Ways to Gift on a Budget Part 1

Hi Friends,

I’ve got something different for you guys this time.

This is part 1 of how I handle Christmas Gifts on a budget, so stay tuned for part 2 coming up soon.

It seems that giving Christmas presents is such a big holiday tradition, that we wouldn’t dare to break it. I would feel horrible if didn’t get Christmas presents for at least my family. My husband would love to skip this part to save money, but while I’m all for saving money, I can’t skip the presents. I try to keep both of us happy during this season by giving gifts, but keeping them on the lower end of the budget.

We have a pretty big family, so for part one, I’ll be sharing how I handle gifts for my husband’s side of the family. He has 4 brothers and 1 sister, all married with kids. That’s a lot of people to get gifts for!

To stay on budget, I’ve been making gift baskets for each family. This is my third year making them, and it’s a very simple and thoughtful kind of gift. I’m still in the process of making this year’s baskets, but here is a sneak peek of what I got so far.

I’ve put together a list of the things I like to keep in mind when making a gift basket.

  1. Make sure there’s something for each family member to enjoy
  2. Only include useful items
  3. Make it more interesting with a mix of food and household items
  4. Stick to a theme or general idea
  5. Get crafty and make it look pretty
  6. Don’t spend a lot of money!

And, because everyone needs a visual, I’ve got some pictures of my baskets from the past 2 years. I generally spend $5 or less on the basket itself, and I don’t have to buy much crafting supplies, because I just use what I have.

Please excuse my old, bad-quality pictures.

2013 Gift Baskets!


Everything was homemade, except the candles.
I made my own gift tags!
2014 Gift Baskets! A collection of hostess type gifts, most from TJMaxx!


As you can tell I had a lot of food items the previous 2 years, this year I’m planning on having something different. I’ll do something for the kids (like toys or books),  coffee beans or tea for the adults, an ornament, maybe a small gift card and maybe a candle.

Hope you enjoyed this post and got some ideas on how to stay frugal this Christmas season.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

❤ Julie



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