Every year we plan and plan and believe we have every possible gift handled for the holiday season. We plan, and shop and prepare, but sometimes there will be someone show up at the last-minute that you need to have a gift for. While it’s easy to go online and send inexpensive last minute Merry Christmas ecards to someone you may have forgotten, these 7 Last Minute Frugal Christmas Gifts are perfect to have on hand for that unexpected someone who may stop by, while also fitting that small budget. Not only will they make receivers feel special, they won’t look like they are cheap.
7 LAST MINUTE FRUGAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Scarves: The last few years scarves have become more and more popular for both men and women. A fun chevron or solid print infinity scarf can be grabbed online for under $5, and often in your local discount retailer for the same price. Stock up for those last-minute drop in guests.
Gourmet Chocolates: Small packages of 5 or fewer pieces of great gourmet chocolates and candies can be found inexpensively at the last-minute to be given as a gift to anyone. Lindt, Godiva and other quality brands are equally as tasty and available in your local drug store or discount store. If you have advanced warning you can grab better quality online – all for under $10.
Soaps: Who doesn’t love Bath and Body Works soaps? There is usually a great sale going on during the holidays, so pick up several scents, bundle them with ribbon and bow and you are good to go.
Gloves: Gloves always come in handy during the winter months. Find inexpensive gloves, great floral or beaded embellishments and make your own special unique fashion accessory that is also practical.
Manicure Sets: Manicure sets are usually under $5 during the holidays. Grab a bottle or two of colorful nail polish and drop into a cute gift bag for a simple gift that anyone would love.
Lotions: Great hydrating lotions and body butters are always excellent gifts during the holiday season. With cold weather, many people find dry skin to be an issue. Choose neutral light scents, unscented lotions or popular fragrances like citrus, vanilla or lavender. Many high quality great brand lotions are found for under $5 a bottle.
Candles: Another classic inexpensive item to give as a gift, candles can be the perfect item for men or women. Choose holiday scents, classic vanilla, light citrus, lavender or clean scents that would be commonly purchased. Many brands of candles are under $10 for a large jar candle, and have long-lasting burn times.
This year, don’t panic with last-minute visitors, or having to wait until the last day to grab a few gifts. You can accomplish this with these great last-minute frugal Christmas gifts. If possible, order a few of these items in advance to have on hand for those unexpected guests. Creating a gift closet with frugal items like this will come in handy not only at the holidays, but throughout the year.