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5 Thoughtful Gifts Ideas To Give When You Have No Money

Here are five ideas you can use to give a great gift without spending too much money.

Posted By- Khyati Rathod | Posted On - Aug 28, 2020


The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Stores are filled with festive displays designed to part us from our money. It can be fun to buy presents for everyone on your list but this can be a challenge for you when you have little to no money for presents. Don’t give in to that feeling — no gift is worth going into debt to purchase. There are many ways you can give gifts on a limited budget. Here are five ideas you can use to give a great gift without spending too much money.


1. Bake something.

People love baked goods, especially during the holiday season. Not only does this let you give a gift from your heart, but it’s also relatively inexpensive. You can make a great things like cookies, bread, pies, or any other baked item to give as a gift. Jeff Campbell, the founder of the personal finance site Middle-Class Dad, says he used this strategy during a time he was on a limited budget. You can personalize the gift in a variety of ways to make it feel more special. Add ribbon or wrap it nicely and it’ll be a gift that’s well-received without spending too much money.



2. Have friends and family night.

Buying Christmas presents is fun that everyone enjoys, but it’s often time spent with loved ones that are most remembered. After all, a gift can wear down or break, but memories last forever. Memories are the best part of your life. You can do this on a budget by having friends and family night with those close to you. There are many ways to have a family night and not spend a lot of money, such as:

  1. Going bowling
  2. Seeing a matinee movie
  3. Visiting a local zoo or museum
  4. Playing miniature golf



3. Make a DIY digital photo frame

Digital photo frames are one of the great gifts, but they are often quite expensive. Many of the top-rated frames on Amazon, for example, cost north of $100. This is likely too expensive on a limited budget.

All is not lost, though: If you have an old laptop computer you don’t use it. This can be a great gift for an older family member or someone who loves to have family photos around the house. Just remember to delete all personal files before doing so.



4. Give acts of service.

Acts of service make great gifts for busy or older family members, Gatewood says. Often, busy or older family members must spend to get a service done. You can help them with that need and save yourself the stress of coming up with a gift idea on a limited income.

Below are just a few ideas of acts of service you can offer:

  1. Running errands
  2. Cleaning house
  3. Cooking meals
  4. Babysitting
  5. Repairing a broken item


5. create a one-family history DVD

Do you have a family member who loves to study the history of your family? Putting together a digital family tree is a great gift for that hard-to-shop-for person. Many photo places also can make DVDs for very reasonable rates.