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Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Holiday | 1 comment

Meaningful Gifts for Your Family that Stick to a Budget

For a lot of families the holidays aren’t always full of cheer and happiness. In fact for most families the holidays bring a lot of stress. We stress over money, purchasing those high-priced electronics and other hot ticket items. This year make it a point not to stress on affording the holidays. Challenge yourself to stick to a reasonable budget this holiday season and only buy meaningful gifts. Coming up with meaningful gifts can be a challenge, but with a little thought you can come up with the perfect gifts this holiday season. To help you get started I’ve put together a list of meaningful, yet budget friendly gifts that will be a hit this holiday season.


Family Yearbooks – Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and other family members love getting photos! Photos are a great gift to give any relative. However, this year take it up a notch and create a family yearbook. When creating a family yearbook, you will simply take all of your family photos from the past year and organize the photos by month, season or holiday. Remember, candid and non-professional photos are always a hit in a family yearbook.

Once you have all of your photos organized, you can send them off to a company like Shutterfly or you can create the yearbook yourself. Creating the yearbook yourself is very easy! You can purchase a photo album, some scrap booking pages and start creating a beautiful yearbook. Just about every family member on your list will love getting a family yearbook, and it’s a very affordable yet meaningful gift!

Create a Gift Basket – During the holiday season people love to bring you cookies and other yummy baked goods. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love getting all of these delicious treats. However, you can only eat so many cookies, breads and pieces of fudge at once. I always feel bad when these plates of baked goods go to waste.

This year create a gift basket of baked goods that aren’t actually baked yet. Make the dough for the cookies, put together the ingredients for muffins, breads and other yummy treats. This will give the person receiving the basket the opportunity to enjoy the baked goods anytime they want. You can make these gift baskets very personalized by creating pretty tags for the different items, making cute recipe cards or any other fun ideas you come up with. This gift is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Make a Donation – Making a donation to someone’s favorite charity  is a very meaningful gift! Now you might be thinking that doing this will be very pricey but it doesn’t have to be. Even donating $20 can be more fulfilling than buying a high-priced electronic or piece of clothing. Donating is the gift that truly keeps giving! Making a donation in someone’s name lets that person know that you truly care about something that is close to their heart. The holiday season is all about giving — and making a donation allows you to give twice!

Put Your Hobbies to Work – Homemade gifts are usually the best gift there is. Take some time to think about your own skills and put them to work. Maybe you love to make candles, sew, paint, do woodwork or crochet. Taking the time to make someone a gift allows you to save money, give a meaningful gift and shows the person they truly mean a lot to you. This is also a great way to get the children involved in making homemade gifts instead of running to the store to buy something.

Books or Journals – Do you know someone who loves to write or maybe read? If so purchasing a book or a journal is a great gift to give during the holidays. Before you give the book or journal as a gift make sure to write something meaningful in the inside cover of the book. Writing something meaningful really makes the book special!

These are just a few of the affordable yet meaningful gifts you could give this holiday season! The list truly is endless, it just takes some time to put a little thought into the gift. A well thought out gift will always be received with welcome arms.

Guest blogger Melissa King is a DealPro and founder of, a website dedicated to sharing the best deals, honest reviews, and advice with moms from around the country and Military bases overseas. 

1 Comment

  1. Great article with awesome ideas! Our family looks forward to trying some this holiday season! Thanks for sharing.

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