December 13, 2019

Cheap Gifts: 55 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas gift ideas? Here’s a list of 55 ideas for you.

So are you all set for Christmas 2019?

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55 Inexpensive Christmas Gift List:

christmas gift ideas

“It’s the thought that counts” is such a cliché. It is a facile way to excuse the bad or lazy choice of gift-giving. But, from the picks that we have selected for you, you will see that it’s really not money, but thoughtfulness, that distinguishes an average gift from a great one.

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For the Home:

1. A great poster or a print in a good frame

If you have friends who are anything like 95 percent of the people in their 20s, their walls must be totally bare or will be covered up with unframed posters leftover from college. Choosing a piece of decor for other people is always tricky. However, the Internet has a lot of talented artists making really cool stuff.

If they are really into music, then maybe you should gift them a nice concert poster from their favorite band. Or if they love superhero movies, then the Internet is overflowing with fan art.

Following are some of the poster ideas to get you started:

Led Zeppelin

Avengers Endgame Posters

Friends T.V. Series Poster

2. Gift then Recipe Cards

Getting recipes from a book or from the Internet is great, but there’s something very special about recipes you get from other people. There are a lot of apps that let you form a recipe card for that one dish you always wanted to treat your friends with.

3. Find a kitchen tool for them

It is hard and takes a long time to build and stock your first kitchen, especially with something that’s going to last. To gift a friend who needs some of the basics, think of a can opener, a potato peeler, or a corkscrew to open that bottle of champagne.

If you really want to get fancier, then you can also go for a garlic press, a potato masher, or a pastry cutter. Maybe add a pretty tea towel of the same color.

4. Scented candles never Disappoint

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In the festive weeks leading up to Christmas, everyone’s house smells like a delicious pine. Well after that pine tree’s desiccated corpse has been tossed out, a nice scented candle can fill the rooms with a lovely aroma and can fill the void that is left behind.

5. Gift a Christmas tree ornament

We all, as kids, had those favourite ornaments, the ones we fought for with our siblings and then put it on the tree ourselves. These were the ornaments whose origins we didn’t know about but whose presence was like a cherished part of our childhood.

Now that we are all grown up and have got ourselves busy with our lives, it’s never too late to start building Christmas ornament collections of our own. With each ornament you choose to give your friend, you’re helping your friend to get one step closer to not having to use a whole bunch of those gold balls on their tree.

Following is a list of some of the beautiful ornaments to give to your friends:

  • Harry Potter Theme Christmas ornament
  • Personalized ornament for the pet
  • Hummingbird sigil ornamentChristmas tree ornament

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6. Useful gardening tools

Gardening tools can be of great help for new homeowners who are suddenly faced with caring and tending to their own gardens.

7. A good cookbook

A wise way to save money is to start making meals at home, but the sheer number of cookbooks available can lead to confusion.

For new and self-made chefs, one should gift a good cookbook which is designed for people who are new to cooking and who want to save money. The focus should be on simplicity, with a lot of basic recipes that can be adapted or modified as per your wish. With the endless food blogs available these days, you can give your friend a book that already has a built-in community, where he can seek out further recipes along with some special tips and tricks.

8. A photograph with a nice picture frame

Do you have a best friend? Do you love her? (Of course, you do.) Do you know what will make her day as much? The answer is you gifting her nice picture of both of you in a good frame that she can hang up in the living room or put on her desk at work.

9. A photo calendar or that nostalgic good old-fashioned scrapbook

Do you remember how as a child scrapbook used to be that one place where we stored all our cherished memories? Sometimes, it really used to get irritating when everybody asked you to fill their scrapbook but now when you think of it, it was kind of sweet.

Christmas Old-fashioned scrapbook

Today, with services like Shutterfly and Snapfish, you don’t even need to put those precious memories into a scrapbook. They can now easily go on magnets, coffee mugs, mousepads, and to-go cups. Or maybe just on a big poster.

10. Try gifting a lunar calendar

If you are hesitant to go all out and get a calendar printed, then lunar calendars can be a cool addition to any home. It’s a calendar that lets you know the phase of the moon each night. It can prove to be perfect for your friends who are into astronomy/astrology.

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11. A nice piece of stationery won’t hurt

In the modern digital age, our email accounts are mostly just digital landfills full of useless emails and one-time offers you somehow still get three times. It’s time for a good old pen and paper to make a comeback. Writing letters is surely more intimate than e-mail or that redundant Facebook message. It will be there for a longer period too.

12. Gift a journal or notebook with a personal note

Maintaining a journal is a proven method to help increase focus, promote mindfulness, and boost memory. An empty notebook can be full of promise, especially for a person of a creative or analytical bent.

