You can give great gifts this holiday season, even if you are on a budget. From choosing elegant and affordable home accents to honing in on a hobby, these ideas are designed to delight every person on your holiday gift list. These gift ideas range from under $15 to just under $250 and include both commercially available and DIY options so you can explore all of the possibilities this holiday season.

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1. Reindeer Candelabra

Available in both a gold and silver finish, these sleek and modern reindeer make an understated holiday accent on any table or surface. Available for purchase at Pottery Barn

2. Accent Pillows

Add a splash of color and modern design with a delightfully colorful pair of pillows. This project doubles as an easy DIY if you have basic sewing skills, too.

3. Modern Bird Feeder

Add a splash of color and modern design to any yard or garden with this delightfully bright bird feeder. Designed to attract songbirds and give them a safe, predator free spot to eat, this piece will delight any bird lover.

4. Espresso Maker

They’ll think of you every morning when you give the gift of fresh, handmade espresso. This piece is an impressive addition to any kitchen and a must for any coffee lover.

5. Portable Lighting

These lovely lanterns cast a soft glow anywhere you need it, making them ideal accent pieces for an outdoor seating area or parlor. Use on the base or simply lift and carry for soft lighting where ever and whenever you need it. Available for purchase at DWR.

6. Art Coasters

Choose a set of coasters that feature a favorite artist or style; these coaster sets from the Met pack a lot of punch but can be had for just under $15 per set, making them a stylish choice for giving on a budget.

7. AquaFarm

The fish provide nutrients for the plants, and the plants help keep the water clean. This symbiotic tabletop aquarium is low maintenance and adds a ton of interest to any home. Gift alone or with some pre-started herbs and a colorful fish or two. Available for purchase at PetCo.

8. Smart Kitchen Technology

Increase the wow factor without breaking your budget–Hiku’s innovative smart home device tracks groceries as you use them and generates shopping lists based on your preferences. This fun and easy to use device retails for under $50 and is sure to thrill any tech gadget lover on your list.

9. Weber Mini Grill

More than just a stylish addition to the outdoor kitchen or garden, this delightfully red mini grill serves up perfectly cooked meals every time. A must for the barbecue enthusiast on your list and a piece that is sure to be used throughout the year. Available for purchase at the Home Depot.

10. Bar Helpers

Have someone on your list who loves a good cocktail? Offer some specialty bar items they’ll love, from coasters to drink helpers. These unusual stone cubes keep whiskey cool without diluting the drink and are a must for any modern home bar. Available for purchase at Crate and Barrel.

Crafty Do-It-Yourself Gifts

Put your crafty and DIY skills to work for holiday gifts and you’ll not only save money, you’ll be able to create a one of a kind gift tailored specifically for anyone on your list. These ideas are fast, easy, and impressive to give this holiday season:

11. Cuddly Flannel Throw

Combine a few yards of a delightfully plaid flannel and a little bit of time and you’ll be able to whip up a soft and cozy flannel throw, just in time for the holidays. The sewing knowledge required is minimal, and if you have a machine, you can whip up a cuddly blanket in no time at all.

12. Terrarium

Stylish, easy-to-make, and tough to kill, a terrarium can provide years of enjoyment for that special someone on your list. This gift offers several options–you can DIY, create a terrarium kit for the recipient to assemble, or purchase a pre-made terrarium that is ready for giving. If you are on a tight budget, you’ll be surprised at how easily you can pull together a kit or DIY by taking a simple nature walk–moss, fancy rocks, and small plants all make ideal terrarium inhabitants.

13. Decoupage Trays

Combine a little Mod Podge and some decorative prints or paper napkins with fresh white trays to create these simple but stunning serving trays in just a few hours. Tutorial courtesy of Martha Stewart.

14. Pyrography Cutting Board

Use a wood burning tool to create a one of a kind cutting board to give as a gift. You can burn a design into any wood item, from precut pieces like this one to raw wood–and the burning tool is as easy to use as a pencil. Just trace or sketch your design and then go over it with the wood burning tool for a fast, easy, and unforgettable gift. Tutorial courtesy of The Moon and Me.

15. Wine Bottle Cheese Board

Combining both green sensibilities and style, a wine bottle is flattened in the extreme heat of a kiln, resulting in a one of a kind serving board. If you have access to a kiln, you can DIY, otherwise, purchase from an artisan specializing in recycled glass items.


Image courtesy Pottery BarnDecoration SuggestionsJSchatzWilliams SonomaDWRMetropolitan Museum of Art StorePetCoHikuHome DepotCrate and BarrelIt’s Always AutumnMartha StewartThe Moon and MeEtsy.

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