Buying Christmas present on a budget will require some careful planning. Start by making a list of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances that you need to buy the gifts for. It is suggested that you begin to make this list early; as early as the beginning of November will be good. Put the names of the people under the category of gifts you want to give. One for those who will get the best gifts (usually family comes here), second for those who will get gifts (friends can be included here) and finally those who will get token gifts (co-workers come in this category).
Tips to Help You Succeed
Look at unusual places: Once you have this list ready, it will be rather easy for you to buy the gifts. Look for shops where you are not likely to go for buying gifts. Start with the local dollar store, you will be surprised with the variety you get there and of course the price is cheap.
Get inspired: Think of creative ideas; this will not only show your concern, but also help you save money. How about giving a houseplant to your friend? Put the plant in a decorative pot and tie a ribbon around it before giving. Your friend will be delighted to get such a nice gift from you.
Exchanging gifts is not mandatory: Since you are low of finance, you cannot give a gift to everybody. Set your priorities and decide who will get the gift this year and who will not. You can let them know about this in advance. Most people will understand this. Exchanging gifts is not at all mandatory, especially if you on a tight budget.
Burn a CD: does the recipient like music? Do you know about his favorite songs? Go ahead and download the songs (you must have permission for this) and burn them in a CD. Put it in a case and wrap it up attractively and give it to your brother.
Gift Cards: giving gift cards is not a great idea. Even if you are planning to give gift cards worth $5, it is always better to buy things. You might end up getting useful things in this amount, and it will also show your concern for the other person.
Sentimental gifts: when it comes to family, sentimental gifts are the best. These gifts are the perfect way to tell them that they are especially thought of during the holiday season. A personalized album, scrapbook, handmade cards are some of the things which you can give.
Garage sales: if you have not thought of this before, go try it. Around Christmas, you will find a number of garage sales being organized. Often you will come across something nice which can be the great Christmas gift ideas for a dear one. If you are lucky, you might also come across antique items. It will be the perfect gift for someone who is interested in collecting antiques.