Gift Ideas on a Budget: Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

In our fast-paced world full of high-speed everything, one thing that seems to be a prevailing factor in our lives is how so many things require so much of our well-earned money. From paying for the necessities, such as rent or mortgage, car payment, insurance, utility bills, as well as food and clothing, most of our checks seem to fly out the door. Then there are entertainment expenses as well, including cable or satellite TV and even our Internet access. So when it’s time to figure out what holiday gift ideas we are going to give out this year, the decision becomes harder and harder on what makes a good gift to give.

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In the past it was not uncommon for someone to receive expensive jewelry, watches, handmade clocks and other such prestigious items. Unfortunately for most of us, those days are gone, but we still want our holiday gift idea to make the person feel like a million dollars. The question thus becomes how to achieve this seemingly impossible feat.

Holiday gift ideas that cost under twenty-five dollars have the unfortunate stigma that they are somehow cheap and gaudy, not at all what someone should be giving away for the special occasion. This could not be any more untrue. The fact of the matter is that being frugal in this day and age often times makes sure that most, if not all, of those on your gifting list actually receive something that they can cherish and enjoy from you. And truth be told the price oftentimes does not equal the true value of the heartfelt gift.

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Take for instance most books. To the wise shopper, many of the popular titles, including even the new Harry Potter novel, can be purchased for less than $25. And for those who would rather listen to the book than actually read it, there are still bargains to be had. Literature in all its forms are wonderful holiday gift ideas, for even in fiction there are lessons to be learned and fantastical lands to escape into.

Another popular inexpensive gift to give is music and video. CD’s are still a popular holiday gift idea, but is more and more going into gift cards for iTunes and Rhapsody services. On the other spectrum is DVD’s and the movies, television programs and other such videos that the smart shopper can find still under the $25 range. For the adventurous shopper, with careful inspection and research they may even find DVD, CD and MP3 players for under this range as well, which many would be blessed to own.

Of course as a last resort for a good holiday gift idea, anywhere from five to twenty-five dollars in a gift card (or even a combination of gift cards) will always work. When your recipient gets the card, they will feel grateful for the thought you put into it because it shows them how much you care. How does it do this? Quite simple actually: You show that you have listened to their wants and that you have gotten to know their desires over the time spent together, and thus you buy the cards for their favorite places. What’s not to love with this holiday gift idea?

So there you have three wonderful holiday gift ideas, all under twenty-five bucks. Just remember that if you use your imagination, you will find there is so much more opportunity with this seemingly small amount if you but just look for it! Happy bargain hunting and may your gifts be received with gratitude and love!

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Having a Hard Time Finding Gifts? Timeless Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Try

Throughout our lives, there are certain constants that always remain. Whether it is a simple black dress that goes with anything, or the suit blazer that can be worn with a T-shirt, a collared shirt or even formal wear. Or even how a pair of jeans always remains in style – there are always a few timeless items that never truly grow old. This article is to help you with some timeless holiday gift ideas that are sure to last more than a lifetime.

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One timeless holiday gift idea is the gift of music. Young or old, if they have an interest in music, supplying them with a musical instrument can be a wonderful investment in their lives. Some of the more popular musical instruments are the piano and/or electric keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, recorder and drum set. Even though it will take time for the person to learn how to play the instrument, once learned it will be a gift that continues to give, possibly for several generations if passed down the ranks.

Another popular and timeless holiday gift idea would be that of handmade or heirloom jewelry. From the stunning pendants to the glittering necklaces, jewelry has always remained with us. Although there does exist what some would call fashion jewelry, there remains a simplistic and yet elegant charm to the designs of old. Jewelry also seems to become a tool for passing down family stories and heritage, and thus fits nicely into the timeless category.

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For those who are believers, a wonderful and timeless holiday gift idea is that of the Good News, also known as the Holy Bible. For quite a long time, passing down the Holy Scriptures from Parent to Child has been an important tradition, and one never taken lightly. The old family Bible, although tattered and torn and perhaps even worn in a few places, it is a special part of the family and is more precious to them than gold, silver or even platinum. Bibles and other such books always make a smart and timeless gift to give.

This leads us to another timeless holiday gift idea in the form of a book: photo albums and scrapbooks. Whenever a natural disaster strikes and someone’s home has become destroyed, when asked what they miss the most out of their belongings, it is always the family photo album. Photos hold our memories with them, and help remind us of where we came from and what we have become. Thus small, handmade collections of special photos are always a welcome and timeless gift to receive.

