Did you run out of money before you crossed everyone off your holiday shopping list? Fear not, as there are many amazing, inexpensive holiday gift ideas out there. Here are five to get you started!
Creative and Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas
1. Magazine Subscriptions
If you have a scattering of frequent flyer miles from random airlines, then you need to know about Mags for Miles. This website works with almost all the major airlines and allows you to trade in your miles for magazine subscriptions. From People to Better Homes and Gardens to Cigar Aficionado, there’s likely a magazine for that certain someone on your holiday list. (Of course, this is a good idea only if your frequent flyer miles weren’t on their way to earning you a free plane ticket.)
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2. Old Gift Cards
You may not have any cash on hand, but you likely have an assortment of gift cards languishing throughout your home. Whether they’re loaded with $100 or $7.53, it’s worth gathering them up for your holiday shopping needs. Most retailers allow you to check the balance online, and you can even use them to buy new gift cards for others! Go ahead and transform your forgotten plastic into holiday presents without spending a dime!
Regifting may have a reputation for being a tacky move, but many of the gifts we receive are perfectly fine; they simply don’t fit our personal style. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be valued by someone else. Be it a book, funny T-shirt or a pair of kooky socks, just make sure to remove any personal notes and always regift outside of the original giver’s circle of friends.
4. Family Mementos
If you’re the keeper of great-aunt Ethel’s box of family heirlooms, maybe it’s time to spread the wealth throughout the family. Whether you have an item of monetary value (Grandma’s sterling silver tea set) or something that’s more sentimental in worth (Grandpa’s bronzed baby shoes), items with a meaning behind them make great family gifts. Take the time to clean and polish each item, and then write up the full known history on each gift.
5. Your Time and Talents
Not all gifts need to be things, and the gift of time and service can be more appreciated than any solid object. Whether it’s an online tutorial, picking up groceries for someone or shoveling snow off their sidewalk, a personalized gift certificate can be very welcome. Figure out your personal skills and talents for a truly unique set of gifts. Just make sure you actually follow through on your offer!
Having an empty wallet doesn’t have to mean that your friends and loved ones go without this holiday season. Look around at what you have on hand and exercise your creative muscle. The winter holidays are about faith, community and caring for one another, which was never found at the mall in the first place.