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The Best Budget-Friendly, Last-Minute Gifts

With Christmas approaching quickly, there’s a good chance your gift-buying budget might not be what was expected. Here are some easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts you can whip up yourself with minimal time and just a few steps. You might even have some of what you need on-hand already. And the best part? They don’t look or feel ‘last-minute’.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri- The scents of citrus, cranberries and spice are unmistakably festive. Who wouldn’t love getting all the ingredients together in a jar, ready for simmering? It’s easy, fun and cheap, too. Put together a few jars for neighbor gifts or to have o- hand if guests drop by unexpectedly. 

Cinnamon Honey Butter- If you’ve been doing any holiday baking, chances are you already have everything you need to make this sitting in your kitchen: butter, cinnamon, honey and powdered sugar. It’s delicious on waffles, rolls, muffins, pancakes- just about anything made from dough. Whip up a batch, put it in cute jars, and you have several gifts. 

M&M Cookies in a Jar- Maybe you meant to bake but never got around to it. That’s OK. Layer all the dry ingredients in a jar, tie it up with ribbon and attach the full recipe for a fun and easy gift that will come in handy when post-holiday cookie cravings hit.

Movie Night- Get a classic holiday DVD like Elf or Home Alone, put it in a popcorn bucket with a few boxes of movie candy and some sodas, and you have a fun gift that is perfect for a wide range of age groups and interests. 

Money Tree- A gift of cash is always appreciated. You can make it creative by folding it into the shape of a Christmas tree. It’s cute, easy and makes cash so much more giftable. 

Mini Emergency Kit- There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t appreciate having a kit filled with those little things they can never find when they need them. Take a plastic travel soap holder or small metal box and fill it with a few Band-Aids, mini hand sanitizer, a Shout wipe, safety pins, lip balm, antacids, pain reliever and more. it might not be glamourous, but it will become someone’s favorite gift ever when they can find exactly what they need in a pinch.