Apparel & Useful Accessories:

13. Hats or Scarves

If you don’t live in Florida or Southern California, it’s probably very cold where you are. Undoubtedly, cold-weather accessories are always the first things that go missing just when you need them the most. They sometimes fall out of a pocket, or somehow find their way under the seat of the car, or maybe you toss them in the back of the closet.

Hats or Scarves

Hence, people are always looking for winter accessories and you can always give them one.

14. Nice Pair of Socks

Socks are always perceived as the ultimate lamest Christmas gift, but grownups do understand that good socks especially the warm ones are keys to a good life.

15. A tote bag

You can get traditional tote bags, art tote bags, and many more versions of it online. So there is absolutely no end to who you can give this gift to.

16. A Comfortable Travel Pillow

We all have had this experience of being trapped on a six-hour flight with nothing but the headrest to comfort ourselves. You know the pain you will be sparing your friend by giving him/her a travel pillow.

17. A cool keychain

This is one more on the list of one of those nice-to-have items that almost no one cares to buy for themselves. We all have our keys attached to a keychain from an old bank gifted a decade ago, or from our doctor, or from whatever shop owner thrust one into our hands as we left their shop at some point in a fairly distant past. A cool, light and maybe customized keychain is an easy way to add some spice in anyone’s daily routine.

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18. A Superhero figure

Work can be really depressing and that too without a great working space. Gift your friend or loved one a reminder of their favorite character from a TV show or a movie to bring a little fun to their workspace.

19. Customized jewelry

Cheaper than the regular jewelry stuff, and often more fun, customized jewelry can be great for your dramatic friend who wears nothing but “statement necklaces”. It can also prove to be a good gift for that budding diva in your family itching for her (or his) first closeup.

20. A Decent Wallet

A wallet is also one of those essential products that often go neglected, until the poor wallet is dusty, dirty, and warped due to all those years of being stuffed in a pocket. You can find a lot of great and crazy options, including card wallets, or more full-bodied options for people who still like to carry cash around.

21. A belt for the man

For some weird reason, everyone puts off buying a new belt. A $10-$30 belt just seems like too much to spend on, even though it’s a very important accessory.

Food & Beverages:

22. Homemade Bread

Who doesn’t love carbs? Even the people who don’t eat them still like them. Almost everyone is impressed by baking, especially during Christmas. In the due process, you can also learn how to make bread.

23. A Jar Full of Candy

 Jar Full of Candy

Food, that too a jar of candies can never be a bad gift. People love eating something delicious. Also, home décor is something that people love to get as a gift. So give your friend a jar or vase full of candy of their choice. Once they’ve finished it up, they’ll have a nice showpiece for flowers to go on the dining room table.

24. A coffee mug with a bag of coffee

Mugs are something where knowing your friend or loved one will come in handy. Do they love dogs, cats, or birds? What about Super Mario?

25. Starter kit for pour-over coffee

Pour-over coffee is the latest trend in coffee lovers, and it doesn’t require all that much to get started. A ceramic cone will cost anywhere from five dollars to $20. This can prove to be a good alternative for the pricey burr grinder.

26. A book of cocktails and a bottle of good bitters

Once you are done with your college and have stopped drinking cheap beer, you gradually start to turn your taste towards some more sophisticated ways of drinking. And a gift consisting of cocktails will do wonders for that.

27. Quality whiskeys

Whiskey is an acquired taste, and it usually takes a few attempts to get it just right. Try to give your friend several small samples to get done with the acquiring quickly and economically.

Quality whiskeys

28. A gift bag of nuts and trail mix

Your gift will be an island of salty goodness when the entire house becomes a sea ofsugar and rich chocolate during the holidays.

29. A basket of gourmet chocolate truffles or bars

This might prove to be another delicious drop in the holiday sea of sugar and candy.

30. Nothing is better than a six-pack of a specialty beer

These days there’s a bunch of bearded guys in flannel shirts offering you a free sample of their latest creation, pretty much everywhere you turn. You could get for your friend something local, seasonal, or something extremely crazy.

31. A $10 bottle of wine

Go to Whole Foods, or any fancy market you have in your town, and just loiter around in the wine section. It won’t take long before a concerned person, probably wearing an apron or a name tag, will come up to you and ask you if they can help. Tell them your budget and you’ll be surprised to find that you can have a wide range of wine bottles for just $10.

bottle of wine

32. A good flask

To add swagger to the various forms of alcohol mentioned above, you can get a simple flask for that minimalist friend or maybe a Harry Potter flask for that cool friend of yours who has great taste in literature.

33. A nice bottle of olive oil

A good bottle of olive oil can really add flair to the kitchen of your friend.

