Gift Ideas that Cost Less Yet Mean So Much More

SpotMe presents quick, easy and affordable gift ideas for the holiday season.

Presenting quick, easy and affordable gift ideas, this holiday season.

It’s that time of year again when time flies impossibly fast and somehow, despite all the efforts, holiday shopping gets pushed until the last minute.

No matter how crunched for time you are, or how much of a shoestring budget you’re on – you’re still probably going to have to get presents for friends and family. And even though this time of year is considered by some, to be an unnecessary extravaganza, the holidays are a nice way to show your near ones that you care. But, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.

There are plenty of gifts that you can give that don’t require a lot of spending. Check out this list right away:

Transform a memory into a gift
There is nothing sweeter than giving a gift that shows how much you know and care for someone. So, list down all your favorite memories with your family members and use this list to come up with ways to turn them into a personalized gift. For instance, is there a cool quote they often say that everyone loves? Get it printed on a coffee mug or a cushion. Or did you’ll grow up listening to your favorite music together during car trips? Make a Spotify playlist with all the songs you all loved.

Gift a corner of green
Plants are a new millennial obsession. Especially for those who live in cities, a plant is a perfect way to bring life into a room. And, good news: There are plenty of plant species that don’t require that much effort and are easy on the pocket.

Freeze a frame
In our digital-first world, sometimes the best gifts are nostalgic reminders of good old times. A framed photograph is a great, affordable, and personal gift for someone special in your life.

Homemade bath soap
‘Tis the season for warm baths and de-stressing soaks. Get crafty and make your own natural, chemical-free homemade soaps.

Say it with letters
For those in a long-distance relationship, or with children living far from home, Open When…Letters is a personal gift that lasts all year. Just write out a meaningful message to those on the receiving end of the envelopes, all of which are labeled with instructions on when to open them. The first would be labeled “Open When… It’s Christmas Day!” This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Light it up
Candles can be a great gift on a budget, especially for someone interested in home décor. A couple of scented votive candles, coupled with a set of pretty holders, is a lovely gift. And because those items are inexpensive, a nice addition is a pretty picture frame used as a tray to display them.

At the end, gifts are meant to be from the heart, to show how much your family mean to you. You don’t necessarily have to clean out your bank account. Although sometimes, it can get a bit overwhelming, when all the expenses start adding up. If you don’t have enough cash-in-hand, a short-term loan seems like a quick solution, as it could ease you from the shopping burden – but watch out for over-borrowing.

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