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Christmas is right around the corner and you may be thinking OMG… how on earth am I going to get organised in time. Or worse, how can I afford Christmas this year!! Those are both thoughts I’ve had lately, trust me!
That’s where unique stocking stuffer ideas are perfect! Check out a load of awesome gifts for under $15!
Budget Christmas Gift Ideas
Normally I get organised early and spend the last few weeks getting one or two extra tricky gifts sorted, otherwise focusing on all the Christmas prep and events instead. But sometimes life gets in the way and you wake up and realise it’s 1 week away.
Here comes the panic! Especially if funds are not as high as you’d like them!
I have a large family and these days we do Secret Santa for the adults. This has been a game-changer. In the past, we would all scramble to find budget-friendly gift ideas for everyone. As such, I got pretty good at keeping Christmas spending down.
Stocking stuffer gifts under $15 can be really awesome these days too!
So while sitting here thinking of some creative ideas for some budget stocking stuffers, it only seemed natural that I should share these ideas with you all!
Last-Minute Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Still haven’t found something you love for that really hard to buy for person on your list? Or maybe you’ve left it to the last-minute for Christmas shopping. Here are even more unique stocking stuffer ideas for your friends and family.
1 – Gardening & Green Thumb Gifts
If you need a gift for someone who loves to spend time in the garden, you can get plenty of cheap gift ideas from your local gardening and hardware store.
- Small pots
- Garden tools
- Seed packets
2 – Movie Fanatic Gift Ideas
One of my go-to gifts for my nephews in the past was a movie voucher to the local cinemas. Many cinemas offer books of 5 or 10 movie vouchers at a discount price. You can split these between several people for affordable gifts.
Another fun idea is putting together a box of movie snacks such as popcorn, chips and lollies for their next movie night.
3 – Fun Foodie Gifts
A gourmet feast may not be a cheap stocking stuffer gift idea, but there are plenty of inexpensive gifts your foodie friend will love! Consider getting some unique ingredients to go with a recipe you know they will love. Even better if you gift it with the recipe card. Here are some other ideas:
- Wooden spoons and cooking utensils
- Spice mixes
- Baking trays
- A homemade treat made by you or someone else
4 – Music Lover Gifts
If you know someone who always has music on, no matter where they are or what they are doing, a Spotify gift card is PERFECT! Even if they already have Spotify Premium, they can use the credit to get a free month or 3 on you.
A similar service like Apple Music or Prime Music would be a great option too. Music streaming services are definitely taking over traditional ways of listening to music for many and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
7 – Wine Enthusiast Gift Ideas
Wine tastings are available at many wineries along with multi winery tours. While the tour may be out of your budget, you could offer to be the designated driver and take them to a few local free tastings.
Another way to keep everything budget-friendly is to check out the bottles in the discount tubs at your local bottle shop. Often you can get great wine for a fraction of the usual price from these tubs.
8 – Planner Addict Gifts
If you know someone who won’t leave home without their planner or who loves to get a little creative with different colours and stickers, then the way to their heart is clearly through stationary! Washi tape, stickers, coloured pens, highlighters and sticky notes. Head to your local office supply store or Kmart and go crazy with inexpensive planner goodies!
Not sure where to start? Check out my getting started with planning post for some ideas. Etsy is a perfect place to find cute planner stickers and accessories too if you are looking for something unique. Some of these stickers you can print at home yourself if you have left it too late for shipping.
9 – Craft Beer Fans
If you have someone in your family who is anything like my husband, craft beer is more than a beverage these days… it’s a hobby! *Yawn* But it does make for an easy gift idea!
There are craft microbreweries popping up all over the place and most of them offer retail sales of their main brews. Alternatively, you can get mixed single cans from your local bottle shop too.
10 – Gifts For Travel Lovers
Your wanderlusting traveller friends would love functional items for their next trip. Compact travel accessories are great unique stocking stuffer ideas or something to help them remember their trips by, like a travel journal.
For a fun way to track their travels around the world, your global friend will love a scratch map to scratch off their destinations! I got one of these for my hubby for Father’s Day this year. So cool! Check out scratch maps here.
11 – Book Worm Gifts
If you have a friend who loves reading, make sure you know their reading preference, whether it be the feel of a real book or if they like listening or reading on their device. Then you can get them your favourite book in their preferred format as a thoughtful gift idea. Or another you think they would love.
Picture and storybooks make great stocking stuffer ideas for kids.
12 – Fashion Gift Ideas
Do you have a friend who loves to rock their own unique fashion style? While you may not be able to afford their designer tastes, you can pick up a one-off item to complete their next look.
Local craft markets often have handmade jewellery or hand-painted scarves or a number of other fabulous pieces that suit any budget. Your friend will love the thought that goes into picking something just for them too.
13 – Fitness Gift Ideas
Some people love to be outdoors and active! Getting fit is their biggest passion and they get a huge thrill out of all things exercise. Get them something functional like a sports drink bottle or towel, or maybe a novelty workout shirt with a fun slogan.
Depending on their sport of choice, there’s always something in the budget-friendly range that they will adore.
14 – Gifts For Entrepreneurs
Got a friend or family member with big dreams? Get them something to give them an extra boost of inspiration, like a book from a business guru or some useful organisational items for their office. Or if you know their style, some smart-looking accessories so they can look the part of the boss they are!
Christmas doesn’t need to cost a fortune! After all, it’s the thought that counts! But hopefully these budget unique stocking stuffer ideas help you plan your Christmas gift shopping list this year!
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How many people do you usually give presents too at Christmas?