Christmas Presents on a Budget

Christmas is easily one of the most expensive times of the year. There’s all these presents to buy for your loved ones, and sometimes, you just don’t seem to have enough money to cover the cost of them all. We’ve all been there, and I’ve particularly really felt that kind of struggle this year. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome this. After all it’s supposed to be the thought (and sometimes, even time) you put into the gift that counts, not how much it cost, right? So here are a few ideas I had to create great Christmas gifts, that won’t cost a fortune, but are bound to put a smile on your loved ones face!

1. Canvas Prints

This is the one I’ve personally chosen for my mum this year. — Is there a photo that one of your loved ones simply adores? Maybe it’s a photo of the two of you together, or a photo of a well loved pet… the list is endless. Try and get hold of the photo in an electronic format. If you’re good at photo editing… maybe spruce it up a little bit and get it printed onto a canvas! There are loads of sites out there that will print your photo onto canvas for you, and prices start incredibly low… such as £6 for 8″ x 8″ canvas on photobox! And since it’s Christmas, sites are also offering money off, free delivery etc. — Since mum didn’t really want anything I went all out and brought her a 100cm x 75cm (it’s absolutely massive!) canvas of a photo of our dog for around about £40, and she’s already really excited to see what it looks like!

2. A Scrapbook

Following on with the theme of photos… create a scrapbook of all your favourite memories that you’ve had with your loved one. You could make your own scrapbook from scratch with paper binders… or you can buy a scrapbook from pretty much any stationary dealer. Paperchase offer basic scrapbooks for as low as £4.50 for a A5 landscape. To make it a bit more personal you could even write little messages next to the photo about what funny memories you have from each photo. It’s bound to make them laugh and smile as they flip through it… and it’s something they’ll truly keep forever!

3. 52 Things I Love About You

Buy a deck of playing cards, then on the back of each playing card you’ll write a reason why you love the person you’ll be giving the cards to. The reasons can be literally anything you want; from the colour of their eyes, their accent, the little habits they have, how easy it is to come up with 52 things you love about them… If you love it about them, write it down! This is almost definitely going to put a smile on their face… seeing how things about them that may really annoying themselves… you absolutely love. — There’s a full tutorial of how to make these here, if you were a bit confused.

4. Inspiration Jar

These idea has been around on Tumblr and Pintrest for ages. Not only is it a heartfelt gift… but you’re even doing a bit of recycling here too! Clean out an old glass jar… maybe decorate it a little bit to make it look nice. Then fill the jar with pieces of paper with inspirational quotes on it. You can even colour code them with coloured pieces of paper if you want to. One colour that’s for when they’re sad, for example. Or they can all just be completely random. The quotes can be from famous people, taken from the internet… or you can even write some of your own that you know your loved one would like to hear, to make it a bit more personal! Once again; there is another full tutorial here if you wanted a bit more help, though I’d say this one is pretty straight forward.

5. Vouchers

Now, I don’t mean gift vouchers for things like Topshop, no. I’m talking about vouchers your loved one can redeem for you. Maybe you’ve been a very busy bee this year and they haven’t seen you as often as they like. Maybe the Christmas present they’d love the most is to spend more time with you. Create some vouchers they can redeem of you; such as “movies and popcorn with me”, “a shopping trip with me”, “a lunch trip with me”… the list goes on! You could even do one where it just says “your choice” and they get to choose what they do with you. Set an expiry date… such as next Christmas, for example, so that the vouchers can be redeemed at any time up until the expiry date. — Of course shopping trips can be expensive, but hopefully you may have more money when they redeem it. Or maybe they’ll even treat you! The point if your offering to spend more time with them, and that’s what should matter the most to them. Especially if they don’t see you as often as they’d like.

6. Book Safes

A creative little storage compartment to give your loved one. Either grab an old book you don’t want anymore… or buy one cheaply from a charity shop… hollow it out… and give it to your loved one to store their stuff in. Or fill it with little chocolates, sweets, or some other little treats for them. It may not be much, but it’s a real creative gift. Once again there’s a tutorial on making your book safe here.

7. Framed Artwork

If you’re a artsy person… you could even create some artwork especially for your loved one! All you have to do if buy a frame for it, which aren’t hard to come by nor totally expensive. I done something similar with my nan last year, she really loved my GCSE final piece for art so once it was all graded, I got it off the school and put it in a frame for her. Barely cost me anything, but it made her smile more than any gift I brought here did!

And there we are 7 ideas for some thoughtful Christmas gifts that won’t totally break your bank account! Do you have any ideas that you may have used this year for some great Christmas gifts? Share them with everyone in the comments below!



5 Comments Add yours

  1. nmkeane says:

    Inspiration Jar is the BEST idea! I was considering ‘experiences’ as gifts ( think: long walk in the park or high tea date ) but this is genius 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Nicola, xo


    1. Johanna says:

      Thank you! I have a similar thing you mentioned with the vouchers, though it is a little different! 🙂 x


  2. Jade says:

    Some great ideas there. I love the handmade touch 🙂


    1. Johanna says:

      Thank you:)


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