23 Best Gift Ideas On A Budget (That You’ll Even Want!)

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I love the holiday season because I love giving gifts. An added bonus of giving gifts is giving a present that the person needs (or didn’t know they needed!).

I used to buy presents for people that would end up in their basement, but now I’m really thoughtful about the gift I give because I don’t want to add clutter to people’s lives. Instead, I gift a gift OR a service. You’ll hear more about this later.

Here are 23 gift ideas on a budget. Each gift also has a special note sharing who the gift is great for. 🙂

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23 And Me DNA Test

A 23 And Me Test can reveal incredible things about someone, such as how their specific DNA influences their health and what you may pass onto your children. This is such a fun gift because most people never think about buying something like this for themselves. 

Perfect for: Anyone curious about their ancestry.

You can get a 23 And Me DNA Test here.

Canine Dog DNA Test

Again, another item that no one ever thinks to get themselves (or their pup). Such a fun gift for someone who wants to see what breed(s) their dog is, the dogs health results, their ideal weight, and a lot more. There’s even an example dog DNA test results on Wisdom Panel’s website so you can see what it’s like. 

Perfect for: The dog lover.

You can get the Dog DNA Test here.

Organic Herb Starter Kit

This indoor organic herb starter kit comes with everything to grow basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme, all in your house. And the reviews are great!

Perfect for: Anyone who loves herbs.

You can get the Organic Herb Starter Kit here.

Productivity Planner

I’ve been using this exact planner for several months now and it’s a game changer.

Unlike other planners, this planner works by making sure you’re maximizing productivity by using the Pomodoro Technique, which is a time management system that motivates you to work. You break down tasks into 25-minute increments separated by 5-minute breaks. It’s really amazing and SO worth it if you need help getting more done.

Perfect for: Someone who is busy and needs to get more done. 

Get the Productivity Planner here.

Clever Budget Planner

I love using various methods of budget planning. I’ve used apps, Microsoft Excel sheets, and planners.

Right now, I’m using the Clever Fox Budget Planner because I like writing things down. Plus, I get to add in certain money-saving goals I have and at the end of every month, there are sheets for monthly budget reviews.

This budget is super handy for someone who prefers pen and paper budgeting. 

Perfect for: Someone who has been talking about wanting to start budgeting.

You can get the Clever Budget Planner here.

BestSelf co Planner

Last year, I was at a Fidelity meetup for women in the personal finance community. Each of us were gifted a Best Selfco Planner. I’ve only used it a handful of times because I already have a planner, but once I’m done using my current planner, I plan on using the Best Selfco Planner.

This planner is different from others because it breaks down your goals into smaller chunks so you can complete them slowly over time. There’s a section for daily target tasks you want to complete and the lessons you learned that day. It’s really neat because you get to reflect on your day, which I’ve found to be really helpful. 

Perfect for: Someone who wants to increase productivity and happiness. 

You can get the BestSelf co Planner here. 

Side Hustle

This blog started out as a hobby, turned into a side hustle, and eventually became a full-time business that I run from anywhere in the world. Giving the gift of teaching someone how to start a side hustle can be life-changing. 

Side hustles can help people transition to working from home, spending more time with their family, expanding their skillset, and making more money. 

Here are some of the top side hustles I recommend. If the person you’re getting a gift for is interested in starting a side hustle, ask them which one! A course would be such an amazing surprise for a friend or family member. Some courses can cost more than a regular gift, but you could cover a portion to get the person started on their side hustle.

  • Freelance writing. I used Earn More Writing to help me get started in the freelance writer field, which helped me land on sites like GoBankingRates and many others. I went from charging $50 to $250 per article and now, I know I can charge much more than that with my writing experience.
  • Sell Etsy Printables. This side hustle is almost entirely passive, meaning you do the work in one sitting, and then get paid for it for months and years to come. With just a few hours of work, Julie’s made over $5,000 selling printables on Etsy. Julie recently created Etsy Printables where she shows you exactly how to make money selling Etsy Printables. I’ve gone through it myself and plan on adding this as a side hustle myself because it’s one of the easiest ways to make passive income. You can check out the Etsy Printables course here.
  • Facebook Ad Manager. There are over 27 million businesses in the U.S. with over 500,000 new businesses starting every month. Out of 27 million businesses, all you need is 1-2 clients to make $1,000 a month. You can learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.

Perfect for: Someone who wants to make more money or start a side hustle.

Make Someone Happier

Giving someone a gift that helps them work on personal development and increasing happiness is the perfect gift. 

