The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, especially those people who have an endless list of gifts to buy. Instead of stressing, use your head and think of something creative for the recipient instead of just getting them a gift card or some random gift that they will never use.
1. Art Prints- Find out about their favorite artist and find a copy of the artists' work online. I have a copy of Matisse's "The Goldfish" on my wall that I purchased in college and I love it. Paintings/photography are a great way to start conversations and are very budget-friendly.
2. Candy- By candy I do not mean go to Target and buy a few bags of Swedish Fish and Gummi Bears. Head to a candy/sweets shop and have them make this a memorable gift for you. They will have decorative containers, bags, and ribbons that look like much more effort was put into the gift. Buy a nice little basket or container of some sort to put the candy in and make it look festive.
3. Picture Frame- Head out to TJMaxx or Home Goods and get a collage frame. Make this frame unique, don't just leave it to be black or brown. Buy some paint or scrapbooking supplies and make it special. I am sure that there are thousands of ideas for this type of project on Tumblr and Pinterest.
4. Antiques- Head out to an antique store and find something that pertains to the gift recipient. It doesn't have to be something crazy expensive but it does need to be something that only you will give them this holiday season. Finding something for your sports lover or poster collector will make them feel great and won't be out of your budget.
5. Games- I can thank my boyfriend's family for re-introducing me to board games during their holiday parties. In today's modern age it is important to get away from our phones, TVs, and computers and just have fun. There are plenty of board games that aren't just for kids. They will make you laugh and make memories.
My favorites: Scattergories, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, and Catch Phrase.
What are your ideas for budget-friendly holiday gifts?