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Affordable Gift Guide Ideas: Great Holiday Gifts on a Budget

Dec 4, 2018

The holidays have a big impact on your wallet, but you can purchase great holiday gifts on a budget. Review our affordable gift guide ideas below.

Great Holiday Gifts on a Budget

Make Your Own

Buying your family and friends gifts for the holiday season can make a dent in your budget, but oftentimes the best gift you can give is the one you create yourself. Consider looking at Pinterest to get some inspiration for do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts or turn to YouTube to watch tutorials for assistance in your DIY gift making. Some ideas include designing a scrapbook, picture frame or Mason jar candle. The amount of money that you would typically spend on supplies should be significantly more affordable than purchasing a gift such as a watch or jacket at a store. In addition to saving money this holiday season, you’ll give a gift that’s unique that came from the heart. Our last-minute holiday shopping tips explain this in more detail.

Take Advantage of Sales

Whether you’re online shopping or visiting a brick-and-mortar store, it’s important to check your email, websites and weekly store advertisements to make sure you’re not missing out on the latest deals. Many stores have sales ranging from 10 to 50 percent off during the holiday season. Websites such as RetailMeNot and Shoptagr are specifically designed to ensure you don’t pay full price for an item. RetailMeNot searches for coupon codes you can use online and in-store to save big on your purchases, whereas Shoptagr is a tool that you can add to your web browser to keep tabs on products that go on sale or come back in stock.

Seek Gifts $10 and Under

You don’t have to break the bank to get your family and friends great gifts. In fact, there are a lot of gifts ranging from $5 to $10 that make for awesome gifts or stocking stuffers. Here are some fun, affordable ideas:

  • Fuzzy Socks: $5. Places such as Target and Old Navy come first to mind for many consumers due to their large selection of fuzzy socks. These make perfect stocking stuffers.
  • Madewell Reusable Canvas Tote: $5. Go green this holiday season by gifting this quality tote bag.
  • Funko Pops: $10. The Funko Company has become popular for creating movie, television, and music figurines. Whether you’re interested in a Coraline Funko Pop or a Jurassic Park Funko Pop, there’s something for everyone.
  • First Aid Beauty Clean Canyon: $10. For the skin care enthusiasts, this gift set is not only great for them but also for you. Skin care can be expensive, with this set comes two products and you’re only paying $10.

Whether you’re willing to make your own gift, searching for deals on the hottest purchase or even looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, you can shop smart and maximize your savings with our holiday gifts on a budget.

Erin Elis 
Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
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