50 Gift Ideas Under $5

Updated on October 1, 2019
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Linda likes to come up with creative gift-giving guides and ideas.

Giving a gift to someone should come from the heart, not out of obligation. We show appreciation, love, admiration, friendship, and kindness when a gift is given.

However, times could be tough. Money can be tight and you can only afford so much. Or, you have too many people to buy gifts for. Maybe you want to be crafty or think out of the box. Perhaps a child is breaking open his piggy bank to purchase presents. These ideas will suit him also. No matter what the reason, we do the best we can with the resources we have. Whether a gift is $50 or $5, it all depends on how much we can afford. But keep in mind that it's always the thought that counts.

I hope you find some of these gift ideas useful, or that you are able to incorporate my ideas and create your own. No matter what the situation, there are many gifts for under $5 that could bring a smile to a recipients face. Isn't that what it's all about?

Give a Gift and Get a Smile

  1. A $5 scratch-off ticket or 5 $1 tickets placed in a homemade card.
  2. Bottle of their favorite color nail polish. Include a homemade coupon for a manicure and/or pedicure.
  3. Make a cake in a jar. It's a simple process that a child could also help with.
  4. For friends who like to drink, fill a flute, goblet, or a shot glass with Hershey's Kisses.
  5. Homemade cookies, baked bread, or a pie. Purchase a plate to display your goodies on.
  6. A $5 gift card would be appreciated. It could be for Starbucks or a grocery store.
  7. For the sports fans, a pack of baseball, football, or basketball cards.
  8. A coloring book and box of crayons. Kids of all ages would enjoy this.
  9. Knit or crochet a scarf or throw. If you don't know how to knit or crochet you could learn.
  10. A crisp $5 bill tucked into a takeout menu from a sandwich shop.
  11. A paperback book from their favorite author.
  12. How about a celebrity gossip magazine? You could enjoy some laughs while reading it.
  13. DVDs have gone down in price. You could easily find one at Walmart for $5.
  14. Chocolate. Any shape, size, or form. Be creative.
  15. Earbuds or a phone case from eBay. I've purchased supplies for my iPhone at rock-bottom prices. But I'd stay away from sellers in China because delivery takes forever.
  16. Give a picture frame with a photo that will guarantee a smile.
  17. Prepare a colorful fruit basket. You could purchase a bowl at a dollar store and add a few pieces of fruit. Wrap in plastic wrap and add a bow.
  18. Make a cold pasta salad. Again the bowl is only $1 at a dollar store. Add diced veggies and cubed ham or turkey. Top with shredded cheese. Nutritious and thoughtful!
  19. Most of us have extra vases sitting around or, again, the dollar store has them. Add fresh-cut flowers from your garden and you'll have a floral arrangement.
  20. Using an old t-shirt of their favorite band, sports team, or cartoon character and make them a pillow. Stuff and sew either by hand or machine.
  21. Fill a coffee mug with sample-size coffee packets or tea bags.
  22. Purchase an annual plant at your local nursery. Place in a pretty pot and present your gift.
  23. A fragrant candle is always a nice gift. You could give a color or scent that matches their taste or décor. You could always give a scent of the season.
  24. Make a fridge magnet. Using a photo, place it on the magnet and cover with clear tape. Polish up the edges with a razor. Magnets can be bought in bulk so you could make many of these as gifts.
  25. Prepare a bowl of Chex Mix and add extra M&Ms. Yum!

26. How about a pretty pen and notebook? You can suggest they write a memoir.

27. Who doesn't like to exercise their brain? A book of crosswords or Sudoku puzzles would supply hours of entertainment.

28. A box of character band-aids for children of all ages to help make their boo-boos feel better.

29. A pair of soft, cozy socks or gloves to help keep their hands and feet warm.

30. Hair accessories that could be found at a dollar store or the dollar section in Target.

31. A pineapple with a burned CD of Hawaiian music will make a thoughtful tropical treat.

32. Who doesn't use Post-Its? In my opinion we should all have an emergency stash of Post-Its.

33. A $5 gift card to the movie theater. It might not buy them a ticket, but it could buy them a snack.

34. Lip balms are useful and fun gifts. They always come in handy and are sold in assorted flavors that people would enjoy.

