If you are in need of a simple, thoughtful gift idea, I present you with… gifts in a mug. 🙂 Once I started creating one gift in a mug, the ideas kept flowing! The options are endless!
These are a perfect gift idea for friends, teachers, your boss, really, anyone!
The idea is simple. Pick a cute mug, then fill it with your recipient’s favorite things.
To help you get your wheels turning, I want to show you three simple ideas that can be done on any budget.
I found my supplies at Walmart, Dollarama, Superstore and my house.
Gift in a Mug #1 – Self Care Mug
This coffee mug gift idea includes a face mask, cozy socks, lip balm, hand cream, and a milk chocolate bar. This would make for a great gift idea for a friend, mother in law or teacher!
Mug – Walmart Fuzzy socks – Dollarama Hand cream – Walmart (was in a set of four, perfect for splitting up!) Lip balm – Yves Rocher Chocolate bar – Walmart Face mask – Walmart
Gift in a Mug #2 – Desk Essentials
This coffee mug gift idea is perfect for someone who works in an office or from home. Anyone really! For this gift in a mug, I put in a mini stapler, hand cream, two pens, gum, a chocolate bar, a small notebook and a small day planner. Because the notebook and day planner don’t fit in the mug, I am just going to place them underneath the mug and wrap it all together in some cellophane.
Mug – Superstore Notebook – Walmart Day planner – Dollarama Chocolate bar – Walmart Gum – Walmart Stapler – Walmart Hand cream – Walmart Pens – Amazon
Gift in a Mug #3 – Birthday essentials
This idea makes me so happy! It would be perfect for a hostess gift or for a holiday party. Swap the Christmasy items for more neutral items and you could have the cutest birthday present for a friend. To this gift in a mug, I added a mug cake package, a fork, a napkin and a couple of candles. Simple and cheap.
Mug – Walmart Mug Cake – Superstore Fork – my party stash Napkin – my party stash Candles – my party stash
Other gift in a mug ideas I had:
Hot chocolate mug: a mug, a packet or two of hot chocolate, a candy cane, a special treat, marshmallows, a chocolate covered stirring spoon.
Kids themed: a mug, a Pez candy dispenser, a special pen, a notebook, small kid things from the dollar store.
Craft supplies: a mug, fun craft supplies for an adult or a child.
Liqueurs in a mug: a couple of those tiny liqueurs that would taste yummy in coffee or hot chocolate.
The ideas are endless!
I hope my ideas will help you out if you want to try gifting a Gift in a Mug this year!
Simple ways to celebrate the holidays on a tight budget
For some of us, the holidays always seem to land during a time where everything else hits. This means a tight budget during the holidays is a common issue that most of us will face at some point in our lives. If you find yourself with a tight budget this holiday season don’t let it ruin your fun.
This year, learn how to rock the holidays on a tight budget with these simple but meaningful ideas.
Focus on Meaning
Focus on the meaning of the holidays instead of the frills and trappings. The holidays are about friends and family so focus more on making memories than having a fancy holiday. Make homemade decorations, bake cookies, and spend quality time with the people you love.
Create new traditions
It’s the perfect time to create new traditions that your family will remember for years to come! Here are some ideas that you may enjoy or get you brainstorming:
Go on a Christmas tree hunt: Growing up, my favourite tradition was going into the forest (with our free permit to cut a tree) and searching for the most perfect tree to decorate.
Decorate on December 1st: Another thing we would do is wait until December 1st to decorate the house. December 1st also meant we could crank the Christmas carols!
Make homemade Christmas cards: This would be a super fun afternoon activity for the whole family!
Give to the less fortunate: I know locally, there are several businesses that set up bins to collect toys. Perhaps, you could find something similar and team up with a few friends to help take the focus off of yourself.
Decorate a Gingerbread house: This is always a fun activity for the kids! Or decorating sugar cookies is also fun!
Write letters to Santa: Sit down with the kids and write letters to Santa! Don’t forget to send them off! In Canada, you can send your letters to:Santa Claus North Pole HOH OHO Canada
Read a Christmas book every day in December: Head to your library and pick up a big stack of holiday books to read together.
Have a Christmas movie night: One for the whole family and maybe one just for mom & dad!
