Last-Minute Gifts & Giving Back on a Budget

Last-Minute Gifts & Giving Back on a Budget We can all relate to last-minute gift buying. Whether you received an unexpected gift and you want to return the favor, you have a teenager going through an awkward phase, or you completely forgot about your office White Elephant party, there is likely someone left on your holiday shopping list.

The bad news is that you only have today and tomorrow to shop online and get your gifts in time for December 25th. The good news? We’ve compiled a list of last-minute ideas for everyone on your list. If you don’t mind waiting in line, some of these can be purchased in-store as well. We also have a DIY Gift board on Pinterest you can view for inspiration! For even more ideas, check out our Hot Deals Roundup and our Hot Deals page. Remember that shipping restrictions can vary by merchant and location! Click here for a full list of Holiday Shipping Deadlines.

We’ve also included frugal ways to give back this season. Donating to local charities is a fantastic way to make a positive, direct difference in your community – and you can do it on a budget.

When all else fails, eGift cards can be delivered in just a few hours! You can even earn 1% Cash Back on Gift Cards at Ebates. You can schedule these gift cards so they don’t arrive too early, or email them to yourself and simply forward your gift when the time is right.

Last-Minute Gifts & Giving Back on a Budget Below you'll find our hand-picked list of last-minute gifts for people of all ages. Double-check on shipping restrictions for your specific timeframe and location! Stores offering free shipping for Christmas delivery include Target and Amazon (sign up for a free 30-day trial here). However, time is ticking if you need to get your items before December 25th and you want to avoid paying for expedited shipping. For more inspiration, check out our Hot Deals Roundup and our Hot Deals page!

Last-Minute Gift Ideas:

Last-Minute Gifts & Giving Back on a Budget Ways to Give Back on a Budget

Donating to local charities is a fantastic way to make a positive, direct difference in your community – and you can do it on a budget. Many of these supplies can be purchased at your local dollar store. Alternatively, you can purchase online and get free shipping from stores like Target and Amazon (click here for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime). For other frugal/DIY gift ideas, check out our Pinterest Board! These gift ideas are not limited to the Holidays; any of these ideas are great year-round.

National charities include the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and the United Way. You can also check out your local food banks, churches, and community groups to find donation centers that can directly impact your city.

  • Candy & Snacks
  • Crayons & Coloring Books
  • Gloves & Hats
  • Small Toys
  • Jewelry & Makeup
  • Candles
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Hair Ties & Bobby Pins
  • Playing Cards
  • Laundry soap & a roll of quarters
  • Themed “Gift Baskets” – an inexpensive basket filled with tissue paper and themed items. Some ideas are Movie Night (popcorn, a DVD, and other snacks), Spa Day (fuzzy socks, a face mask, bubble bath, etc.), For Dad (tape measurer, microfiber towel, duct tape, etc.). The possibilities are only limited by how creative you can get!

December 21, 2015
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