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Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Family and Friends

Find inexpensive and personal ways to show you care this year

It can be a challenge to buy gifts for your loved ones when you are on a budget, but watching your wallet doesn’t have to mean ignoring birthdays or holidays. Below are a few inexpensive gift ideas for any occasion.

Scented Gifts

Scented soaps and perfumes are a great gift for loved ones, and they can be reasonably priced. Many department stores sell boxed fragrance sets for less than $20 each, including perfumes, body lotions, and shower gels. If you want to reduce your spending even more, consider making your own sets. You can purchase purse- or travel-sized fragrance bottles and soaps individually, or you can find sampler or variety packs that contain several small containers. Mix and match these, put them in decorative bags or boxes, and you’ll have created a fantastic, personal, and inexpensive gift.

Comfort Gifts

Renew the mind, body, and spirit with these inexpensive gift ideas. If the person you’re creating a gift for is a foodie, why not prepare a food basket. Some of the ingredients for this low-cost idea can even be found in your kitchen. For instance, for less than $20, you can make a snack and cheese basket. And you can add a bottle of inexpensive wine or sparkling water for extra flair. If you don’t have these items in your kitchen but you still want to give the gift of food, buy a low-value gift card to your loved one’s favorite restaurant or bakery. Better yet, bake them some cookies yourself!

Another inexpensive idea is to create a spa experience in a box. Spas can be expensive, but you can provide spa luxury for $25 or less. Fill your spa gift box with low-price yet luxurious products that can be used at home. Bath salts, body butter, body spray—all of these items can help your loved one feel relaxed. Add an aromatherapy pillar candle for less than $3, a pair of soft bedroom slippers for less than $10, a drawer sachet, and a relaxing bath pillow to make your box complete.


Don’t want to spend a fortune, but want to give something practical and special? Look for discounted versions of popular items. In addition to comparison shopping and keeping a close eye on sales, be sure to investigate outlet and warehouse stores: they often sell products that are heavily discounted.


A photograph of a special time with a loved one makes a meaningful, personal gift. You can get an inexpensive yet sturdy and presentable picture frame at most general retailers. Keep it simple—after all, it’s not really the frame your loved one will be looking at.

Remember: Buying gifts for your loved ones shouldn’t be a challenge or a chore. By getting creative and using a few of the ideas above, you’ll find budget-friendly gifts that won’t break the bank.

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