Holiday’n On A Budget: Gift Edition

Nitty gritty talk here. We all know there are certain gifts we just can’t get out of giving. Not that there’s anything negative about the giving in general, giving is fun and it personally makes me feel amazing but it can be a little pricey sometimes. That’s why my good friend Christen from the Beauty In Between blog and I are here to save the day!

We put together a few custom gift box options that quickly can become a D.I.Y. gift for anyone. All you need is a stationary box or a basket and a couple of the recipient’s favorite items! This is a great way to control the cost of the gift and still be able to give someone a gift you know they will love.

With items from TJ Max, Hobby Lobby, and Target, I put this together as a quick and cost – efficient teacher gift.

Hobby Lobby:

Scarf – $5.99 + 40% off Coupon that can be redeemed at any time on an item at regular price.

 T.J. Maxx:

Candle – $3.99

Mug – $5.99

Box – $4.99


Cocoa – $3.99

Peppermint Marshmallow’s – $1 each

Snowman ornament – $3

My favorite part about this gift set is that I used the scarf where normally some type of decorative filling or tissue paper would go at the bottom. You can find cheaper candy options, which I would have opted for, but my local Target was out of what I wanted to buy instead.

We have four teachers this year between my two daughters. I realize that some people’s kids have way more to shop for so again, remember this can be altered in any way to fit any budget. My boxes were under $20 per teacher so keep that in mind. I decided to go with items that I felt were useful and would make anyone excited to receive.I was able to get all of my items from our local HomeGoods but you can really find items like this anywhere from Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Amazon, etc.  Each box contains:

  • Two hot chocolates.
  • Christmas themed mug.
  • White chocolate and peppermint coated pretzels.
  • Three specialty chocolates.
  • Holiday scented candle.
  • Chocolate drizzled popcorn.
  • Three chocolate covered stirring spoons.


Subscription boxes also make a great choice when it comes to smart shopping. Not only are they cost efficient but it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Monthly, my kids have received several boxes from different companies throughout this past year.

1. Kiwi and Co.

This company provides a subscription box that inspires young minds to create with hands-on activities. Kiwi and Co. offers boxes for ages 0-16 that keep children focused on STEM projects that bring their interests to life. They have several plans to fit your child’s creative needs.

2. Learning Crate

Learning Crate caters to personalization through books and activities, by age, and special interests. Each box contains a monthly supply of educational fun and is valued at over $50. Right now, they are offering 10% off your first purchase.

3. Owl Crate Jr.

If you have a junior bookworm like I do, they’ll love the adventure that awaits them upon opening their Owl Crate Jr. box every month. Inside each box is a magical journey filled with a book and themed goodies for ages 8-12. Each box contains an exclusive item from the author as well!

Another inexpensive gift idea is a customized clipboard. With discount items at Hobby Lobby and using my 40% off coupon, I was able to create this clipboard for under $10. (The black paint I had before this project.) 


Scrapbook paper


Mod Podge glue

Foam brushes


Decorating tools (ribbon, bow, etc)

Hot glue gun and glue

Xacto Knife or any method that will cut smoothly and safely


Paint the areas the paper is unable to reach due to the clip being attached. Wait for it to dry.

Next, cover a light coat on the front with Mod Podge and place the scrapbook paper on top. Quickly begin to transfer your paper to the clipboard by smoothing out the glue from the top with a credit card or something of that nature that won’t bend. Use repetitive motions to assure even application so you won’t be left with glue making your paper bubble-up from the surface. Wait for it to dry, flip it over, then trim off the excess on the side with an Xacto knife. Repeat application on the other side. Cover the top of each side with Mod Podge and let it dry. (Use sandpaper and Mod Podge if paper starts to come up on sides. )

Now that your paper is adhered and it’s dry, you can begin decorating however you like. I chose these burlap, pre-made ribbons from Hobby Lobby that came in a 2 pack. I glued one to the clip of the board with hot glue.

Voila! Now you have an inexpensive gift for a teacher, nurse, or anyone you know that would love this cute gift for the next year!

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