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10 Super Easy & Affordable Ideas for Gift Packages

Having trouble coming up with a good gift idea for your Secret Santa, a coworker, or your child’s teacher? These cheap and easy ideas for gift packages are a fun way to give something that’s both thoughtful and useful!

You can find most of the items for these gift baskets at the dollar store, so it doesn’t have to cost more than $5-$10 to put together something really nice! Here are 10 easy, practical ideas for budget gift baskets that the receivers will love:

Cold Care Kit

Nobody wants to come down with a cold, but it’s almost inevitable during the winter. Put together a little care package that will be ready when the receiver needs it. You could include throat lozenges, lip balm for chapped lips, tissues, tea bags, vitamin C supplements, and bath salts.

Car Kit

Car kits would be appreciated by anyone who drives. Grab items like an ice scraper, tire gauge, flares, first aid kit, emergency blanket, and a flashlight. You could also toss in a gift card for a gas station or convenience store. This would be a perfect gift for anyone who recently started driving or got a new car.

Handyman Kit

This gift package is great for new homeowners or anyone who lives on their own. Put together a little set with handy items like a tape measure, work gloves, small tools, a flashlight, electrical tape, etc. The best part? All of these basics are found in the dollar store.

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Baking Kit

To make a sweet baking kit, pick out a box of baking mix- whether it’s cupcakes, cookies, or brownies. Add in a cute spatula, measuring spoons, cookie cutters, and a pair of oven mitts. It’s perfect for anyone who likes to bake and has a sweet tooth.

Kitchen Kit

For this kit, you can have a lot of fun with kitchen accessories. Grab cute tea towels, colorful sponges, a slotted spoon, your fave recipe book, a cute kitchen timer, and anything else that would come in handy when cooking and cleaning up. This would be ideal for someone who has just moved out on their own, or anyone who likes to spend time in the kitchen.

Hair Care Kit

Great for teen girls, this gift package can include items like hair ties, headbands, a brush and comb, cute clips, and travel size hair care products like shampoo, conditioner, etc. I don’t know any young girl who wouldn’t find this useful!

Travel Kit

Sure, you can buy those pre-made toiletry kits, but what’s the fun in that? Make a mini-travel size care package with a random assortment of toiletries and other items. Those TSA approved plastic bottles are helpful for anyone who flies. Add in luggage tags, a stylish passport holder, and a neck pillow.

Sweet Tooth Kit

Who wouldn’t want to receive sweets?! Pick up holiday candies, a few packs of hot chocolate with cute straws and a mug, nuts, and popcorn. If you’re not sure who’ll be receiving this, add in some sugar-free candy options, too. Be sure to add a warning if it contains nuts.

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Stationery Kit

Great for teachers or anyone who likes writing, journaling, or sending notes. Put together a little package with pretty stationery, note cards, cute pens, a journal, and other little office items like paperclips, push pins, etc. I know I’m always eyeing up cute journals and cards, but I rarely buy them for myself. This would be another fun present to give or receive.

Kids Kit

Kids are so incredibly easy to shop for, and bonus- they’re really easy to please! Crayons, coloring books, crafts, stuffed animals, stickers, and odd little toys are all easily found for a buck. If you’re a parent, you probably don’t need any advice coming up with a great gift pack for kids 😉

With so many nice gift bags and boxes to choose from today, a gift package is a really simple and fun present to give. Think of the types of little items that you would like to receive, and head out to the dollar store. The next time you’re involved in a Secret Santa or gift exchange, you won’t have to stress about what to get.

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16 comments on “10 Super Easy & Affordable Ideas for Gift Packages

  • MMD , Direct link to comment

    No “coffee” kit? I’m pretty sure you could put one together for much cheaper than the pre-packaged ones you find at BB&B. And with better coffee!

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods , Direct link to comment

    These are great ideas! I love the themed approach too–makes it easier to shop for and more fun for the recipient. Plus, then you can give practical gifts too!

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  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach , Direct link to comment

    What a cute idea. I like the idea of a cold kit because it’s probably something everyone will need at some point this winter, and stuff that it would be nice to have around so you didn’t have to run out when you weren’t feeling well to get.

  • Shannon @ Financially Blonde , Direct link to comment

    I love the cold care kit idea, especially because cold and flu season is right around the holidays.

  • Liz , Direct link to comment

    I love putting together kit gifts. A few years ago I made my sister a stationary kit. I bought a few cute packs of cards from Target and a nice office basket to store them in. She loved it.

  • Erin @ Journey to Saving , Direct link to comment

    Excellent ideas, Lauren! When my fiancé and I were first dating, we gave each other various pieces of candy for Christmas. We had only been dating for three months so it was perfect and budget-friendly.

  • Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom , Direct link to comment

    I’m thinking of doing a baking kit for our small daughter. Or maybe for a grandma to do with her.

  • Kara @ The Daily Whisk , Direct link to comment

    There are so many great ideas here! I’m contemplating doing a stationary one for my husband’s grandmother with stamps, etc.

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