Giving unique gifts to your loved ones around the holiday season can be quite a daunting task. Especially, if you are operating on a tight budget. While you want to be giving and generous, you also want to buy groceries too! Just in case you didn’t know, a big price tag doesn’t always mean better. Affordable but thoughtful gifts really do exist.

So, why not prepare a gift-giving budget? You can create specific budgets for special occasions, such as a holiday gift budget that you can work towards in terms of saving. If money is super-tight, you might not have much to spend… and that’s okay!

Check out these thoughtful gifts that show your friends how much you care and hey… they won’t break the bank either.

Plants over flowers, anyday!

Sure everyone likes receiving flowers as presents, but give them a week and they’re gone. Instead, we recommend going for unique gifts like succulents, and miniature indoor plants! They’re the kind of gifts your loved ones would appreciate a lot more.

Why? because they last longer, and don’t require any active care like most other plants do!

Dinner dates with your loved one? Yes, please!

A fun dinner is always a good idea!

You can’t go wrong with a quick bite to eat on a budget… we’re thinking of a delicious bowl of ramen, a burrito, or just a classic all-American burger. All of these meals can be a thoughtful way to express your love without breaking your bank account.

Want to show you care by cooking instead? How about some some easy Christmas cooking with the roommates.

The wonders of gifting vanity to your loved ones.

These make a great gift item for both the beauty-conscious friend and the one that needs some TLC. Sometimes getting them something they might not regularly buy for themselves is a sign of a truly well-thought-out gift! These could also be thought-out products, like curly-hair products if your loved one has curly hair!

Gift baskets & bundles of joy!

This option is fun and creative, and can be pretty cheap if you strategize correctly! It’s totally up to you when it comes to choosing what you stash in your hamper, and just remember – the more personal the items, the better the gift!

Throw together some classic favorites, like candies, trendy and cute stationery, lotions, and potions, and maybe a small-value gift card to their favorite restaurant!

Game nights & board games.

The gift that keeps on giving!

Pop open a bottle (or two!) of wine and have a games night with the people you like best. By gifting a board game, you’ll make the night even more fun than simply getting the gang together. To top it off, you’ll be able to play games every time you get together. Now that’s a great gift on a budget!

Check out: Virtual Christmas Party Ideas For 2020

Make a donation in their name & give back!

One great option is to make a small donation in their name to a cause they really care about. Whether it’s providing cancer treatment to kids, saving endangered wildlife, or finding a home for cats and dogs in need, a small donation can go a long way and be a really lovely gift, especially around the holidays when it’s all about being grateful and giving back!

When you give a gift, it should be because you want to, not because you feel you have to.

And you definitely shouldn’t let gift-giving derail your budget or throw you off track when it comes to your financial goals.

Ultimately, it’s the thought that counts!

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