Cheap Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Need some last-minute Christmas gifts that won't blow your budget? Consider these affordable options.

Gift Cards

Amazon Gift Card
Amazon Gift Card. Photo Courtesy of

Gift cards are the ultimate last-minute gift. Just zero in on a store or restaurant that the recipient likes, and your work is done:

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A Magazine Subscription

National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic Magazine. Photo Courtesy of

Jump online, and order a magazine subscription for everyone left on your list. and are great sources for discounted subscriptions.

Tip: Take advantage of the option to print off a free gift notification on, and you'll have something to slip inside a card. Buy from Amazon

A Coupon Book

I.O.U. Cards
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Put together a book of coupons with things that you're willing to do make the recipient's life easier (let's face it: we could all use a dose of easy this time of year). Buy from Amazon

A Gift of the Month Club

Banana Cookies
Banana Cookies. © Flickr user Gudlyf

Think of something that you can make/do for the recipient on a once-a-month basis (bake cookies, mow the lawn, etc.). Then, make up a certificate announcing your gift.

A Framed Photo

Framed Photo
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Dig up a special photo of you and the recipient, and present it in a nice frame. Buy from Amazon

A Calendar

Pathways Calendar
Pathways Calendar. Photo Courtesy of

With the new year just around the corner, a calendar is the perfect last-minute gift. Pick one up at the store, or whip one up tonight while you're watching TV.

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Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries
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Surprise someone with a pack of rechargeable batteries and a charger, so they can start using all those new gadgets right away. Buy from Amazon

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough. © Flickr user

Stay home, and make a batch of cookie dough to give. If you choose a variety that freezes well, the recipient will have the choice of baking cookies now or freezing the dough for later.

Loaf of Bread

Bread. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

We're all ridiculously busy this time of year. So, if you give someone the gift of homemade bread, you could be saving them a trip to the store. Think how popular that will make you.

Home-Canned Goodies

Freezer Jam
Freezer Jam. © Erin Huffstetler

Pull one of your home-canned goodies out of the pantry, and present it as a gift. Then, pat yourself on the back for doing all that canning last summer.