Can you still celebrate the Yuletide holidays with presents to your loved ones on a very tight budget? You bet! You don’t have to fork a lot of money for Christmas gifts when you’re broke.
We have prepared this curated list of wonderful Christmas presents that could bring smiles to your recipients’ faces. The best part is they’re also perfect if you are currently in a financially tight spot or maybe simply not inclined to add to the materialistic holiday hype that idealizes high price tags.
With smart, creative, and frugal gift ideas, you can still have a meaningful, fun, and less stressful Christmas season with your family and friends. Aside from experience gifts, handmade presents, and other non-material gifts, careful thought and extra effort in selecting your holiday offerings will make gift-giving more special.
Read on and start checking that list!
30 Christmas Gifts To Give When You’re Broke
1. Gua Sha and Facial Roller Treatments
Both items, crafted from lovely pink rose quartz, work to relax your muscles, lessen facial puffiness, and lift and tighten your skin. You can get the gua sha and facial roller set for less than $20.
2. Satin Pillowcase Set
This two-pack of satin pillowcases significantly improves your bedroom decor and guards against frizzy hair and wrinkles on the face. You can get a set for less than $15.
3. Under Eye Patches
These snail slime under eye patches are a miracle for dry, dark, and swollen eyes. You can get this for less than $20.
4. Milk Frother
With this chic handheld milk frother, you may persuade the Starbucks enthusiast to forgo their daily run to the store and improve their at-home latte skills. You can purchase the frother for about $15.
5. Insulated Tumbler
Have a loved one who loves beverages? This large, 24-ounce tumbler is the ideal travel container you can gift. You can purchase the insulated tumbler for about $25.
6. Wine Purifier Drops
Instead of treating your wine with expensive filters, add a few drops of this wine purifier to each glass or bottle, mix, relax, and enjoy. This gift will set you back less than $15.
7. Battery-Powered Lighter
The electronic lighter is the best one to carry. It is less than $15, windproof, splashproof, and portable, and can be charged by USB.
8. Cooling Eye Mask
This stress-relieving cooling eye mask will instantly revive you for less than $10 whether you have headaches, migraines, swollen eyes, or general facial inflammation.
9. Telephone Magnifier
With the help of its HD lens, this amazing phone screen magnifier drastically increases your screen size. Gift this to a friend with weak eyesight for just over $22.
10. Smart Plugs
With these simple-to-install Google Home-compatible smart plugs, you can instantly transform any of the electronics in your home into smart devices. The smart plugs are available for less than $15.
11. Fast Chargers for iPhones
These three iPhone chargers have braided nylon jackets that are far more flexible than a standard rubber-insulated cord. These fast chargers are available for $10.
12. LED Reading Light
The LED reading light fits snugly around the neck while illuminating one book rather than the entire room. You can purchase an LED reading light for $22.
13. Hands Free Stand
With this movable tablet stand, you may read books, watch videos, chat with friends, and much more. You can buy the stand for less than $15.
14. Snowflake Multi-tool
The compact multi-tool in the form of a snowflake serves 18 purposes and is perfect for gift-giving to everyone in your life. It contains a box cutter, slotted screwdriver, different-sized wrenches, a bottle opener, and many other tools. You can buy this tool for less than $10.
15. Magnetic Wristband
Give this magnetic bracelet to the handiest person in your life to firmly retain any little metal object, including screws, nails, small tools, bobby pins, and more. This wristband costs $10.
16. Set of Grip Sockets
The adaptable grip socket set is a terrific addition to any toolbox for just $15. You may work on specialty jobs that call for unusually sized screws, nuts, and bolts, and you can work more quickly and effectively without wasting time trying to find the right size.
17. Light Beanie
It works as a headlamp and beanie in one, keeping the wearer warm while simultaneously illuminating the path up to 30 feet (9 meters) in front of them. This light beanie costs less than $15.
18. Morse Code Sterling Silver Bracelet
With the help of this special Morse code bracelet, you may send a private message to just you and your recipient for less than $15.
19. Mug Warmer
The portable mug warmer heats drinks in two minutes or less for over $10. The non-slip sponge pad at the base provides excellent stability and reliability, preventing the heating pad from shifting and any liquid in the cup from spilling.
20. Fast Forehead Thermometer
Give a contactless, high-precision forehead thermometer to a sick loved one so they can effortlessly check their health. Available for less than $20.
21. Avocado Slicer
The avocado slicer will be a wonderful gift for a new mother because Christmas is such a hectic time of the year. Available for $10.
22. Scalp Brush
Do you remember how wonderful it felt to get a haircut and have the hairdresser give you a wonderful head scratch and shampoo massage? Give this a present to a loved one so they can enjoy the same experience in a peaceful shower. You can get this scalp brush for less than $10.