35. Make a coupon book. Offer your services. If you are the recipient of the book be sure and take advantage of this good deed.

36. A yummy gift that I received, which was under $5, was a bottle of Diet Coke and a bag of chocolate covered pretzels presented in a gift bag. It made my day.

37. Suave products are inexpensive and work just as well as their expensive counterparts. Their Everlasting Sunshine hand and body lotion is my favorite.

38. Transfer $5 into their PayPal account as a gift for them to make a purchase.

39. Purchase an inexpensive calendar and fill in special dates that relate to you and the recipient.

40. Write them a poem. Frame it or publish it online.

41. How about a travel mug for their car? Fill it with packets of hot cocoa.

42. Give them a musical greeting card. Surely you could find a song that they could relate to.

43. Make a bookmark. Use glue to place photos of the recipient on cardboard. Secure the bookmark with laminate. Use a hole puncher to make a hole on top and insert a piece of ribbon. Your bookmark is now complete.

44. This idea is good for a child. Collect mementos of the recipient. Insert into a secure tin and you now have a time capsule to present to them. They can even bury it for a future discovery.

45. Create beaded bracelets using their favorite colors.

46. Give a single yellow rose. Did you know that a yellow rose symbolizes friendship and joy? Well, if you didn't know before, you know now.

47. If you are purchasing a gift for a prankster, how about a whoopee cushion? Think of the fun they will have when someone sits on it.

48. Do you have a coupon for a retail store that you don't need, but someone else could use? Give them the coupon or coupons. Who doesn't like to save a few bucks?

49. Travel size hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works are under $5 and they are always useful and appreciated.

50. Who wouldn't want to be featured on the cover of a magazine? Anyone can with the Walmart Photo Center.

Your Gifts for Under $5

This concludes my list of gift ideas that you could purchase or create for under $5.00.

If you have any more ideas, please post them in the comments section below.

I'm sure your ideas and suggestions will be appreciated by many.

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      Kay Branan Niblett 

      7 months ago

      Thank you so kindly! Your suggestions were very helpful!

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      14 months ago

      small stuffed animal

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      Robin Carretti 

      2 years ago from Hightstown

      Great gift full of creative things how good things come in under 5 packages my holiday of the tree passage

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      These are great gift ideas, thank you for sharing. Not expensive but great.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy shopping, Tills!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      The Queen of Lists never lets us down. With the holidays drawing near I thought it was a good idea to come back and read!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas here! Thanks for sending a lot of visitors over to my hub about Gifts Under $10. I hope we helped lots of people shop on a budget.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      How nice it is that someone (not to be named) resurrected this one at such a timely time!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad to hear that y'all found some gift ideas for under $5.00.

      Ho, Ho, Ho...Merry Christmas!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      Great ideas for token gifts or stocking stuffers! These are also cute ideas for kids to give. Thanks, Sunshine! Merry Christmas!

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      Ease Feeds 

      5 years ago from Cyperspace

      These are fantastic ideas. I like the idea of scratch-off, but I think you should suggest they split the winnings if they win big. LOL.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great list. Your Christmas gift budget will really go a long way.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      A great hub to bring back for Christmas, Every Year!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are right. There are so many not so expensive gifts we can find or create. And often these are appreciated so very much.

      Have a very Merry Christmas this year ps

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ..

      voted up up and away :D

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Awesome ideas for a reasonable price. I really like the homemade coupon book filled with ideas for personal services like a manicure, back rub, hand or foot massage, etc..

