Today is December 1st and the countdown to Christmas has begun! And shopping has already been in full swing – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (which really seem to last a lot longer than a day). I’ve done a bit of my shopping already but I still have a few things left to order or buy in the stores. Plus this year is a little different since I stopped working in September. So if you are like me, and you still have a bit left to do and you are on a budget, here are 10 gift ideas under $10 that you can order and still get by Christmas.
I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. These are all things I have used personally. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself. Thanks!
EOS lip balm. I know you can find these at Target, but they are also on Amazon. I gave these as stocking stuffer gifts a couple years ago, honestly, because I wanted to try them out myself! It’s a great chapstick, lasts a long time, and doesn’t seem to dry out (like Burt bees chapstick seems to). They are expensive for chapstick (still only one is $5 so it’s within budget), but if you buy in bulk, it does get cheaper.
Tea is a great stocking stuffer or add-on to a bigger gift like a teapot or an electric kettle. I’ve used this particular tea, Numi, at home and I really like it. It has a wide range of teas to choose from (there’s a chocolate tea in there…it’s light, but good). It’s also Fair Trade and Fair Labor, and organic.
Kitchen utensils are always a great buy. I feel like I can never have enough spatulas at my house, but this could also be pizza cutters, peelers, all of those things you need but can never find. Why not replace?
Speaking of which, Michael is wanting one of these huge pancake flippers like this one here. It may or may not end up in his stocking this year….
Another idea for guys is this nifty all in one tool gadget. It’s a great gift for people who like to go camping as well. Also, it would be a great add-on to a bigger tool gadget gift, or at the very least it would come in handy when putting together all of those toys under the tree as well!
Shampoo and conditioner may not sound like the greatest gift, but when you go travel or trial size, you can get more luxury brands, like John Frieda, instead of the regular brands you typically will buy. This is a good alternative to a spa retreat that may not be in the budget this year. I also have a link here to other travel size shampoos if John Frieda isn’t ideal. They aren’t all under $10, but significantly cheaper than the larger sizes.
Under that same category, I’ve seen, and used, these small one-time facial packets at my drugstores and at Target. They would also be ideal in a small gift basket or in a stocking this Christmas too. When I saw them on Amazon, I knew I would have to include them in the list!
Another thing I’ve seen in stockings in years past, but could also be given as a gift are these brain puzzles. You have to figure out how to pull the puzzle apart which can take quite a while depending on the person. This particular pack had 8 games in it could be multiple gifts to people and still within budget!
And if you know me, you know I won’t be forgetting the pups this year! This is Jerzee’s favorite toy. Each one lasts about a year before the squeaker breaks and she’s torn it to bits. And she rips up toys fairly easily for a rat terrier!
And last but certainly not least, the thing I hope is in my stocking this year….chocolate. This pack can be given together or divided between people. But I like the packaging that Lindor does with the ribbon. And the chocolate is quite yummy as well!
I love gift giving. And there are so many other ways to save money, like making handmade gifts or baking cookies. But in the craziness of the season, sometimes just ordering off of Amazon and having it come to your door, ready to be wrapped, is just the kind of shopping that is needed this year.
What low cost ideas have you done in the past? Are you like me and use Amazon for the majority of your gifts this year?