12 cheap + homemade holiday gift ideas while on a tight budget

Updated: Feb 27



The holidays are coming up WAY too quickly, giving many people limited time to save up for it. You want to be able to give gifts to as many of your loved ones as you can, but sometimes you financially cannot afford to. It is the thought that counts, and if you put in the right amount of effort the recipient may love it! Don't be that person that buys that last minute $5 gift. If you can make something or find something to buy within budget that is thought out it will be more appreciated than a random gift. Here I've created a list of gift ideas that are homemade/store bought that will not send you out of your price range.

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1) Homemade granola

Find a good recipe online and get to baking. Many people love granola and this can be gifted to many people alike. Make a large batch and you can gift this to several people in mason jars!




2) Homemade OR store bought candles

I find that everybody loves a good candle. Often times craft stores sell the supplies to make homemade candles. If you plan to get a ton of candles it could be a money saver to make them homemade, but if not go ahead and purchase a candle. One great place to find cheap candles is TJ Maxx.


3) Letter box

Have someone sentimental in your life? Get a box and write them either a note, poem, memory etc. for everyday of the following month. This will show that you put a lot of thought, and will give them something to look forward to each day.


4) Baking Jar

Make them a jar of your favorite cookie recipe with written instructions on how to bake. Everybody loves a sweat treat!


The Domestic Geek, 2014

5) Make them a mug

Go to your local Meijer or Walmart and have their favorite picture put onto a mug. This could be a picture of you both together, their pet, or something that is sentimental to them.


Hack: Mugs are super cheap at TJ Maxx and Amazon. If you don't have any cute pics with the person, but want to get them a cute mug I suggest these:


Cute kitty cat mug


Lil Panda




6) Succulents

Succulents often come in the little plastic containers. Transfer one of these bad boys into a cute tiny pot that is fitting to the person. The recipient could put this in their home/ office for a nice lil green boost!


7) Video

Do you have an iphone? Do you know how to edit on imovie (which is free on your iphone)? Make a list of ways that person has impacted your life, what you love about them, etc. Get crafty and make a video for them! People love to know what they mean to you. Make a cute video and edit it.


8) Homemade Soap

Places such as Michael's Craft store sell the molds, scents, and soap to make homemade bars of soap. Get crafty with your flavors, and have fun melting these into gifts for your friends.




9) Tie blanket

This isn't super cheap, but is so heart felt and is something that will last the recipient a long time.

Go to your local craft store and get material to make this cute gift. Here is a how to on how to make one:




10) Caramel Popcorn Tin

Batch up some yummy caramel corn (or spice it up and make it chocolate) and give it away to your friends! Put it in cute tins,bags, or mason jars! Here is a recipe I found to make it!


Krisztina Clifton

11) Calendar

Go make a personalized calendar at your local Walmart or Meijer. You can design it yourself, which allows you to personalize each month with your own photos. I have made them in the past for my mom, and she hasn't thrown one out since! She loves the sentimental value, and I loved the low cost of designing it and printing/binding it in store.


12) Roasted candied pecans

Make these tasty treats for friends and family! These are simple to make, will have your house smelling amazing, and are loved by many!


Lexi's Clean Kitchen, 2016

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Disclosure: I have placed some affiliate links  that I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in posts. Keep in mind, however, these are all my personal recommendations that I stand by. I would not bring them to you if I did not believe in each item. Iconicallykell.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and other, affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.com.