Buying Christmas gifts, especially when you’re a student can be a challenge – of both time and money. What can you give that is inexpensive and easy to find? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to craft something elaborate, or give up and give gift cards – it you only have a few dollars to spend, here are 30 ideas for easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts.
1. Bottle of gourmet barbeque or steak sauce and basting brush
2. Bookmark, with or without book
3. Candle with a Bic lighter
4. Candy or nuts – in a glass jar or coffee mug, a pound of pistachios or stack of fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
5. Cards for different occasions and a calendar – fill in the birthdays of relatives or friends.
6. Christmas ornament
7. Coffee or travel mug with a box of tea bags or one-pot bag of coffee
8. Deck of cards or travel-size board game
9. Donation in someone’s name. Here is a list of great ones.
10. Emergency Snack Stash – granola bars, M&Ms, chips, crackers, etc
11. Flashlight with batteries
12. Gourmet bread or cookie mix
13. Journal, stationary, notepaper, or notebook and a really nice pen or pens
14. Key chain
15. Magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
16. Movie night basket – a DVD or Netflix gift subscription, microwave popcorn, drink mix, movie theatre candy like Snow Caps or Twizlers
17. Newspaper – Buy through Discountednewspapers.com, and you’ll save 50% or more off of the subscription cost.
18. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
19. Purse-size photo album or a picture frame – with or without a picture of the two of you
20. Poinsettia or other potted plant with a red ribbon tied around it
21. Rechargeable batteries and a recharger
22. Reusable shopping bags
24. Seeds and garden gloves, vase or ceramic pot
25. Soaps and bath puff
27. Study Supplies – post it notes, notepaper, good pens
28. Supplies for anyone with, or planning on, a teaching career – bulletin board borders, flash cards, games for rainy days, maps electric pencil sharpener and stapler, 3-hole punch
29. Touch gloves for anyone who has a Smartphone.
30. Stainless steel water bottle