Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday gifts won't cost a bundle with these creative ideas

Our favorite bloggers remind us that when it comes to holiday gifts, the thought counts more than the price tag. These creative ideas will help you give generously while staying within your means.

GIVE NEW-TO-THEM NECESSITIES 

“My sister and I ‘adopt’ a family for the holidays through our church. We find children’s clothing and winter coats at consignment and thrift shops, then pick up mittens and knit hats at the dollar store. You also can find coupons in the Sunday paper for 40 percent off at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, which have a $1 section. That’s 60 cents for things like stretchy gloves, barrettes, small toys and board books.”

—Donna Freedman, donnafreedman.com 

DIVIDE GIFT SETS 

“A set of eight dessert plates and coffee mugs can be separated into four sets of two. Or fill a plate with holiday goodies and put a bag of cocoa mix in a cup as a hostess gift!”

—Kimberly Danger, mommysavers.com 

PUT TOGETHER A BASKET 

“Teachers love receiving practical presents. Think about creating a spa basket with items from your stockpile, such as body wash and lotion.”

—Kelly Snyder, kansascitymamas.com 

FIND PHOTO CARD OFFERS 

“Many websites, including snapfish.com and seehere.com, offer free photo greeting cards with coupon codes. Customize them with a family photograph and send them to your friends and relatives.”

—Amy Edmiston, savingwithamy.com 

 PREPARE A SWEET TREAT 

“I love giving something homemade to my neighbors, my kids’ teachers and others. This idea costs less than 40 cents per package: Punch a white paper lunch bag with a hole punch to make a holiday pattern, then insert a gusseted cellophane bag filled with homemade treats. Close the bag with a ribbon or clothespin and attach fun recipe cards and gift tags.”

—Kim Byers, blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com 

  • EXCLUSIVE BONUS

Until Dec. 30, ALL YOU readers can download tags and recipe cards by Kim Byers for free on blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com/allyou.