Tackling the Holiday Budget: Simple Gift Ideas

By December 3, 2014Christmas, Crafts, DIY Projects, Holidays

The holidays can often times put a strain on our budgets. If you have an overflowing Christmas list with many people to buy for, you know what I mean. This inexpensive simple gift idea is perfect for teachers, co-workers, neighbors, even those gift exchange parties that you go to and have no idea what to take!

Make this Simple Gift Idea for under $5! Perfect for Christmas Gift Exchange, Teacher Gifts and more! Pin to your Christmas Board!

Today is Day 3 of our 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity and we are tackling the Holiday budget. Keeping track of everything can be a chore, so Laura from I Heart Planners has created a Printable Holiday Budget tracker for you! More on that in a minute, right now, let’s learn how to put together this cute Christmas gift.

Similar to the Hot Cocoa Kits, we have pulled together some fun ideas for you that are inexpensive and easy to do.

Simple Gift Idea for under $5

This gift idea is super versatile. I have put one together for a women, but you could certainly do one for the movie lover with candy or popcorn flavorings, the grill lover with spices, the Lego lover filled with Legos, the ideas are endless.

Simple Gift Idea Supplies

  • Plastic Bottles – depending on what you are putting in the bottles, will determine the size of bottle you need. This time we decided to use a storage tube made for storing beads because they had the widest opening so the nail polish would fit. You can find similar bottles online – here.
  • Gift Items – we used part of a package of nail polish that we found in the Christmas area at Walmart, Nail Kit, Lip Balm, Hair Barrettes and Bath Salt
  • Decorations – floral picks
  • Ribbon – curling ribbon for the top and wide ribbon to wrap around the bottles
  • Tools – glue and scissors

Simple Gift Ideas for under $5

Fill the bottles with whatever you like. Since the tops of these bottles had a little hook on them, we decided to dress it up with curling ribbon. It adds a bit of sparkle but also hides the hook on the top.

Simple Christmas Gift for a Women

After the bottles are filled, then group together 4, add the rubber band around them to keep them together, if you want. Then add the ribbon and the decorations. The bottles were close enough together, we just put the decoration in the middle and it stayed.

Grab your FREE Printable Holiday Budget Tracker to stay ahead of the game

For Day 3 of our 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity, we are tackling the Holiday Budget. Head on over to I Heart Planners to grab your free Holiday Budget Printable and more inexpensive gift ideas!

This adorable Christmas Gift is under $5 and perfect for teachers, neighbors, co-workers and more! Put together these Hot Cocoa Kits in minutes! Pin to your Christmas Board!

Hot Cocoa Kits

Join us for the 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity! Simple, easy and creative ideas to help you prepare for the holidays and have more time with your family! Pin to your Christmas Board! #ChristmasSanity

And follow along each day as we help you get ready for the holidays!

  • Day 1 – Handmade Christmas Card and a Printable Holiday Card Tracker
  • Day 2 – Printable Monthly December Calendar and Master To Do List
  • Day 3 – Budget Friendly Gift Ideas and a Printable Budget Tracker
  • Day 4 – Printable Christmas List
  • Day 5 – Christmas Recipes and Printable Christmas Menu with Grocery List
  • Day 6 – Baking Supplies Checklist and Printable List
  • Day 7 – No Bake Holiday Treats: Hot Fudge Sauce, Christmas Candy Crunch, Cookie Dough Truffles, Homemade Gum Drops and Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Day 8 – Simple Decorating Ideas
  • Day 9 – Easy Gift Bags with Fabric Handles and Printable Gift Tags (2 different styles)
  • Day 10 – Gift Basket Idea and Printable Gift List
  • Day 11 – Party Prep and Printable Party Planner
  • Day 12 – Organizing Christmas Decorations and Printable Box Labels and Inventory Sheet

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