Five Low-Cost Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Take a look at these low-cost or even free gift ideas that will help keep your holiday budget in check:

  1. A framed photo. Framing a memorable photograph or scene your gift recipient will love can be cost-effective and sure to bring a smile. Many nationwide chain pharmacies have photo centers and you can order online and pick up your prints on the same day.
  2. A handmade item. Are you crafty? Can you paint, knit, crochet, or wood carve? A homemade piece of jewelry or a handknit scarf can make perfect, personable holiday gifts.
  3. Give of yourself. Everyone’s time is valuable, so giving a “credit” or coupon to cook a favorite meal, clean out a closet or garage, or take your loved one on a scenic road trip could be the ultimate gift for someone you love.
  4. Homemade sweet treats. Homemade candies, cookies, or a gingerbread house replace the ill-reputed fruitcake from days of yore. Find tons of recipes online and start baking!
  5. A themed basket. Fill a basket full of ingredients that fit a particular theme – an Italian dinner kit in a colander, a movie night kit in a popcorn container, a DIY car wash kit in a bucket, etc. Save by picking out your items at a discount store.