Gift Giving on a Budget: Part 2

Yo. I’m back again with more budget-saving Christmas shopping advice as we approach our final week of slaving away before we are finally allowed to go home and relax for once. Since time is a bit shorter now, I’ll be giving you more specific gift ideas that you should be able to carry off cheaply without a hitch. Also, keep in mind that all of these hinge on certain points from my last post, such as knowing your giftee and having a stock of generic gifts on hand.

Two words. Bargain. Bins. The ones I’m familiar with are at Walmart, but I would assume that similar stores such as Target or Kmart may have their own equivalents. In any case, these gigantic bins usually contain either dvd’s or cd’s marked down from their original costs to anywhere from $5-10 (cd’s are usually on the lower end of the range). Now, many of you have probably had this experience with bargain bins, but I promise you, if you look hard enough, there are usually one or two good movies to be had.

For example, they have a lot of old Westerns, which are a perfect gift for your grandparents or your film-hipster roommate. They also have movies with sequels (Lethal Weapon, Batman, Rocky, or Rambo, for example) or comedy specials like Dave Chappelle’s Killing Them Softly. You can also go the ridiculous b-movie route and get a movie like Mega Piranha to watch and make fun of together. Yes, that’s a real movie, and yes, one of my friends actually got it for another friend of mine last year. We’re cool people. They have these bins throughout the year for various holidays (or sometimes for no reason at all), so the movies/cd’s you’ll find at this time of year may be Christmas-themed, which can be good for family member(s) who are way too into the holiday season. So go nuts, and dive into a bargain bin at your local Walmart today!

They were created to save mankind. Something went wrong.

Homemade gifts are also an option, so if you’re crafty, use that. There are a plethora of things you can create if you know how to knit, crochet, or sew: hats, scarves, mittens, amigurumi, etc.

Isn’t this just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

For those of a more culinary bent, baked goods also make excellent gifts. Cookies shaped like reindeer, cornflake wreaths, or jar gifts (which may or may not have to deal with food). A slideshow of creative and fun holiday food gifts can be found here.


Finally, even though this is not really a gift idea, I felt the need to include it here. Decorations. These are a must-have for the holiday season. How can you be merry if you don’t have a life-sized statue of Santa in your bedroom? I’ll tell you. It’s impossible. There are all kinds of ideas out there – all you need is a quick google search or two to be on your way. Here are some good, environmentally-friendly ideas to get you started. Have fun!


P.S. For any family members or friends who may be reading this, I did not stick to my own recommendations at all. I mostly got you yachts. And diamonds. Lots of diamonds. I hope that’s okay.