It’s not a cliché to say that when it comes to Christmas presents, it’s the thought that counts. That being said, if you are working on a tight budget, you might not want your recipients to know that, so here are some fantastic gift ideas that won’t break the bank while raising a smile.
Ignore the gimmicks and the celebrity fragrances – the classics are where it’s at for a budget-friendly but brilliant Christmas gift. Research has shown, as have The Fragrance Shop reviews, that the most popular scents are not necessarily the ones that cost the most, so don’t be afraid to search with a price filter when buying online. If you’re shopping in person, let your nose do the selecting for you and from there, pick the most budget-appropriate option out of the few that you were drawn to.
You can’t put a price on time and effort, which is why homemade gifts are extra special. You can also play to your strengths, guaranteeing a positive reception. Keen cooks could consider making small hampers of edible treats, using recycled jars and baskets for an eco-friendly twist. Artsy types could create a one-off masterpiece and keen sewing fans might even be able to whip up something to wear.
For a budget present with the added sentiment, how about a framed photograph? You can afford to choose a slightly nicer frame if that’s the only thing you have to splash out on; a simple and elegant silver chrome option, with a tasteful picture inside, will always be a stylish choice. High street shops usually have some frames with added bling on sale for Christmas too, at surprisingly good prices.
More often than not, you’ll find that local sellers – if you have Christmas markets held where you live -will have some pretty little trinkets for excellent prices. Jewelry is always a safe bet, so keep an eye out for inexpensive yet glitzy silver pieces that have been crafted locally. You get to enjoy a budget buy while also supporting independent traders, which is like two presents in one.
Pick up a plant
Nicer than flowers because they will continue to grow, plants make for a very trendy and budget-friendly Christmas buy. The urban jungle interior look is so popular right now and if you choose something small that has the potential to grow large, you can save a lot of money while ensuring your present is treasured for many years to come. You can also use it as a link for future gifts, with cute water cans and pot markers being budget-friendly too.
Bring back books
Once a guaranteed pleaser at Christmas, books have fallen by the wayside a little in recent years. It’s time to bring them back, especially if you want to stick to your budget at the most expensive time of year. Gifting something you’ve read and really enjoyed is always nice because you can talk about it afterward, though supporting a personal interest or even private study is very thoughtful too. An extra special touch is to write a personal note on the inside, with the date you gave the book. This will be something that never gets thrown away and will always generate a nostalgic smile.
It’s easy to get carried away at Christmas, but remember that everything goes on sale a few days later and money is no indicator of sentiment. Personal gifts that hint at in-jokes or time spent together are always the best and, if you choose well, don’t have to cost a lot.