34. Hot chocolate mixes with a mug and marshmallows

What apple cider is to fall, hot chocolate is to winter. Who doesn’t want a regular, steaming mug of that chocolate-filled goodness? It can help you through the short days and long cold nights of January and February. Gift a few packets of your favorite brand to your friend and put the chocolates in a festive mug for your friend’s pleasure.

35. Pancake mix with maple syrup

Pancakes have always been the ultimate weekend indulgence. They are light and fluffy and they made you sleepy on Saturdays when you were a kid. A pancake mix can help your friend to simplify the whole process of making the whole pancake and will allow them to enjoy their pancakes without much of a hustle.

36. Homemade cookies are the best

Do we really need to write something about it? It’s Cookies and who doesn’t love cookies.

Homemade cookies

37. A big bottle of hot sauce

We all have that one friend who puts hot sauce on everything. Yes, on everything. Even on a pizza. So, this might be the perfect gift for that friend.

Leisure and Fun:

38. Free subscription of Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Filmstruck

Netflix can be a great gift for that friend who’s yet to experience the joy of Stranger Things. Whereas, Hulu is ideal for those who want to stay updated on their favorite shows.

Filmstruck can prove to be the perfect gift for that die-hard film nerd.

39. Subscription of Spotify, Tidal, or Apple Music

Most people, while getting older, are getting less and less time to listen to new music. They don’t even find time to listen to cool old music. You can gift a curated CD or playlist to your friends which can allow them to feel updated with the current music trends.

40. The first issue of a comic book or a graphic novel series

Comic books are back in the business, and there’s a lot more to read these days than just Marvel and DC. From classics like The Watchmen to socio-political graphic memoirs like Persepolis or Maus you have a wide range available to choose from.

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And, for those hardcore superhero fans, you might also consider gifting them a month’s subscription to Marvel Unlimited.

41. A gift card from a local bookstore

Local bookstores are amazing places, and if you’re if you are having confusion in selecting what your friend or family member would enjoy reading, then you can give them a gift card. This will allow them to choose the perfect book.

42. Playing cards

Cards are the best of the holiday games and injecting some novelty into this old tradition can keep things from getting boring.

Go for a themed deck of playing cards if that’s your thing. Introduce your friend or your family to such classic games as whist, bridge, or the many varieties of poker and make this holiday memorable.

43. Bring home the board games

You can go complete old-school by choosing childhood classics like Jenga, Trouble, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, or Sorry. Or you can also go with strategy games like Risk or Agricola.

44. A set of favorite magazines

The magazines can range from the old classics like The Economist, which is not so cheap to buy or you can select the new ones which today’s generation likes.

45. A Puzzle book

Whether they’re crazy for Sudoku or mad about crosswords, puzzle enthusiasts can never get enough of the action. Give them some head-scratchers to keep them busy until the spring.

Puzzle book

46. A travel book for the next vacation

You need to put a lot of thought here. If your friend has always dreamed of going to Europe or just wants nothing more than to go to a good beach or maybe just wants to backpack through Thailand. Give a travel book which goes according to your friend’s future plans and you will witness the happiness on his face when he receives it from you.

Personal Care:

47. Skincare kit for the winters

Give a gift that will protect your friend from the worst of winter’s physical terrors. This can include some nice lip balm, maybe a good hand lotion, or maybe a facial moisturizer or shaving lotion.

48. Nail polish of the favorite shade with cotton and remover

Select anything that is holiday-themed, like nice pine green or an attractive fire-engine red.

nail polish colors

49. A subscription to BirchBox

This might not sound very cheap, but a BirchBox subscription will be a gift that will keep on giving for three months! You don’t even have to think about what your friends might like, just give her three months of chances to find something great for herself.

50. Toiletries-Travel size

This can be a huge favor for a friend who travels a lot as the airlines still don’t allow the regular size shampoos and all. Hence, buy your friend a travel size piece of toiletry for this Christmas.

51. Bubble bath or a nice soap

Winter can be really harsh on both the body and the soul. Who wouldn’t like a nice, warm bubble bath that can take a little of the misery out of the sun going down at 3:45 pm?

52. Sleep mask

For the nights you just can’t sleep, eye masks can work wonders for you. Gift your friend an eye mask for those sleepless nights.

53. Grooming kit for Men

Men need personal care too. Gift a kit that is perfect for a close shave, or a simple trim.

Grooming kit for Men

54. A box of pet treats

Help your friends by helping them pamper their furry friends. You can make your own BarkBox! To add flavor to it, you can find out what the pet’s preferred flavors and textures are.

55. Custom collars for pets

You can get your friend’s pet’s name printed on the collar and similarly, you can also get one in their favorite collar.

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