Christmas can be an expensive time of year, so if you are looking for a way to keep everyone in your family content without overstretching your bank balance, here are a few cost-conscious gift ideas to consider.
The great thing about Christmas hampers is that they allow you to not only cram a whole lot of different products into a compelling and creative collection that will wow the recipient but also completely customize the contents to suit the person.
A treat-packed hamper will be fun and fulfilling as a gift option for kids and adults alike, whether you opt for one stuffed with sweet treats for youngsters or opt for a boozier alternative for older family members.
You can even create hampers around a specific theme, such as cosmetics, and because you can be in control of the contents you can match them to your available budget exactly.
Board games are enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment and there are plenty of modern options that are less likely to cause arguments like some of their more-traditional counterparts.
One of the hottest new arrivals on the scene is Exploding Kittens, a game that has an extreme name that belies its family-friendly underpinnings. The concept is simple enough for people of a wide range of ages to understand, and it is a lot more affordable than splashing out on the latest video game release if this is not within your price range.
Christmas tree decorations
One festive gift that will keep giving year after year and show people you really care is a unique decoration designed to be hung on the Christmas tree.
These can be picked up for very little money and yet they will be rewarding because the recipient will get them out year after year when the holiday season arrives again.
Some craftspeople even make personalized decorations that can be emblazoned with any name or message, to make them extra special.
Each year there are tons of new cookbooks that hit the market and you can also snare serious discounts in the run-up to Christmas, so if you have a food lover in your family then this could be a great choice.
You can even cater to people who have particular dietary requirements, particularly given the explosion in popularity of veganism in recent years. Books like Jack Monroe’s Veganish have lots to offer and will provide years of entertainment and information.
A framed photograph
It is something of a classic gift that often gets overlooked today, but a framed photo can be a really wonderful thing to receive, especially at Christmas.
The picture and the frame do not need to be large if you want to keep your costs down. It is also a novelty to actually print out photos for one, rather than leaving them saved on your phone or only accessible to social media, and some family members will really appreciate this gesture.