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      monia ben saad 

      5 years ago from In my Dream

      very imporant and helpful hubs that's help me to have some for friends

      Thank you lady :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Tis the season for gift ideas under $5

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Audrey and Bobbi, Thank you for stopping by to shop :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Just received a nice pay-out from HP so dashed right over to your hub for how to make the most of my hard-earned money. Using idea #10 is one of my favorites.

      Yes, I've been here before, at least twice, but what can I say? Love this gift ideas from my sunshine.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Linda,

      This is an awesome list and I voted up++. This will help so many people and I hope everyone reads it.

      Have a great weekend.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I love this list. The ideas are clever and thoughtful and the personal factor makes many of them light on the pocket but expensive to the heart:)

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      5 years ago from USA

      These are all excellent ideas for gifts on a budget. I am going to bookmark this for the future holidays. Thanks, great ideas and excellent hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Y'all, Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and witty comments ;)

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      5 years ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Here's an oldie but goodie. Evergreen, I believe it's called. Because these ideas and suggestions are fantastic NOW, yesterday and tomorrow!!

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      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great ideas! Some really thoughtful and useful ideas here.

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      Leslie A. Shields 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      These are wonderful suggestions. They are money-savers, true enough, but they seem so very thoughtful... Thanks for sharing this hub... God Bless You.....

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      This is a wonderful idea as well hub. I will share it on my FB for maximum reach as people are fond of giving and accepting gifts. Thank you for sharing your idea here, which will benefit a lot of people.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm starting my Christmas shopping - yes I realize it's August. But it's your fault :) Your list gives me so many ideas. Thanks again Linda!

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sunshine Linda,

      This is a great hub---I am sharing it on FB so everyone can enjoy it.


      Bobbi Purvis

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great gifting ideas, that too economical! I love receiving and giving gifts but not very expensive ones. Gifts are token of love and need not be very costly.

      Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I remember this one! Great hubs are like rock n' roll, they never die. Awesome ideas!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Lovely Linda - You've saved my life with your gifts for under $5. After spending my complete Christmas allowance, just learned that I forgot 4 people:) I'm busy now making numbers 1, 4, 12, 26. What a relief for me. Thanks a million!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas, Linda! I love useful gifts myself, like Hershey's Kisses. Who doesn't love chocolate?!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great gift ideas for any time of the year, but especially now at Christmas! Always bringing sunshine into our lives!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Lady E ~ Careermommy ... I'm glad you were able to pick up some gift ideas for under $5. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great list! You have a lot of good suggestions here.

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      This is very useful Linda, but it would be difficult to choose one, as you have spoilt us for choice. :-)

      Off to share on Twitter. Thanks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Exotic, Audrey, Rachelle...I'm glad you were able to pick up some gift ideas from this hub! :)

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      Rachelle Williams 

      7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Great Hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      I love these--especially the cake in a jar!

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      7 years ago

      Good stuff, Linda! All really useful, practical and easy ideas........I'm going to steal a few! That mind of yours is always working, isn't it?

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Vinaya! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dancilla, Making a card is a great gift for under $5.00. I received a card from a Facebook friend in Australia. It was a beautiful well-made card and meant more to me than a gift she could have purchased. A gift is from the heart :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Very useful ideas for economical new year gifts.

      Happy New Year!

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      7 years ago from El Paso

      These were some very helpful tips, just on Christmas my brother made a card for everyone of us in the family and he really used his creativity. That was a good Christmas present to get from him because he really made it from his heart.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are very thoughtful Michelle. Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in to say Merry Xmas and I'm sharing on behalf of those who need to get last minute gifts!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Deb and Pinkchic...I'm glad these ideas could help you out. Happy shopping or crafting.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome suggestions, so many great ideas here!

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      Deb Welch 

      7 years ago

      Nice ideas. Very creative and sweet. I may use a couple as stocking stuffers as I am done shopping. thanks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mike, Feel free to transfer more than $5 ... Thank you for your comment! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Carter06, Wishing you lots of $5 Starbuck gift cards! Enjoy your coffee :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Steph for your support which is quite a gift in itself! :)

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      Mike Robbers 

      7 years ago from London

      wow,, all your deas are fabulous, really beautiful and unusual.. I laughed so much also with the #38 - "Transfer $5 into their Paypal account as a gift for them to make a purchase" ,, lol Linda you are just great!

