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50 Cheap (and Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

October 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Budgeting

by Staff

If you're on a budget, stick to a list of cheap (but thoughtful) gifts that would make even Santa proud!

If you’re on a budget, stick to a list of cheap (but thoughtful) gifts that would make even Santa proud!

You have probably thought of every one of these Christmas gift ideas a time or twenty over the years, but when it’s Christmas crunch time, they tend to slip the mind. Well, here they are in a super-comprehensive collection — 50 cheap (and thoughtful) gifts for everyone on your list!

With the right presentation (think handsome tag and bow), every one of them can make a lovely gift on their own. But there is plenty of room for getting creative with gift combos, particularly themed gift baskets that are always a holiday hit.

Home & Garden

  • Candles
  • Candle holders
  • Potted plant
  • Christmas tree ornament
  • Garden gloves
  • Garden tools
  • Flower seeds
  • Nice flashlight


  • Kitchen towels
  • Pot holders
  • Apron
  • Bamboo kitchen utensils
  • Nice measuring cups/spoons
  • Cookie sheet
  • Bread loaf pan
  • Cookbook

Bath & Beauty

  • Bubble bath
  • Bath salts
  • Bath oils
  • Fancy soaps
  • Manicure set
  • Makeup bag
  • Makeup brushes
  • Compact mirror
  • Holiday hand towels

Food & Drink

  • Homemade goodies
  • Candy
  • Nuts
  • Gourmet coffees
  • Gourmet tea
  • Gourmet hot cocoa
  • Sparkling cider
  • Wine stoppers
  • Shot glasses
  • Coffee mug
  • Gourmet jams
  • Gourmet mustards
  • Gourmet olive oil
  • Gourmet BBQ sauce


  • Nice/fun socks
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Slippers


  • Movie tickets
  • Board game
  • Playing cards
  • Puzzle
  • iTunes gift card
  • Kindle gift card


  • Framed picture
  • Journal
  • Stationary
  • Nice pen set
  • Scrapbook
  • Book
  • Key chain
  • Wallet

For any extra incentive you need to stick to your budget, check out how to avoid Christmas credit card debt this year.

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