The weather is changing, the pumpkin-scented candles are burning, and the time to start thinking about Christmas is fast approaching. Although we may not experience the classic “white Christmas” here in LA, we still love to embrace the festive season and all that comes with it.
If you have a limited budget, however, stressing about how you’ll afford to buy gifts this year can dampen your festive spirit. So get ahead of the last minute shoppers this year and bag yourself some seasonal bargains. Here is a list of gift ideas under $20 that the whole family will love.
If you’re struggling to buy for a woman in your life, think about what she likes doing in her spare time. If she’s into baking, these stackable Mason Jar Measuring Cups from World Market could be the ideal gift – plus they’re only $12.99. If she likes reading, scour your local bookstore for the best new page-turner, or buy her a gift voucher so she can choose one herself.
Other affordable gift ideas for women include sport clothing, bath products, nail vanish, wine, chocolates or a mini perfume gift set.
Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, but with a little creativity and know-how, you can make even the tightest budget go further. Food and drink related gifts are a staple for men, and they’re affordable too. This coffee grinder from Best Buy comes in at just $19.88 and is a must-have for any caffeine addict. Alternatively, if you know someone who uses a vaporizer and you can’t think of anything he’ll like, why not buy him a seasonal e-liquid? You can purchase these from Auster for $12-$15.
Other affordable gift ideas for men include a beanie hat, a lightweight speaker, a shaving kit or a good old bottle of craft beer.
Babies and Toddlers
If you’re the parent of a toddler, chances are you don’t have room for any more toys in your home. While smaller babies will be happy with a couple of boxes to open and a new pacifier, as tots approach three they become more aware of Christmas traditions and the art of gift giving. Walmart has some fantastic toys for little ones, many of which fall well under the $20 mark. Stacking cups, walkers, and musical toys are great learning tools for younger children, and they can be relatively inexpensive if you know the right places to look.
ToysRUs is a goldmine for kids’ toys, but make sure you shop for Christmas presents alone so you don’t get roped into buying something that exceeds your budget. Better yet, spend some time on their website so you can find the more budget-friendly options, and look out for seasonal shopping vouchers.
Teenagers can be tricky to buy for, which it’s why it’s always best to ask your older child for a Christmas list. Just make sure they’re aware that while you want to spoil them, you do have a budget to stick to. Gift ideas include phone cases, novelty mugs, clothing, and jewelry.