Earlier this week we decorated our tree and tonight I’m wrapping gifts! I love buying the perfect holiday gift, but also have a set budget for our Christmas spending. This year I was able to score a few deals and thought I would pass on the ideas. Here are a few of my favorite gifts for under $5:
All-natural sugar hand scrub. Mix 3 cups of sugar with 1 cup of coconut oil and 1/3 cup olive oil. Add a few drops of essential oils. You can place the sugar scrub in fancy glass jars or plastic containers. Either way, it’s the perfect gift for any mom on your list!
Ornaments. Buy a package of ornaments on sale at a craft store (Hobby Lobby is my favorite!) and wrap them individually. We did this last year for Jackson’s teachers and it was a very cost-effective way to express our appreciation for them.
Holiday tins filled with goodies. We’ve often purchased little holiday baskets or tins and filled them with homemade hot chocolate and a peppermint stick for hostess gifts.
Plants. This Black Friday I purchased poinsettias for our neighbors (for only a couple dollars per plant). They can enjoy the beautiful plants throughout the season.
Homemade baked goods. I often bake mini loaves of blueberry or cinnamon bread as gifts for my co-workers and Mike’s. This year we are making sugar cookies because Aldi has amazing deals on sprinkles. And because I love the idea of baking with my kids (even if it usually feels a little stressful).
Coloring books, crayons and puzzles. The Dollar Store has so many fun, simple gifts and stocking stuffers for kids.
As you buy gifts this Christmas, try to remember that it truly is the thought that counts. I have to remind myself of this constantly because I love the idea of buying big, personalized gifts. Sometimes a simple, homemade gift can communicate just as much care and thoughtfulness as something expensive. At the end of the day most people really don’t care how much you spend, but value being remembered this holiday season.
What are your favorite ways to save money on Christmas gifts?