How is your holiday shopping going? I'm woefully behind, not a whole lot of items crossed off the list yet. As I stare at it, all I see is dollar signs. That's not right, not the spirit of the season at all, I know, but even as we spread cheer, we have to mindful of just how much that cheer is costing.
For some folks on my list, it's not a problem - my dad, he always asks for books, which is great and doesn't break the bank. But others? It's a little tough to find something they will like and that isn't so detrimental to the credit card balance. What am I thinking about? Here are a few of my best budget gift ideas, all that are $30 and under.
-- Ornaments. Everyone loves new holiday stuff, and ornaments are no exception. It's a great idea especially for those hard to by-for tweens, like the personalized owl ornament from Ellicakes on etsy. For that younger, not-yet-married co-worker, opt for this silver ball garland from CB2 he can toss on his mantle to be festive.
-- Trays. Every mom I know loves anything to do with organization. Trays like these from West Elm are an ideal gift for those mama buddies, as well as your sister-in-law. They come in a variety of colors and all are under $30.
-- Holiday dishware. Think penguin salad plates, reindeer platters, you get the idea. I love these snowflake mugs from Crate and Barrel. Add some coffee beans or hot cocoa mixes and - bam! - a really nice gift for that secretary or for your neighbor.
-- Magazine subscriptions. This is a gift that keeps giving all year long. So many titles around $15, so you can buy it, and present the present (aw, love the play on words?) via a wrapped-up current issue and something that goes along, like cookie cutters for a food magazine or a trio of nail polishes with that beauty one.
Share your best gifts ideas under $30!