Could you buy a good Christmas gift for less than $20?

United States
November 26, 2007 10:57pm CST
This upcoming Christmas, my budget is going to be very limited. So, I'm trying to think of great gifts for less than $20 each. A friend of mine swears that she can find several gifts for $20 total. But, I'm not sure that's even possible. Does anyone have suggestions on really inexpensive gifts? Do you think it's too late to order something on Ebay and have it delivered in time for Christmas? Are home made gifts acceptable? I can crochet, so maybe I could do something crocheted for everyone on my list. What do you think? Would that be too cheap?
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• United States
27 Nov 07
My mother likes to bake when the weather is cold, so I'm getting her a starter set of silcone bakeware (loaf pan, cake pan, muffin pan and cookie sheet). The set is $20 regularly at Target, I'm hoping to get it on sale if I wait a bit longer. There are lots of inexpensive items you can give as gifts: A nice mug and a package of Starbucks coffee for the avid coffee drinker; a selection of airport-sized booze for the partier in your life; a gift card for music downloads, or game rentals for a teenager (preferably one with an ipod or gaming system). I think it is often possible to get an under $20 gift if you think carefully. I think the crocheted items are a good idea, if you think it is something that the person would actually use (ie - making a teapot-cozy for someone who drinks tea a lot is thoughtful, if the person doesn't drink tea, then it would be a bad gift idea). Good Luck.
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• United States
27 Nov 07
All very good idea. I like the silicone bakeware idea. I have seen those before, on hsn.com for less than $15 and may buy a set. I'll have to check their clearance isle and see if they are still on sale. Online target.com is having a free shipping deal if you order online. Just wanted to mention that. Not sure if you shop online. Best of luck with the bakeware. I am sure your mom will enjoy.
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@AmbiePam (58178)
• United States
28 Nov 07
If you do shop online, you might want to give www.ebates.com a try, because over the past 5 years going through them, I've gotten checks back for over $120.
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@poohgal (6847)
• Singapore
27 Nov 07
Hello there. I think home made gifts are definitely acceptable. In fact, I would love to receive home made gifts. When it comes to gifts, it's the thought that counts. =D I would suggest you designing a really cute and nice personalized Christmas card for each of your friends. You can buy the materials from any dollar shop. Another suggestion is to bake cookies and pack them into cute bags. You can designed the bags in anyway you want or according to the personality of the recipient. I'm sure your friends will be happy to receive your gifts because most people love to receive personalized gifts. =D
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• United States
27 Nov 07
yea i actually wold prefer to get a homade gift well unless its like a 20$ gift card to hobby lobby LOL ( lol can you say free yarn ) but hey if ya wann buy me a garbage bag full of yarn at a garage sale for a quarter that you ahve NO CLUE whats in it etc hey im all for that too!lol id probly go forthe suprise bag than the gift card actually :P, but yea i actually get alot of my gell pens and scrap booking stuff at the dollar store and embellished my cards this yr :) pretty fun it was ! need some cookies on a budget ?? hers the ones i make for church as i start makin thes the day after thanksgiving and fill the freezer up lol 1 box of cake mix any flavor, 2 eggs, 1 stick of margeine (OR OIL)*but thats gonna make a cake like cookie* ... let the butter stuff soften up a bit and mix it all up drop by spoonfuls on a nongreasesd pan (tho i spray the pans on the 1st batch) bake at 350-375 depening on your oven ( we are in tx and we bake ours at 375 so i dont know if your at high altitude or anything etc so ya may wanna tinker;) ) any who if ya wanna make them fancy and such ya can add choclate chips to the yellow cake mix or choclate cake mix etc the fruit flavored kinds pinaple lemon strawberry etc melt soma white almond bark and dip them 1/2 way and sprinkle w/colored sugar and such and poof your martha stewart LOL lol now hush dont tell nobody my secret :P oh yea and ya can also make brownies in those lil mini cupcake tins too they look fancy ;) when i come back tonite ill post my brownie recipie if ya want and i even found a recipie for one you can make with cherry pie filling ! woo hoo the church baskets are gonna be FANCY this yr ! lol yea ima dork i get all excited over silly stuff :P hope this helps ~M~
@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Personally I can buy several gifts of 20 bucks. I do know people that can not do that. You have to take time to find gifts. I shop all year long checking out clearance racks all the time. By the time Christmas comes around I have tuns of gifts. Almost all of them were under 20 bucks each. Suggestions for cheap gifts that don't look cheap are piture frames you can find them for 50 cents to hundreds of dollars. Photo albums, again from dollars to hundreds of dollars. Candels - wal mart sells sets for 10 bucks. They are nice and in a box so easy to wrap. You can also go to a dollar store and get baskets and fill them with corney things, candy, candels, coloring books, books, sunglasses the items are limitless. You could easily spend 10 bucks on each person and make up really nice baskets, or stockings, or even get a gift bag and wrap each thing. Good luck on your late Christmas shopping. By the way no crocheing is not a cheap gift I know how much that costs and time alone is worth a lot! Every one can use a scarf even if it is more for an accessory insead of to keep warm.