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great work queen of the lists lady...love the 5 dollar gift card for Starbucks idea - we coffeeholics would surely love that...lots of votes...cheers

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Leave it to Sunshine to come up with this wonderful list of thoughtful and unique budget friendly gifts for under $5! So many are so easy to do that there's still plenty of time to make or get a gift for that special neighbor or teacher. Voted up, pinned and shared!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Ktrapp and Ish, I'm glad you found some of these ideas useful. I'm on my way to purchase the scratch offs today. FYI: I never buy holiday tickets, they seldom win. Thanks for your visit and comments!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A timely & wonderful hub filled with interesting gift ideas! This well-listed hub definitely comes in handy for many who are consciously frugal. Way to go!

      Happy holidays to you & your family!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      What a list. I can't believe you came up with 50 ideas for gifts under $5. I like the lottery ticket one. You never know, $5 could turn into $500.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you MM! I'm glad you found this list useful. Happy shopping!

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Linda,

      What a fabulous list of really thoughtful gifts. I cannot think of an area you missed...wonderful, practical and easy! Voted UP and UABI.

      Love, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dana ~ Rajan ~ Mary ~ Rick ~ Veronica ~ Audra ~ Esther ... I'm glad you were able to pick up some gift ideas. Also I appreciate you sharing your gift ideas!

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      Esther Strong 

      7 years ago from UK

      Definitely one to bookmark! Voted up etc and thank you for sharing. Also wishing you all you wish yourself for Christmas and the coming new year.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      The Queen reigns again! You've compiled a list of the best $5 and under gifts one could want...or give! Your photos and the closing "hand" made ornament are terrific! Great job GF.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      7 years ago

      I like the purple borders and purple present...grabbed my attention! Love the walmart photo center...used it...loved it! Scratch offs...good idea!!! Love the salt hand ornament! Great hub!

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      Veronica Roberts 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It's easy to put pressure on ourselves to spend, spend, spend - even when it's unnecessary.

      These are some absolutely fantastic ideas! :D

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      When you're not particularly creative when it comes to such things it's great to have you around Linda! This hub may have saved my bacon, so to speak. Lots and lots of great ideas here for coworkers, neighbors and acquaintances. Thanks! You're awesome!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Linda these are fine ideas that won't make a big hole in one's pocket and will go well with the receiver too. Great list.

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      These are wonderful ideas! I think a thoughtful and/or useful gift for $5 is better than overspending on something a person doesn't need and might not even want!....

      I have given Christmas ornaments as gifts, one year they were ones I decorated myself.

      One year I bought presents at the grocery store for some of my family members that cook - like a weird bottle of hot sauce, am exotic spice mix, etc. And the big bookstores always have tons of coobooks on sale.

      Love this hub. So many great ideas. AND THE LOVE PURPLE PICS :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay Sharkye! One of my favorite gifts!

      Hi TT, I'm glad you picked up some ideas! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love these Christmas gift ideas, Sunshine! And you know I'll be using one or twelve of them. :) Voted up and sharing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome ideas. Most of the people on my list would be satisfied with a 2 liter of diet coke and some small snack! :) I would personally love notebooks, pens, and funny, if not fuzzy socks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ruchira ~ BraveWarrior ~ Jeannieinabottle ~ SherryHewins ~ Mary615 ~ KrisHeeter ~ CrisSp ... I'm glad to hear you were able to pick up some ideas for gifts under $5.00!

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      7 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ok, sold! All that 50 great ideas and I still have some spare changes for a cup of coffee. You're awesome!

      By the way, I just passed by Bath & Body Works and they have a great deal on hand sanitizers --6 for $5, which means extra savings. I got a bunch and giving it away to those nice passengers.

