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Five $5 Gifts

I find it challenging to give all the gifts I'd like to without exploding my budget. For many friends and their children, I have a $5 budget. I feel like this can work when 1: the gift is thoughtful and original and 2: the gift is well wrapped and comes off looking more expensive. In order to stay within the $5 budget and to fulfill #2, you need to be well-stocked with wrapping elements that you have recycled, gathered, gotten at the thrift store or dollar store. Here are 5 ideas which can usually be done for $5 at Wal-Mart or other similar stores:


  1. Select a fruity-flavored bath gel, purchase the same flavor tea, and pair with a sponge, lufa, or washcloth in matching color. Present in a recycled basket or lunch bag tied with a pretty coordinating ribbon. I've done this with both peach and apple.
  2. Purchase a high-quality magazine and pair it with a single-serve packet of bubble bath. Tie both together with a pretty ribbon. Or, get a book from the used book store and do the same. You can even pair the bubble bath with the theme; either roses or ocean, etc.
  3. Vary this idea for the guys by getting a fishing magazine and putting it with a lure or a hunting magazine and a pack of hand warmers. Tie these together with twine or rope.
  4. For the kid, don't forget one of the very basics: a fresh box of 64 crayons and a color book. I've seen some pretty fancy coloring books lately, so this might even work for an adult who is young at heart! Or--make some recycled crayons to go with! And a bonus kids' gift: buy a magnetic alphabet set or alphabet sponges, pair with an alphabet template, and a can of alphabet soup and or pack of alphabet macaroni. This should provide plenty of ways to work on the ABCs.
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  6. Purchase the odd but prety porcelain cup (with or without saucer) at the thrift store. Based on what is left out of the $5, purchase tea or tea and a box of tea biscuits to go with it. For the holidays, get a holiday mug or vintage holiday cup and put with hot chocolate. This gift is pretty in a recycled basket.

Hope these give you some good $5 ideas and help you from getting discouraged when it comes to fulfilling your generosity and keeping your budget! Happy Holidays

Source: These are mainly my ideas, but I read about gift giving all the time.

By Amy from Cedar Hill, TX

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December 10, 20070 found this helpful

For the kids a gift of your time is valuable to them & their parents. You can give a home-made coupon for a special activity with you. Take the kids either together or separately on a special picnic (low cost way to feed everyone) when the weather is nicer. Plan to take a nature walk or play games. Take them to a playground or out to a field to practice sports, for girls do fingernail painting & "makeup", bake cookies one afternoon, do crafts, whatever they like. Depending on the ages & interests you could play board games on a blanket or at your house after baking cookies. Or take them sledding in the winter complete w/ hot cocoa in a thermos & even build a snow-person family. This idea gives their parents (your friends or family members) a break too. A gift for kids that parents can enjoy too. Kids love when someone pays special attention to just them & shares in their interests or fun for a while.

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

your ideas are great !
There are loads of $1 crafties available so that $5 worth is really a LOT of items that could go a long way when it comes to "scrapping"
I get a newsletter & today I discovered that there are videos in it that inspire me!
It shows in one of them that hardware stores are a wonderful outlet for crafts : switchplates become photo frames & ball chain become a fun page divider or other fun embelishment & house numbers or wood cut out letters get in on the act as elements in crafts or scrapbooking or alter a tableware drawer divider into a shadowbox for the wall !
here's the link !
http://my.bhgsc … &esrc=sblsdr

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

Just wanted to say...a BIG "THANK YOU" for the $5.00 gift ideas. What wonderful suggestions for giving WITHOUT the strain of wondering where the money is going to come from. It helped ALOT!! Blessings to you & yours!

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December 31, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, my son received a neat gift that was under $5! A friend who was in a major budget crunch got him a few packets of microwave pop corn and a pop corn bucket (I assume the bucket was purchased at the dollar store). They wrapped it up super cute! It looked like a family movie night in the making! I was thinking you could also use a basket or decorative bowl from the dollar store or a garage sale, depending on who you were giving the gift too.

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