Easy Christmas Gift Ideas For $10 Or Less.

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For many people, the holidays are a time for giving and receiving, but also spending and money-related stress. Presents for friends and family are one thing; most allow for those in their holiday budget.

The real pressure — both emotional and financial — comes from the obligation gifts. Those are the presents for people who are less than friends, but more than strangers. Often outnumbering close friends and family, these names on your Christmas list are usually the cause of holiday shopping stress and debt.

You sincerely want to include teachers, office mates, neighbors, and people from community groups. How do you do it and still have a manageable credit card bill in January?

With just a little creativity, you can work around your holiday budget and still include everyone. Gifts that are handmade — or that have a handmade component — are meaningful, memorable, and don’t break the bank.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to handle the ideas on this list. Most of these gifts require only 3 to 5 minutes of assembly time, and they are all $10 or less. I have actually given or received all of these!

  1. Homemade pet treats. Home-baked cookies are sometimes not welcomed because they add onto holiday weight gain. But how about homemade pet treats instead? Google for “pet recipes” and I am sure you’ll find something you can handle. Baked pet treats are all the rage in upscale pet boutiques. Find a dog, cat, or bone-shaped cookie cutter at Target, and you’ll be the talk of the dog-walking circuit.
  2. A classic winter poem. This may be a little sappy, but it’s from the heart. Using your “best handwriting,” write out one of your favorite poems on nice paper. Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” is always a good choice. This is a great idea for hobby calligraphers.
  3. Family recipes. Does your family have a secret recipe for something? I’m convinced that every family has at least one culinary specialty — what is yours? Your aunt’s best chocolate chip cookies? Your uncle’s traditional eggnog? Many folks get stuck in a rut when it comes to holiday menus, and plenty would welcome the chance to try something new.
  4. Tea (especially green tea.) A little gift of tea will help the people in your life stay healthy during the virus-filled months of December and January. Include brewing instructions, and maybe even an article or two on the health benefits of drinking tea. You can pick up a box of tea at Whole Foods for around $4, but don’t give a mug. Their cabinets are probably bursting with those!
  5. “Make your own t-shirt” kit. This is a great one for young or creative people. All you need is a plain t-shirt (easily bought at Target or Wal-Mart) and a fabric pen, which you can get at an art supply store such as Blick’s or Michael’s. Of course, you can also design the shirt and give them the finished product, but I think giving them the kit is more fun!
  6. Lessons. If you are better at something than anyone else, consider giving lessons. For instance, are you an expert at grill cuisine? Can you skate backwards? Style or color hair? Change your own oil? The possibilities are endless — and you can make a lot of friends this way.
  7. Bath and body products. You really can’t go wrong for a gift that women and girls love to receive. Although it sounds hard, you can easily make your own bath and body products for $4 – $7 per bottle, especially if you do it in batches. Like everything on this list, it is fast and doesn’t take any real skill. You can visit my website on making Bath and Body Works style products for more information (also in the Resource Box.)

Use these examples or come up with your own. Making your own handmade gifts or creative kits is a way to save money, reduce stress, and have a lot of fun! After all, the holidays are supposed to be a time of enjoyment. A bonus tip — get started now, and you will give yourself a precious gift: free time! I wish you the best of luck.

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