When it comes to gift giving, we’re always so tempted to go big or go home. However, some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been completely inexpensive and thoughtful. When my husband picks flowers in the yard or leaves me a note, it’s seriously way more romantic than two dozen roses from the florist (although let’s be honest, I’d never turn those down!)
So, if you are searching for some ideas of inexpensive gifts you can give that have a ton of meaning, look no further than the 7 tips below.
1. Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words
The easiest gift you can give someone is a picture in a frame. It’s even more meaningful these days because people hardly print out pictures anymore. You can always find a frame on sale at a big box store like Michael’s, which continuously runs 50% off coupons in the Sunday paper. This gift can absolutely cost you under $10 depending on the type of frame you choose.
2. Gift Card For 1 Cup of Coffee
If you know that your friend or family member loves coffee, allow them to splurge guilt free at Starbucks by giving them a $5 gift card with a note attached that says, “Enjoy a coffee on me.” They’ll definitely think about you when they use the card. Even though it’s a small amount, not having to pay for a coffee in the morning (and not having to make it!) is a wonderful gift.
3. A Handmade Necklace or Craft Project
If you love crafting, chances are you can easily make a necklace or a pair of earrings. For around $20 you can make beaded earrings for up to 10 women in your family. It’ll make Christmas feel special and memorable. You can also do other craft projects like sewing, ceramics, or painting to give a gift that special meaningful touch.
4. A Loaf of Bread
Baking bread is so much easier than you would think. The ingredients are very inexpensive, and you can make several batches and give it to your friends and coworkers.
5. A Jar Full of Candy
This is such an easy idea if you want to give a gift that’s sweet and simple. This would be perfect for your secretary as a “thank you” or for your spouse as a pick me up. Spend a few dollars on candy and a mason jar, and decorate it with a pretty curly ribbon.
6. A Thoughtful Book
We all have friends who absolutely love to read. Scour your local used book store and try to find some titles for the people on your list. Most book lovers won’t mind that it’s used. They’ll just be so excited to have a new book to dive into!
7. Helping Around The House
Sometimes friends just need a helping hand. If you know your friend is completely stressed out, cook them a meal as a surprise, help them clean their house, or mow their yard. Sometimes, this type of gift can absolutely have the biggest impact.
What are some other ideas of inexpensive gifts you can give?
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