Holiday Gifting Tips

This guide will help you decide how to go about Holiday Gifting and how to get the biggest smile for your buck.


(Sources: Study 1)

1.) Expensive is not always better. Especially when buying for kids, you could get a giant new toy and they will be more interested in the box. Get what you think will be fun. For in-laws and parents, focus on what is sentimental, like pictures (learn where to print).

2.) Many small gifts are, in most cases, better than one big one. Unless you know someone really wants something larger, most gifts should be under $10, so you can get many.

3.) If you are getting a big gift, don’t pair a big gift with a small one. An example would be an iPod touch and a $5 iTunes Giftcard. According to these three studies, it is better to just give the iPod, because people actually perceive it as worth more.

4.) Homemade is great. Homemade gift ideas are literally everywhere. Pinterest has an infinite supply of gift projects that are fun for the whole family (like this board). Scrubs and food are great ideas, since they can be produced in bulk with few who would not like them.


Dollar Store Ideas –

Items for Homemade:

  • Sugar (for scrubs)
  • Holiday tins and food trays
  • Wrapping paper and tape


  • Batteries (to go with devices that come without)
  • Chapstick
  • Headphones
  • Phone Cases
  • Winter Hats and Clothing Accessories
  • Gum/Mints (you know who you should give this to *wink*)
  • Candles
  • Hair Care/Cosmetic items


  • Candy Canes
  • Box of Favorite Candy
  • Gum
  • Crayons/Drawing Utensils
  • Crazy Socks
  • Puzzles
  • Action Figures
  • Costumes

Cook of the House:

  • Mugs
  • Kitchen Utensils (like serving spoons, etc.)

Online store ideas –

  • Super cheap phones that can be used as a media device instead. (ex. LG 306G or  LG Optimus Exceed 2)
  • Cheap tablets (ex. Fire Tablet)
  • Clothing, especially when the person you are buying for has particular preferences
  • Giftcards are great, but only use them when you don’t know what the person wants

Extra Info: Consumer Reports Ideas

Did I leave something out? Leave a comment below!

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