Inexpensive Birthday Gift Idea

When your dollars donít stretch as far as you would like them to, you may have to come up with an inexpensive birthday gift idea for each of your loved ones. A meaningful present doesnít have to be expensive.

Ideas for Children

When you first set foot in the toy department, it probably seems like everything is high priced. Look a little harder. Here are some ideas for inexpensive gifts for children:


Young children will love board books and picture books; older children will enjoy series books such as Harry Potter.


Kids love watching movies over and over, so DVDs are always a good choice

Art Supplies

Small craft kits are often inexpensive, or sets of paint, or chalk with paper

Dollar Store Basket

Kids love finding multiple items in a basket, and they donít have to be expensive. What kid doesnít love things like soap bubbles, tiny stuffed animals, and crayons?

Ideas for adults

Most adults have stopped expecting people to make a big deal out of their birthday. For the people that you want to acknowledge, there are plenty of items that are inexpensive.

Plants and Flowers

Flower arrangements donít have to be delivered, and they donít have to be from a professional florist. Less expensive arrangements are available, and they will be appreciated when given with love.

Homemade Items

If you are really strapped for cash, give baked goods or booklets of coupons offering free labor.

Personalized Photo Items

An item such as a photo mug doesnít cost a lot but has a great deal of sentimental value.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets can often be put together as a collection of items that donít cost a lot, such as candles, bubble bath or assorted coffees. Since a gift basket actually contains more than one gift, itís a great choice for someone on a limited budget.

Thereís no reason to be ashamed if you have to come up with an inexpensive birthday gift idea. With a little effort, you can come up with a gift that is unique, even though it didnít cost a lot. After all, itís the thought that counts.