Here I am still filling in the blogmas gaps, welcome to day 18. Also, special happy 18th birthday to my little sister (if she ever reads this). Today’s post is a fun one, a holiday gift guide filled with ideas under $20. For the kiddos, parents, loved ones, partner, etc., I’ve got you covered! Plus, I have a great gift idea for those that want to give back to their community. Ready, set, shop!
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
I love giving gift more than receiving to be honest. I’m not one to give gift cards as I like to make the gift personal. I pick up on cues during conversations with the recipient. When people say they don’t know what someone wants or what to buy, they must not be listening. They tell you in a roundabout way by sharing their interests or what they’d like to buy in the future. Of course not everything is on your list, nor is everything affordable. The options below feature gift options, per person, all under $20. Quality gifts, not just things thrown in a bag.
Gifts for Kids
I babysit two girls ages 6 and 9 and I have two nephews the same age. The girls have been talking about slime like most kids their age. It’s all the rage. I was able to find a 24oz tub of neon slime at Target on sale for $3.99 (score for a sale). Regular price was $5.99 each which still is a great price. There were 8oz tubs in the Wondershop section for $5. Definitely not worth it. Plus, in comparing the price to Amazon, the same item is priced at $19.99. I scored both for less than half the price.
I purchased one for each of the girls and in their gift bags I added Starburst (which is our fav candy to share) and a notebook. The notebook was an added plus as the older one has been talking about writing her dreams from the previous night. As for her baby sis, what big sis wants so does she. Total cost, $10. I had the notebooks in my stash already. My hoarding finally came in use.
As for my nephews I decided to go with a game that we all can play. Monopoly is too long to play with two impatient boys. Then there’s checkers, but only one can play me at a time. I went into Bob’s for another gift and found an NFL matching game. SCORE! Both of my nephews love football and the younger one will have a blast playing this game. It’s self explanatory and as a football lover myself, I wouldn’t mind playing it over and over. While the game was retailed at $14.99, it was 30% so I scored it for a little over $10 with tax.
Gifts for Adults
I wanted to get a gift for the girls parents and one of the moms is a Giants fan while the other is an author. Both have home offices and I knew that they would get use out of something to go on their desk. I found a Giants pencil cup in Bob’s for $9.99. Again with the 30% off it came down to around $7. Rae Dunn has super cute mugs and dishes and I remember seeing a pen holder that said ‘write.’ I opted to get the latter that said ‘create’ which happened to be around the same price as the Giant’s cup holder. To jazz the gift up a bit, I added Dove chocolate that I purchased at Target for around $5. I just split the bag between the two. Total price for both, $20 or so with tax. Another score!
Shopping for my boyfriend is always interesting as he never really wants anything. Still, I’m all for practical gifts so I put together a little something something. Our big gift this year is Wrestlemania so we’re saving for that. During Black Friday, Sears offered a $15/$15 purchase coupon which I used on a Champion Sweater. It wasn’t expensive to begin with, but with the sale plus coupon, I paid under $10.
A great gift to buy anyone this time of year are bath and body products. I added a Dove one to my boyfriends gift and bought one for myself. His gift came to $20 or so and it’s items he’ll get use out of. Getting back to the bath and body products for $10, you usually get body wash, a sponge, and a scrub (women). For men, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, and body wash. When you compare to the prices individually for these items, $10 is a pretty good deal.
My church gives a hour long church service to a local nursing home once a month, 7 times a year. I love putting together gifts and Christmas is when we go big. Last year we gave away 80 or so care packages filled with toiletries to both the nursing home and a local homeless shelter. This year we’re giving away bags filled with the following;
- Bags – pack of 10, $4 (Christmas Tree Shop); $1 each / 2 for $1 (Dollar Tree)
- Throw blankets – $2.50 each (Walmart)
- 1 pair of thermal socks (donated) – 13 pack, $13.99 (Walmart)
- 1 toothbrush – pack of 3 with holder, $1 (Dollar Tree)
- 1 bar of soap – pack of 3, $1 (Dollar Tree)
- 1 pack of tissues – pack of 8, $1 (Dollar Tree)
Thankfully we were able to cut the cost with donations, but still the prices above do not break the bank. Whether you’re packaging a few or over 20, there’s something you could put together that is useful to the recipient. They’ll appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
I was watching the news to see that a NJ man was giving away backpacks to the homeless throughout NJ and NY filled with necessities that they’ll need through the upcoming months. I love seeing other people giving back this time of year. I’m happy to be able to do so as much as I do.
Check out the links below to items I purchased:
- Walmart | Slime
- Target | Slime
- Bob’s Stores
- Sears | Champion Fleece Pullover Crewneck
- Walgreens | Men/Women Body Care Sets