      Merry Christmas!

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      Kris Heeter 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Love these ideas! There are many great stocking stuffers here, just in time for the holidays:)

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      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Very cool ideas Linda! This is such a great idea for all those sweet kids who are given an allowance for Christmas gifts and have no idea what to buy. Great job ! Thumbs up and shared!!!! ♥

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas, Linda! I went to your link to "cake in a jar" cause as you probably know from my Hub on that, that is one of my favorite Christmas projects. Also, I like to make caramel popcorn, and put it in a 1.00 plastic shoe box with a nice bow. They had good pop corn and a container they can keep.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      7 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I'm helping my granddaughter shop for gift for the other side of her family. These suggestions will help.

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      Jeannie Marie 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are great ideas! I also like to hit the $5 bin at Walmart. I always manage to find some westerns for my father for Christmas. The coloring books and crayons are a great idea, too. Most kids seem to like that better than the expensive gifts anyway. Voted up and shared!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, these are all creative gift ideas. I need to get my head out of the writers' box and into ideas loved ones can touch and hold! Thanx for giving me ideas to give my son a Chistmas on a pauper's pittance!

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      7 years ago from United States

      Great tips, Linda.

      You are a basket of resources when it comes to celebration, my friend!

      I had been looking for gift ideas and found some very interesting ones here.

      voted up and sharing it across

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Sheila and viewfinders! Ho, Ho, Ho! :)

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      7 years ago

      These are really great ideas, Linda!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You have some really great ideas here! I love salt dough santas idea. That will be great to do with my little granddaughter today! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Dianna :) Have fun shopping!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Peanutroaster, You have some valid points! Haha! I actually gave many scratch offs that were winners and never expected a portion, that wouldn't be a gift. I also stopped breathing down their neck ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi James and Michelle! I'm glad I was able to help you with some ideas! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Shiningirisheyes, You sound like you have a good plan. One could never have enough lip balms. I know I can't.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Angela, Thanks for the info on the mall. Happy shopping to you!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Wow, great ideas, Linda. I am one for giving gifts with meaning, cost is beside the point and finding them under $5.00 is an extra joy!

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      7 years ago from New England

      Scratch off tickets are the worst, never win and then you have to have the giver breathing over your neck to see if you won and if you are going to share it with them! ;-)

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Really useful, Linda. All fabulous gift ideas, and they don't have to burn the pocket! Am seriously using your list this Christmas!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Love these ideas Linda, this is an awesome collection for the holiday season. Voting up, sharing, and rating across :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great ideas - especially the scratch off tickets and the lip balm. I go through lip balm like crazy and will need it when I am done licking my lips after becoming a millionaire from scratch offs.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks wetnosedogs!

      Hi alocsin, If you purchase a gift card directly from a shop or store you could have any amount placed on it. I normally get gift cards for birthday gifts with their age as the amount. Sending you some virtual chocolate, calorie-free!

      Hi Ky4KU! I'm glad you got some ideas. Thank you for stopping by!

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      7 years ago from Kentucky

      I have done a few of the things you listed..But you gave me more ideas..Thanks Linda for sharing.. :)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If anyone wants to take advatage of this for me, please consider #14, chocolate. As for the gift card, can you actually get one for only $5. I thought the minimums were higher than that. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      Fantastic ideas. Thanks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Penlady, Georgie, mpropp, travmaj, Victoria Lynn, Glimmer twin Fan, donnah75, lovedoctor99 ... Thank you all for your comments. Your thoughts are appreciated! :)

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      7 years ago

      Awesome list & I will bookmark. You just reminded me of a friend that I had in high school. I bought her a basket of Bath and Body Works product for Christmas and she actually got upset and told me she expected something else. Well, the basket was nice and it cost me around $25.00. I'm not a cheap Santa. well, you know how ungrateful some people can be. You're right! It's the thought that counts and you have some very creative ideas for a gift.


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