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Gift Ideas for Families With Financial Stuggles

Gift Ideas for Families With Financial Stuggles

Gifts for Low Income Families

Families who are having a hard time financially are either struggling to pay their monthly bills, put food on the table for their kids, find and keep a job, buy nice things for themselves and their children, or pay off credit card bills.

Maybe they are struggling to do the forever repairs in their home or on their car. In whatever way you're trying to make ends meet or know a that family is, here are some gift ideas for the holiday season so they will not be forgotten.

  • Clothes and shoes for the parents and children: Jackets, coats, sweaters, pants, pajamas, scarves, gloves, socks for the winter, cool outfits, jeans, etc
  • Give them a job if you can or help finding a job if the parent(s) are unemployed: Does anyone in the family have experience with housekeeping or handyman work? If not, if you know someone or a place that is hiring and this individual has the experience and the skills, refer or recommend this individual.
  • Pay for rent or mortgage for a month or other bills like the utility bill, heating or electric bill for a month or two: This would help the family significantly and be very appreciated.
  • Offer help with getting small errands done: This can be going to the grocery store, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, taking the children to school or any other activities, picking up the kids, returning books or anything else, putting gas in the car, etc.
  • School supplies for the children:
  • Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Prepaid Cell Phone
  • Pay for a specific repair in the home: If there are plumbing problems, leaking roof, needs new carpet, new windows, etc.
  • Comforter set, blanket, and quilt for the cold weather
  • Flat-screen TV and DVD player,
  • Desktop computer or laptop and or
  • Toys for the kids: Video games, board games, action figures, etc.

Food Gifts

The next six gift ideas are food gifts. This is only if you notice the family barely have anything to eat or the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets are going empty.

  • Bag of groceries or a gift card at a supermarket: Point them to a food pantry in your town; they can go to monthly or weekly.
  • Food gift basket: Rice, pasta, pasta sauce, potatoes, dry milk, evaporated milk, cereals, oil, flour, pancake mix, syrup, coffee, teas, juices, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, sugar.
  • Canned items: Canned vegetables, corn, carrots, baked beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, soup, chicken or tuna, salmon, Spam, fruit (peaches, pineapple, mandarin orange, etc.)
  • Snack gift basket (items to include are): Crackers, chocolate cookies, shortbread cookies, peanut butter, jelly/jam, microwave popcorn, peanuts, cashews, potato chips, vegetable chips, cheese, pretzels, dip, sunflower seeds, cereal bars, health bars, etc.
  • Fruit gift basket: Filled with apples, oranges, pears, pineapple, strawberry, bananas, blueberries, dried fruit like apricot, cranberries, raisins.
  • Gift card at a restaurant that covers the whole family or invitation to dinner: Steakhouse, Red Robin, IHOP, Red Lobster, Pizza Hut, Cracker Barrel and any local restaurant that is their favorite or one the family will love to sit down and eat.
  • Bring dinner at least once a week or prepare dinners for the entire month: There are companies like where you can have meals delivered to their home. You can also surprise them and have a restaurant deliver dinner to them once in a while.

Miscellaneous Gifts

  • Gas gift card: Gasoline is always needed.
  • Childcare help for a month or paid daycare: If a mom or dad has to work or do errands, providing help with the children would be one less thing they have to worry about.
  • Cinema gift card or movie tickets for the entire family: A family night at the movies would be a nice diversion for a struggling family.
  • Gift cards at a department store: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Kohls, etc.
  • Baby products and diapers: For mothers with babies and toddlers, baby products are always a wonderful help.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergent, dish detergent, multi-surface cleaner, sponge, mop, broom, Windex, toilet cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper
  • An envelope full of cash or a check to cover monthly expenses: This can be from you or you can pool money from a group of friends.

The holidays can be an extra strain for struggling families to buy that special gift for their loved ones. You can bring joy to your struggling friends and family.


Ernestina Avila on March 18, 2020:

I have no food are warm clothing my cable and internet are about to get shut off and I'm out of work due to Corona virus please if anyone can help we have nothing my fridge is beyond empty I have a 15 month daughter

TINA SMITH on December 17, 2019:

ok we are not going to have a nice christmas i dont have a tree i have been ill i have diabetes and i have to get surgrey for my kidney stones to be taken out for the second time and we dont really have the money for the high cost for my surgrey our medcial bills are high and our rent is high too we are stuggleing very getting by please help us thankyou and God BLESS

Liz on December 03, 2019:

My brother and his wife need help they've never used any in the past but this takes the cake my brother went to jail for 6 months in November for 6 months then on Nov 3 a big surprise to us all a very tiny early 33week old baby was born she didn't even know she was pregnant and they have a 14 yr old and nothing for baby, a crib, said g, stroller we got a carseat the hospital have us no bottles or diapers he may have to go to my 66 year old mother who has nothing please help and don't forget the 14 yr old that every or is forgetting about. Thank you

Christian on November 15, 2019:

Hi. I am a little kid and I want to make the world a better place for everyone I copped and pasted your ideas and buying some for the poor

Janellegems (author) from Charlotte, NC on October 29, 2017:

Thanks for sharing. You can possibly try churches in your area that has food pantries for the community. You can sign up for one or more of them. Here is a site for you to check up on-

Nicole Alcantara on October 27, 2017:

I have a 16yr old boy and 3yr old girl. I am on disability and rent n bills n food are my whole check plus gas to get son to school and daughter to preschool. I would just like to get any help I can. I have some assistance in past 2yrs at least thru kent food bank and once salvation army. Having car problems also right now. Thank you

Janellegems (author) from Charlotte, NC on November 04, 2016:

Thanks Margie Lynn for your comment.

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on November 04, 2016:

Great suggestions, thanks for all the wonderful info!

Janellegems (author) from Charlotte, NC on October 07, 2016:

Thanks so much Joy for stopping by and for your comment. We should always consider those in need.

Joy Summers on October 07, 2016:

This is an amazing Hub with all great ideas to help struggling families. It teaches us not to be selfish, but consider those around us who need help. Thanks so much for compiling this to help those in need.