Short on Holiday Cash? Try These Fun Gift Ideas from the Dollar Tree!

Festive, no?

I’ve never been of the mindset that I need to spend a lot of money to give a great gift to someone. But I also don’t want to give someone some cheap tchotchke that they’ll need to find a space for and will curse my name every time they have to dust it. I want my gift to say that I’ve thought about the recipient and what they like, which to me, is part of the gift as well, the thought that went into it.

Since I’m not yet independently wealthy, and have a large family that I like to buy for, I need to be able to select thoughtful gifts, and still remain in my budget.  I got some great ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts while I was in my local Dollar Tree today and I wanted to share some ideas with you!

For the tweens/teen girls in your life:  I think a beauty-themed gift basket is always a hit with young girls. Not your typical shower gel/lotion basket, but something more fun and colorful.  As you know, I’m a big fan of the Dollar Tree beauty aisle and I saw some great things that young girls would love.  So go on over and grab a basket, and fill it with

And there you have it!  Adding in the cost of the basket, wrap, and bow (all available at the Dollar Tree as well), you have a great gift for the young girl in your life.  I have a 12 and a 15 year old, and either of them would be thrilled to get that gift!

For the Movie Lover:

  • Two popcorn buckets (look like the old red-striped cardboard ones)
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Theater-box candies
  • Movies!  (My Dollar Tree actually had recent DVDs there today, or you could add a movie rental gift card, or a 1 month Netflix membership!)

For the Bibliophile:

For the cook:

  • Some wooden utensils
  • Decorative oven mitts (I bought the best potholders of my LIFE at the Dollar Tree!)
  • Cookbook
  • Kitchen timer
  • Silicone-tipped tongs (these are REALLY nice!)
  • Package it all in a colander or large mixing bowl instead of a basket.

As you can see, the possibilities for inexpensive Christmas gifts are really endless here!  Have you made a great frugal gift basket for a friend or loved one?  I’d love to hear about it!  Also, if you try one of the baskets I mentioned above, please let me know!

I love learning new frugal tips from others, that’s why this post is part of the Frugal Tuesday Tip linkup at Learning The Frugal Life!


  1. Love these ideas! They also have lots of cute ornaments to decorate the gifts with.

    • They sure do! I love their little seasonal decorations, I can “cute” up the house without breaking the bank!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it!

  2. I think I will try the cooking gift basket for my mother, and maybe I’ll see if I can put together an arts and craft gift basket for my sister.

    • Jennifer, you should have no problem doing an arts & crafts basket there! They have a whole section with that sort of thing! We get a lot of that type of stuff there for our homeschool projects. That’s another idea…a teacher’s basket!!

      I’d love to see what you come up with!

      Thanks for coming by and commenting!!

  3. yes..I get a lot of arts and craft stuff here…plus special occassion greeting cards!

  4. I’m even the mayor of my Dollar Tree on Foursquare! LOL

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