25 Affordable Family Gift Ideas (Plus 5 More You Can Make and Sell)


With at least five major gift-giving holidays in the U.S. (plus birthdays, anniversaries, and memorable moments like graduations, weddings, and new babies), it’s easy to bust your budget on presents.

Gifting is big business, and it is hard to avoid the constant marketing, advertisements, and in-store promotions baiting you into spending more money on the holiday of the month.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend an average of $175 on Valentine’s Day, $179 on Easter, $220 on Mother’s Day, $172 on Father’s Day, and $648 on Winter Holiday gifts.

Adding it all up, on average, Americans are spending $1,394 on these five holidays alone.

So if you want to divert money from your current budget toward paying off debt, saving for retirement, college, or a vacation, cutting down on gift costs is a great place to start.

25 Fun and Reasonably Priced Family Gift Ideas

1. Family Photo Album or Frame

A family photo album or frame helps preserve memories spent together. It’s also a relatively inexpensive gift.

2. Board Games

Board games make fantastic gifts that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy year-round, year after year.

3. Reoccurring Monthly Subscriptions

If you’re looking for family gift ideas that keep on giving, there are now a wide variety of monthly subscriptions besides a ‘fruit of the month’ club. There are packages for almost any passion. If you’re looking to treat a coffee or cheese lover, there are choice options for foodies too.

4. Gift Card to a Favorite Restaurant

If you’re looking to give one gift to an entire family, how about the gift of dinner out?

5. Ice Cream Lovers Gift

Got brain-freeze on family gift ideas? If you know people who scream for ice cream, consider a basket of fun ice cream bowls, spoons, toppings, and multiple containers of fun sprinkles.

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