With the holidays upon us, almost everyone is in full shopping mode. The stress of making sure everyone on your list has something special can be overwhelming. Especially when you are trying to live a frugal life with a tight budget. Cheap personalized gifts may not sound too thrilling but hear me out. I know no one wants to be known as the bad gift giver. Each of the gifts below will ensure you will not even be in the running for that reputation.
The key to giving cheap personalized gifts that don’t feel like a cheap effort is to attach a sentimental meaning to them. Each of the gifts below go into detail as to how you can give cheap personalized gifts and get genuine appreciation in return.
On to the cheap personalized gifts
Digital Photo Frame
When you think of a cheap personalized gift, you are probably picturing a nice silver picture frame with a personal message etched in a fancy script. While that is a very nice gift, that is not quite the cheap personalized gift that we have in mind.
A digital photo frame is the perfect personalized gift that is useful all year round. Load an SD card with images you know they will love and you have the perfect recipe for a gift that they will treasure for years.
Scrap Book with Photos of You Two
Maybe you want to give a gift that is a bit more tangible than a digital picture frame. A good alternative is a personalized scrap book filled with photos, ticket tubs, receipts, and any other memento you may have.
Life is all about building relationships, creating, and preserving moments and experiences. What better gift than to have a complete documentation of your journey together?
The first two gifts on this list are not your typical personalized gifts. This, however, is a little bit different. Now depending on the taste of the gift recipient, jewelry can be a touchy area. However, if you are reading this, then you are probably shopping for someone a bit more frugal minded.
Personalized jewelry is an excellent choice for a heartfelt memento. Charm bracelets from shared experiences, dog-tags with inspirational quotes or important dates, ID necklaces or bracelets; the possibilities are pretty much endless.
I love to write. In fact, I start everyday writing morning pages in my own personal journal. To me, this entry is probably the one I connect with the most. I can not think of a more meaningful or beautiful cheap personalized gift than a nice leatherbound journal with my initials or name on the cover.
Journaling is already a deeply personal experience and being able to share in that is a wonderful opportunity. Again, I cannot think of a cheap personalized gift that I could value any more.
The next thing closest to my heart is probably my love for coffee. Every morning, while I am writing my morning ages, I do so while sipping (probably more like gulping) my morning coffee. I have a preferred coffee mug, but a personalized mug given as a gift, would make my daily ritual that much better.
Coming from a loved one that knows me well enough to think of a personalized coffee mug, would be an awesome gift for any occasion.
Personalized shirts aren’t just for beach trips anymore (airbrushed Tweety Bird anyone?). With on demand printing online, you can have a custom made shirt made from high quality materials with just about any design you can think of.
Maybe you and the person for whom you are purchasing a cheap personalized gift have a funny inside joke together. What better gift than to have one shirt made with the setup and the other with the punchline?
Personalized doesn’t have to mean their gift is monogrammed with their initials. Personalized can be a gift that you design specifically for their personal tastes. You probably know someone who is a movie buff. What could be better than the gift of a movie night? Create a movie themed gift basket for under $25 (even less if you can get a free Netflix trial)! Pack it with some movie theater style popcorn, candy, and even a movie momento.
This one is super easy, super cheap, and super delicious. Pick out your favorite dessert recipe (brownies work great for this one) and layer the ingredients in a mason jar. Add a nice handwritten card with some cooking directions and “voila!” you have an awesome cheap personalized gift that anyone will love.
These are just a few of our best ideas for cheap personalized gifts. Any one of these cheap personalized gifts will be a great treat and will not have you looking cheap.
Let us know which you decide to go with or any of your own ideas in the comments below.