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Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas

Many college students have a small budget for purchasing gifts.

Kizzy Preston

November 07, 2013

Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas
Many college students have a small budget for purchasing gifts. What can you do to get your loved ones gifts they will love, while remaining economical? The holiday season probably snuck up on you this year. Busy with classes, studying, and a part-time job or internship, you may not have gotten around to doing any shopping. Here are some ideas that can be used to make the most of your money:

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Try the dollar store. It may sound funny, but most cities have a dollar store in which every single item in the store costs only one dollar. You may assume that things from there will be cheap, but you can find a lot of really good gifts there. Many of these gifts would be great as stocking stuffers. You can also fill a gift bag with things like a pocket calendar for 2013, some pens, a pair of gloves, a small bottle of lotion and so much more. By buying items that people actually use daily, they’re actually useful gift ideas. Be creative. When is the last time you made a present for someone? Handmade presents aren't just for children. Your family may actually love a gift that you made yourself even more than something store bought.

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Do you have a great picture on your digital camera that you think would look beautiful in a frame? Print it out and find a pretty frame—which are usually inexpensive--and give that as a gift. Make a piece of jewelry using a jewelry making kit, write a letter of gratitude to a parent or guardian and put it on pretty paper. Whatever you can think of that is inexpensive, yet meaningful would be great.

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Coupons. This isn't a new idea, but it’s still a good one. You can make coupons which are good for, a night of babysitting, or mowing the lawn for someone. People enjoy coupons that they can “cash in” at any time. Offering services that can be redeemed at a later date is a gift that lasts far beyond the holiday season. Gift Cards. Gift cards are always a good inexpensive gift idea because with a lot of cards, you control how much is put on it. This way even if you only have $10 to spend on a gift for someone, you can load that on to a gift card from their favorite store. Then the next time they are in that store, they can use the gift card. Even if they have to put some of their own money with it, the $10 off of the total price will be helpful. Cook. It doesn't take much to go to the grocery store and buy a package of already prepared cookie dough. You can then take 2-3 of the baked cookies and wrap them in plastic wrap and add a pretty bow. Donate. You can offer to make a donation to a person’s favorite charity. A charity will accept donations in any amount. You can make the donation and then just buy a card and let the person know that you made a donation in their name to the charity. These are just a few inexpensive holiday gift ideas. I’m sure if you ask around you will find many more ways to make the holiday season great, on a college student’s budget.

Do you have any other ideas you’d add to this list?

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