Last Minute Gift Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank 

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It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re like most people, you still have a few people on your list whom you need to get gifts for this season. However, finding the perfect present can be challenging, especially if you’re not trying to spend a lot of money. Inflation has also made things tricky as we all count every penny in and out of our bank accounts. Setting a budget before you start shopping is very helpful this time of year, but we want to share some advice that may be able to help you even more. Here are a few last-minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

Homemade Coupon Books 

Homemade gifts are always thoughtful, and you can tailor them to the interests of the person you’re giving them to. One easy way to do this is to create a coupon book with different “coupons” for things like a night of babysitting, doing grocery shopping, or even just making dinner. This is an excellent option for busy friends or family members who could use some help around the house. 

Succulent Mason Jar 

This succulent mason jar is the perfect solution for a friend who loves plants but doesn’t have a green thumb. All you need is a mason jar, some rocks, potting soil, and a succulent plant (which can often be found for cheap at your local nursery). The great thing about this idea is you can cater to the size of the gift, depending on your budget. 

Sourdough Bread Starter 

Ok, Covid-19 did make bread starters popular while we were stuck at home, so why not hand it out as a Christmas gift? (The bread starter…not covid) It works as an excellent gift for the baker in your life. All you need is some flour and yeast. Wrap it up in a large mason jar, maybe add a holiday spatula and some cute ribbon, and you’re done!  Check out this tutorial  and our blog Sourdough September Easy Recipes to learn how to make the starter.

Homemade Jam Or Jelly 

Another excellent option for the baker in your life is homemade jam or jelly. This can be made with fruit in season, and it’s a great way to preserve fruits for later. Plus, it makes a delicious addition to toast or PB&Js. 

Personalized Coffee Mug 

Personalized gifts are always a hit, and this is something that you can either make yourself with just a sharpie and a plain white mug, or you can upload your art to websites like, which will make the mug for you. This is an excellent gift for the coffee or tea lover in your life, and it’s something they can use daily. However, the ceramic and sharpie mug does run into issues if the correct type of sharpie is not used. Look at this site that can help you pinpoint which supplies to get.  

Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub 

Scrubs are a great way to exfoliate, and this lemon sugar scrub is no exception. It’s made with all-natural ingredients, and it smells fantastic. Plus, it can be used in the shower or bath, making it an excellent gift for anyone on your list. To make a lemon sugar scrub, you will need sugar, lemon juice, olive oil, and lemon zest. 

Hot Chocolate Ornaments 

A fun and festive gift for the holiday season, these hot chocolate ornaments are a great way to spread some cheer. Plus, they’re super easy to make. All you need is some hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, and candy canes. Simply put the hot chocolate mix and mini marshmallows in a clear ornament, and then add a candy cane for stirring. 

Thrift Store Finds 

Another great way to find unique gifts on a budget is by shopping at your local thrift store. You never know what you might find! With a bit of imagination, thrift store finds can be turned into one-of-a-kind treasures. For example, an old vase could be repurposed as a planter, or an antique picture frame could be used to display a special photo.  

Deals from Big Brand Stores 

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality. Many big brand stores have great sales around the holidays, where you can snag high-quality items for less. Be sure to check their websites or apps for coupons and promo codes before heading to the store.  

Donation in Someone’s Name 

If your loved ones are difficult to shop for or already have everything they need, consider making a donation in their name to their favorite charity. This is a great way to give back, and it’s something they can feel good about too!  

Why Do We Really Buy Presents? 

We buy presents for the people we care about and love. It’s never really about the actual material item but more about the thought and sentiment behind it. So, if you’re ever feeling stuck on what to get someone, remember that it’s the thought that counts! You don’t need to buy the most expensive or popular item to show them how much you care. 

Wrapping It Up 

No matter what gift you choose, remember a gift should come from your heart. The holiday season is about showing our loved ones how much we care and appreciate them. So take some time to think about what they would really enjoy and go from there. By following these tips, you may find the perfect present without breaking the bank. Happy gift-giving! 

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