A Christmas Gift Guide: For Those On A Budget

I’ve got to admit that Christmas is slowly getting kicked off of its title as my favourite Holiday ever. Just the idea of starting my own Christmas shopping (adulthood, yay!) is just way too much of hassle for me. When I was still in school, giving gifts was the least of my problems. It’s usually my parents and relatives who make the effort to buy every single one in the family something special during holidays. But since I’m earning my own money now, people are most likely expecting something from me. And it’s not really a bad thing. Or maybe it is especially for someone who is in a place where everything is new and being wise on money is still in progress.

And I actually have this bad habit of not budgeting my own gifts to myself just because I’d like to think that I’m an exemption, so, the tendency is that I don’t have enough budget for other people. So, I thought I’d make my own Christmas Gift Guide that would totally help you (and me) save enough time, money and effort this holiday season. These gift ideas are perfect for your friends and relatives. I actually don’t put any budget on my family’s gifts. Why? Because they’re family.

Lotion || Am I the only person that actually appreciates it when they receive skincare products as holiday gifts? I think it’s one of the best you could ever give someone because it’s really useful. And you really can’t go wrong with lotion especially that winter or cold weather is upon us, these babies could really be a lifesaver. PLUS, almost every skincare brands are on sale so, it’s a win-win. And how pretty is this packaging?

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Boddess Cream Moisture Rich Body Cream • $15

Socks || I’m not even kidding on this one. I think it’s practical and super nice to have especially if you find some really cute ones like these right here. And pretty affordable, too, and your friends/family can wear them anytime.

Bird & Stripe No Show Sock Set • LOFT • $9.50


Star & Plaid No Show Sock Set • LOFT • $9.50

Painting || It’s really nice to actually shy away from the usual gift list like mugs or blankets. They can be really nice gifts for friends/family who are into art or loves wall decors. I know I’d be happy to receive one.

hand painted flowers_1D Art Print • Minted • $25

Planner || I mean what adult doesn’t want one, right? If you had given me one when I was a teen, I’d probably throw this back to you. But as a working adult, this can be a lifesaver too. And planners are no longer boring and plain, so, they can be really nice gifts or giveaways to coworkers.

Kate Spade New York Party Planning Book – Metallic • Kate Spade • $20

Anthropologie 52 Lists for Happiness Journal • Anthropologie • $16.95

Mugs/Tumblers || Oh my gosh. This is one thing almost all of us are guilty of using as default gifts. I remember receiving tons of these when I was in school because they’re super affordable. And c’mon, what kind of decent gift could you get as a middle school kid for 10 bucks that doesn’t require too much effort?

But you know, things have changed and gifts like these are really nice to have now. And they’ve really upped their game with the witty phrases in front or just those cute designs that you can really show off on Instagram. And honestly speaking, they would never go out of style. They’re practically the safest bet when you’re having that internal battle when you get so overwhelmed with gift ideas. And you could just find them anywhere.

Ban.do ‘But First Coffee’ Thermal Travel Mug • $18

Slant Collections I Said Yes Tumbler • $16

Anthropologie Night Sky Mug • Anthropologie • $9.80

Urban Outfitters Plum & Bow Elephant Tea Mug • Urban Outfitters • $16

Plaid Alphabet Mug • Pottery Barn • $5.50

American Atelier Moscow Mule Mug • American Atelier • $12


Any gift ideas you want to share that saves a lot of money?

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