Of course, one tradition that will always be a smart and timeless holiday gift tradition will be that of making and giving away baked goods made from the heart and family recipes passed down from as far as the family can remember. The number one requested item out of these baked goods are always chocolate-chip cookies. No matter what, the smell of cookies cooking is a welcome scent, and one that always brings a smile to our face. And who can forget making sugar cookies with our mothers and grandmothers for the special holiday occasion?

Finally, the most timeless holiday gift idea of all is that of giving money. When all else fails, money is seldom, if ever, turned away as a gift. No matter how fashion and technology changes, money or it’s equivalent will always remain as a good and thoughtful, and especially timeless, gift to give. In fact, money is the number one requested item no matter what the holiday season being celebrated is!

Top Toys Every Kid Should Have Right Now

In today’s digital age wherein everyone is ‘wired’, including kids, there are some toys which are neglected. Unfortunately, these toys can help the young ones in their formative years. While we appreciate the wonders of technology, it is important to note that the ‘old – school’ toys have tremendous benefits and that is why we encourage parents to have few of these items for the children. Kids being too exposed with tablets, Smartphones and other technological advances have less attention span and less social skills, something parents should avoid happening.

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Balls

Balls are very helpful, most especially for toddlers. And since a lot of sports use balls, it’s a good practice while they are still young. Just make sure that it’s the perfect size and weight for your kids as we want to avoid getting hurt. Playing with balls also encourages them to go outdoors. Engaging in outdoor activities should be a must for a growing child.

Building Blocks

There are a lot of benefits of having building blocks. It can improve children’s spatial kills. Apart from that, their imagination is being exercised, simply because they try to make the most out of it. Can you still remember the days when you were still young and that you pretended that your building blocks were your dolls’ fortress? That’s something we don’t hear often nowadays because kids are more engaged with their android tablets.

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Art Supplies

And speaking of imagination, why don’t you buy art supplies? This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need an art area in your house. Why don’t you make use of the outdoors and use their bare hands to paint? It is fun and also a great learning experience for parents and kids. You might even be surprise to discover the next Picasso in your children.

Musical Instruments

We all love music, especially our kids. Can you still remember the days when your kid would dance over a jingle he heard from a TV commercial? Now is the time that they make their own music. Who knows if you have your little Mozart, right? Learning a couple of instruments is also great for children because this can be their outlet for creativity and their emotions as they go through changes and challenges in life.

Can you add more toys which you think are best for the kids? We are open for ideas. Let us know and help us teach our kids to be their best.

Gift Giving Ideas: What to Give Kids According to Their Age

Choosing a gift might look like an easy task, but in reality it isn’t given the options you’d see from stores. So the question now is, what do we need to give our kids which are age – appropriate? We have gathered some of the best responses from responsible adults and parents. We hope that this post will be able to help you choose a gift that will wow the kids.

The best first step we can recommend is to know what the child wants. If you are the parent of the kids, this should be easy because all you have to do is to observe. Offering something different can also open up new possibilities and talents you never knew your child have. But if you are not really aware of what kids want when it comes to toys nowadays, then you can probe more by asking the parents. Otherwise, here are some of the safest but great choices.

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Books

Reading is good, and that’s a fact. What we notice about the kids today is that they don’t engage much on books. This should be changed. Get something which is age – appropriate and we are sure that they will appreciate it. Books for kids are being more creative and interactive nowadays. You can actually color and do several other activities in a children’s book. As parents, we should always explore our children with reading the conventional way.

Pretend Toys

Why not buy a cooking set, or perhaps some hardware tools? Let’s just try to avoid toys which are violent like guns. This is also a creative way in introducing your children into real household chores. Playing pretend also stimulates their creativity and social skills.

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Brain – Enhancing Games

Getting such is both educational and fun! It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. This can be a bit costly than most toys, but the reward is just priceless. Younger children should be exposed with colorful toys to boost their brain activity while bigger ones should be given challenging toys like board games and puzzles.

Clothes

Lastly, giving clothes will not only make the kids happy, the parents will surely appreciate this. Before you get one, make sure you are aware of the kids’ measurement. Otherwise, opt for a gift check or voucher so the parents can pick the best clothes for them.

Very practical tips, right? It doesn’t have to be very expensive – or if it is, make sure that it’s worth it and can be used for a long time. Remember that as adults, we want to nurture our children right. Stick with presents that will not promote violence. Go for those that will improve them holistically.