@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
27 Nov 07
http://shopping.yahoo.com/b:All%20Stocking%20Stuffers%20under%20%2420:784714544 I was surfing the net and came across this list.
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• United States
27 Nov 07
An inexpensive way of shopping is your dollar store. I know it sound's kind of cheesy but for the girls you can put together a big basket of bath products, candles, frames, teas, and coffees. For kids there are always a ton of things. And for men they have some gloves, tools, and candy. Also I think homemade Christmas presents are the best. I am also working on a limited budget this year. So my gifts have all come from thrift stores or I made them myself. Blankets are always needed. I made some decorative pillows too.
• United States
27 Nov 07
Thank you so much for all the wonderful suggestions. I will certainly check the dollar stores. Plus, I know how to crochet pillow covers and such, so maybe I will do that as well. Thanks again.
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@AmbiePam (58178)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Oh I know you can find good Christmas gifts for under 20 dollars. Buying on ebay right now might be iffy because the delivery dates never seem to end up right. Making something for someone is an excellent idea as well. Walgreens is a good place to go. It has the coolest stuff for not a lot. I purchased two big squares of soap. One was mint cocoa, and it smelled like it. The other was cranberry jasmine and it smelled even better. Both were wrapped like a Christmas present, and they were five dollars each. And those blocks of soap were very big. I got one for my mom and one for my sister. Also, if you go to a Dollar Tree that is a really good to great part of town, you'll find some astonishing deals. No one would guess they came from a dollar store. I don't suggest Family Dollar, just Dollar Tree if you have one by you.
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• India
28 Nov 07
ofcourse yes you can buy
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• United States
28 Nov 07
Look at www.pinchingyourpennies.com they have a form that talks about great online deals. I got this croched scarf last year that is one of my prized possesions. It is made with soft yarn but other wise is a simple job. I think I might make some for my family this year to help keep costs down. It has a small pocket on each end to keep things in or put your hands in. Christmas is so much more about the thought you put into the item rather than the item its self. Put a little of your heart into it and it will be priceless.
• United States
28 Nov 07
the best gift is from the heart and not the bank, so it doesn't cost anything.
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@daryljane (3437)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
crocheted stuff is nice, and since youre the one who made it is a plus..very personalized..if you still have to do it, why not give out the crocheted stuff..like cellphone holder, or small coin purse..thats nice, thats what me and my mom gave out last year...my mom started making the stuff in august, since theres a long list, we were able to finish it by november and gave it out by december... about that 20 dollars, well..converting it to philippines peso, thats already 920 pesos...yes, for little stuff, you can already buy a lot of things..
• United States
27 Nov 07
Here's a TinyURL that will take you to Amazon's list of gifts under $25. http://tinyurl.com/26yskc
@cher913 (25844)
• Canada
27 Nov 07
have you checked out thrift stores? sometimes you can get new stuff there (i got rubecks cube still in the box for 50 cents for my daughter for christmas) that is a good place to look and dollar stores are great too. if buying for woman, buy a basket or a tin and fill it up with bath stuff? as for ebay, no i dont think its too late, i generally get my stuff in 2-3 weeks, but i wouldnt wait too much longer!
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
27 Nov 07
There are lots and lots of nice gifts you can get for $20 or less. The gift cards mentioned by someone else, stuff on ebay, I always cross-stitch stuff for my family for Christmas. You can also make up those gifts in a jar (you can get the recipe ebook for that for about $1 on ebay--look for gifts in a jar) and then you can make those up--people always seem to like those and they would be cheap to put together. Also Wal-mart always has a $5 dvd bin in the store and many places on-line have book, CDs, and DVDs on sale. You could join zooba to get $10 hardback books (free shipping) and there is a online music place that has $6.99 cds (free shipping)--I can send you a link to it if you are interested just PM me with you email address. So you see there are several avenues available for cheap but nice gift giving. Good luck on your shopping.
