be taking her to brunch and there is a local chocolate factory (Taza) that offers tours, that we’ll do afterwards.

For the nieces/nephews-take them to a matinee movie day (bring your own snacks and water). (Might just be me, but $50 per niece/nephew is a bit high, especially for their age. As PP mentioned I’ve never received gifts from aunt or uncle unless as a child at a birthday party).

Post # 8
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m also lazy and do gift cards if the person is too old for toys. My family is large, and trying to keep up with sizes and tastes that change monthly is often not feasible. I do try to ask parents or spouses for recommendations, but if that fails I keep itunes, Amazon, and Disney gift cards on hand. 

Post # 9
2749 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Wine, liquor, gourmet [whatever they’re into like coffee or chocolates], some sort of service gift card (massage, mani-pedi)…those are my immediate go-to’s mentally. Basically, I tend to give things that are consumable because 1) stuff that is meant to stay around just takes up room people may not have, 2) I don’t always know how stuff will fit on their bodies and/or with their decor, and 3) stuff they truly want is REALLY expensive and honestly inappropriate for me to purchase for them (i.e. laptop, car, bed).


ETA: For nieces/nephews, I think $25 is more than adequate. You’ll be a hero for giving straight up cash!

Post # 10
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@oracle:  How about manicures for mom and SIL? That’s closer to $30 with tip (depending on where you live). I agree with PP that $25 per kid is more than enough.

Post # 11
114 posts
Blushing bee

I like to do nice paper products, like a box of high quality “thank you” or blank cards from Crane & Co., for example. It’s usually around $30, it looks really nice and it’s useful! 

Post # 14
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How about homemade gifts? I’ve seen a lot of cute ideas on Pinterest. Some require “crafty” skills, but many don’t.

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