Be Frugally Creative With Your Holiday Gift Giving This Year

This is the time of year where you belly is full of food, your soul is full of joy, and your wallet is full of the trace of money that once resided there. With so many back to back commercials, catalogs, radio advertisements, and other printed advertisements, this time of year can also be a constant reminder of how much money you don’t have to spend on the gifts that you really want.

However, if you still haven’t completed your gift list and your budget is a little under the weather, there are still plenty of inexpensive gift ideas that won’t break your pockets.

Create a gift basket

This is extremely simple and can cost you under $10 when creating them. You can purchase inexpensive baskets from your neighborhood dollar store or craft store. You can fill the basket with candy, candles, lotions, and other items that can be found throughout these stores.

Homemade crafts

Homemade gifts are the best gifts. Your gifts can range from a knitted hat to a warm loaf of homemade bread or cookies. You can even create a scrapbook of memories for your love ones to show how much you care. If you have a computer that has access to a CD burner, you can even create a CD with your relatives’ or friends’ favorite music on it and give that as a gift. One of the best homemade gifts that I have ever come across is an “I Owe You Coupon Book” where you, the gifter creates a list of chores, assignments, or tasks that you know the giftee would need or want done later down the line. When the gift recipient is ready, then they can redeem any coupon and get their services rendered.

Shop at consignment shops or thrift store

This is a great place to find original things at a very inexpensive rate. Both consignment and thrift stores have hidden gems that you can take home and give out as gifts. Everything you can imagine from clothes, books, jewelry, shoes, and much more are available for purchase.

Arts and crafts

When purchasing gifts for children or parents, you can never go wrong with gifts that are meant to be done with both the parent and child like puzzles, coloring books, ginger bread house kits, etc. You can purchase or create a DIY kit for a crafty project. Not only will you be giving a great gift, you will also be enabling more family time.

These are just few inexpensive, but creative ideas that you can keep in mind when finishing up your gifting list. Just remember that the best gift isn’t always a store bought one. The best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing.

April Lewis-Parks has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, she is a certified financial counselor, and a consumer affairs advocate. As the director of education and public relations for Consolidated Credit she is dedicated to generating awareness about personal finance issues and acts as their consumer affairs advocate. As host the of, she promotes financial education and offers timely and informative personal finance articles to educate the public. April’s promotional efforts can be seen in past issues of the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday, Consumer Reports, the Business Journals, Money Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, among others. Connect with April on Google+ (