The holiday’s are nearly upon us and you’ve just realized that you have more names than your budget allows for. Here are a few great ways to stretch that holiday budget and make sure that everyone on your gift list gets something special.
Look around your home and find every basket you can find. You may also find them at local thrift stores, yard sales, garage sales and dollar stores.
After you’ve collected your baskets go through your list and pick out all the girls and women ages 12 and up. Thinking of each person, what are their favorite things? Consider things such as nail polish, bubble baths, make up etc. Now head to your nearest dollar store and stock up on these items. Be sure to grab some saran type wrapping to enclose the basket when you’re finished filling it with goodies. You’ll also need some ribbons to tie the top with. These gift baskets are ideal for all the ladies on your list and will make her smile and she’ll think of you year after year.
There are many gift certificate deals available today. You can purchase these online, at your local grocer or coffee shop or get buy one get one free deals. Grab up a few each time you shop and set them aside for gifts.
By contrast, you can also create your own gift certificates for such things as baby sitting, housekeeping services, car washings etc. Friends and family will love and appreciate the gesture and it will be fun to create these gift certificates.
Hats and Scarves
If you’re handy with a crochet hook or knitting needles you can create lovely hats and scarves for everyone on your list. If you’re not handy with a crochet hook or knitting needles you can still take advantage of this by collecting pieces of scrap fleece and creating scarves and hats from them. With just a few snips of the scissors and a stitch or two in hats you can have a beautiful handmade creation for your loved one.
Grab Daily Deals Online
If you’re not yet crunched for time you can often grab some great deals at online sites. There are many sites that offer you daily deals with steeply discounted products. Simply do an online search for “daily deals” or “best daily deals” and go from there. There should be something for just about everyone and many of these deals are under $5.
Used Book Stores
Used book stores offer a plethora of ideas for gifts. There’s usually something for just about everyone on your list. From craft books, series or simply specific topics, most used book stores carry it. You can even capitalize on this as many used book stores will give you some store credit if you bring them in more books so gather your books together that you’ve already read and take them in, unless of course you’re going to give those as gifts too.
Cyber Monday Deals
To get in on the competition of Black Friday, online sites are increasingly offering “Cyber Monday” deals. Basically the same principle, you purchase items at steeply discounted prices. There are always great deals to be had here.
Gifts From The Kitchen
If you’re handy in the kitchen, you can take advantage of this. Wrapped cookies or cakes, mixes in pretty jars, home made jams with pretty gingham tops and more all offer you a great selection of gifts that few can resist. Think of your friends who are too busy working to make cookies, cakes or jams and give them a gift basket of home made goodness.
Family Board Games
Remember visiting grandmas and playing board games? Take advantage of this idea and you can knock out an entire family with a board game. Find something fun that everyone will be able to participate in. They’ll get some great family time in and you’ll know that you helped them do that. Kids love guessing games, twister (see grandma play twister), thinking games and other similar games. Most family board games range from $10 to $50 each. The advantage to this idea is that you get to remove a lot of names from your list if you choose them for families.
Many magazine subscriptions are priced fairly low. For under $15 you can often get someone a year or two year subscription to their favorite magazine. Children will love animal magazines and similar magazines that offer them fun activities. Teens will love more teen oriented magazines while men might prefer sporting magazines. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be a hit and you can simply write in a card that they will be receiving it shortly.
These gift ideas for holiday shopping on a budget should help you make it through with your budget intact.