The holidays are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge those that mean the most to us. But sometimes as much as we’d like to let someone know we’re thinking about them, our bank accounts just can’t handle the additional stress. Or sometimes the kiddies in our lives want to maximize their allowance or the handful of cash they earned while raking fall leaves.
Either way, a little creativity can help stretch even the smallest budget. We’ve lined up a dozen gift ideas that cost under $10, but are as worthwhile to open as they are to give.
Head to the dollar store and grab a stack of movie candy. Raisinets? Check. Gummy worms? Check. Junior Mints? Check. Then head to Target and grab one of their $4 DVDs and voilà, you’re good to gift. Or, skip the candy and add a box of microwaveable popcorn instead
While at Target, check out their dollar section up by the registers. You can always find great little trinkets and licensed-character accessories for $1, $3 and $5. If you’re shopping with kids, let them dig deep and find some favorites to gift. They’ve even got gift wrap and bags in the same section for one-stop shopping.
Give the fist of entertainment by gifting some one-time-use-only Redbox promo codes. A five-pack of DVD codes costs just $7.50, and you can even have them emailed directly to the recipient for gift-giving that can’t get much easier.
Fidget spinners are still all the rage, and as popular among kids as they are with teens and adults. Snag one for under $5 almost anywhere, including Walmart and CVS.
Head to Ulta Beauty, sift through their “Five for $5” bins and put together a mini gift set, with lotions, shower gels, mini makeup and grooming tools sure to thrill little ladies and beauty-holics alike.
Lottery tickets aren’t just fun to scratch—they also have great potential to become something even bigger. Whatever your budget allows, grab $1, $2 and $5 tickets and make a wish for the recipient. Tape a penny to the back to make scratching a breeze and add some extra luck.
Five Below has a slew of gifts all priced at under $5 so you won’t have any sticker shock. A recent flyer showed they have Spalding basketballs and Franklin footballs, as well as Hatchimals minis and Lego fun packs for sale.
Who doesn’t love an ice cream cone from Stewart’s? Pick up a voucher or two for just $2.37 each, which can be redeemed for a single scoop at any location.
Craft stores like A.C. Moore and Michael’s always have bargain bins by the front of their stores with tiny notebooks, pens and gift sets, as well as coloring and crafting supplies.
Claire’s has always been known for its budget-friendly costume jewelry perfect for trendsetting young girls and teens, but they also offer “Buy Two, Get One Free” sales around the holidays helping to drop the “per piece” price down even further for earrings, bracelets and hair accessories.
LCR — or Left Center Right — is a family-friendly dice game which kids and adults of all ages can get into. A quick check online shows that Amazon, Walmart and Toys R Us all have it for less than $8.
Who doesn’t love a great pair of patterned holiday-themed socks around the holidays? Inexpensive versions for $3 or less can be found at Target or Walmart, as well as most dollar stores and even the Christmas Tree Shops.