Gifts on a Budget

Gifts on a BudgetNot everyone can spend hundreds on every recipient on their holiday gift-giving list, but a limited budget also doesn’t mean you have to go for the cheap dollar store finds. We’ve made it a little easier to find those budget-friendly gifts for family, friends and even coworkers this holiday – so you can be the gift giving machine that stays in the green.

Keeping Gifts Under $20
Only got $20 to spend this holiday? No worries! There are tons of great gifts out there that can be sent to family and friends for less than $20 bucks total.

A dozen brownies from the infamous Bake Me a Wish is our favorite. They have holiday morsels and even Christmas-inspired flavors. Just a few of the varieties you can pick from include their classic cake brownies, peanut butter crunch brownies, raspberry crumb and more.

If you prefer something drinkable – and warming – we suggest sending a bottle of wine from Wine Insiders or even a bottle of Bordeaux blend from the Gold Medal Wine Club.

Prefer something sweet and sugary? A truffle sampler from Godiva is perfect – and you could even order a little something for yourself and stay within budget.

Lastly, don’t forget the potential of storage – we mean cloud storage. If someone you know works online or has a plethora of music piling up on their hard drive, give them the gift of a month of Unlimited Storage from Dropbox.

Keeping Gifts Under $50
Believe it or not, $50 can easily be stretched and go quite a long way when it comes to a gift. If you aren’t sure where to start, we suggest looking into the following budget-friendly options for less than a Grant (aka, the $50).

  • 1. Send out a holiday fruit basket from the creatives over at Harry & David. They have plenty of fruit baskets and even cheese baskets for less than $50 – you can even upgrade and add a bottle of wine depending on the basket you choose.
  • 2. Send someone a gift of a beer of the month club membership from Beer of the Month Club. One month is well under $50 and you could even see if there are a few other monthly club options to treat yourself with all the savings you’ve earned.
  • 3. Prefer wine? Send out a month-to-month wine club membership to family and friends – we suggest starting with California Wine Club, the Gold Medal Wine Club or even the International Wine of the Month Club.
  • 4. Want something edible? A few gourmet cookies from Shari’s Berries should do the trick. Check out their Christmas macaroons or chocolate covered Oreos for starters.

Christmas isn’t just about how much you spend – it’s about the thought. Buy something that truly speaks to your recipient and don’t worry so much about cost – there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there to choose from.



Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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