Dec 122017
Holiday Gift Guide For Parents On A Budget

Whether you’ve had a major change in your life — such as a new addition to the family or purchased a new home — staying on a budget will be key to a successful holiday season for you and your family.

I should know, we’re experiencing both!

With the idea of a third child on the way and the purchase of our first home, we’re not thinking of going above and beyond this year. Add the fact that we’re hosting Jeff’s family for Christmas Eve and you have a recipe for potentially going over budget.

Bringing Joy This Holiday

Although the news of carrying a healthy baby has been a blessing, we’re looking to make this Christmas a special one for our little ones — more so because they now understand what’s going on. We even picked up an Elf on the Shelf set to start another Christmas tradition. We’re hoping it goes well this year. If anyone has tips on how to make this Elf on the Shelf stuff more exciting, please comment below! I’d appreciate it.

One thing we’ll be cutting back on is the amount of holiday baskets we give out. Yay for me! We typically hand out about five to six gift baskets to family and friends, but this year we’re only making two or three of them. We’ve made friends with a couple of neighbors, and we’d like to gift them a little something special for their family to enjoy. Below are three ideas for parents who are on a budget this holiday season:

1) Create holiday baskets.
Holiday baskets always come in handy. My mother started this tradition when I was younger, and you can get the most out of a $50 budget to make around five to six baskets. We shop at Costco for bulk items such as fruits, snacks, and Sparkling Cider. I’ve made baskets with wine, but that can get pricey.

Another perk to creating holiday baskets instead of gifting presents to individual family members is forming a sense of unity. Families often come together to enjoy the baskets, and that’s really what you want during the holidays — togetherness.

2) Research different stores. 
Finding the right gift with a budget in mind can be tough, but one of the awesome things about shopping is, well shopping for a bargain. You just never know whether or not you’ll be able to find the same (or similar) item for less elsewhere. Check to see if the item is also available online.

Note: Be sure to think of the timeframe of delivery and whether or not you’ll have to pay for shipping. Sometimes it’s cheaper to pay a little extra at the store knowing you’ll have the item in your hand.

3) Think of useful gifts. 
Paying attention to detail is key when giving someone a gift. I like to think back to the discussions I’ve had with the person throughout the year. If I don’t know what to get someone I always think of their personality and things they like to do. One year we gifted a family member a compact luggage. It offered lots of compartments and made traveling a breeze. The family enjoyed traveling and were planning to visit some new places that year.

It’s always nice to see something useful under your tree — something that inspires you to go after a certain goal.

Do you budget yourself during the holiday season? Tell us about it below:

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. I am defiantly on a budget! This will help me a lot! I am making a few of our gifts this year and I am excited to give them to my family.

  2. That was a good idea to get something like luggage. It is a practical gift that can be used year round instead of some random gift that gets thrown out.

  3. Love making baskets (or bags) with consumables! So many of us really don’t need stuff anymore – so love things to eat or use (beauty products/candles). 🙂

  4. I used to give useful things but it takes a lot of time. ha! Now I am thinking of giving holiday basket. I’ve seen some deals and I know it is still practical.

  5. WOw some amazing tips especially important as holidays can get really expensive. I actually love making holidays baskets because theyre so budget friendly and add a great touch.

  6. Yes, I always set a budget. Buying gifts can add up really quickly. I like to give gifts that I know each person will enjoy. I know I always appreciate receiving a holiday basket.

  7. I LOVE creative gifts. Last year my husband secretly put together an album of ALL the stuff he has saved (without me knowing) from our relationship – down to some very personal notes and such that I legit thought that were LONG GONE. Seriously made me cry and now we have the album to continue to fill together.

  8. Congrats on your third bundle of joy! As far as budgets go, my former spouse and I used to contribute to a Christmas Club Account every pay day so things wouldn’t be so tight during the holidays. Now, instead of buying gifts for my friends and family, I adopt a child from an Angel Tree and buy for him or her instead. It’s all about making Christmas for a child, if you ask me! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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