7 Super Thoughtful Christmas Gifts That Cost $5 or Less

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Thoughtful Christmas gifts don't have to be expensive. Here are 7 thoughtful Christmas gifts under $5 that anyone will love plus keep you on budget.

If you’re on a tight budget this Christmas and haven’t shopped for gifts all year long, don’t worry. There are countless thoughtful Christmas gifts you can buy for your friends, family, and co-workers without spending too much money.

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of feeling that Christmas presents have to be extravagant or expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if you live within your means all year round.

Living that way day in and day out sets yourself and your family up to expect nothing different come the holidays. Contenting yourself in giving gifts that are within your budget and given in love are worth more than the latest, hottest toy or game simply bought on credit.

If you are searching for a few simple and thoughtful Christmas gifts that will communicate love to your loved ones, below are a few examples of easy things you can do right now to take care of all the people on your list.

One of the best things about all of them is that you can find most of them on Amazon. Buying on Amazon makes them easy to buy and give since you don’t have to leave the house.

You can even pair your Amazon purchases with Swagbucks, so you can earn cash back on the gifts you’re purchasing. Doing so is a great way to stretch your giving budget more. Plus, they give you a $10 bonus after you spend $25.

If you’re looking for thoughtful Christmas gifts this year, here are seven gifts you can get for $5 or less.

1. Homemade Cookies


It’s an old favorite, but it works. Making cookies is an inexpensive Christmas present that everyone loves. (Seriously, if you don’t like cookies, what’s wrong with you?)

You can make several batches and package them in colorful, holiday themed ziplock bags. Attach a thoughtful card, and you’ve just made someone’s day for under $5. My friend does this for all of her neighbors, and they returned the favor by having a special Halloween candy bag for her daughter full of goodies the following year.

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Cookies are a simple and thoughtful way to show that you care for someone and don’t require you to spend money you don’t have budgeted for Christmas gifts.

2. Ear Buds


I have five different pairs of ear buds, and in my opinion, you can never have too many. I have one upstairs in my office, one in my gym bag, one in my car and some stashed around the house.

It’s nice to have them handy as I like to use ear buds when I talk on the phone, listen to music, or work out.

Earbuds make thoughtful Christmas gifts because you can use them as a stocking stuffer or give a pair to that co-worker who always plays her music too loud.

Ear buds don’t have to be expensive. This pair is relatively cheap and are a great value.

3. Candle Holders

For your friends and family who love home decor, they might enjoy these pretty but inexpensive candle holders from Amazon.

This would make a great hostess gift for the person in your life who is having friends and family over for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

If you want to add a little more to the gift, you can get these festive candles to pair with the holders.



I thought this bookmark was really cute when I saw it on Amazon. It’s perfect for your friend or family member who loves to read. Tuck it into an old classic, a used book, or one of your favorites.

Once again, it’s not the price of the item but the thought behind it. I’d much rather receive a new bookmark and a used book than a random $5 gift card. It’s simple, but something I really enjoy indulging in during my free time.

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It really is the thought that counts and this simple and thoughtful Christmas gift demonstrates that perfectly.

5. Silicone Spatula Sets


There are numerous kitchen gadgets you can get your favorite chef for under $5. This festive set comes with two spatulas and are useful in any kitchen.

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Don’t forget that when you pair your Amazon shopping with Swagbucks, you can earn cash back, even on something as simple as a spatula set.

These would make a great Christmas gift for a college student for their first apartment or for your favorite newlyweds. Pair it with a cookbook if you have a bigger budget, and write a note in it!

6. Tea Infusers


If you have a tea lover in your life, this is a really inexpensive and cute tea infuser. I drink coffee every morning, but in the evenings, I love to use my tea infuser to make tea and wind down in the evenings.

There are so many different types of tea infusers and many of them are under $5. Plus, any time your friend or loved one brews a cup of tea, they will be reminded of your care for them If you happen to have a larger budget. You can pair this with a cup or your favorite loose tea to make this gift extra special.

7. Nail Polish


Nail polish is a sweet and simple gift for the ladies in your life. I actually gave each of my kids’ preschool teachers nail polish on the first day of school with a cute printed label I found on Etsy.

There are countless sales on nail polish at drug stores, or you can check out Amazon for a good option. Keep your eyes peeled on their weekly bulletins for special prices and buy one get one deals.



There are many ways to give great Christmas gifts without spending more than $5. And, the great news is that most of the items on this list aren’t necessarily cheap. They’re actually thoughtful, especially if you pair them with a kind note or another inexpensive gift.


What are the best gifts you’ve ever gotten? Were they expensive or thoughtful or both? What are some other great gifts that are simple and thoughtful, whether they are $5, $10, or more?

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Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for parents who want to better their finances and take on a more active financial role in their families.

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