Christmas 2013: 9 Last-Minute, Budget Friendly Xmas Gift Ideas to Make Your Loved Ones Feel Special

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By jaskiran kaur | December 23, 2013 9:52 PM EST

Purchasing Christmas gifts can be a puzzling and expensive task. Christmas means decorations, food, drinks, parties and more. But, the one thing that most people look forward to during Xmas is its tradition of exchanging gifts. However, all the shopping and preparation can leave you no time and can cause you to run out of funds. In order not to disappoint your loved ones on this special day, here are some last-minute, budget friendly Xmas gift ideas.

9 Last-minute, Budget Friendly Xmas Gift Ideas

1.    Christmas is all about celebration with food, chocolates, candies and drinks. A last-minute, budget friendly purchase of a box of chocolates or candies can save the day for you. Pick these gifts for those who can never outgrow their love of chocolates or candies. Wrap them in a fancy paper or box and make it look more appealing. There are a variety of chocolates that are sold during Xmas time. Pick the one that will be preferred by your loved ones.

2.   Since Christmas cakes are one of the most loved items this time of the year, they make for a delicious and delightful gift item. Either pick one of these treats or bake them on your own. They serve best as a last-minute yet budget friendly gift for all.

3.  To make your loved ones feel special, a handmade Christmas card is one of the most admired last-minute yet budget friendly gift. A card, filled with thoughtful messages and some special memories from the past is a perfect gift for family members and close friends.

4.  Since New Year's Day comes just a few days after Christmas, one can give a calendar or a planner as a gift. This gift is a perfect and thoughtful item for people who like to keep their things and days organized.

5.  Go green this Christmas and make a statement with a unique gift, like a potted plant. Don't buy flowers which will be thrown away in a bin after a day or two. Instead, buy a potted plant that one can nurture every day. Pick from several varieties of herbs, bonsai plants and flowers available in the market which would make perfect Xmas gifts this year.

6.  Christmas is a time of togetherness and celebration. So, why not compose an audio CD with special Christmas songs and carols to enjoy with your family on that cozy Christmas Eve? You can also select a few Xmas movies to immerse completely into the jovial spirit of Christmas.

7.  Since Christmas can be celebrated to its fullest only with Xmas delicacies, choose some nice Christmas cookbooks and give it as gifts to the ones who love cooking or believe food is an essential part of the Christmas celebration. You can also pick any other book that your loved one has been longing to read. Rummage through the second-hand books section and pick the one that you think they would love to get.

8.   You can also give a homemade knitted item as a gift to your loved one. But, you should only pick this last-minute yet budget friendly Christmas gift idea if you are good at knitting. There are numerous things that you can knit on your own. Choose something simple and easy to make, like a muff or a pair of knitted socks that will consume less time but show your effort, love and care.

9.  Usually, families have some well-preserved items that have been cherished and handed down over the years by different generations. Christmas makes for an auspicious and most fitting occasion to hand down these cherished treasures that have been preserved by your family. It's time to make some people feel that they are the rightful owner of a very special family treasure. It could be something from a book to a piece of jewelry that brightens up their Xmas day. It is certainly one of the best last-minute yet budget friendly Christmas gift ideas.  

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