Currently: It’s December 20. You’re in Big Lots staring aimlessly at a shelf full of hot sauces, reevaluating how and why your holiday gift search took this turn of desperation. Fast forward: Your father reaches for the way-too-eloquently-wrapped-hot sauce, announces the “from” sticker and suddenly you’re wishing you could casually karate chop that gift right out of his hands. Save yourself the post-hot sauce gift exchange embarrassment and check out these budget-friendly last minute gift ideas.
For the Guys
Elegant without breaking the bank.
Price: Depends on the type and the brand
Frosted Mug Set
Bring the bar home! Take his beer experience to the next level with a set of cold mugs.
Price: $15-$25, department stores
In my experience, boys like socks but don’t like to exhibit the effort to buy a nice pair (or a matching pair, for that matter).
Price: $10-$20, Dick’s, Cabella’s, TJMaxx
Best Buy Gift Card
You could spend hours picking him out the perfect electronic gadget, or just let him do it instead.
Price: You decide.
For the Gals
Grab one of these in a neutral color. They’re stylish and super warm.
Price: $10-$20 (This one is $14.94 at Old Navy).
All you need is a mug, a Sharpie or paint pen and an oven. Upcycle a cheap mug by adding song lyrics, graphics, a creative quote or the recipient’s name. Instructions here.
Price: less than $5 for all materials
Cute wristlets are gracing shelves everywhere, and girls can never have too many because they often change with each outfit.
Price: $7-$20 (This one is $12.99 at Target).
This line has the look and feel of an upscale name with extremely affordable prices.
14-piece holiday nail set: $10
There's also this awesome Smokey Eye Kit from E.L.F.
For the Couples & Groups
Spruce it up with a tub of popcorn and some cellophane wrapping.
Price: It’s up to you (if you want to be generous, add enough money for two tickets and snacks).
Who doesn’t appreciate a little alcohol? Try a craft beer sampler, a bottle of wine… or if you want to get really classy, a bottle of Popov Vodka.
Burt’s Bees Set
Organic is in. And guys, get over it, the packaging is totally gender neutral, and we all know your lips get chapped, too.
Price: $15.99, drugstores
A Magazine Subscription
What’s better than a gift that can be enjoyed all year round?
Price: $10-$20, depending on the magazine