25 Christmas Gifts Under $5 Each

Christmas gift giving can be expensive. We often think of giving extravagant gifts to the ones we love. Or we just want to give things to so many different people that it adds up.

It doesn’t have to be that way! There are lots of inexpensive *cough* cheap *cough* gifts that are actually nice without costing your first born. I’ll prove it.

If you’re not completely broke for Christmas and able to scrounge up a few bucks, this list of gifts under $5 can help you get a little creative and pull together some lovely gifts.

25 Christmas Gifts For $5 Or Less

Here’s a list of 25 gifts under $5 each to get your creative juices flowing:

  1. A book. Whether be from the Dollar Tree (books for a buck!?) or Walmart, there are plenty of good books for $5 and under.
  2. Seeds. Just right for the gardener and if you buy at the end of season, you can get tons of packets for spare change.
  3. Ear Buds. I’ve seen these at dollar stores too, but you can get a fun colorful pair at Walmart for $5.
  4. Homemade Cookies. Don’t cheap out on a ready mix packet, or do it if you want I guess, but from scratch is best.
  5. Coffee Mug & Hot Chocolate. Splurge on the name brand hot chocolate that is $1 a pack, it’s worth it.
  6. Measuring Cup. A nice Pyrex one will cost ya a few bucks. I’ve seen Betty Crocker brand at the dollar store too.
  7. Playing Cards. Print up out instructions for a few games so they aren’t stuck with Go Fish.
  8. Collectible Cards. I don’t know what the kids collect these days, is Pokemon still cool?
  9. Candles.
  10. Handmade Soap. Whole Foods, Market District, Lush and local mom & pop shops are a great place to look.
  11. Crayons & Coloring Books. You can get a nice adult coloring book (advanced level coloring)
  12. Nail Polish. Either one nice bottle or a couple of the cheapies.
  13. Local Food. Maybe a jar of preserves or locally brewed root beer. #Yum
  14. Soup Mix In A Jar. Fill a mason jar with dry ingredients and tie a recipe card to it.
  15. Bag Of Coffee Beans.
  16. Snack Stash. Get a tin and fill with snacks and treats.
  17. A Cup Of Coffee. If they don’t brew coffee at home, get them a $5 gift certificate to their favorite cafe.
  18. Jigsaw Puzzle. It will entertain them for hours too!
  19. Fruit Basket. Put it together yourself. Reuse an old basket and pick out fruit at the local grocer.
  20. Recipe Box Filled With Recipes. Fill it with classics or collect old family recipes.
  21. Fast Food Dinner. A $5 gift certificate to a fast food chain. I remember loving the Mcdonald’s $1 bills back in the day.
  22. A Journal.
  23. Tea. Loose leaf or boxed.
  24. Crossword Puzzle Book. Or Sudoku. Your call.
  25. Pet Treats. Pick up some nice ones at the pet store, or make your own.
  26. Sidewalk Chalk. I know some young adults who would love this. Yep, young adults lol.
  27. Candy Or Chocolate.
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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Eileen
    January 4, 2016 at 12:26 am

    These are some really great suggestions. I never thought of seeds, great idea

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    Cara (@StylishGeek)
    December 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Absolutely wonderful list…can’t believe it’s only $5! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely get some of these fab ideas!

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    Rosey
    December 20, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I do need a new measuring cup. And pyrex is always a good way to go.

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    tiarasandtantrums
    December 20, 2015 at 12:46 am

    These are some great suggestions for families on a budget. I really like some of your ideas, thees are great for some smaller gifts that I would need

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    Jolleen
    December 20, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Great ideas! Christmas can get so expensive. But I love these options to keep the spending down ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Liz Mays
    December 19, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    My son goes through ear buds like they’re water. He’ll definitely be getting a pair of those this year.

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    Margarita Ibbott
    December 19, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I am finding that I am short a few gifts so you’ve made some great suggestions. I think I’ll pool a few together to make a bigger gift. Thanks

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    OurFamilyWorld
    December 19, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    This is a great list. These are just simple gifts, but a lot of people will appreciate this.

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    Marielle Altenor
    December 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome list! I still need to get a few items for the the stockings.

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    Chanelle
    December 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love going video nag and receiving homemade gifts like salt scrubs and cute original DYI crafts. I love this list.

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    Claudette
    December 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I just got home from doing my gift shopping and I set a budget and kept to it – $40. It just makes sense to me not to overdo it – there is still birthdays, etc to buy gifts for throughout the year.

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    mya.k
    December 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    That is such a great list.

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    Natalie
    December 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Giving everyone we know gifts all at once can really add up. I LOVE getting seeds as a gift because I like to garden. But I appreciate them more when they’re for unique or rare plants that I would like to add to my particular garden.

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    michelle
    December 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    i think doing the pre made cookie mix is fine especially if you make it really cute by getting an oven mit for cheap and maybe frosting and sprinkles. you can dress it up a bit

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    Miles L.
    December 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    With so many people to give gifts and limited budget, this list is really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenjen
    December 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Great tips especially if you are thinking for to save up to give more gifts this holiday season! $5 will go a long way ^_^

  • Reply
    Jaime Nicole
    December 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

    These are great gift tips – especially for office situations, or even as stocking stuffers. I love the idea of soup in a jar.

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    victoria
    December 19, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Wow this is absolutely a great tips. I think playing cards was perfect gift to my nephew.

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    Angie Scheie
    December 19, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Great list! I really like the local food suggestion!

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    December 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Wonderful gift ideas. I think something fun to do would to be to buy one of the cheap mugs and decorate it – would make for a nice and personalized DIY gift!

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    Melissa
    December 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    These are all great gift ideas and very inspirational. My wheels are turning and I think I am going to pick up some of these ideas.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    December 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    These are great gift ideas. I’m always looking for more gift options that are cute and affordable. This list will come in handy for sure.

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    Claire
    December 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    These are great gift ideas and for an affordable price too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the inspiration x

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    angie
    December 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    great list of ideas so very useful for those we don’t know what to give

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    Travel Blogger
    December 18, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great gift ideas! I have so many people to buy for and I don’t want anyone to feel left out. Even something small is still nice. It says you were thinking about them.

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    tara pittman
    December 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Coffee is what I give to others. I send them a blend that is unique to New Mexico.

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    Ana De- Jesus
    December 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I like the sound of a hot chocolate and mug a gift worth buying.

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    Mardene Carr
    December 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This list makes a lot of sense. I think too many people are in over their heads when it comes to Christmas gifts

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    Jessica Harlow
    December 18, 2015 at 9:06 am

    These are great under $5 gift ideas! I know I’d love to get a new Pyrex measuring cup!

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    Mistee Dawn
    December 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

    This is a great list, I will keep it in mind when I am doing all of my last minute shopping!

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    Alli
    December 18, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I didn’t realize how many great items you could get for $5.00. Some of these would make great stocking stuffers, too.

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    Lori
    December 18, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Well, it looks like people are getting organic soups in a jar from me this year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jessica
    December 18, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Those are some great ideas! A few I wouldn’t have thought of for a gift, but you explained them very well!

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