Merry Cheap-mas!

Great gifts for under 20 bucks.

     This holiday season, like many before it, people are searching for good gifts that won’t break the bank. But nowadays, those can be hard to come by. It seems like every good gift is expensive enough to send me into lifelong debt. So, if anybody else is in the same boat, here are some great cheap gifts that anybody would like.

     First up is good ol’ reliable candy. While it might not work for family, I’m sure friends would certainly appreciate a goody bag with all their favorite candies. If you just head to the gas station you can find plenty of candy for a couple bucks a pop. Other options are drug stores like CVS or Walgreen, and The Dollar Tree. You can also go to Party City and get some pretty cheap single pieces of candy. 

     Another good option that can’t disappoint is a gift card. You can pick one from wherever your friend or family likes to shop. It’s simple, reliable, and easily customizable. Good places to get gift cards are Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Boxlunch, Visa, or a favorite restaurant. 

     Next up is trinkets. While this might sound a little weird, hear me out. Things like stickers, pins, buttons, and patches all fall into this category, and you can find ones that correspond to almost any interest a person might have. They’re inexpensive and super easy to find. You can head to any store like Target or search for some on Amazon.

     As for clothes, while you cannot always guarantee that the they’ll will be under twenty, you can still find some good ones at stores like Target, or clearance sections at mall shops. Another good place to find cheap clothing are  thrift stores. You might have to do some digging, but there’s some good stuff.

     Another great idea is movie tickets. It depends on what seats you get tickets for, but you can easily buy a couple tickets for under $20 and have a good time with friends. It might not be a physical gift, but you can make a memory out of it. You can get these at an  actual movie theater, or you can buy them online with apps. Some of the more popular theaters are Regal and AMC, both of which have apps that you can buy tickets on. You can also buy them on Fandango if you prefer that. 

     While this one will certainly take more effort, you can never go wrong with a handmade gift. It can be anything you think the recipient would like, and at the most you might have to spend a couple bucks on supplies. It’s unique and heartfelt, but still realistic for people on a budget. 

     There’s plenty more good cheap gifts out there, but hopefully this list can kick start you on finding one. At the end of the day as long as there’s thought and effort put into it, any gift can be a good one. And of course, have a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year!


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Aubrey Bertino
Aubrey Bertino
Aubrey Bertino is a staff writer for the Diablo Dispatch. She enjoys drawing, the Muppets, Star Wars, and listening to music.

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