When my kids were little, we didn’t have a lot of extra money to spare.
I remember my first baby’s first Christmas, we had a “$10 Christmas.”
That year we really couldn’t afford Christmas gifts because I had quit my job to be a stay-at-home and we weren’t very good at living on one income just yet, so we had to keep our costs low.
We bought a little gift for our baby and put her under the tree as our gift to each other for the year.
I’ll never forget that Christmas!
From Strictly Budgeting to Overspending on Christmas Gifts
Little did I know that year, but once we started making more money (I started this blog & my husband got raises & promotions), we slowly let lifestyle creep up on us.
We now have 3 kids and find ourselves spending way more than we ever imagined on Christmas gifts for them.
Mainly because we have more discretionary income.
Let’s just say we spend way more than $10 for Christmas now!
Can you relate? Have you let your Christmas gift spending get out of control in the past?
Finding Cheap Christmas Gifts for My Kids
After several years of blowing our budget out of the water, we’ve decided that enough is enough and our kids don’t really need any more “things.”
We’re getting our kids one “larger” item and then a couple smaller ones.
That seems way more reasonable.
I find that kids don’t really care what a gift costs – as long as they like it, it’s a great gift.
I decided while I was doing my research that I could put together a handy list for the blog of a handful of the inexpensive Christmas present ideas I found.
Last time I checked, each of these toys cost less than $20 before tax.
I think they’re pretty great!
Let me know if you have any other low-cost ideas….I’m sure everyone reading this could use even more low priced options to consider!
I know some people might think I didn’t keep the budget low enough at $20 per gift, but I wrote this from the perspective of someone who has spent $100+ on an individual Christmas gift before and REGRETTED IT big time.
I think everything in life is best done in increments so this is an improvement for me for a budgeting perspective.
If you don’t want to spend even $20 or $10 on a gift, you could totally find something cool on mark down if you start searching long enough for a bargain.
OR you could even make a homemade gift that has lots of meaning yet costs only a few dollars.
Maybe I’ll write a post on the topic of thrifty homemade options soon!
You can really make great gifts that cost basically next to nothing.
More Christmas Gift Ideas You Might Like:
- Top 10 Gifts for Super Smart Kids – If you have a little one who is rather advanced for their age, you don’t want to miss this list…I got my son one of these small drones last year and he LOVED it….until it got stuck in a tree! 🙂
- 30 NON-TOY Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids – If you’re like me and think your kids just really don’t need another toy in the house, you will love this list of non-toy gifts to consider!
- How to Make a Real Money Notepad for a Gift