Since the year 2000, my three best girlfriends and I have been doing a Girl’s Christmas and exchanging gifts with a $10 budget. In nearly a decade of doing $10 Christmas gifts, we’ve come up with some pretty nifty ideas to share with you!
1. Magazine Subscription. This gift has made the round in our group, seeing as we are all in love with magazines. Most magazine subscriptions are under $10 and around the holidays they offer even better deals. Wrap up the current issue of the magazine and attach a little card explaining that you’ve signed them up for a subscription! It’s the gift that keeps on giving. (This year I went through Ebates and purchased from Magazines.com using the ebates $5 off coupon code + 26% cash back. Since Magazines.com had some $8 subscriptions, I paid hardly anything for them!)
2. Make a pie in a jar. These are stellar. You’ll want to make a LOT of these.
3. Right now you can send up to 40 friends a free $10 giftcard to restaurant.com during their special Feed It Forward promotion! You can do this every day through December 25th.
4. A coupon organizer filled with coupons. Do you have a friend like me who obsessively cuts coupons? If so, ask friends and family if you can have their unused coupons from the sunday paper. Buy or make a cute coupon organizer and fill it with coupons. It’s less than $10 for you but worth much, much more to your coupon loving friend.
5. A journal + pen for the writer or list maker in your life. A diary with a lock and key is great for tween girls and these Smash Folios by K&Co are super fun for artsy chicks.
6. A bottle of sparkling cider or cider flavoring. Here in the south we have this thing called Savannah Cinnamon Mix. I give this as a hostess gift for any holiday party we attend. It’s less than a bottle of wine and it is amazing.
7. Gardening gloves with packets of seeds for the nature lover in your life. Or the girl who really wants to have a pretty garden and just keeps trying and trying and trying at it. I see that girl a lot. In the mirror.
8. A bag of coffee + a cute coffee cup for the coffee lover in your life. (These mugs with lids are my favorite for keeping coffee hot.)
9. Gift cards for photo developing/photo books. This is a great gift for scrapbookers who don’t print at home!
10. Basket with microwaveable popcarn, two bottles of coke and a $5 video rental gift card to Redbox. Someone gave us a date night basket like this when we were first married and we loved it! I mean, back then there were actual video rental stores. I’m so old.
11. Tickets to a local event. Pick something that the gift recipient likes: baseball tickets for sports lovers, tickets to the local craft show for craft lovers, etc.
12. Make your own candles. The girls and I did this using vintage tea cups we picked up at a thrift store. Here are the step-by step instructions, which are super easy. Buy a DIY kit and split the cost between you!
13. A mix CD. I make one of these for my dad every year. He’s really starting to like Taylor Swift and The Jonas Brothers. Just kidding. I don’t listen to the Jonas Brothers. Right now Amazon is offering 25 days of free Christmas music that you can download. They also have a ton of random free MP3s and 100 $5 albums (my recommendations for the $5 albums are Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. You know you want that.) – I wrote this back in 2011, when people still bought actual CDs. I still love a good mix CD, personally.
14. A family cookbook. Ask family members to submit their favorite recipes and then type them up and bind them. Sadly, I am still a terrible cook. Also, I only have two recipes that people ask me for and I stole one of them from Becky Higgins. Maybe she can just send me her family cookbook. It’s probably already decorated really cute.
15. A paperback book + mini book lamp for the person that loves to read. I am pretty sure I wrote this before the advent of the Kindle. But I still use my little clip-on book lamp to read my Kindle
16. A set of pre-made cards for all occasions. Use your scrapbook supplies to make a set to give as a gift! Pick up a pack of Avery labels and create a set of return address labels with your recipients information. Package the address labels and note cards together! (You can CLICK HERE to download a free set of printable address labels + instructions)
17. Bake things! Cute tins are aplenty this time of year and if you have some culinary skill you can fill them up with sweet treats! The thing I look forward to the most each year is my Aunt Pam’s homemade after dinner mints. They are AMAZING. I hoard those suckers well into the spring. Plus, now there is Pinterest so there are a million options for you to choose from.
18. Make a windchime out of old silverware sets. And then give it to me, because those are lovely.
19. Reusable shopping bags. They are pretty, eco-friendly, useful AND affordable. Package one or two with a $5 gift card to the grocery store!
20. Coloring books and crayons. Hands down a favorite among little kids. I stock up on these when they are on clearance at Target or in the dollar spot
21. A calendar + a set of calendar stickers. I created this cute set of calendar stickers that you can print on a sheet of Avery labels – click here to download it. This makes it easy to keep track of bills, holidays, activities and more! Just package them up with the calendar of your choice.
22. Card games. Uno, Old Maid, Go Fish, etc. are typically under five dollars and make great gifts for kids.
23. E-Book gift cards. If someone you know has a Kindle or a Nook, gift cards for their e-reader make super gifts. If that someone is me, even better.
24. Make a flowered fabric throw pillow. I probably should try to make one of these for my BFF. It’s been on my to do list for about 5 years now.
25. Time. Spending time with the people you love is the best gift anyone could have. Seriously, haven’t you seen Home Alone? Or, you know, practically any other Christmas movie ever made? It’s pretty much the premise of all of them. Take a drive to see some Christmas lights, get bundled up for a walk downtown or sip hot chocolate in front of the fire together and reminisce about Christmases past. Sometimes the gift of time makes for the merriest present of all. And if yo need some ideas, here is a look at our family advent activity list