Cheap Christmas Gifts under $10

By: Shannon Jarvies

Now that the biggest shopping season of the year is in full swing it might be a good time to create a holiday budget. I'm sure there are lots of names on your list, but hopefully you can find gifts that won't put a big dent in your pocketbook.

Here are 4 ideas that cost less than $10 that might help.

  • Make your Own Gifts
    Everybody loves a homemade gift. It means that you really put some time and thought into it. You can make your own bath salts, bubble bath, brownie mixes and more! Choose an inexpensive jar, add a ribbon and you've got a really cool gift that didn't cost a fortune. They all cost less than $10.

  • Buy After Christmas Season
    It's probably too late to start this idea for this holiday season but you can plan ahead for the next. After Christmas is one of the best times to buy gifts. Almost everything is marked down-sometimes as much as 50%. So create a list for next year and hit the shops after Christmas!
  • Share Your Talent
    If you have a talent share it with others. You could give 'gift certificates to those on your list. Do you play the piano? Offer free piano lessons. Are you good with kids? Offer free babysitting for a day. Are you well organized? Offer to clean someones house. Do you work on cars? Offer a free oil change. These gifts cost no money to give but could be some of the most well received gifts! This may not cost you anything except your time.
  • Barter for Gifts
    You can either use your services to barter for a gift for use last year gifts and barter for another one with a neighbour or friend. If your neighbor sells candles and you would love to get two or three for your sister-in-law maybe you could barter your services. Offer her a free night of babysitting or barter for a gift that you recieved last year. Offer that to her in exchange for a candle.

Remember the holidays aren't about buying the most expensive gifts. They are about sharing traditions and making memories with those you love.

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