Our series “A Gift for Gifting” walks you through how to show your generosity and thoughtfulness to all the special people in your life. Shopping for loved ones with a budget in mind can be difficult. We’re here to make it easy. Here are 15 sweet suggestions for holidays gifts under $30.

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As the holidays draw near and the most wonderful time of the year begins to put smiles on joyful faces, another Christmas phenomenon is occurring: the exciting, sometimes frantic search for the perfect gifts.

It can be easy to get wrapped up in the mindset of “bigger and/or more expensive is better” when it comes to gift-giving. After all, you want to demonstrate just how much you care about your friends and loved ones. However, thoughtful gifts that will create warm holiday memories do not have to cost a lot.

To help budget-conscious holiday shoppers find the perfect gifts for the meaningful people in their life, we have put together this guide of super special Christmas gifts under $30.

Christmas cookies

Nothing says Christmas like decorated cookies. Your sweet-toothed friends will love this holiday-themed treat, especially since it comes in a festive tin that they can collect and reuse in future years.

Cuddly and delicious

Festive plush toys are a great addition to any stuffed animal collection. This cuddly bear is perfect for just displaying or for snuggling up to when the weather outside is frightful. Throw in some holiday-themed cookies, and this gift is sure to warm the soul and satisfy that sweet tooth.

Indulge in a classic

Pecan butterballs are a Christmas classic that everyone can enjoy. With enough to go around for the whole family, everyone from great grandparents to the youngest child is sure to have a powdered sugar smile plastered on their beaming faces.

Play with your food

Though usually frowned upon, playing with your food during the holidays is actually encouraged. So, grab your friends and family, and get to work building and decorating your very own gingerbread house. Whether it is just for fun or you raise the stakes by adding a competitive element, constructing (and eating!) these scrumptious structures is a timeless Christmas tradition.

Savor the flavor

The Christmas sweets may steal the show, but the savory side of things deserves some attention, too. Nothing says happy holidays like something to balance out that overload of holiday treats. Our suggestion? Send some savory snack mixes to your loved one this year.

Try something new

Christmas cookies usually revolve around the classics, but there’s no reason you can’t mix things up while still staying festive. Try a new cookie flavor combination, like the Buttercream Frosted Peppermint Chocolate Cookie flavor box. Once they take these out of the box, your recipient will be grateful you thought out of the box.

A different kind of sweet

We all know and love Christmas cookies, but what about other kinds of delectable holiday delights? From truffles to peppermint bark, and beyond, giving the gift of variety is a great way to mix things up while keeping it sweet.

Go nuts

Healthy and delicious, nuts are a thoughtful treat to gift during the holidays. Throw in a classic (and adorable) nutcracker tin, and whoever the lucky recipient is will no doubt fall in love with this budget-friendly Christmas gift.

Two for one

Whether you are buying for your favorite couple or secretly stashing away treats for yourself, the Holiday Share-A-Tower Duo is a great way to simultaneously shop for multiple loved ones. You can’t go wrong with this thoughtfully crafted package, which contains not one but two identical gift-wrapped towers packed with tasty treats.

Christmas lilies

Undeniably festive, lilies make the perfect Christmas gift for someone who appreciates the simple beauty they bring to any space. With white and red blooms accented by lush, green foliage, the holiday spirit shines brightly from this timeless bouquet.

A stocking to stuff

Opening up the stockings that are stuffed beneath the tree or over the mantle is a time-honored Christmas tradition. Give the joy of that experience with a customized stocking. This gift is sure to become part of their holiday celebration for years to come.

Personalized ornaments

One of the most festive elements of the holiday season, Christmas trees serve as an opportunity to express yourself and display what matters most to you. That is why personalized ornaments are such a thoughtful, budget-friendly gift. From celebrating a baby’s first Christmas to giving a couple something they can treasure forever, personalized ornaments are sure to be a Christmas hit.

The gift of comfort

Pamper your closest friends by giving them the gift of comfort. With luxurious bath bombs and salts, as well as aromatic soaps, this Pampering Gift Set is a super way to give someone some relaxation during a season of constant stimulation and stress.

Holiday wreath

Decorating for Christmas is one of the best ways to spread cheer and lift everyone’s holiday spirits. Give the gift that gives back every year with a customized holiday wreath made of durable wood. The personal touch shows attention to detail while making this piece of holiday décor a unique addition to any festive decoration collection.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

When in doubt, give the gift of chocolate. These irresistible chocolate-covered Oreo cookies are decorated in holiday fashion, making them the ultimate Christmas treat.


Beginning her writing career as a print journalist, Hanna Marcus worked as a beat reporter and general assignment reporter in newsrooms throughout Florida including The Tampa Bay Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Naples Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun. Now a full-time freelance writer, she writes for clients such as Hot Topic, New Balance, BoxLunch, and others.

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