Welcome to the Budget Holiday Gift Guide from First Choice Power. You won’t find any dust-collecting trinkets on this list, and we’re going to avoid technology gifts because they will be obsolete in a few years. Instead, we opt for gifts that offer experiences, which means they create life-long memories.
Gifts Under $50
When the budget for a gift drops below $50, it’s time to get creative, as some of the ideas on our “Under $100” list don’t have cheaper counterparts.
But there are still plenty of gifts available at this budget range that are full of meaning and thoughtfulness. Check out the six suggestions in our gift guide and shop for quality over quantity.
1) A Mini Cheese Bundle
In our post for gifts $100 and under, we recommended a cheese basket. Thankfully, it’s possible to scale down and still give tasty cheese!
A few 1/4 pound selections of cheese will run you under $30, allowing you to purchase some high-quality crackers. Toss in some nuts and a small jar of local honey for a lovely gift that can be enjoyed across a few afternoons.
You could even make the wrapping eco-friendly by bundling your cheese gift in a decorative linen dish towel. Simply gather the fabric at the top and wrapit with a piece of ribbon.
2) A Cultural Experience
And by “experience,” I’m speaking of buying your loved one a ticket to an event like the Texas Renaissance Festival, a music festival (though some can be expensive), a play, or a concert in your local town. While this isn’t something that can be redeemed immediately, it’s something for your loved one to look forward to over the next year. It also shows this person how much you know about them because you’re giving them something they’ll truly enjoy. In fact, go ahead and buy yourself a ticket too, and make a date of it!
3) A Gift that Grows
For the plant lover or gardener in your life, give them something they can plant now and enjoy for years to come. Consider a few Texas natives, heirloom rose bushes, or (if there is space in their garden) a fruit tree. A Meyer lemon tree is beautiful, ornamental, and produces quality fruit. We also recommend a fig or mandarin orange tree, both which grow wonderfully well in Texas.
Depending on what you purchase, you can pick up these items for $25-50 at your local nursery. Make sure and talk to the gardening expert there to get the best variety for your loved one’s area.
4) Canvas Hat
This is Texas – we receive plenty of sunshine no matter if it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall. No matter what your friend does in the great outdoors – gardening, camping, coaching soccer, exercising, and more – we recommend a canvas hat with a chin strap and wide brim.
They’re washable and provide full coverage from the sun. Ranging from $35-50 for a quality hat, you can find one online from a variety of retailers, or head to your favorite outdoors store.
5) Essential Oils
Used in baths, to make a room fragrant, or for some aromatherapy, pick up your loved one a few of the key essential oils. Tea tree oil is an excellent oil to have in your arsenal, and it’s great in the bath when congested or when mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on the chest. Just a few drops will do. Lavender is a great addition in a kid’s bath to calm them or when used in a diffuser before bed.
The possibilities are endless with oils, and you could start your friend into a journey of holistic heath coupled with the great properties of aromatherapy. A trio of high quality oils will run you $50 for a set.
6) A Magazine Subscription
What does your friend of family member REALLY love? Collecting trains? Dreaming of being a homesteader? Obsessed with tiny houses? Beaded jewelry? Politics? Traveling?
Well, you name it, and there is a high-end specialty magazine out there for any and every hobby. Give your friend a gift that will enhance how they experience their hobby on a monthly (or bi-monthly) basis.
Depending on the type of magazine, a year subscription will run you $25-50 annually. And while a paper magazine might seem old-fashioned and not eco-friendly, many of the top publications print on recycled paper, and the content is worthwhile enough that it can be referenced for months and years to come.