I’ve mentioned that our first couple of Christmases were relatively tight financially. Our budget mindedness has never disrupted our desire to give, though, so I’ve always been focused on finding gift ideas that are relatively low-cost yet still high-value. When I give a gift I want it to be one that is meaningful to the recipient and that isn’t just an afterthought. With that goal in mind, I came up with a few Christmas gift ideas that are not only my favorites to share but are on my personal list of most enjoyed Christmas gifts.
Ideas Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts
My goal in gift-giving is always to remind the recipient that I value him or her, that I appreciate our relationship, and I want to bless him or her individually or personally. With that I am always on the lookout for budget-friendly but meaningful gifts. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas gifts that I’ve both given and received.
Being a reader, I love to give books. Depending on the content, books are relatively inexpensive and extremely versatile. One year, we purchased the same devotional for each of our family members. It was a book that my husband and I had read together that I had grown our faith and inspired our daily walks and wanted to use to bless others. The gift was meaningful to us for that reason and purposeful for the recipients as it was intended to encourage their spiritual growth.
2. Personalized Notebook or Stationery
I received a set of monogrammed cards with matching envelopes several years ago for Christmas, and I have to tell you it was one of my favorite gifts. There something so personal about given stationery, and I love anything monogrammed. Several different places offer personalized stationery and notebooks, or considering making your own to add even more of a personal touch.
3. Recipe Book or Box
This gift is one that keeps on giving. Who couldn’t use a place to tuck their favorite recipes? Again with this option, you can find lots of unique premade recipe books and boxes that offer space for adding new recipe cards, or create your own! My Gramma gave me this one with the embellishments separately so I could make it my own. She also tucked a few of her recipes inside to make it extra special!
4. Baking Tool
My love of baking makes this idea one of my favorites. Few people can’t use an extra whisk, spatula, or other specialized baking or cooking tool to utilize in the kitchen. Check out my idea that I plan to use for a few of our neighbors with a whisk. (Download this printable for free and make your own!)
Sometimes we really don’t have it in our budgets to give a monetary gift of any kind, but what is more valuable than money? That’s right time! If you aren’t able to give your loved ones material gifts, don’t sweat it and opt for an even of memory-making instead. Get together with the ones you love and just spend quality time this holiday season. The gift of time is one that you and the recipient are sure to remember for years to come.
What are your favorite low-cost but high-value Christmas gifts? How do you maintain your focus on giving gifts that are meaningful rather than just expensive?