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5 Thoughtful Gifts to Give without Going Broke

When it comes to sticking with a budget during the holidays, giving more thoughtful gifts will help keep you from breaking the bank and going broke.

The last thing you want to do is to spend so much money on gifts that you don’t have any money left over or you get yourself into a lot of debt.

There are plenty of ways to show someone you care that don’t involve you spending a ton of money or going broke.

Plus, thoughtful gifts are something they will appreciate more than any gift you can get at a big box store.

Thoughtful holiday gift ideas that Won't break the bank
Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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You can incorporate the things that they love or enjoy and create something personalized just for them so that they can cherish them for years to come.

These thoughtful gift ideas work for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or just about any occasion.

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Thoughtful Gifts #1: Give Memorable Gifts or Experiences

The holidays are all about quality time with friends and family so why not create a gift that gives them a memory they will always cherish?

Memorable gifts can include photo books or scrapbooks, a song if you are the musical type, or a painting if you are the artistic type.

Experiences are another great way to show them how much you care.

They are perfect for those who have enough stuff already or do not want anything for the holidays.

Experiences like concerts, hands-on activities, or cooking classes that you can do together are always a great way to give a memorable gift.

If you have a Cricut, you can really turn out some creative DIY gifts for everyone in the family and there’s not much of a learning curve. See what you can do with a Cricut HERE.

DIY gifts with Cricut Joy

Thoughtful Gifts #2: Give a Gift of Service

Depending on who you are buying for, you can create a coupon book that will allow them to cash in on the coupon and in turn save you money.

For instance, you can give coupons for babysitting, running errands, chef for a day, or house cleaning to friends and family.

Homemade holiday gifts
Homemade Holiday Gifts

Thoughtful Gifts #3: Give the Gift of Homemade Food

Your gift recipient may have a favorite food or dessert that they love.

Instead of purchasing them an expensive gift, give the gift of making them their favorite homemade food or baked holiday treats.

To make it more special, you can wrap up the homemade goodies in cute bags or some affordable mason jars topped with ribbons and bows.

Thoughtful Gifts #4: Get Crafty with Homemade Gifts

Maybe baking isn’t your thing and if it isn’t, that’s ok! If you are crafty in other ways you can turn that craftiness into a gift.

For instance, if you are a painter, you can create a special and unique painting for them.

If you are musical, you can write them a song. If you enjoy building, grab some wood and start building something you think they will love.

Like knitting or sewing? Try making a scarf, gloves, a tote, or a simple weekend bag.

You can also use a Cricut to create some unique and stylish gift items.

Using your talents and skills to get crafty can allow you to make a homemade gift that they are sure to love and cherish. 

Budget friendly gift ideas for the holidays

Thoughtful Gifts #5: Initiate Fun With Board Games

Board games are a lot of fun and a group activity you can get involved in without breaking the bank.

Board games are budget-friendly and you can find something for as little as $20. Some of the most popular board game suggestions can be found here.

Remember, the holidays and gift-giving are all about showing how much you care.

It is not a competition about who can spend the most money. It’s the memories that are important during the holidays.

Showing your appreciation, making homemade gifts, or creating thoughtful gifts will be something that they can cherish and keep forever.

The next few gift guides will cover some awesome yet budget-friendly holiday gifts.

Thoughtful Gifts to Give without Going Broke
5 Thoughtful Gifts to Give Without Going Broke

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Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Some great ideas and suggestions here. Thanks.

Antoinette M

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Some wonderful ideas. I love the coupon book as a gift!

Stephanie LaPlante

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

I always love looking for ways to save money. Thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 21st of October 2020