This Christmas season could be stressful due to many reasons, starting from a bulging to-do list to a costly budget. You may be caught in the dilemma of choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones. For most of us, expensive means perfect. So if we cannot afford the pricey presents, we may feel that our beloved ones will not be happy. But more often than not, it is the simple, inexpensive pleasures that can guarantee a bright and joyful Christmas. This article contains 7 interesting Christmas present ideas that might seem affordable to you if you are on a tight budget.
1. A good cookbook
Christmas is not complete without a great meal. An ideal way of saving money is preparing a meal at home. Choosing a good cookbook can be hectic due to the overwhelming number of such books available out there. Budget Bytes cookbook is a great buy for beginner chefs who wish to save some money. The recipes are simple and basic, and can be modified as per your wish. There are many food blogs online and it would be a great idea to buy a book with a community so that the recipient can look for more cooking tricks and tips from others.
2. A trendy picture frame with a nice photograph
This would be the perfect gift for a loving mother. It is a great idea to send them a nice photo of you in a nice photo frame to display in her living room or office. It would be much better if you use a photo of her grandchildren so that she can show it to her workmates.
3. Winter accessories
It’s obviously very cold at this time of the year. Ironically, accessories for the cold weather are the first things to go missing whenever needed. Maybe they dropped out of your pocket or found their way under your car seat and you would only come across them in summer. A pair of gloves, scarves, hats and mittens might be the perfect gifts your friends would appreciate.
4. iTunes gift card, Apple music or Tidal subscription or a CD
Young guys need to understand that music is not only for their girlfriends or college crushes. As people age, they find less time to listen to music or even to collect an enjoyable playlist. You can create an organised CD or a playlist for that busy friend to save them from the hustle of looking for the perfect songs. You can also surprise them with a $10 iTunes gift card or a 1 month subscription of Tidal or Apple Music.
5. Christmas lanterns
Christmas lighting and decoration are incomplete without lanterns. The idea that they are old-fashioned is ridiculous. A lantern brightens up a space to make it cosier and enhance the Christmas mood. There are many blogs on how to make your own lanterns, making it a cheap decoration. You can also purchase a traditional lantern and candles, and then add some Christmas ornaments to make it look beautiful. You can surprise a friend with a lantern and help them improve the beauty of their Christmas decorations.
6. A bottle of wine
If you cannot decide on what gift to buy and you are running out of time, a bottle of wine is the best emergency gift. Finding the perfect bottle of wine for Christmas is straightforward. You can impress the recipient with as little as $15. For example, you can try Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, an Italian wine available at $13.99. It comes in a big red bottle and has low acid.
7. A gift card
If you still cannot make up your mind on what to get or feel that the recipient has everything they need, a gift card would go a long way to show that you value your friendship. An e-Gift Card will save a lot of your precious time because the recipient will get it instantly.
There are many more presents you can get at affordable prices. However, this list outlines the 7 most interesting gifts that will definitely put a smile on your recipient without requiring you to surpass your budget. Christmas is all about joy and appreciation, and there is no better way of celebrating it than getting a lovely present for a loved one.