You don’t need to spend a lot of money to give a good gift

A personal care package is a great gift to give this Christmas season if you’re on a budget. (Photo illustration by Madison Duong)

Madison Duong, Feature Editor/A&C

Christmas is upon us and that means many will gather with their loved ones to exchange gifts with each other. If you want to give gifts but are worried about finances, look no further and check out this list of 10 gift ideas to give if you’re on a college budget.

This gift list features ideas that are all under $25 and can be loved and appreciated gifts by everyone.

1. Gift card

A gift card may seem boring to some, but it’s the best option to give someone, after cash, if you’re not sure what to get. Getting a gift card is a great gift because they can use it to pick out something they actually want, so you don’t have to worry about what to get them because they’ll get it themselves. If you’re not sure which gift card to get, Amazon, Target, and Doordash are all safe options because there are plenty of options on what to buy at these companies. You can also add any amount you want to the gift card, but if you’re sticking to a budget, $10-25 is a good price to put on it.

2. Spa Gift

A spa gift is a set of miscellaneous items that can be given to someone that will help keep them clean and pampered. Hygienic items are perfect for a spa gift, so adding things like sheet masks, bath bombs, hand cream, lip balm, lotion and more would be a great gift.

3. Hot chocolate set

Hot chocolate is a popular drink for this holiday season and is also great to enjoy when the weather gets cooler. In a hot chocolate set, you can add a mug, hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, or even premade hot chocolate bombs. There are also pre-made and packaged hot chocolate gift sets that you can find online or at stores like Marshall’s, Amazon, TJ Maxx, and Target.

4. Cozy gift

A cozy gift is anything that can give a feeling of warmth, comfort and relaxation. For a cozy gift, you can get fluffy socks, a pajama set and a blanket. It will be the perfect gift because the weather is also getting colder.

5. Housewarming Gift

Even if the person you are giving to is not moving, you can still give them a housewarming gift that can be useful and used in a normal household. Ideas include candles, cutting board, oil diffusers, houseplant, cookbook, glassware or really anything you can think of that could be used in a home.

6. Tech Gift

When you think of tech, you might think it’s expensive, but you can still find great tech gifts for under $25, such as portable power banks, portable Bluetooth speakers, digital clocks and more. Or you can even get tech accessories like headphone cases and phone cases. A tech cleaning kit is also a great idea for everyone.

7. Personalized Photo Gift

A personalized photo gift is a great idea if you want your gift to be authentic and have sentimental value. You can get things like personalized shirts, mugs, ornaments, keychains, and blankets. If you want to give a personalized gift, visit websites like Shutterfly, Etsy, and Snapfish.

8. Food

Food is a great gift to give because it’s a way to show the person you’re giving that you want to share the food you like or that you know what they like to eat. When you receive a food gift, make sure it doesn’t go bad by the time you give it. You can give someone their favorite snacks, snacks you want them to try, or even pre-made food sets like a popcorn kit, box of chocolates, or charcuterie board.

9. Take care of yourself

A personal care kit is a gift that will help someone take care of themselves. Some good ways to promote self-care are keeping a journal, sleeping, and exercising. You can give someone a journal or even an activity book, a melatonin bath set, and exercise tools, like a yoga mat or exercise clothes.

10. Handmade gift

If you’re crafty and want to save some money, a handmade gift is ideal because it’s authentic with the time and effort put into it. If you have supplies and a crafty hand, you can give someone a painting, drawing, or even something you’ve knitted like a scarf, hat, or mittens. The best part about giving someone a handmade gift is that you can choose what it is and use your own creativity.