Holiday Gift Guide: On A Budget

If I had a million dollars….

I’d play Oprah. YOU GET A GIFT AND YOU GET A GIFT!!! I love choosing really special gifts for people in my life, but that often requires a little bit of money. HA. Don’t got it.

However, some of the best gifts don’t cost much at all. All it takes is some thought and effort, which are probably the best gifts you can give to someone. I wanted to put together a gift guide for all of you who are ballin’ on a budget like me this year, but still want to share something special with someone you love…all around $50 or less.

Winter Survival Cocktail Kit

When the weather outside is frightful, gift someone a cozy hot toddy or a warm mulled cider. This cocktail kit includes 8 ounces of Hot Toddy Mix and 8 ounces of Mulling Syrup to whip up the best winter cocktails. Made in New Hampshire, this kit is under $25. Wood Stove Kitchen has many other cocktail mixers to perfectly please whoever you’re shopping for. Looking to spend a little more? Wrap it up with some customized cocktail glasses or a cute mug. Sip sip hooray!

Photo: Wood Stove Kitchen

Homesick Candle

We’ve all spent a lot of time apart lately, so this holiday season, give the gift of home. Maybe you have a special memory with a friend or went on vacation somewhere special. There’s a candle for that. For example, the Wisconsin candle has notes of butter, cranberry, and maple with hints of cool peppermint and warm cinnamon Kringle. ACCURATE. Homesick Candles are natural soy wax blends with scents that remind you of nostalgic moments and places. Also, SALES!!! Buy one, save 10%. Buy two, save 20%. Buy 3+, save 25% on all candles and reed diffusers. Plus free shipping on orders over $65. I love Black Friday deals.

Photo: Homesick

Spotify Song Wall Art

HOW CUUUUTE?! If you’re shopping for a significant other, family member or a best friend, this is PERFECT and so personal. Customize it with a song of your choice (maybe the first dance or father-daughter song from your wedding) and a photo of your own. I’d cry my eyeballs out. There are a bunch of varieties of these on Etsy, depending on the style and customization you’re looking for.

Photo: Etsy (SunCoastFLCrafts)

Make-Your-Own Hot Sauce

Okay, I love Uncommon Goods. Probably not a hot take, but I think it’s one of the best sites to shop for unique gifts in any price range. If you have someone on your list who is into spicy spice, this could be something fun. This kit includes ground and whole spices, 8 ounces of vinegar, six glass bottles with labels, a funnel, gloves and an instruction book with recipes to try. Six customized hot sauces and a fun activity for $40? Love it.

Photo: Uncommon Goods

Appreciation Plants

The holiday season is a time to show appreciation for people in your life, whether that be friends and family or coworkers and neighbors. Baudeville‘s Appreciation Plants are a sweet way to show someone you care. They have seed kits, tree starter kits, and herbs like mint and thyme to make it a gift that keeps giving. All between $6 and $25!

Photo: Baudeville

Pet Portrait

People love their pets more than other people. I mean…duh. You really can’t go wrong giving a personalized gift featuring someone’s most precious family members—their pets! This is a great option for under $50 and it will be treasured forever. Etsy as a ton of other great options for customized pet portraits, no matter your price range.

Photo: Etsy (DrawYourPortrait)

Personalized Stationery

If you’re like me, handwritten notes are the BEST. I love writing them and receiving them. There’s just something special about taking the time to sit down with someone in mind. One of my favorite gifts I ever received was personalized stationery. It’s so simple, but makes you feel FANCY. What better time than a quarantined holiday to draft a note (and support the USPS) and send sweet mail to loved ones? While this is on the upper end of budget picks, Paper Source is offering 50% off personalized stationery right now, 20% off site-wide AND free shipping for over $50. They have plenty of styles of stationery to pick the perfect option for someone on your list. Hoping for something a little cheaper? Pick up a customized notebook and write a handwritten note on the first page before gifting.

Photo: Paper Source

Handmade Knits

One of my best friends is a master at crocheting. She has a shop full of really cute knit items, from clothing to kitchen items to hair scrunchies. She also creates with other fabrics and fibers for a fully customized stocking stuffer. All hand made with love right here in Wisconsin!

Photo: Etsy (LuedyLoops)

Have more budget-friendly gift ideas to share? Let me know in the comments!

Happy holidays and love always,

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