The holidays are upon us & it can be really difficult to find the perfect gift for those who have everything or for those that never give a hint. Sharing unique budget-friendly gift ideas that are perfect for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your list.
Giving gifts is one of the best parts of the holidays. You may or may not agree with me on that, depending on how you feel about gifts!
If you know me you know that I love ‘gifts’, not in a materialistic way, it is never about the $ value of the gift! But I value the thought and effort that goes into picking the right gift for the other person, and that to me is another way of expressing love!
So it’s quite obvious that I love shopping for gifts, and what I love even more is watching the eyes of the recipient light up with excitement as they open the gift. That reaction tells me I hit the nail right on the head with the gift chosen for them.
While the results of gift-giving are well worth the hunting and shopping, it can be really difficult to find the perfect gift for those who “don’t need anything”, those who have everything, or for those that never even give a hint of an idea out (#sorrynotsorry haha).
On top of some of those more difficult people to buy for, it is quite unfortunate that COVID has created a difficult financial situation for many. More than ever people are searching for that perfect gift that is also budget-friendly.
So let’s dive into some great unique inexpensive gift ideas that you may not have considered that could be perfect for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your list.
31 UNIQUE BUDGET-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS
1. Handmade Christmas ornament. Handmade ornaments can be a really great option for almost anyone on your list and there are a variety of options depending on your crafting abilities. Bonus, this is an easy one to get the kids involved in.
2. Reusable shopping and produce bags. As the world continues to go more green, reusable bags will only continue to become more necessary.
3. Gratitude journal. 2020 has been rough for everyone. It’s a great time to remember all we have to be grateful for.
4. Succulent or plant. Plants have been shown to improve mental health and since we are spending so much time at home it can be a great way to bring some light indoors.
5. Custom recipe book. Have those family favorites on wrinkled old papers in a drawer somewhere? Put them down on paper or type them out and create a recipe book to share with your loved ones.
6. Tire pressure gauge. Practical and useful for everyone, especially new drivers.
7. Tea infuser. Tea infusers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors so finding something that fits that hard-to-buy-for-person on your list should be a breeze.
8. Reusable ice cubes. These are especially unique and great for those who drink a ton of cold water!
9. Home-baked goods. Homemade goods are always an appreciated option.
10. Hot chocolate in a jar. Grab a mason jar, add individual packets of hot chocolate, and some marshmallows inside. To make it fun, decorate with a snowman face and a piece of fabric for a scarf. These are a fun option for kids and adults alike!
11. Subscription box. Subscription boxes are a dime a dozen these days. There is a wide range of options to choose from to meet your needs and budget including socks, makeup, tea, lingerie, essential oils, and crafts.
12. Stress less cards. These are a cool option, especially given it’s 2020 and one of the most stressful years ever. The cards give options to help to calm your mind and destress when we really need it most.
13. An online course. With people at home now more than ever, keep a listening ear out for hints as to interests your loved ones have. Gifting them an online course to learn a skill they are interested in is an amazing option. #NeverStopLearning
14. A language service subscription. Many people have always wanted to learn a second language but simply don’t have the time. Check out options like Rosetta Stone to support them in achieving their goal.
15. Motivational book. Where do I even start with this one? There are so many great options out there that can support a positive mindset to start 2021 off on the right foot.
16. Audible membership. Audiobooks are a popular option and great for those working from home. Many people enjoy listening to a book during their downtime on breaks, in the evenings, or on weekends.
17. Scratch the world travel map. These scratch maps are growing in popularity and are a unique home decor piece. Recipients have the ability to scratch off places they have visited and display them!
18. Photo or scrapbook. These are especially great for grandparents, and parents’ gifts since older kids can make these themselves. Or better yet, put one together as a family activity to get in some quality time during this busy season too.
19. Open when letters set. These are really great. Write a personalized letter and mark the envelope with a note about when the recipient should open it. This option is 100% thoughtful and heartfelt.
20. Kitchen herb gardening kit. For the avid gardener or wanna be gardener, a kitchen herb gardening kit is great. These kits can be rewarding and challenging at the same time!
21. Homemade body butter or bath bombs. Homemade skincare products are always a great option. There are thousands of recipes online that are super simple to make. Be sure to ask your recipients about allergies too!
22. Personalized calendar. Calendars can be so boring so a personalized option makes a fun gift! Add your own photos, pick your favorite colors or layout, and even add in birthdays or important dates to remember.
23. Membership to a local zoo or museum. Both of these options are fun for the whole family and the great part is they won’t clutter up the home of the recipient!
24. Homemade movie or slideshow. If you want to show someone how important they are to you, this is a great option.
25. Electronics cord organizer. Everyone grows tired of slamming their cord in the drawer as they try to close it or never being able to find the right one. An electronics cord organizer has a place for everything.
26. Cold brew coffee maker. When we think of coffee makers, we default to a normal machine. For the cold brew fan in your life, think a little outside the box!
27. Letterboard. Letterboards are popping up in home decor everywhere. These are a fun way to include some personality in your home. PS: Pre-teen and teen girls love these too!
28. Homemade heating pads. If you’re slightly handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread, consider making your loved ones homemade heating pads. They are great for those cool evenings or for the chronic pain sufferer on your list.
29. Tile photo coasters. This fun project requires minimal supplies and no special artistic talents. Use your favorite photos or ones of the recipient.
30. Themed gift basket. A handmade gift basket is a great gift. Think of a theme that the recipient will love, choose an inexpensive basket/bucket/etc. And fill with supplies that meet the theme. Some fun ideas are: movie night, spa night in, chocolate lovers, and candy lovers.
31. Homemade nuts and bolts. Nuts and bolts are easy to make and you can make huge batches of them. This salty and sweet snack will be perfect for your Christmas gifts.
And last but not the least, the gift that keeps on giving – the gift of life coaching! Not adding it to the above list of gift ideas as coaching can be an expensive option (from a monetary standpoint), but it is the absolute best investment in oneself (yep, I’ve always been one for buying yourself a gift!) or in others. Life coaching is the ultimate, most meaningful gift you can ever give to your loved ones! I am telling you, it is life-changing and transformational!
There is no point in pretending that Christmas won’t be different this year. Just remember different doesn’t always mean bad! Put your best foot forward to making this COVID Christmas a ton of fun regardless of the circumstances.
Do you have a unique gift to include in this list? Share your ideas with me!
“Every problem is a gift – without problems, we would not grow.”