The act of giving needn’t cost an arm and a leg. In fact, with a bit of thought and creativity, you can create an incredible gift that won’t break the bank. Here are a few budget-friendly gift ideas to help you show your loved one how much they mean to you.
Homemade Gift Hamper
For those who know their way around a kitchen, a homemade hamper filled with edible goods is the way to go. Pick a theme and fill a basket full of treats that your loved one will love. If they enjoy sweet delights, an afternoon tea hamper is a great option. A spread of English scones, homemade fruit preserve, and a selection of tea is a good place to start. Other long-life treats which are sure to impress include meringues, fudge, and traditional shortbread biscuits.
Furthermore, wicker hampers and ornate boxes can be found at a low price when sourced online. You can use shredded paper to line your basket as it is cheap to purchase at local craft stores. Alternatively, if you have the paper, then you can make it for free at home.
Photo books are easy and fun to create. They are the perfect gift for someone with who you share incredible memories with. For example, for friends, you can use a photo book to create a day-by-day photo journal of a shared vacation. Additionally, a photo book can be filled with special memories you have made with your partner in your first year together and gifted as an anniversary present. Alternatively, you can go completely old school and print off photographs to create a sentimental photo album. Besides photo books and photo albums, photo canvases are ideal if you have an incredible shot, while framed photos are great for decorating walls and tables.
Specialty chocolate may not sound like a budget-friendly gift idea, but if you purchase it from the right source, it can be. Original mozartkugeln was created in the 1800s and hails from Austria. It consists of a decadent pistachio marzipan center, a delicious layer of mixed nut nougat, and a fine, dark chocolate coating. True chocolate lovers and avid foodies will appreciate this delectable treat, but unfortunately, the original Austrian confectionery doesn’t ship to the United States or Japan. Luckily for you and your chocolate-loving giftee, Dallmann Confections offer shipping within the U.S. They use a traditional recipe and create Mozart candy by implementing authentic techniques.
DIY Pamper Kit
After an exhausting day at work, everyone deserves some time to pamper themselves. If you know someone who has been overworked recently, treat them to a DIY pamper kit full of spa-inspired treats to help them loosen up. Homemade body scrubs are easy to create. Just pick up an inexpensive jar at a store and fill it with a combination of ingredients that will help brighten up their skin. One cheap and cheerful recipe consists of coconut oil, brown sugar, and oatmeal. In addition, this kit can include a scented candle to create a serene ambiance and a book, or a compilation of soothing music, to help them relax.