Christmas is a fun time of year, but it can also be stressful when struggling to find original and affordable gift ideas. Our practical Christmas gifts tips will help you get the creative juices flowing, so you can sit back and enjoy the big day!
Small Christmas gifts for friends, relatives and teachers
Baubles or decorations as Christmas gifts
Pretty baubles, Christmas candles or other decorations can make special gifts for Christmas. It’s more personal than a box of chocolates and the recipient will remember you each year when they decorate their house for Christmas. If you have children, baubles could make a cute teacher gift idea. You could also decorate baubles with small pictures of the children to give to close relatives.
Home made treats
Home made biscuits, sweets or Chocolates are always welcome Christmas gifts. Why not make a large batch of peppermint creams, chocolate truffles or mince pies? Put a few of each in a little box or transparent food bag, tie with a ribbon and you have a supply of affordable small gifts for friends and relatives.
Decorated picture frames
For a cute inexpensive keepsake gift for grandparents, why not buy small plain photo frames and ask the children to decorate them with glitter and paint? When your frame is decorated, just insert a recent picture of the children or a favourite drawing.
Find more inexpensive Christmas gift ideas in our Budget Christmas Gift Ideas article.
Gift tips for a stress-free Christmas
Get the toys ready to play with
Children’s toys can be notoriously fiddly to get out of the packaging. Why not open your kid’s toys, remove the fixings and check all batteries are in before you wrap them up? They will be able play with them straight away and you will have time to unwrap your own presents too.
Wrap as you go
Wrap and label your presents as you buy them – this will break up a somewhat daunting task and free up time nearer Christmas.
Send your Christmas gifts
While it is an opportunity to catch up with everyone, driving around to all your friends and relatives to hand out gifts can be time consuming.
Why not lighten-up your work load and send your Christmas gifts by post? Many online shops offer free wrapping and gift messages in the run up to Christmas. So shopping online will not only save you wrapping and posting the gifts yourself, but it will also allow you to shop at your own convenience in the comfort of your home.
Many online stores offer guaranteed before Christmas delivery dates, so you can be confident that your Christmas gifts will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas Day.
Gift wrapping, gift tags and Christmas cards
Alternative wrapping paper
Even if you recycle, buying paper to wrap presents can seem wasteful. Why not use alternative wrapping paper, such as newsprint, or children’s art work?
You could also make the wrapping part of the gift and present your gift in a bag, vase, antique box, picnic basket, backpack or anything the recipient might enjoy or use. Fabric bags that can be re-used for shopping are also an alternative to conventional gift wrapping. For more gift wrapping ideas, check out our gift wrapping tips.
Recycled gift tags
Why not cut out old Christmas cards to make gift tags for the next year? You will recycle and save some money too!
Create your own greeting cards
If you have children, relatives and teacher will love to receive hand made cards.
You can either create your own cards with crafts materials, or for more professional results have the cards printed with your own artwork.
Ask the children to draw a festive picture (or create your own), scan the artwork and have it printed on the front of a card. Several companies offer this service online. You can also use the “photo card” service in your local supermarket to print the scanned image.