Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas

Everyone wants to save money, especially when it comes to giving gifts during the holidays. Now more than ever, the money crunch has pushed people to look for better and better deals. But, sometimes, you can’t expect stores to give you the lowest price possible, since they want to make money, too. To bypass these difficulties and purchase inexpensive holiday gifts, you can try the following:

1. Homemade crafts

Even if you aren’t crafty, it’s not difficult to find a new hobby. Knitting, crocheting, making art or jewelry – all of the things that you can create by doing these activities are great candidates for inexpensive yet creative and beautiful gift ideas. In fact, they can mean a lot more to people once they know that you made their gift just for them.

To make your crafts as inexpensive as possible, you may want to do a little research online. Sometimes, buying wholesale is more economical than buying one thing at a time. If you want to make jewelry for one person, why not think about making jewelry for two, three, or more persons? Doing so can help save you money.

2. Antique and thrift stores

When you think of antique or thrift stores, you may be thinking negative thoughts. But, you should take a second look in your local antique store. You may find an inexpensive item that might just turn out to be a pricey treasure. Antique stores usually don’t have sales, and some places allow haggling, but usually you have to go there expecting to pay the written price.

3. Sales and discount stores

Have you ever been to your local discount stores? Southern California residents enjoy many discount stores that actually sell brand name items. One good example is Factory-2-U, a discount clothing (and miscellany) store that sells brand name clothing from 99 cents and up. The quality of the clothing is good for the price, too.

If your mindset is in “gift-buying mode,” you should be diligently looking for sales. Look through your ads constantly and write a list of what you think would make good gifts. Store these gifts over the course of one year. Doing so can help you save time and hassle when the holiday season comes around. Look for special sale days when prices are really low. For example, “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving is a great time to shop for products that are usually expensive.

The best thing that you can do when you want to buy inexpensive holiday gifts is to keep looking for sales, or make the items yourself. Doing so can help you save money over the short and the long run.