The holidays are coming which presents many occasions for gift giving. For those living paycheck to paycheck, the gift giving demands of the holidays may bring some financial stress. If you are torn between foregoing gift giving this year or going into debt, there is another solution that you should consider. You can buy gifts for your friends and family that are very affordable without feeling as if you are cheap. Most of the time, handmade gifts are overlooked as an option, but they are ideal for those on a limited budget.
Here are some unique and personal gifts under $5 that you can give to the ones that you love this holiday season:
1. Decorated Glasses:
If you have a friend or family member that is an avid coffee or wine drinker, giving a personalized decorated glass or mug is a perfect gift solution. You can go to your local dollar store and find plain wine glasses and coffee mugs. Purchase a glass paint marker or glass paints to decorate with. You can also use glass etching cream and stencils for a really polished looking personal gift. While etching cream can be pricey, keep in mind one bottle will last you for dozens of different projects. You can make this gift unique to the person that you are giving it to and it will be able to last them for years.
2. Recipe in a Jar:
A very simple gift that you can do on a large scale, recipes in a jar is a great present for those that may not be so gifted in the kitchen. You can use this for sweet treats like cakes, cookies, specialty drink mixes, or other baked goods. These are very simple gifts to put together and you can make several of them with one bag of ingredients. I would suggest if you want something cost efficient and simple to make, try some special hot cocoa mixes in a jar. Buy some mason jars at your local market. They do sell smaller sizes at some bargain stores if you are looking to save some money. Click here to get a Mint Hot Cocoa recipe for starters.
3. Free Samples Basket:
There are many companies that will give out free samples, especially around the holiday seasons. Some stores or online retailers will give you a gift when you buy a certain amount. If you are already a loyal customer to a company or you are planning on buying from the store or site, this is a great way to be able to give friends and family gifts by spending less. Another way is to have free samples delivered to your door in exchange for your opinion. Use some of your free samples to create a gift basket for your friends. You can do this with various products such as health and beauty, snack foods, or even coffee. Sign up to get free samples and give your loved ones a nice, inexpensive gift.
4. Sugar Scrubs:
Sugar scrubs are great for a way to relax. You can easily make your own sugar scrub for your friends and family this year and best of all, it is very inexpensive. All you need for a sugar scrub is granulated sugar, oil, and some extract to add scent. Most suggestions for sugar scrubs use coconut oil. Here is a recipe for a mint sugar scrub to get you started.
5. Handmade Ornaments:
This is a great one to get little hands involved in. Ornaments for the tree can be a very personalized and cheery way to give as a gift this holiday. You can make ornaments out of clay, paper mache, and other odds and ends. If you prefer, you could also decorate a plain ornament and give it as a gift this year. Decorate your ornaments with glitter, paint, or beads to make it more festive!
Show some of your own style this year without spending too much. You can make sure that everyone on your list this year gets a gift and you don’t have to go into debt to do so. Not only do you get to bring joy to the people that you are giving a gift to, but they will know that it is a gift from the heart. Give the special people in your life a unique gift this holiday season.