Inexpensive Gift Ideas

default article imageIt’s that time of year again. You have to buy a gift for everyone, putting your bank account into a state of emergency.

Fortunately, it doesn’t always have to be like that because there are plenty of tips and tricks that will help you save this holiday season, but also make sure you show up to secret Santa with the best gifts.

Speaking of secret Santa that is a great start for gift giving. If you have a huge group of friends and feel obligated to buy something for everyone…don’t.

It is more convenient because by doing this, you only have to buy for one person and there will, of course, be a spending limit. It is such a fun and great activity.

Secret Santa is a perfect way to get out of spending too much money on too many people.

When asked where to shop for inexpensive gifts, Yazmin Belhadj, a junior political science student, said, “Two words: Five Below… They have such a variety of things and everything’s under $5. You can get someone a stuffed animal and some of their favorite candy and call it a day!”

Another great inexpensive gift you can’t go wrong with would be candles. Bath & Body Works candles are great and there is a scent for everyone.

The best part is that they are only $12 and the store is always having sales like buying one get two free; sales might save you enough money to get all your shopping done in one trip rather than waiting for the next paycheck. 

Other great inexpensive gift ideas are silly or cute little stocking stuffers. People love items like socks or small accessories.

Brielle Kough, a junior psychology student, said, “I always like to go to Icing, it’s a store you can buy cute stocking stuffers and right now they are having a sale for buy 3 get 3 free.”

There is an Icing store right in Monmouth Mall too so it is super convenient for all of your holiday needs.

Another great gift idea is a coffee mug. Coffee mugs are super inexpensive and very versatile in their designs.

A great aspect of buying something like a coffe mug is that they can be personalized for the person you bought it for or you can just buy a generic one.

Here is a great tip if you use the coffee mug idea: stuff it with their favorite candies and wrap it in clear cellophane wrap, that way it’s cute and full.

Shopping doesn’t have to be a burden when you know what you’re looking for.

Look for sales and stick to what you need. Inexpensive gifts are great. Just because something doesn’t have a high price tag doesn’t mean that it’s less sentimental.

Marina Vujnovic, an associate professor of journalism, gave her input on the topic. She stated, “I love baking. I think I am a good baker and the best inexpensive gift that I like to give is Christmas cookies with special recipes from all over the world.”

She continued, “They are not only yummy but also let you tell a good story.”Baking is a great hobby and if you have a family member or friend that has a good sweet tooth, baking for them may be the perfect gift.

Try to save your wallet the pain and use these inexpensive gift tips to have a happy holiday season.