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