Free Presents are the Best Presents

The holidays as a little kid were magical, or at least they were for me. I just don’t think I’ll ever outgrow the magic of Santa, and waking up to freshy wrapped presents under a tree. Giving gifts is just as fun, but I’ve been known to shop last minute, and its especially difficult when you are broke.

For those of you who do have a little bit of money saved up, see some of our favorite gifts all under $10! There is something for EVERYONE on your list.

Budget friendly presents for $10 or less!

Personally, I’ve found that some of the best gifts are experiences, and you don’t have to spend a dime. At 29 years old, I don’t remember half of the presents my parents bought me growing up. The holiday traditions and time spent as a family make up my favorite memories.


For your teen

  • Extend their curfew an extra hour for a week.
  • Give them a chore free day/week.
  • Increase their screen time
  • Cook their favorite meal
  • Offer to have their friends over for a night

Family experience: write a time capsule letter with your intentions for 2022. Open it next year during the holidays as a family.

For your parents or friends

*You offering to hang out with your parents or loved ones for an hour will mean more than any present you could buy. Make it phone free time, unless the activity requires a phone. Be in the moment together.     

  • Plan a movie night with their favorite movie.
  • Cook dinner
  • Go for a hike
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Set up a game night
  • Family / friend photos: Get dressed up and have a friend come over to take family or friend group photos. You don’t need a fancy camera, just use your phone and go outside. If you are indoors, make sure you’re in a room with natural lighting.
  • Ask if there is anything they want help with
  • Find extra chores around the house
  • Volunteer to assist with yard work
  • Workout together
  • Offer to watch your younger siblings and giver your parents a night off
  • Volunteer
  • Play music together/sing
  • Make a Tik-Tok video

Christmas is only a few days away, but it's not too late to make sure your loved ones know what they mean to you this holiday season.


WRITTEN BY Kinsey Eix (she/her/hers)