Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

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Budget Holiday Gifts

Surprise friends and family with a gift on every occasion that will not end up in the thrift store within the month. When considering a gift idea for any of the holidays, put some thought into the person you are buying for. What are their hobbies?  What are they passionate about? Is there anything they want to learn? A place they want to visit? A person, team or band they want to see? Remember too that experiences are as much a gift as something physical. It may be that for some people, giving up your time to be in their company may be the most precious gift you can give. Here are some budget-friendly holiday gift ideas for every occasion.



It is always worth spending a little extra on a beautiful piece of jewelry for those closet to you. They can enjoy it for years to come. Whatever your Valentine’s Day date ideas, incorporating a piece of jewelry will make the day extra special.  If you are not planning on asking for her hand in marriage, it would be best not to gift a ring, as she could misunderstand. 

Choose a pendant, bracelet or another boxed gift which is sized bigger than a ring box. A simple heart pendant is romantic, or a bold coloured red rose pendant, emblematic of the passionate romantic love you have for her.


It always feels good to have some new clothes to wear and shows that you appreciate how good she looks. A mid-length iridescent metallic emerald dress will be the height of fashion. She will stand out in the crowd at any party. For smaller budgets, a barrette hair clip in a floral design incorporating faux pearls and a gold-tone metal clip fastening will lift a little black dress. 

If her current bag is a bit worn. A new lightweight canvas tote with a pattern in her favorite colors, with leather trim will be an awesome gift. You can choose a small, square tote with a multi-colored faux pearl beaded exterior for a glitzy look. Or a new cross-body leather camera bag with an adjustable, detachable webbed shoulder strap for the photographer in your life. 


Book a day at the best beauty salon in town and let your loved one have a day of pampering. They will enjoy a manicure, pedicure and a sauna. Join her in a couples’ massage or offer to watch her children while she gets spoiled. 

Create a hamper of her favourite skin and hair treatments, along with a bottle of wine. You can even get her favourite scented candle so that she can enjoy a night pampering at home. Gift all-natural products, cruelty-free formulated without any synthetics including dyes, fragrances and preservatives.

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For Animal Lovers

While no one recommends buying a pet for Christmas as a surprise for someone else. You can help your friends and family create animal-inspired interiors. Use creatures that stalk the home, hiding in rugs, cushions, ornaments and wall art. You can have a lot of fun with contemporary favorites and vintage cartoon characters.

Find a picture of their favorite cartoon character and have it framed in a simple style. That way it can be displayed anywhere in their home.  This could be Snoopy and Woodstock sitting on a kennel, Scooby-Doo, Paddington Bear or dozens of others.

Animal gifts can also fit into the kitchen. A bronze swan measurement four-cup set, a set of giraffe coasters or porcelain Scottie dog salt and pepper shakers. The possibilities are endless.

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For crafters

For those who are thinking about selling their crafts online. Make sure to have a marker stamp set for help with promoting and packaging the gifts for sale and sold. There are individuals online who can design a logo stamp or a set of logos if you have not yet got something in mind. Have the designs made up as your gift and once agreed, go ahead and have the stamps made

You can have anything made online from the artistic community.  This could be a portrait drawn from a photograph, an enamel pin badge, a calligraphy of your wedding vows or a favourite poem for something bespoke and entirely unique. 

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