30 Gift-Giving Ideas for Tight Budgets
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Inexpensive Christmas gifts and cheap Christmas gifts are not always the same thing. If you’re shopping for gifts on a budget this year, don’t worry — you have quality options.
From tools and gear to decor and keepsakes, you don’t have to spend more than $15 to make that special person in your life smile. Click through for some of the most budget-friendly holiday gifts you can buy.
Hot-Air Popcorn Popper
Perfect for the next movie night, whoever is on the receiving end of this gift will get an old-fashioned popcorn popper that fits comfortably on virtually any countertop. In an age of expensive movie tickets and boxed popcorn, this gift provides throwback charm all while saving you money and pumping out a universally loved, healthy, oil-free snack.
Acrylic Block Picture Frame
Clear and borderless, this sleek, minimalist frame makes your favorite picture appear as if it’s floating in thin air. Whether it’s a snapshot, a concert ticket or a postcard, this acrylic, magnet-fastened picture box will showcase the photo, not the frame.
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Standing Tilt Bowl
This clear, small display bowl is crafted from handmade glass that’s been cut at an angle and is an ideal gift for anyone with elegant, but simple taste. Use it to display floating blossoms, candy, candles, and more.
Snowman Milk Bottle
For both practical use and decorative display, this throwback, old-school milk bottle is sure to please any fan of classic, retro holiday cheer.
Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf
Few things go better with the holidays than wine and winter decorations — and this adorable gift kills both birds with one stone. Whoever receives this unique gift will delight guests with bottles of wine that look like they’re ready to head out for a day of ice skating.
House Salt and Pepper Shaker
If you need a housewarming gift, look no further. These scaled-down black-and-white houses double as table salt and pepper shakers, complete with a mini maple wood tray.
Christmas Light Wine Charms
When the wine begins to flow in identical glasses this holiday season, mix-ups are going to happen — unless, that is, you have charms to mark your glasses. That’s exactly what you’ll give when you hand over these festive wineglass charms made to look like Christmas lights.
Pecan Pumpkin Cake Candle
Give the gift of a great-smelling home with this three-wick candle, which will give hour after hour of holiday-scented goodness.
Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Set
You can never have too many mason jars. Charming, rustic and practical, this 12-pack of wide-mouth jars is perfect for arts and crafts, decor and display or in-cabinet storage.
Copper Mixing Bowl
Perfect for people with a taste for modern decor, this 1.5-quart metallic mixing bowl can double as a display piece. Stainless steel with a copper finish, it’s a sleek piece for the high-end kitchen or dining room.
An ideal gift for couples, this charming tree ornament can be personalized or given to a loved one as is. If you want to make it one of a kind, add the date and any two names.
4-Quart Crock Pot
This holiday season, give the chef in your life the original slow cooker, which comes with a secure-fit locking lid with oversized handles to prevent spills.
Personalized Stemless Wine Glass
Elegant and classy, these stemless wine glasses can double as rocks glasses and even snifters. Choose between block or circle and personalize them with your choice of fonts.
Hypnotic and transfixing, the throwback lava lamp is a timeless tribute to the 1960s — and dorm rooms from all decades. Give the gift of liquid moving art this holiday season.
Funko Pop ‘Star Wars’ Figure
Have a “Star Wars” buff in your life? Satisfy their inner Stormtrooper with this mini Star Wars’ figure, one of the most unique of its kind ever to come out of either side of the Force.
Philips In-Ear Headphones
The ultra-small, in-ear design makes these lightweight earbuds perfect for the music lover in your life. While blocking out external noise, the buds crank out clear sound and dynamic bass.
Traveling Tumbler Mug
Looking for a gift for a commuter on the go? This 16-ounce tumbler keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold — all in a spill-proof container that’s easy to sip.
LED Camping Lantern
If you know an outdoor enthusiast, camper, hunter or someone who just likes to go on a thrilling adventure once and awhile, they’ll be sure to think about you every time the sun goes down when you give them this 300-lumen LED lantern.
‘Yoga Mind & Body’ DVD
Give the gift of inner peace, mental focus and a healthy body this holiday season with “Yoga Mind & Body,” which features famed instructor Ali MacGraw.
Bell Ballistic Bike Lock
When you give this 10-inch, vinyl-coated, braided steel lock, you’ll be giving the bike rider in your life the gift of peace of mind and security. Warning: bike thieves won’t love you nearly as much.
Wakeman Portable Binoculars
Rough, rugged and simple, these 5×30 binoculars are easy enough for a child to use but powerful enough to give you a close-up view during bird watching, sporting events or outdoor games.
Multi-Device USB Wall Charger
This wall charger from GE allows you to charge up to three different devices at a time. Perfect for the always-connected multi-tasker in your life.
Hallmark Connections Pendant
If you feel a genuine connection with whoever’s receiving your gift, let that person know with this sentimental Hallmark pendant and necklace, which is inscribed with the phrase, “I love you more than all the shining stars.”
Smartphone Screen Repair Kit
If you have a mobile phone, chances are you’ll eventually break the screen. Give the DIYer in your life the gift of self-reliance in case of an emergency with this 38-in-one phone opening and repair kit.
Even in the age of connected everything, an old-school travel journal is still the single-greatest way to record the irreplaceable memories and experiences you gather on the road. This two-ringed, stamped journal gives your favorite jet-setter 120 pages to record all of their favorite memories the next time they visit that fairy tale destination.
Corn Popper Push Toy
Cheap Christmas gifts for kids aren’t always easy to come by, but now you can keep your favorite toddler occupied for hours — or at least a few minutes — with this classic corn popper push toy from Fisher-Price.
Toy Pet Care Set
Do you have a budding veterinarian on your holiday shopping list? The Our Generation Pet Care set comes with everything your little animal lover needs to take care of the stuffed cats and dogs that litter your house.
‘Frozen’ Sleepover Kit
Every kid loves a sleepover, but are your little ones truly prepared to party through the night? This sleepover accessory set gives your little Elsas and Annas a “Frozen”-themed sleeping bag, flashlight and hamper.
Musical Stacker Toy
Give your babies the gift of learning and improved motor skills with this Build-a-Beat stacker toy, which uses colors, shapes and sounds to help them learn and play.
Laugh & Learn Remote
When your little ones play with this toy remote control, they won’t just be mimicking you during a Netflix binge — they’ll actually be learning. Songs, colors, sounds and first words are all part of the fun.
All prices were accurate as of Oct. 30, 2017. Prices are subject to change at the retailers’ discretion.