23. Handcrafted Whisky Glass
Give these liquor glasses (about $30 for a set of 4) to your loved ones so that when they pour their whisky into these screen-printed tumblers, it appears as though the sun is sinking just beyond the far-off woods.
24. Socks for Warmth
The plush socks have the ideal ratio of warm wool to soft cotton, making them pleasant on the skin and festively appealing to the eye. For about $25, you may give four pairs as gifts!
25. Anti-Crease Hair Ties
Because they distribute the pressure of the hair elastic across a larger surface area, these spiral hair ties are better because they won’t wrinkle or harm your hair. These scrunchies are available for less than $12 for a set of 4.
26. Lumbar Support Pillow
For less than $30, this lumbar cushion will provide your loved one with the cozy support their back is seeking if they spend a lot of time at their desk at work.
27. Sandwich Maker
Sandwiches will be delectable, toasted, and melty if you assemble one in this two-sided sandwich grill that costs less than $25. Just seal the sides together, then proudly hold it over the stove or campfire.
28. Tech-Gear Bag
Here’s one for your tech-savvy friend. This zip-around case will revamp the interior of their laptop travel bag with separate pockets for everything from the mouse and battery backup to charging connections and micro memory cards. Available for less than $15.
29. Trifold Chain Wallet
Does your partner frequently misplace his wallet? Once you give him this leather tri-fold wallet with a long chain that connects to a belt loop, he won’t ever lose his wallet again. The best part: it costs less than $20.
30. Ice Roller for the Face
For less than $10, this facial ice roller reduces puffiness, soothes inflammatory skin, and relieves stress and pain.
Christmas Gift Alternatives
31. Create a Playlist
You can exchange songs that bring back pleasant memories for you or play the music you think they’ll like. You can even include inside jokes. You can share them via Spotify, burn a CD, or make a mixtape on a cassette.
32. Gift An Experience
You can organize a weekend getaway for your partner or family with all the necessary arrangements made. All you have to do is grab your luggage and have fun. You might travel to the mountains, the desert, the beach, or the coast!
33. DIY Flower Bouquet
You can make your beautiful flower bouquet if you have a park or garden nearby. You may complete the bouquet by tying it with twine or ribbon and inserting a sweet Christmas note.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Christmas Gifts When You’re Broke
What Could I Give for Christmas if I Have No Money?
What could be superior to a tangible gift? A present with feelings. Create a collection of sincere letters labeled “Read this when you’re feeling blue” or “Read this when you have something to celebrate,” and write them for various occasions. You’ll be there to deliver the ideal message at the ideal time.
How Do You Celebrate Christmas When You’re Broke?
Even though you’re broke, you only need to bother about decorations if you want to feel like it’s Christmas. A wonderful place to start is by shopping for your own home. It means making use of what you already have.
You can scavenge from your garden (or a friend’s yard) or use organic materials that you find on a nature walk. Additionally, many lovely Christmas printables are accessible online, many of them for no cost. Then, all that’s left to do is prepare dinner and turn on some music.
What Can I Give for Christmas Instead of Gifts?
Consider spending time with loved ones instead of exchanging Christmas gifts. Consider organizing a night out, a dinner and a movie, a trip to the movies, a holiday baking party, a movie night, a coffee date, or even a hike.
Is It Okay to Not Buy Gifts for Christmas?
Yes, it is acceptable to skip purchasing Christmas presents. But that doesn’t imply you can’t exchange things just because you’re not buying gifts. Making cookies throughout a weekend, or whatever your specialty is, and dividing them into adorable containers to give to your friends is a fun, classic Christmas activity.
Conclusion – Christmas Gifts When You’re Broke
See what a little imagination and creative research could accomplish during the holiday season? For less than $25, a wide array of Christmas gift ideas would delight everyone—from cozy support pillows and rejuvenating facial rollers to fast chargers that keep them connected and warm socks to keep their toes toasty.
If you’re looking for great gifts that won’t break the bank, consider these amazing gifts that go beyond the traditional options. Being broke is no joke, especially during the gift-giving season. However, after reading the above list, we hope you will still enjoy the holiday festivities by sharing well-thought-out, special gifts for your loved ones, making this season truly memorable.
May the true spirit of Christmas–togetherness, joy, and love—always reign in our hearts!
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Founder of Spark Nomad, Radical FIRE, Journalist
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Education: Bachelor of Economics at Radboud University, Master in Finance at Radboud University, Minor in Economics at Chapman University.
Over 200 articles, essays, and short stories published across the web.
Experience: Marjolein Dilven is a journalist and founder of Spark Nomad, a travel platform, and Radical FIRE, a personal finance platform. Marjolein has a finance and economics background with a master’s in Finance. She has quit her job to travel the world, documenting her travels on Spark Nomad to help people plan their travels. Marjolein Dilven has written for publications like MSN, Associated Press, CNBC, Town News syndicate, and more.