Christmas Under $100 2019

Christmas Under $100: 2019

By Erin Huffstetler | 08/19/2019 | 5 Comments
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Every year I strive to keep my Christmas gift spending to $100 or less, and so far, I’ve never come in over budget. Last year, I spent $67.39, which included gifts for my extended family, friends, kids’ friends and our mailman.

Want to see what I’ve gotten so far this year? Here’s a peek at what I’ve tucked away for my kids.

Free Samples for Advent Calendar

Last year’s advent calendar was a huge hit, so I’m doing one again this year. I’ve been requesting free samples to fill the pockets. Everything you see here was a freebie. I’ve gotten face masks, lotions, leave-in conditioner packets and flavored teas. They’re going to love this stuff.

Gifts for Advent Calendar

I’ve also purchased a few things for their advent calendar, including this 12-pack of Star Wars socks ($1.50 during Target’s 90% off after-Christmas clearance ), a Yes to Tomatoes charcoal mud mask ($.25 at a yard sale) and two Christmas shrink art kits (purchased for $.24 each during a thrift store half-off sale).

Fleece Pajama Sets

I bought their Christmas pajamas during Sear’s storing closing sale, and used rewards to pay for them, so they were free.

For my oldest daughter’s stocking I’ve gotten …

Starbucks Hot Cocoa

two packages of Starbucks hot cocoa mix …

Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Mix

and one package of Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix. These all came from yard sale free boxes.

Candy for Stocking

I also got her chocolate coins and an M&M ornament (after-Christmas clearance at CVS, paired with ExtraBucks = free).

Art Bin

She’ll be starting college next fall, so most of her gifts are either art supplies for school, or things for her dorm room. So far, that includes this art bin, that I purchased at a yard sale for $5 …

Art Kit

this drawing and painting kit ($4.50 at a thrift store) …

Hardbound Sketchbook

this hard-bound sketch book ($1.99 at a thrift store) …

Rainbow Gel Pens

these rainbow gel pens (on clearance at Staples, and paid for with rewards) …

Textured Paint Rollers

these textured paint rollers ($1 each at Dollar Tree) …

Felt Board Letters

these letters for her felt board ($1 from the Target Dollar Spot) …

Cactus Wall Decals

these cactus wall decals from Dollar Tree …

Cactus Cup

and this cactus cup from Dollar Tree. I figure it’ll make a cute pencil cup for her desk.

Eddie Bauer Wallet on a String

I also got her this Eddie Bauer wallet on a string at a yard sale for $.50. It’s the perfect size for carrying a driver’s license, school ID and a little cash.

Bento Box

This banana bento box was another Sears storing-closing score. I paid for it with rewards.

Black Sports Bra

Ditto for this black sports bra. I’m really going to miss all those Sears freebies now that our local store is closed.

Photo Album

Oh, and I’m also going to give her this little photo album. You may remember it from last year, I ended up putting it back in my gift closet to keep their gift count even.

For my youngest daughter’s stocking, I’ve gotten …

Candy Stocking Stuffers

chocolate coins and an M&M ornament from CVS (free after clearance and rewards), a Smash Book bookmark ($.25 at a thrift store) …

Essie Nail Polish

and a bottle of Essie nail polish, which was a freebie that I requested online.

Strawberry Bento Box

She’s been with me on most of my shopping expeditions, so I don’t have many gifts for her yet, but so far, I’ve gotten her this Strawberry bento box (free at Sears) …

North Face Scarf

this North Face scarf ($.50 at a yard sale) …

Gray Tank Top

this gray tank top (free at Sears) …

Black Sports Bra

and this black sports bra (another Sears freebie).

Artist's Canvases

I also scored a bunch of canvases at a yard sale for $3, which I plan to divide between them.

So far that brings my total to $22.97.

I’ll keep updating you throughout the season, so you can see how everything comes together. I scored lots of awesome friends and family gifts during the 90% off after-holiday clearance sales last year. I’ll be sharing those soon.

In the meantime, be sure to check out my Christmas under $100 challenges from previous years:

Christmas Under $100: 2018
Christmas Under $100: 2017
Christmas Under $100: 2016
Christmas Under $100: 2013

And don’t miss the year I did Christmas for free.

Want to Do Your Own Christmas Challenge?

Here are the tricks that I use to get so many of my Christmas presents for free.

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