10 Inspirational and Affordable Gifts You Can Give This Holiday Season

Isn’t it truly amazing how fast the holiday is approaching? It just seems as if we cleaned up from Thanksgiving and in a few short days Christmas will be here.  And part of the Christmas holiday (for those that celebrate), is giving to others that we care about and love. Giving a gift that the person will really like is important to the person giving. But one thing we should never do is go over budget in spending.

So do you have some people that have been a positive, inspirational influence in your life that you’d like to give ‘a little’ something special to, but don’t have much of a budget or the luxury of time? Check out my last minute, very affordable, easy and inspirational gifts to give to someone you care about!

10 Inspirational, Affordable Gifts You Can Give This Holiday Season

  1. Picture Frame With an Inspirational Quote – Do you love a great quote as much as I do? I have some favorite quotes that I keep by me and look at often to keep me inspired during the day. A really great gift idea is to print out an awesome quote and put it in a nice frame and gift it to someone. For someone who likes inspirational quotes, they will love this.
  2. Journal – I really enjoy writing down my goals and thoughts in a nice journal. You can find some very cool, inspirational journals out there for a low cost.  Be sure to message me if you need ideas on where to get them! Gpod actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
  3. Subscription To A Favorite Inspirational Magazine – What is someone’s favorite magazine that they either buy from a store or currently have a subscription to? You can get some great deals on magazine subscriptions. The recipient will appreciate this thoughtful gift.
  4. Framed Picture Of A Great Memory – Do you have a really cool memory captured in a picture with you and who you care about? Could be a picture from WAY back! Why not surprise them with a great memory of the both of you.
  5. Favorite Foods – This is always a great, easy gift to give to others.  Some ideas: Packets of cocoa, a cool coffee mug with gourmet coffees, cookie mix ingredients layered in a jar, gourmet popcorn, healthy protein bars. You get the idea!
  6. Holiday Ornament – A friend of mine knows my absolute love of coffee! She gifted me a Starbucks coffee mug ornament and I absolutely love it! And this gift I will love year after year.
  7. Bath Salts, Soaps or Candles – There are some really cute soaps, bath salts and candles you can get out there.  You don’t even have to make a big basket of it. If you are on a limited budget, a cute card with one of those items will show that you were thinking of them.
  8. Coupon For Their Favorite Beverage – Out of the blue the other day, someone emailed me a Starbucks coupon for $5.00. What a great surprise! What an easy gift to let someone know they are appreciated. I loved mine!
  9. Inspirational Notecards or Stationary – There are some really cool paper products out there for a low cost. “To Do List” notepads, Post It Notes, Stationary etc. If the person you want to give a gift to loves this kind of stuff, there are a lot of options out there.
  10. Favorite Mints or Candy In A Jar -An easy affordable gift for someone is to get a really cool jar that you might already have and fill it with the person’s favorite mints or candy so they can put it on their desk. Easy gift but thoughtful!

Which ideas above do you like the best, that you could see yourself giving to others? What other ideas do you have that you could share that would be good for others to consider giving. I’d love to hear from you! Let’s make this an awesome holiday!

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Cynthia Bazin is absolutely passionate about YOUR success and happiness. If you are ready and committed to change your life and take charge of your life, contact Cynthia today to start a conversation! She wants to be your mentor!  She will get you laser-focused on the important things in life! Cynthia@smartchic.me  |  https://smartchic.me

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2016-11-11T11:55:57-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|21 Comments


  1. Terri B December 14, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    This is a great post! The older we get the more we realize its the little things in life that make us happy. Honestly, I’m happy if I get a card or phone call instead of a gift. It reminds me that the giver was thinking of me, that is all that matters really. Great job Cynthia!!

    • SmartChic December 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Excellent point Terri! I am exactly the same way…. A phone call or written letter to me goes a long way. Happy Holidays my friend!

  2. Chantal December 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Great ideas Cynthia! I love the one of putting an inspirational quote in a picture frame. It is the thought and sentiment behind the gift that counts.
    For the person who has everything, a donation to their favorite charity in their name is a great way to spread holiday cheer. If you are looking for something different to do as a family or group look at the local charities in your area and see what kind of group volunteering they offer. It is a great way to spend time together while giving back to the community. Time well spent, helping others, building memories, for me is one of the best gifts you can give. 🙂

    • SmartChic December 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Chantal, I am so glad you liked the idea of putting a quote inside of a picture frame. Also, fantastic ideas of ways to give back. I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Linda Mastroianni December 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Cynthia, your post came at a perfect time! #1 & #2 are excellent ideas! I have two last gifts to purchase and there they are! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Yay Linda! I am so glad my post was of great help for you to put together some last minute gifts. Happy Holidays!!!

  4. Carla December 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Cynthia!!! What I great list, I absolutely LOVE them all! Seriously, you know me, and these ideas are right up my alley! It warms my heart to give or receive a gift the is straight from the heart, packed full of inspiration, one that immediately brings forth a smile!! Well done my dear … Superb list here! Happy Gifting :))

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Carla for the shout out! We are definitely on the same page for many things my friend! Have a fantastic day!

  5. Carol D December 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Great list Cindy! I’ll definitely use some of these for some friends left on my list. Happy holidays.

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Happy Holidays Carol! I am so glad you liked the list! Have an awesome week!

  6. Sheryl Brown December 15, 2014 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I have to say at 43 years old, I do not really want to receive gifts anymore. Yes, I’ve gotten to THAT stage in my life. I’m much happier spending time with a friend over a nice cup of coffee, shopping for a motivational book with another person or going to a spin class with someone than opening a gift. I want time with people. I enjoy reflecting on conversation, different perspectives on a topic or even the quiet times with others than opening a gift.

    Really loved that you shared this. Great idea!

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Sheryl, I am getting exactly the same way! Experiences I love versus physical things as gifts. I wish you an awesome week. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  7. Bonnie Butler December 15, 2014 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I was actually thinking of getting note cards and scenting them with an essential oil and give as gifts. Makes it a little more special with the added scent. I like all of your ideas!

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Bonnie, that’s a beautiful idea! To put essential oil on notecards….. I love that! Thanks for the shout out. I am glad you liked all the ideas!

  8. Donna from Gomee Girl December 15, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia!
    Love these ideas! So simple yet so meaningful! I really like the idea of giving a subscription to a magazine because the recipient can enjoy it all year long! 🙂

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      I am so happy you enjoyed these ideas! I love the magazine subscription idea as well Donna! I just gifted one today. 🙂

  9. Debbie December 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Cynthia!

    Great ideas, all of them, especially the framed quote and journal. Like many of the ladies in the comments, I agree that the experiences trump gifts, still you’ve given a nice array of ideas to deliver thoughtfulness and appreciation through a meaningful gift.

    • SmartChic December 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Debbie, thank you so much for your comments! I am glad you liked the idea of the framed quote and journal. Happy Holidays to you!!

  10. Stephanie December 16, 2014 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Love this list! I love journals and stationary. I’m a paper girl and love pretty notepads, cards, sticky notes, etc… Everyone needs to send a note or jot something down real quick…why not do it on something pretty and thoughtful.

  11. Tracy Cotton December 16, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I have been struggling with what to get my brother in law who has no hobbies or interests I can afford to buy for….but I’d never considered a magazine! I also am considering just making a snack basket for him. This list has some great ideas for everyone though!

  12. Sandra Griffin December 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I love this list… simple and means a lot. You’re a very thoughtful person.
    Happy Holidays Cynthia, I hope you’re spending with family and loved one.

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