Blogmas Day 12: Gifts for when you’re on a budget

Ahh budgets. They seem to go out the window when it comes to Christmas time.

By the time we buy gifts for all of our friends, work colleagues and family, suddenly we can be left feeling broke. Very broke.

Without sounding like the Scrooge who stole Christmas, here are some budget friendly gifts that will be sure to please anyone. If you personalise the gift to the person you’re buying it for and present it beautifully wrapped, nobody could ever guess how much you’ve spent. After all, it’s always so much nicer to receive a thoughtful, handpicked gift as opposed to a generic one amiright?

So here are some budget friendly gift ideas that don’t have to cost a fortune.

Create a pamper kit. This is one of my go to gift ideas as everyone seems to love them. A couple of bath bombs, some body wash and a loofah makes a cute yet practical gift. This is also perfect for kids and teens as you can personalise it to suit the person. I like Lush or A Lil Luxury which is a Melbourne based company I’ve recently come across and have ordered from!

Total cost: under $30

Mini food hamper. People love food and love to receive something a bit fancy, so why not create a personalised hamper with all of their favourite items? Depending on the person, a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese and chocolates are always firm favourites. I like Aldi for tasty yet affordable groceries (and they have some great products during Christmas time)!

Total cost: under $40

Candles. Honestly, I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like candles (women and men alike) and there are some beautifully scented ones around Christmas time. It may not be Diptique but there are some more affordable options around that won’t break the bank. Try brands such as Bath and Body Works (who have great sales in the lead up to Christmas), MOR and Yankee Candles. To make the presentation extra special, wrap it up in cute paper and include festive candy canes.

Total cost: under $30

Chocolates. Let’s face it, Christmas is made up of two things; alcohol and chocolate. Anything to get us through the stress of the season! Chocolates are a great gift idea and there are some great sales around the holiday season. Try an assortment of Lindt, Roses or the classic Ferrero Rocher.

Cost: under $15

Handmade treats. If you simply can’t afford many gifts, why not whip up a batch of delicious gingerbread cookies? I always make batches of these at Christmas and like to give to family and friends some as an extra gift. To make them extra special, decorate them with coloured icing and add chocolate buttons; they will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face! I use this recipe and they turn out perfect every single time.

Cost: under $10

Handmade body scrubs.  This is another great idea if you’re on a tight budget. Body scrubs made from pantry staples are a lovely gift to give, especially if you present them in beautiful glass jars and personalised touches. You can also personalise the scent by using your preferred essential oils.

Cost: under $10

Although Christmas shouldn’t be only known for gift giving, there’s no denying it is a big part of it and it can definitely add stress to an otherwise fun holiday. I tend to go overboard with gift giving each year however sticking to a plan and buying smaller, personalised gifts can definitely help when you don’t want to break the bank.

Do you have any budget friendly gift ideas?


*image via Pinterest


  1. December 15, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    This is such a lovely blog post Roxane! Lots of great and creative gift ideas – these are all very thoughtful and personalised for the recipient, so they’ll be extra meaningful too, how sweet 🙂

    • abeautywanderer
      December 30, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Daisy, glad you liked it!

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