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Bargain Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

Bargain Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

By Matt Diehl • December 13, 2016

When it comes to gift giving, our budgets don’t always match our aspirations. Whether it’s a long list or limited resources, you may have to get crafty to keep spending to a reasonable limit. 

It might take more effort to find something thoughtful and cost friendly but it can be accomplished. If you’re ready to start your holiday shopping, here are some bargain gift ideas for your loved ones:

Photo calendar or scrapbook

Sharing photos in a calendar or scrapbook can be a sentimental gift for anyone to receive. Whether you choose a theme or add pictures by random, this collection of memories can serve as a reminder of your relationship today and years in the future. To add a special touch to the gift, ask family and friends if they have meaningful or funny photographs to contribute.

Magazine subscriptions

Magazine subscriptions are truly the gift that keeps on giving. If someone you know enjoys the outdoors, likes to exercise or hungers for celebrity gossip, chances are you can find a magazine they would appreciate.

Keep in mind the cost for each publication may differ due to distribution (weekly vs. monthly) and other factors. To find deals and options for a variety of magazine subscriptions, try the following websites:

Pour over coffee starter kit

Coffee lovers can be very particular when it comes to making their home brew. If you have a coffee lover on your list, a pour over coffee starter kit could be a great present.

To add some extra kick to your gift, look for filters and a bag of coffee on sale. This would provide everything they need for a fresh cup.

Board games

Although video games continue to be popular, board games are currently in the midst of a golden age1. Classics such as “Monopoly” and “Scrabble” are returning to tabletops in addition to a crop of new games. No matter what genre of board game your giftee prefers, you should be able to find a good deal online or in store.

Bonus points - this gift can be used right away for some friendly competition with family and friends during the holiday!

Mobile apps

Do you know someone who loves mobile technology? Mobile apps can be a great way to give the techie in your life exactly what they want without spending a lot on your end.

Apple and Google both allow you to send app gifts via email. For further instructions, please reference the following links:

Bubble bath kit

Exfoliate. Soak. Moisturize. Repeat. A bubble bath kit could be a perfect gift for someone who needs to melt stress away. From soaps to aromatherapy, there’s a wide assortment of low cost kits available for purchase. If you’re feeling crafty, there are also dozens of homemade bath & body kits that you could make yourself and give as gifts.

Personalized coupon book

This gift can be tailored to practically anyone on your list. For example, if you make a book for your spouse, you could include a shoulder rub and a night out of their choosing. If you make a book for your child, you could add coupons for one day of no chores and a dinner of their choosing. The more personal you get, the more meaningful this gift can be.

Give the gift of thoughtfulness

Many people want their loved ones to have the best around the holidays. Just remember that no matter how much your gift costs, it’s the thought that counts. Hopefully our bargain ideas help you check some items off your list this year. Happy Holidays!


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