Thoughtful, Low-budget Gifts

Dec 14, 2022

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The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started buying gifts yet? Are you wondering what to get your mom, dad, sister, or best friend when they seem to have everything they’ll ever want or need already? I’ve compiled a list of thoughtful budget friendly gifts for everyone on your shopping list – not just for the holidays! 

Growing up, you probably heard your parents tell you, “it’s not the gift that matters, but the thought behind it” right? Well, it turns out they were correct once again. Giving a gift is the perfect chance to show your love and appreciation for those around you. So why not make that gift something meaningful? (Not every gift has to be something expensive or extravagant like diamonds.)  Check out my list below for gifts everyone will love! All under $30!

Personalized Book

These books are the perfect gift for the special people in your life! Choose from a wide selection of personalized books for significant others, parents, grandparents and besties. Each book is filled with quotes, and writing prompts for you to fill out to share all the ways you love them. Share pictures, funny memories, life milestones, lessons learned and everything in between. This is a gift they can display and cherish for years to come. 

Memory Photo Blanket

These memory blankets are a must have holiday gift item! Because who doesn’t love cuddling up under a warm blanket during the cold winter months? To make this gift extra special, each blanket can be personalized with a unique quote and special photos of your loved ones. Each blanket is made from a soft flannel fleece material and is hypo-allergenic. You can also choose from a wide variety of colors, and sizes. The standard size 50×60 is shown above. 

This is a great gift for parents and grandparents! But my favorite memory blanket I’ve seen done so far, was filled with pictures of a family’s pets! How adorable is that?

Beauty Care Package

Do you have a woman in your life that could use a little extra pampering? Maybe your Mom or Sister? Look no further than this beauty care package! Giving her everything she’ll need for a relaxing night of self care at home. Including a 12 ounce stainless steel tumbler with straw, a scented candle, eye mask, two bath bombs, bath salts, cosmetic bag, ceramic jewelry tray, and card. Bonus –  this gift comes pre-packaged, letting you skip the stress of trying to wrap another present.  

Positive Thinking Jar

Spread good vibes and general cheer this holiday season! This positive thinking jar works similarly to a daily affirmation. The jar is filled with 31 positive quotes to be opened daily, or whenever you need a boost! This present easily reminds your loved ones they bring joy into the world by giving them a little piece of joy every day. This brand also provides the same idea over a wide range of topics like love/friendship, success/inspiration, and relationships. This gift brings smiles to everyone on your list!

Affirmation Cards

This might be my favorite gift idea yet! 🙂 This Affirmation card deck from The Mindful Collection provides daily empowerment through 36 individual cards. Beautifully designed with gold foiled edges and artwork, the cards provide uplifting and thought provoking insight into our journey through life. These affirmation cards can be implemented as a part of your daily routine, used as writing prompts and most importantly used when you need a reminder that everything is going to be alright. Shuffle the cards, and find the right words you need to hear at the moment!

Personalized Mug

Your best friend is lucky to have you in their life – why not remind them of that with matching mugs! (a grown up version of a friendship bracelet) The best thing about this mug is that everything on it can be customized. Including hair color/style, skin tone, quotes, and names. Let your imagination run wild, and give a gift that your bestie will cherish forever. Bonus – this brand also has customizable mugs for father/daughter, mother/daughter duos as well. Including specialty holiday themed mugs.


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