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Best Cheap Christmas Gifts for 2020

The holidays can get expensive if you're not careful, but we're here to tell you great gifts don't have to be pricey.

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The holidays can get expensive if you’re not careful, but we’re here to tell you great gifts don’t have to be pricey.


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Customized Photo Gifts

In our digital age, printing out a physical photo has become an extra step that often doesn’t happen. Do the legwork for a friend or family member. Ask for a favorite photo from the past year, or dig up an old one showcasing a favorite memory out of your archives and digitize it. A custom print on canvas is a great way to build memories and add some personality to your wall art. If you have the time and want to make this gift truly special, here’s how to make a frame yourself.

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Chalkboard Platter

Does someone on your gift list live to host parties? Track down a cool-shaped pre-owned platter at a flea market or thrift store. Then paint it with chalkboard paint and finish with a food-safe clear coat, to create a modern look that’s useful, too. Give it with some soapstone chalk to set up the recipient for a creative way to identify platter contents, such as cheese types or options such as vegan or gluten free. If you’re feeling even more ambitious, this fun and useful DIY chalkboard also makes a terrific gift.

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Personalized Playlist

Create a personalized playlist a streaming service such as on iTunes or Spotify. (Be sure to find out the service they are already using first.) Or, go old school and make them a mix CD they can listen to in the car on their way to work. Include songs that remind you of times spent together, some new tunes you think they’d enjoy — or a nice mix of both.

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Assortment of Air Plants

Air plants are hardy bromeliad plants from Central and South America that don’t require soil to grow. Just soak them in water for 20 minutes once a week and let them dry out. They require indirect, but bright light. Use them in containers, globes, terrariums, displays, vertical gardens or party favors for weddings or events.

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Personalize a Book

Never underestimate the power of a thoughtful letter to someone you care about. If you’re not much of a writer, don’t worry, these personalized fill-in-the-blank books are an inexpensive Christmas gift anyone would be happy to receive.

This little book contains fill-in-the-blank lines to describe why your loved one is the greatest. Just complete each line and you have a uniquely personal gift. You can make it as cheesy, sweet or sentimental as you choose.

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Travel Games

Although the isolation and quarantine seem like they’ll never end, they will. When that happens, people are going to be taking plane flights and road trips in droves. This 5-in-1 magnetic game board lets you and your companions enjoy hours of chess, dominoes, checkers, backgammon and playing card games on the go.

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Homemade Candles

Homemade candles are an inexpensive holiday gift idea. They’re good for cultivating kids’ interests and connecting closely with parents and grandparents. This simple kit provides everything you need to give someone special a candle-making afternoon as a gift. And, part of it is the fun of taking home what you’ve made together.

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Multi-Purpose Survival Tool

Get 11 tools in one with this multi-purpose survival tool. It’s the size of a credit card so it’s perfect to carry in your wallet. The tool includes a can opener, cutting edge, flat screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, four-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench and saw blade.

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Magazine Subscription

This is the perfect time to introduce your loved one to a magazine you think they would enjoy, and of course we know of a great one! One year of Family Handyman is just $10! The lucky recipient will get expert advice on everything from DIY plumbing and electrical to DIY tips, kitchen and bathroom remodels, car care and gardening. It’s also a great option for any new homeowner on your gift list. Here’s how long Family Handyman has been doing its thing!

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Magnetic Wristband

The magnetic wristband is another great option for an affordable yet useful gift idea. The wristband helps keep screws, drill bits, nuts and nails at hand so you won’t have to go back and forth to the tool box to get what you need when working on a project. Here are 20 more gifts under $20 DIYers will love.

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