Staying on Budget & Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

It’s easy to overspend and go over budget during the holiday season! I’ve certainly done it plenty of times!! I know it’s hard not to get caught up in the gift-buying season with all of the advertisements and “special” deals that we’re bombarded with every day. And none of us want to be viewed as a “scrooge.” With some planning and research, there are so many ideas for creating a wonderfully memorable holiday season without stressing about spending too much. 

Here is a recap of some of our previous blog posts that share gift ideas for some people that may be hard to buy for as well as tips on how to stay on budget and creative ideas for decorating. 

8 Ways to Stay on Budget During the Holidays

Read about some tips to help you stay on budget, including setting spending limits, only shopping for the kids, using cash-back websites, and more! Even if you only want to incorporate a few of these tips, they are sure to help you stay on track this holiday season.

Use These Affordable Holiday Entertaining Tips This Season

If you are used to hosting a big holiday gathering, the cost of feeding everyone can surely add up! Here are some ideas to help you save money and still enjoy being the host and spending quality time with your friends or family. 

How to Decorate for Christmas on a Dime

I love seeing all of the decorations inside and outside this time of year. There is something magical about it that always puts me in the holiday spirit. When I head out to the store, I’m tempted to buy more decorations before I have even unpacked what I already have at home! This post will give you some ideas on decorating without going over your budget.

Now, what about those people on your list that may be hard to buy for? We’ve got that covered too. 

Affordable Christmas Gifts for Grandpa

Grandfathers can be hard to shop for. They may have everything they need, or maybe their lifestyle has changed where they don’t use the types of gifts you used to give. Here are some ideas under $25, and most are still available on Amazon. 

25+ Gifts Under $25 for Grandma

Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for Grandma that will help you stay within your budget and still give grandma a gift that she will treasure. And remember, sometimes grandma and grandpa just want to spend time with their family. So maybe plan a special outing or help them with something around the house that they cannot do themselves. I bet it will mean the world to them!

Funny Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom Friends

Your mom friends understand the challenges of motherhood and how much time we spend preparing for a magical holiday season. So why not give them a light-hearted gift that shows how much you value your friendship!

10+ Teacher Gifts Under $10

I’m sure we can all agree that a teacher’s job is not easy, and of course, we want to show them our appreciation. But if you have multiple kids with different teachers, gifts can add up! Here are some ideas under $10 that teachers will enjoy.

Affordable Hostess Gift Ideas

If you don’t like to go to someone’s house during the holiday season without a gift, here are nine ideas that won’t break the bank while still showing your appreciation to the hostess. 

10 Festive Gift Baskets to Give Your Favorite Families

Gift baskets can be a budget-friendly way to give a gift to a family without having to think about and buy individual gifts for each person. Here is a list of some basket themes, including movie night, board games, hot chocolate, and more. This year, I am creating a few thank you baskets that include Betty Crocker Mug Treats Mix, Starbucks hot chocolate and microwave popcorn - all packaged in a cute holiday box. 

No matter the size of your holiday gift budget, there are many creative and thoughtful ways not to go overboard. It certainly helps to have a plan in place before you start shopping, but you can certainly make adjustments along the way.

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