This year we took a three month break from all non-essential spending to meet a big savings goal, so I’m not as far along with my Christmas shopping as I usually am. But I still plan to keep my Christmas spending to $100 or less. That probably means I’ll be making more of my gifts this year, but we’ll see how things unfold.
Want to see what I’ve tucked away so far? Then, keep reading. Unless of course you’re on my gift list. In which case, it wouldn’t be cool to peek. Jo, this means you 🙂
My dad’s a fellow sinus sufferer, so my youngest daughter and I made him a batch of snowman-shaped shower steamers. I had a bunch of snowman jars in my gift closet (they came from a yard sale), so we tucked the steamers in one of those. My daughter used some paper scraps to make the label. It cost me $2 to make the melts, and another $.50 for the jar.
We’re also giving him a couple bars of my homemade honey soap. They cost me $1.34 a bar to make. So, $2.68.
I made my mom one of my solar garden globes. I spent $1 for the shepherd’s hook, $.50 for the light globe, and $1 for the solar light. So, $2.50 total.
We’re giving our toddler/pre-school-aged nieces and nephews whoopie cushion elves. They make the whoopie cushion noise when you sit on them. They were originally $13.99 each, but I picked them up on clearance for $1.39 each. I got all three for $4.17.
Our newborn nephew is too little to appreciate a whoopie cushion elf, so I made him a set of closet tags, using a printable that I found on Pinterest. I ran them through my laminator to make them sturdy.
I also printed out several sets of my kids’ clothing storage bin labels. He has two older siblings, so I figured they probably didn’t need any more baby clothes or toys. Hopefully this will be a useful gift.
We’re giving our teenage niece this M necklace. It came from an epic curb haul this summer. An artist couple threw out a bunch of art supplies, plus a bunch of their unsold craft show inventory.
My husband made this dog flashcard notepad for one of our friends. The dog on the card looks just like her dog. It cost us $.90 to make.
And we’re also giving her this old JCPenney catalog. She and her husband recently built an outhouse, and I’ve been teasing that all she needed was a fat holiday catalog to finish it off. My husband spotted this one at an estate sale, and they told us we could have it for free.
We’re giving her husband this mini bean bag toss. They asked to borrow our corn hole set last summer, but we didn’t have any bean bags at the time. They have minimal storage space, so this pint-sized version is perfect. Goodwill wanted $5.99 for it, but we used a $10 off $20 coupon to get it for free.
I snagged these free Dunkin Donut coffee samples for my husband’s stocking. I was surprised by how big the samples were when they came. I’m still working on the rest of his gifts.
This Kavu wallet is for my oldest daughter. I got it at a yard sale for $1.
And I ordered these water color pens for her on Amazon. I paid for them using a gift card that I earned on Dealspotr.
I also got her these cork planters at a church rummage sale for $1. She’s always looking for containers for her succulents and cacti. They still had their sticker from a local shop. Apparently they were $54!
I snagged this duvet and comforter at Goodwill for $9.99. Her duvet went missing a while back (weird things happen with teenagers in the house), so this will serve as a replacement.
This dogwood artwork didn’t photograph well, but it’s a signed piece by a local artist, who takes real flowers and leaves, and preserves them in metal. I found it at Habitat for $.20. Crazy!
And these clear hair elastics are for her stocking. I bought them with Amazon credit last year, but overlooked them when I was stuffing stockings.
This crayon carver will probably be a joint gift for the kids. They may be 13 and 15, but I know they’ll still find it cool. We found it at Goodwill for $1.99, and paid for it with our $10 off $20 coupon, so it was free!
My youngest daughter has been dying to make her own bath bombs, so I ordered her a bunch of molds. I paid for them with another Amazon gift card that I earned through Dealspotr.
She outgrew her bath robe, and has been asking for a new one; so I was excited when I spotted this one at Habitat for $1.
And I bought her a new-in-the-package cooling towel at Goodwill for $.99. She’s wanted one for a while. It’ll be nice to take to summer camp.
I ordered another pressed penny book for each of my daughters, using an Amazon gift card that I earned on Dealspotr. Instead of buying them a bunch of pricey souvenirs when we travel, we buy them pressed pennies. They’ve each filled a book, so now we’re on to the second.
And I snagged these gold paper straws for my youngest daughter’s stocking. She’s obsessed with paper straws. They were half off at Goodwill, so I got them for $.15.
She asked for face masks, so I got a couple bottles to tuck in each of my daughter’s stockings. I caught them on sale at CVS for $2 each, and paid for them with ECBs.
And I snagged a pack of razors for each of their stockings. They were $.27 each after $3 coupons.
That brings my total to $27.62. I still need to get gifts for my in-laws and more gifts for my youngest daughter and husband. I have a couple things that I plan to make him in the next week or so. I’ll also share the kids’ teacher and friends gifts once they go shopping in my gift closet, and any other gifts that I’ve forgotten.
Having documented our Christmas gift spending for several years, it’s interesting to see how my sources for affordable gifts vary from year to year. Last year, Michael’s grab bags figured in heavily. This year it seems to be all the gift cards that I earned through Amazon. Who knows what it’ll be next year.
I’ll keep updating this post and my spending total as the season progresses.
Want to see what we got for $100 in previous years?