Low-Cost Christmas Gifts: Part 3

Can you believe it’s less than 2 weeks til Christmas? I can’t! I decided to add a few more people to my Christmas list this year, but thankfully the stress of adding more presents isn’t as bad as it could be. I still have lots of time to incorporate a few more DIY presents into my pile of presents, so I’m excited about it! I hope all of you have been managing okay with your gift-buying and gift-wrapping schedules—if you’re still struggling to come up with a few more low-cost Christmas present ideas, here’s the third and last installment of the series I started back in November.

Blankets

I don’t know about you, but if I got a basket of two blankets, I’d be one happy girl. Friends I’ve given blankets to have always been really happy about it, and blankets are so easy to make that you can make a few for multiple people on your list. If you have time to spare, making a giant granny square blanket with crochet is a great way to use up yarn and make something beautiful for someone—if you have even more time to spare, you could make a blanket with multiple granny squares in the design of a character or something similar. An even easier option is to make fleece blankets, because you don’t even have to sew the edges if you cut strips into the sides… but I love blanket stitching the edges anyway in a contrasting thread. You can make several in an afternoon!

Flavoured Oils

Buying some olive oil and pouring it into a few decorative bottles is a great way to ensure you have a gift that’s good to look at. When you put sprigs of rosemary, garlic, sage, oregano, or chilli in the oil, you know it’ll be good to eat! I love giving flavoured olive oil to my dad because I always know he’ll appreciate it, but I’ve found that most men in my life enjoy getting this gift in particular. It’s simple, but it’s useful, and that’s what matters.

Used Video Games

This may only work with my friend group, I have no idea, but we like to give each other used video games for Christmas! If you know the recipient’s game library fairly well, you can go on to Ebay, Craigslist (or Kijiji for Canadians!), or Amazon to take a look at some titles you think they’d enjoy. You can also head into video game stores as well, as they often have shelves and displays reserved for the sale of used video games. Last year, I got one of my best friends 10 games for under $20, and all those games came out in the last 10 years!

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