Big-Hearted Gifts on a Small-Sized Budget
There is satisfaction in settling on the perfect gift – something that shows how well you know the recipient and how much you care about your relationship with them. And contrary to what advertisers will tell you, you don’t have to drop loads of cash to find the right present. In fact, the most meaningful gifts are often the ones that cost less money, but take a little more thought, time, and creativity.
Check out this list of gift ideas that tug at the heartstrings while giving your wallet a much-needed rest.
Express how you feel about the recipient with a poem or quote (you can use someone else’s, but please give them credit). Write it on heavy cardstock in your prettiest handwriting and frame it. Even if you’ve never crafted before, there’s lots of inspiration to be found online.
Dinner Party for Two (or More)
You don’t have to be a master chef to make a delicious, inexpensive meal. Look up some recipes and whip up a loved one’s favorite meal and dessert. For an extra festive touch, deck the table with Christmas decor items from your local thrift store.
Personalized Playlist or “Mixtape”
Burn a CD of songs that mean something to you and the recipient, make nifty cover art with an easy-to-use template, and print out a track listing. Or, use Everyone’s Mixtape to keep the gift purely digital… while giving a nod to old-school mixtapes.
Do It Differently
Come up with something unique. There are many unusual present ideas for her or for the man in your life that don’t mean whacking the wallet. Stay away from the same-old, same-old, and watch their faces light up!
Movie Night – Their Choice
Invite that special someone over for a movie marathon – they get to choose the flicks. Make awesome snacks, munch, laugh, discuss, enjoy, repeat.
Say That Again?
Choose a quotation that means something to your friend or loved one, or is significant to your relationship, and get it lettered on a cool print.
Make It Snappy
Use a service like Printstagram to print photos from a trip or an event, or order pictures of you and the gang, or the family. In a world of online selfies and digital photo albums, a tangible memento has special cachet.
Searching Amazon for “cheap stuff” returns a treasure trove of fun gifts. Do your part to help a loved one get goofy and playful with a bundle of goodies they might not buy themselves! Need some ideas? A vintage owl pendant, ‘80’s Style Wayfarer Sunglasses, The New York Times Light & Easy Crossword Puzzles, and the game Set totals less than $19.
At Threadless, artists submit designs and the community selects which ones will become t-shirts. The result is unique tees with fun, funky graphics. Shop the $10 category for cool and adorable t-shirts for men and women.
Selecting the perfect gifts for your loved ones is often tough, we all know that firsthand. But if you can come up with heartfelt presents, they will earn you mistletoe merriment and possibly save you money in the bargain!
Do you have any clever and inexpensive gift ideas or online gift sites to share?