Budget Friendy Gift Ideas for Teachers

Posted on December 9th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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It’s the holiday season. Some people in our lives can be more difficult to buy for than others. It can be hard to purchase for our kids teachers, because we don’t spend much time with them to get a good idea of their likes and dislikes. And, if you’re like me and have multiple kiddos and/or kids that are in middle or high school and have multiple teachers, it can get expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. I put together some budget friendly gift ideas for you:

School supplies: Due to enormous budget cuts, many teachers have to come out of their own pockets for school supplies. Why not lessen their burden by replenishing these items this holiday season? Send in a basket with tissues, pencils, hand sanitizer, crayons, and more. I tend to over purchase when school begins, and have plenty to donate mid-year.

Gift cards: Teachers love gift cards! I’m sure any teacher you ask would rather go grab a nice massage or Starbucks coffee with a gift card, then get another coffee mug, right? Good news, you can save on gift cards too. There are plenty of places on the web that sell discounted gift cards. Even Amazon and Ebay run specials on discounted gift cards.

Reusable Water Bottle: Perfect for the classroom. And, having your child decorate it makes it even more special. You can usually find a good water bottle for around $10!

Handmade appreciation cards: If you’re on a very tight budget. A special, personal, handmade card is a great gift for your child’s teacher. And, because all you need is paper and markers or crayons, you could do this for the lunchroom staff, office staff, custodians, everyone on your child’s list!

Homemade treats: Another great idea for those of us on very tight budgets. Make a plate of delicious baked goods. Place in a decorative tin which can be found at the Dollar Stores around town, and you have a great gift for under $5!

There are just a few budget-friendly gift ideas to get you thinking. Happy holidays!


Thrifty Tip: Make Your Own Gift Basket

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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I’m pretty sure that we’ve now officially entered the “late shopping” zone. If you are still shopping today, it’s late! But it’s not too late┬áto come up with some frugal and personal gifts for friends and family members. I actually thought that I was done with all my shopping until just a few days ago. We decided to get together with some friends for dinner this week. It dawned on me that we should get them a little something. I racked my brain trying to think of something that would be personal, practical, and frugal for a family of six.

Then, it came to me! (And I just had to share it.)

So, here are just a few tips to making a gift basket suited to the recipients tastes and to your budget.

1. Personal does not have to be expensive.

Our friends share the desire to eat healthy but have admitted to needing a re-start and not really knowing where to start. Since eating healthy (or, mostly healthy) is so important to us, it was easy to figure out what to put in the basket once the idea finally came to me.

I went to Costco and bought the same coconut oil we have been using lately… for just $12.

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Then, I happened to find a coupon for one of my favorite brands of raw honey. So, I got this for $6.99.


We bought an extra gallon of raw milk (from our local farmers) to add to the basket. That was $7.50.


2. It can be pretty and practical.

Then, I put all three items in a basket that I’ve had around (and never used) and tied some ribbon around it.


3. It doesn’t have to be complicated! I actually enjoyed doing it. Those of you who are much more creative will be able to make it look so much cuter than I made mine. But, you get the idea. It works. We know they will like it because of what we know about them and we were able to make it happen fairly easily.

So, even if you’re shopping at the last minute, you don’t have to spend a ton of money or time to make a special gift for a friend.

What other gifts have you made for friends or family members?

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