As Christmas approaches, you’re bound to see and hear the signs of its imminent arrival: Christmas music on the radio, festive displays in the window fronts of stores, and a spike in prices across the board, just in time for gift shopping. As joyous as the holidays can be, for some it can also be expensive and subsequently stressful. If you’re on a tight budget this holiday season, check out our budget gift ideas that will show your loved ones you care without emptying your wallet.

 

An ice cream sundae in a box

The perfect gift for your niece or nephew; (ice cream not included).

Photo Source: smashedpeasandcarrots.com

Photo Source: smashedpeasandcarrots.com

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Red wine lollipops

If you’re going to get a treat for the kids…

Photo Source: sprinklebakes.com

Photo Source: sprinklebakes.com

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An on-the-go reading pillow

Perfect for book worms of any age.

Photo Source: polkadotchair.com

Photo Source: polkadotchair.com

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A punny sharpie mug

This simple DIY will come out looking so cute you may want to keep it for yourself.

Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, 6 Clever Sharpie Mug Creations to DIY as Gifts

Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, 6 Clever Sharpie Mug Creations to DIY as Gifts

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A handmade soap

More thoughtful than if you had simply purchased one from Bath & Body Works

Photo Source, Canadian Home Trends, 6 DIY Soap Recipes Perfect for Fall

Photo Source, Canadian Home Trends, 6 DIY Soap Recipes Perfect for Fall

Find some simple recipes here.

 

A scrabble pieces coaster

For neat-freaks and word-freaks alike.

Photo Source: thegourmetgab.com

Photo Source: thegourmetgab.com

Details and instructions: http://thegourmetgab.com/diy-project-scrabble-coasters/

 

Homemade mittens

A great idea if you happen to be crafty, plus this project will put old sweaters to good use.

Photo Source: cremedelacraft.com

Photo Source: cremedelacraft.com

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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