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Budget holiday gifts your family will love

posted on December 08, 2022 in money saving tips

Money is tight for a lot of Canadians, especially during the holidays. But you don't need much to make someone smile this holiday season. If you're feeling stretched financially and need some gift-giving inspiration, these great gifts are perfect if you're on a budget.

For little kids 

Shopping for little kids this year? Keep your eyes peeled for sales on clothes, accessories and clothing bundles from major chain stores like Carter's OshKosh, Baby Gap, Old Navy, H&M and Joe Fresh. They frequently offer deep discounts on many items, especially around the holidays. If you find something great on sale for the wrong season, size up for the coming season. 

Amazon is a great place to shop for a wide range of products for kids of all ages, no matter your budget. For example, you can bring out their inner artist for under $20 with this awesome doodle board, or help them get tactile with this colourful slime kit. If you're not sure what to search for, search "kids gifts" and their age and prepare to be amazed by the virtually endless results. You can filter them by price range, the lowest being "under $25", and sort by "price low to high" to find the best deals.

For teens

Teens are a challenge to buy for at the best of times, let alone on a budget! If they've left you in the dark about what they want this year, we have a few fun and affordable ideas. If they're into art and want tattoos someday, this temporary tattoo pen might be a delightful gift -- and it's only $20! Got an eco warrior in the house? The Body Shop has some great sustainable gift boxes for a wide range of budgets. Got an avid writer on your hands? This affordable faux leather journal/notebook will inspire them. Into jewellery? A personalized name necklace might be just the ticket for under $20.

For spouses and partners

Romantic gifts can be a real challenge, especially on a budget! We've got some affordable ideas that might fit the bill. For the plant mom or pop, a gorgeous terrarium like this is a thoughtful option, while this terrarium necklace might be even better. Gourmet chef? Fun tools and gadgets are great gifts. Take this personalized pizza peel, for example, or these Harry Potter inspired wooden spoons. Decor queen or king? This affordable set of coconut bowls is just gorgeous, and this woven throw blanket is functional and beautiful. Sports fan? These adorable socks send a real message for under $30. Golf lovers will love sipping from this whiskey/rum glass after the game, but we're hooked by this version for fishing fanatics. Gifts you can enjoy together like board games for adults make great gifts, too. We'd recommend top rated options like Tell me, without telling me, or Debatable if you not-so-secretly love to argue. Looking for jewellery? This minimalist rose quartz necklace and this pair of vintage emerald earrings are stunning for under $25. How about clothing?

When in doubt

Not sure what the person would like and don't want to misstep? A gift card for their favourite store or for an app they like to use is a great idea. Are they too busy to cook? An Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes or DoorDash gift card works! Are they stressed out at work? A local spa gift card or yoga studio gift card is a good idea.

Happy holidays from our family to yours! We hope these affordable ideas help you find the perfect gifts, on budget.

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