Once I started growing my mindset, my relationships, business, and life got so much better. Work on changing your thoughts, feelings, and you’ll naturally change your actions, creating your dream life. I know this because I did this myself. 

If you know someone who wants help changing their life, completing their goals, and creating their dream life, I recommend Dream Year.

Dream Year is a guide all about achieving your goals and feeling good while doing it. In Dream Year, you get:

  • 190+ pages of content
  • Part I includes lessons that teach you how to master your mind and achieve your goals
  • Part II includes 3 workbook templates
  • Part III includes extras that will help you succeed
  • There are lessons on goal setting, failure, planning, burnout, time management, and productivity
  • The templates can be used for yearly, monthly, and weekly planning
  • This is the formula for mastering your mind so you achieve your goals and feel better long-term

You can learn more about Dream Year here.

Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Did you know you can gift someone a Southwest Airlines gift card? This is probably one of the best gifts to give because you can help fund a future vacation for someone. 

Perfect for: Anyone who loves to travel.

You can get the Southwest Airlines Gift Card here.

Reusable Produce Bags

This reusable produce bag set is the perfect gift for anyone working to be more eco-friendly.

Perfect for: Anyone trying to be more eco-friendly. 

You can get the reusable produce bag set here.

Tea Variety Box

Tea is always a great gift, and this tea variety box is filled with 48 teas, including 6 tea bags of each variety. 

Perfect for: The tea lover. 

You can get the Tea Variety Box here.

Zero Waste Starter Kit

This zero waste starter kit includes stainless steel straws, a travel cup, bamboo toothbrush, beeswax food wraps, and a cotton mesh grocery bag that can be used again and again.

Perfect for: Anyone working to be more eco-friendly. 

You can get the zero waste starter kit here.

Toilet Night Light

A seriously underrated item is the toilet night light. I originally saw this idea on Shark Tank and it is genius.

Instead of turning on the bathroom light every time you go to the bathroom, the toilet senses when someone comes in the bathroom and turns on a dim light.

Perfect for: The one who gets up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. 

You can get the Toilet Night Light here.

Pizza Socks Box

This is seriously the best gift ever. We all need more socks. 

Perfect for: The pizza lover.

You can get the Pizza Socks Box here.

Sushi Socks Box

Seriously. This is absolutely incredible. I would die of happiness if someone gifted me these. Or I could buy them myself. 🙂

Perfect for: The sushi lover.

You can get the Sushi Socks Box here.

Fruit Infuser Water

This fruit infuser water bottle is perfect for anyone trying to drink more water AND make their water taste better. I love adding strawberries to my water – this adds a sweet flavor that isn’t overpowering but still delicious. 

Perfect for: Anyone trying to be healthier.

You can get the fruit infuser water here.

Backpack Cooler Chair

This ultralite cooler is also a chair (and a backpack). This is a great idea for anyone who loves hiking, camping, or going to concerts. 

Perfect for: The concert go-er or outdoorsy type.

You can get the Backpack Cooler Chair here.

12 Piece Cooking Set

This 12 piece cooking set comes in a variety of different colors and nonstick. A beautiful cooking set can motivate anyone to cook more.

Perfect for: Anyone who loves cooking (or is trying to cook more).

You can get the 12 piece cooking set here.

Candle Gift Set

This candle gift set is filled with an array of different candles with scents like Lavender, Lemon, Mediterranean Fig, Spring.

The candles are wrapped in a beautiful box. The smell isn’t overpowering, so it’s a great gift for anyone. 

Perfect for: The essential oil lover.

You can get the candle gift set here.

Essential Oil Diffuser

I have an essential oil diffuser at home and it is a gamechanger. This essential oil diffuser is way cooler than mine because you can set a timer, choose from 14 different color settings, and set the mood in your house by using different essential oils.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to feel more zen.

You can get the essential oil diffuser here.

Starbucks Gift Card

Starbucks is a great for anyone, enough said.

Perfect for: The coffee or tea lover.

You can get the Starbucks Gift Card here.

Moon Lamp

The moon lamp is targeted to kids, but I’ve seen plenty of adults use this moon lamp as a soft light in their bedroom. 

The design is really neat as the moon is held up in a hand. The lighting creates a great ambiance and sets the mood (whatever your mood may be). 

Perfect for: Anyone who loves the solar system. 

You can get the Moon Lamp here.

Amazon Gift Card

There’s nothing better than gifting money so your friend or family member can purchase whatever they want. A lot of people have an Amazon wish list filled with things they really want (my wish list is filled with a cake decorating set).

Even better, this Amazon gift can comes in a cute cupcake set 

Perfect for: Everyone

You can get the Amazon Gift Card set here.

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