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
27 Nov 07
It would not be too cheap. Some of the fancy types of yarn cost a lot of money, though, so be careful. You could spend more than $20 and a lot of time on something like that. I get gifts under $20 all the time. Most CD's and DVD's are under $20, as are most paperback books, for readers. For kids, you can get great clothes for less than $20, as well as books and music. For crafters there are tons of choices- paint and supplies, yarn, clay, jewelry making supplies, fabric for people who sew. Movie tickets I believe are hovering around $10, so you could get 2 for a couple you know. You could give out free babysitting certificates to someone you know with small children, especially for people who don't go out very often. I would absolutely love getting that as a gift. The possibilities are endless. Keep in mind where you shop, and when, will determine how much you can get for your money. I went shopping on Black Friday and got about $30 worth of baby clothes for $10 for my niece. And yes, there is plenty of time to order from the internet. Just look at seller ratings and feedback when purchasing on ebay to make sure they have a history of shipping quickly.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
27 Nov 07
No i don' think that would be cheap. i would also make something like that if I know how to crochet. I think hand made gifts are more and more valuable in this time and also you spend much more afford to doing it like buying a gift. So don't be afraid. also if you want something to buy, go to dollar store, there are many products you can give as a present. You can make some gifts baskets and put there all kinds of cosmetic products, or bake the cookies and put them to some nice box with some nice smelling candle.
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@bhetelux (189)
• Italy
27 Nov 07
i think if u search a lot maybe u will find it! look in small shops
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@raychill (6529)
• United States
27 Nov 07
It all depends on what your definition of a "good gift" is as well as who your buying it for. Homemade gifts are always acceptable to most people. It's the thought that counts right? Dollar stores have tons of things you can buy people, for a dollar + tax. Candles, Make-up, things like shampoos and lotions and things like that. Puzzles, puzzle books. Like I said it all depends on what your idea of a good gift is. it's not too late to buy off ebay, but you may not find cheap on ebay. people suck with pricing these days. Amazon.com is a great place to find good deals.
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@LadyLudie (359)
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
hello beautyqueen,I would suggest to create your own gift,you can give your friends something special because it is done by your own hand,you know how to crochet so I will just give you an idea that you can do for a gift; ok...here are some:pouch bag of different color of thread,you can add something more when finished,head scarf or headband,shawl just make it 9 inches wide and 38 inches long.cellular phone holder. or wrist band decorated with colored stones.these are only some of the ideas in my mind right now.I hope at least you can think more.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
27 Nov 07
yes you can still order from ebay and it will get to you way before christmas.another great site to look into is bidz.com they have loads of great items that you bid on and sometimes you can get some great stuff for a outstanding price.
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• United States
27 Nov 07
well i dont know if you would consider it a GOOD gift but its all i can afford LOL well see i have 4 kids between them thy all have 10 teachers and GOOD LORD dont your dare forget the bus driver LOL (TRUST ME) so we have the morning driver and the after noon driver ok that 12 so far .... ok hmmm what i do every yr is give them a crocheted ornament with a candle and a tea samler from one of thoe 5 packs ya get from celestiale seasonings i get the candle holders at teh dollar store cause i can find them in packs of 6 for 1$ and this comes in handy as i also have to do church gift baskets wich includes mothers gift bags they also get a candle and tea but this yr they are getting a crochted christmas flower magnet insted of an ornamet ( lol it just didnt look right to me , eh what can i say im a perfetionest :P ) i have to make 30 of these gift bags this yr for church .... eh so uh yea i LOVE the dollar store :P though i did get lucky this summer and at walmart they had some about 10ish boxes of candles by the register and i thought well these would be good to have during hurricane season , and they rang up at 10 cents , LOL so i grabbed all the boxes hey had (i swear the ppl behind us probly thought we were stocking up for the 2nd coming or somithing LOL) just the LOOKS i got :P oh well a deal is a deal ya know ! But I would have to say the best advice I could give ya is DONT wait tilld the holidays to shop , I mean you have a general list of people you know you are gonna have to buy for so shop for them thru the yr instead of goin nuts trying to figure out what to buy or how your gonna be able to afford it ;) trust me if they really love ya ya could draw a x on a peice of paper and say its a hug from you they can take with them for whenever they need it and they wont say nuttin ;) well it worked for my 7 yr old hmm maybe i shold try that this yr for my gift for my husband ..... hope this helps ..... ~M~