Tired of racking your brain for that perfect gift that is actually within your budget? Worry no more with this great guide for giving gifts to your family members- without breaking the bank!
Make her dinner.
Want to make your mom proud? Show her that what she’s taught you has paid off- or that you’ve found a really easy recipe that looks good to you. Need a few ideas? Try these recipes that are (nearly) fool-proof and require fewer than 6 ingredients:
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Quick Chicken Parmesan
Beef Taco Skillet
Don’t forget the pot holders!
Even better, make her cookies.
With premade dough easily purchased at the grocery store for under $5, return the favor and make your mom some cookies. Just follow the directions VERY carefully, especially if you aren’t used to baking. If you need help, ask her- give the gift of time together on top of delicious cookies.
Give him some time off.
Offer to do the chore that you usually grumble through- mow the lawn, wash the car, or clean the garage.
Make him a personalized calendar.
Is your dad the type of guy who can’t remember a doctor’s appointment, nonetheless his own birthday? Make him a personalized calendar and fill in important dates so he can keep track of them. While Shutterfly and Picaboo offer personalized calendars for about $30 with shipping, check out this link for making a homemade photo calendar without the cost (and printable calendar templates).
For Your Brother
For the music junkie…
Is he a music junkie? Buy a CD that he doesn’t have- or, if he has everything, pick up an iTunes gift card. Or, if he likes hearing new music, make him a CD that introduces him to new artists you think he might like.
For the movie buff…
Does he love movies? Pick up one you know he loves (or an Amazon gift card if he seems to have them all). Or take him out for a movie and make an experience out of it.
For Your Sister
Let her pamper herself.
Groupon and Living Social always have deals on spa services for cheap. Pick a voucher for a mani-pedi or a massage and let her enjoy an afternoon of pampering that she might not do for herself, especially if she’s on a budget. Just make sure you check Yelp and/or Foursquare for ratings before you hit the submit button- you don’t want to send her to a lackluster business.
Create your own spa basket.
Are vouchers out of your budget? Try putting together a spa gift basket and bring the spa to her! Fill a basket with bath salts, shower gel, salt scrubs, eye mask, nail polish, bubble baths, and anything else you can find that looks relaxing- if you don’t know her favorite smells, you can always rely on citrus, vanilla, and ginger smells, which most people like. You can add some tea bags and a mug or CD of relaxing music.
You can’t go wrong with a gift card…
If you don’t know where someone shops, pick up a Visa gift card. If you know their favorite stores or that they could use some help with groceries, give them a more specific gift card. Don’t think of it as “cheating” – think of it as treating someone to something they like but might not otherwise buy for themselves.
… But try to avoid cash.
Just remember: With the ability to buy a gift card that can be used almost anywhere in the world, do NOT attempt to hand over cash to someone you know as a birthday or holiday gift. Exceptions include children under 10, older relatives, and gifts that are not for birthdays or holidays.
What are your go-to gifts for family members? What tricks do you have for buying great gifts on a budget?