Every year as the holiday season approaches, I look at my budget and try to figure out how to stretch it but also get meaningful, thoughtful gifts for everyone on my list. I know I’m not alone in this challenge, so today I’m going to share some of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts!
10 Places to Shop for Inexpensive Gifts
These are my favorite ways to stretch a dollar. Hopefully, you get some inspiration from this list as well.
There are some seriously amazing deals to be had on ebay, especially if you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind items. Don’t forget to take a look at the Deals tab – the items there are discounted and will give you some great gift ideas if you’re feeling stumped.
Especially at Christmastime, Amazon is a huge winner for savings. Make sure to check back at net regularly, because we keep the site updated with the latest and greatest.
Shutterfly gives all kinds of freebies. Sign up for their emails and you’ll receive notifications when they have free gifts. The trick is, you have to act fast because the deals don’t last long. But, if you’re on your game, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can score to give at Christmastime, and all you have to pay is shipping!
People sometimes have a misconception that all you can get at antique stores is old furniture, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are so many fun and unique items to be found in antique stores if you’re willing to spend some time there looking around.
Goodwill and other thrift stores definitely have hidden gems (I’ve purchased things with the tags still on!), but it’s also a great place to get gag gifts. If you have a family member with a great sense of humor, find something random from Goodwill, and you’ll all get a big laugh from it!
Don’t forget the things you already have! There are all kinds of awesome food gifts in a jar, and you likely have many of the ingredients already in your pantry. People also love baked goods, so find a couple great quick bread and Christmas cookie recipes and spend an afternoon baking up some gifts.
Check out the Aldi circular each week for special items they carry while supplies last. I’m always surprised what shows up (I just bought character socks for the kids!). Make sure you head over right when the ad changes, though, because hot items will go quickly, and they don’t restock when they’re gone.
You know I love Hobby Lobby, but if you’ve not been in there lately, make sure to pop in and see what you can find for those special people you’re buying for. There are so many unique gift-worthy options, and you can always use your 40% off coupon!
Etsy is a crafty person’s dream, and each of the sellers is independent so you know you’re directly supporting someone who benefits from your purchase. This is a great site to shop for ornaments, mugs, or even barrettes for your daughter!
Your airline miles.
Some of the airline carriers that have frequent flyer programs will allow you to shop in their marketplaces with your miles. I gave a sports fanatic cousin a subscription to Sports Illustrated one year; he loved it, and it cost me nothing!
What other places do you like to find inexpensive Christmas gifts?
Hopefully these suggestions will get you started on the right foot with your shopping.