Seek out the best Christmas light display: Take a drive one night just to look at all the lights. Vote for your favourite display.
Give Christmas PJ’s on Christmas eve: For the last few years, I have been wrapping up a pair of Christmas pajamas for both girls that I got on sale and giving it to them on Christmas eve. They love to wake up Christmas morning in their new Christmas pajamas!
Make Homemade Gifts
Save money but still enjoy the gifting part of the holidays with Homemade Christmas gifts. Use the things you have on hand to make personalized, meaningful gifts for the people you love. It’s the fact that you thought of them and wanted to do something special that makes gifts so wonderful. Baking homemade gifts is a great way to use items you have on hand to create a great gift someone will appreciate.
Earn Extra Cash
A great way to deal with a tight budget during the holidays is to work on simple ways to earn extra cash. Sell off things you do not need or crafts you have made that others can give as gifts. Cleaning houses and clearing snow are both great ways to earn extra cash as the season wears on. This is the best time of year to pick up a part-time seasonal job for extra money if you have the time to spare.
Make a Holiday Budget
To help you thrive during any time with a tight budget, create and stick to a budget. This is a plan to help your family stay on track financially. Plan all of your regular expenses first so you don’t end up making your situation worse for the sake of the holidays. This will leave you with a clear idea of how much you can really spare and how much you should try to earn instead of going ahead blindly.
Look for Free Activities
Look for free fun activities to do. You can still make the most of Christmas even when you can not afford much. Go for a stroll and check out neighborhood light displays, volunteer to help others down at the soup kitchen or food bank. Find reasons to be grateful for what you do have this season, and you will be well on your way to rocking the holidays on a tight budget!
What are your best tips for making a meaningful but frugal Christmas season?
Every year, I like to purchase one gift that will be fun for the whole family. Usually it’s a board game of some sort. We like to try it out right away on Christmas day for some extra quality family time!
However, there are sooo many different things out there that would make fantastic gifts for families.
This gift guide has fun, frugal gift ideas for families that any family would love. Happy gifting!
Alright, this one is not very frugal, but if you have an outdoorsy family this wight just be the gift that keeps on giving year after year. These Solo Stoves are 5 stars and so, so good. Uses real logs, but is smokeless! Shop around for sales!
It’s gift-giving season, which means you’re either really excited about shopping for gifts, or in the beginning stages of holiday dread. 🙂
Gift-giving can be very overwhelming. Especially for the person who has everything! When I need a gift, the perfect gift in my mind, is something practical and memorable yet a bit extravagant (something they wouldn’t purchase themselves). Of course, my gift-giving has to be done within a budget, as I’m sure most of yours does too.
Finding a budget friendly and unique gift can be challenging, especially as more and more people may be added to your Christmas list. This year, I want to give you several gift guides that feature fabulous gift ideas that you can shop from!
I’m pretty darn excited about this year’s gift guides because I think you’ll find a lot of great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Plus, since you’re getting this from Simply Frugal, the gift guides feature frugal gift ideas that are separated into categories by budget!
Since the focus here at Simply Frugal is, of course, frugality, I’m going to break down the gift guides into various price points. Sound good?
All right. Let’s get started with Frugal Gift Ideas for women! I happen to think shopping for women is one of the easiest categories to shop. However, sometimes it’s really nice to have some unique and different ideas to think about!
So go ahead and take a look or pass this on to your significant other for some hints. I’m sure you will find thoughtful gifts at every price point.
Cozy Gripper Socks – I wear these as slippers and I love them and I recommend them all the time!
Gifts under $10
Neutrogena Makeup Wipes – These are fantastic for those lazier evenings, but when the makeup still has to come off.
Maybelline Superstay Liquid Lipstick – This lipstick can outlast anything and will never transfer, so you don’t have to worry about getting lipstick on straws, cheeks, or clothes. Seductress is a great everyday color.
Stocking stuffers can be so much fun! My husband and I really only exchange stockings each year rather than big gifts. I like to fill his up with a mix of practical things and fun goodies.
However, it’s quite easy to get carried away buying all sorts of fun little things to add to the stockings, so I’ve compiled a list of frugal stocking stuffers to make shopping easier. I think you’re going to love the list!