Gift-giving can be a tedious task because there is the need to give something memorable but also remain on a budget. Here are some gift ideas that are sure to impress the receivers and most importantly, not break the bank.
Before you start, there are a few things every budget gift giver should have on hand. Ribbons, left over wrapping paper, washi tape, scraps of cloth, silver, gold and copper spray paint, marker pens, chart paper and coloured paper. The secret to budget gift giving is all in how pretty and expensive you can make your gift look and that comes in the packaging. Make Pinterest your best friend and keep printables of labels you can use or if you have some artistic skill, make your own labels and use your best handwriting.
Spa in a Jar
Mason jars are all the rage since the hipsters started drinking water in them. So what can you put in your spa in a jar? Head over to Naheed Supermarket and pick up nail polishes (ranging anywhere from Rs. 60 to Rs 195), nail files and nail brushes (Rs. 120 – 150), a sheet mask, a mini body lotion and a tea light. The cheapest mason jar costs Rs. 150- 200 so you can have an amazing gift ready in well under Rs. 1000. Tie a ribbon around it, attach a label and your gift is ready.
2. The book lovers fantasy
I used to think giving books was stupid because you can’t really know what a person will love but I have changed my ways. Find a book or books to give for Rs. 500. For the remaining cash, make a relax-in-a-mug kit. A plain white mug costs Rs. 150-200; throw in a tea bag (or a coffee sachet), a spoon with a ribbon tied around it and a heartfelt note about what the receiver means to you. If they don’t like it, well, you can always treat yo’self.
3. Personalised badges and pouches
Small businesses like Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios and Prisms and Paintbrushes make cute trinkets that make amazing gifts. Get a customised badge and pin it on one of their zipper pouches that range from Rs. 750-800. At Rs. 200 a badge, you have made a cute, customised and usable gift. For a few extra bucks, throw in a notebook and pen or a makeup item.
4. Mug Cake – Just add an Egg!
If you have the kind of friend who is always whining that they want something sweet then this is the perfect gift for them. Mix up the dry ingredients (You can use this recipe) in a clear sandwich bag, tie it with a ribbon and put in your mug. Write the instructions for the cake on a card and tie it on the mug’s handle. Add a spoon for a cute (and functional) touch. This is the kind of gift that you can make for a bunch of friends and only spend cash on the mugs for you may already have the ingredients on hand.
5. Customised wall print
There are many illustrators that have caricatures and doodle making businesses. You can get a custom illustration made for the receiver that can be a special memory or an inside joke. Pop it in a frame and you have the perfect gift.
So these are some fun gift ideas that will make sure the receiver very happy. Remember, thoughtful gifts go a long way so take every gift-giving opportunity as one to make it memorable for the receiver (and easy on your pocket ha!)