If you’re like me, you dread Christmas shopping.
Will they like it? Is it within my budget? Is it a quality product? Do they already own one?
These nagging questions often cause me to walk out of stores empty-handed during the holiday season. Instead of busting your budget to get gifts that may not be loved, why not try one of these 7 inexpensive (or free) holiday gifts?
7 Inexpensive (or Free) Holiday Gifts to Buy This Year
1. Gas cards
Check into the rewards program at your favorite gas station to see if you can redeem your rewards points for gift cards over the holidays. By frequenting our local Speedway station, we’re able to trade in our points at the end of the year for free gas cards. We give these away as gifts, which makes everyone happy.
2. Baked goods
If you don’t have a lot of room in your holiday gift-giving budget and are handy in the kitchen, consider investing in some baking supplies and giving away shirt boxes full of yummy goodies. (Don’t forget a festive ribbon!) With today’s busy lifestyles, many people don’t have time to bake, making homemade treats MUCH appreciated.
3. Framed pictures
Instead of giving your family and friends a useless gadget that will end up collecting dust on a closet shelf, why not give them a framed photo? The photo could be of you together, or one that you’ve taken of their family. Everybody loves to display photos of loved ones, especially during the holidays.
4. Write a letter
One of my favorite gifts to give is a heartfelt letter. Let the important people in your life know how you feel about them, and be sure to bring up cherished memories. It will likely become one of their favorite possessions — something that they’ll read for years to come.
5. Small gestures
If you know your best friend eats TicTacs like a fiend, or that your mom is obsessed with hand sanitizer, USE it. Take advantage of the intimate details you know about those closest to you, and turn their quirks into intimate gifts. Bundle a bunch of TicTacs with a cute card, or fill a bag with hand sanitizer samples in different scents. These funny, yet useful, gifts will make them think of you every day.
If you have someone on your holiday list that loves to learn, compile information on a topic that you think they would enjoy. There are apps available that turn your favorite websites into eBooks; or you can put together a scrapbook of interesting information and resources, complete with photos and personal details.
If you have to buy a gift for someone you don’t know very well, try putting together a small gift basket filled with useful items. Razors, hand soaps, gloves, lip balm, gum or mints, warm socks, Christmas music CDs, tissues, or a first aid kit are all universal items that could be used as winter holiday gifts.
What inexpensive or free gifts are you giving this year?