Let’s face it, shopping for Christmas gifts can be a daunting task for any budget. But when your budget is small, it can be even harder to find decent gifts people will appreciate.
That’s why we assembled these cute gift boxes that consist of all dollar store items purchased for $1 each! Not only are these gifts inexpensive, but they’re also fun and practical!
This post is sponsored by R.M. Palmer company. All views expressed are that of our own.
This year has been quite tolling on many due to jobs lost, social distancing in place, and uncertainty. I get it and feel many of the same stresses you probably do. However, there is something so magical and uplifting about the holiday season.
Tis’ the season for love, generosity, and kindness felt from the heart. The best part is you do not have to spend an arm, and a leg to show people you care. Today, we are showcasing how you can create inexpensive, budget-friendly Christmas and holiday gifts for kids.
DIY Filled Plastic Box Gifts
After a stroll throughout my local dollar store, I was inspired by the plastic cookie/baked sweet treat containers to use as gift boxes. They were only $1 each and roomy enough to fill with goodies.
The main stars of these DIY Filled Gift Boxes are the R.M. Palmer confections that you can find at Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart, and even online at Amazon. We found all these featured chocolate-flavored confections at our local Dollar Tree along with everything else pictured.
Between Rudolph and Pals treats, plus the adorable Double Crisp® Moose, Teddy Bear, and Penguin chocolate-flavored characters, there are just too many adorable sweet treats you can add to your DIY gift box.
$10 Kid’s Christmas Gift Budget
We have three children so we shopped for items that they would enjoy. We aimed to spend only about $9 for fillers to compensate for the $1 box cost. I had the holiday-colored filler on-hand but you can add tissue paper, shredded paper, or leave that out altogether to stay on budget.
You can opt to use a stocking if you prefer or maybe a gift box as well. Whatever you can afford and have on-hand is perfect for this inexpensive gifting solution.
Items we included:
- hair & body care products
- toy cars
- coloring books
- playing cards
- silly putty
- small crafting kits
- school supplies like pens
- little notebooks
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Big Pop, 2.75 oz A jumbo, Double Crunch pop that is perfect for EVERY stocking or gift basket/bag.
- Rudolph & Pals, 2.5 oz – Available in Sam the Snowman, Bumble, Santa, and Rudolph (white and milk chocolaty flavor)
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Snack Mix, 3.5 oz – Featuring tiny character-themed chocolaty pieces (filled with home-style peanut butter, and mini pretzels.
- Santa Holiday Party Pals– these contain milk chocolate flavored foil balls in assorted holiday colors. They are a new item for the 2020 season.
- Stirring Spoons– these adorable spoons will be featured in our next gift post. They are perfect for a cup of hot cocoa for the kiddos.
- Santa Friends – These 5-ounce treats feature a Double Crisp® crunch in both milk & white chocolate flavors.
- Double Crisp® Coal, 3.4oz– These little sacks are a timeless staple that should make an appearance in EVERY home this season!
How to Assemble Gift Boxes Tips
Once you shop for all of the items you would like to include in your gift boxes, divide it up once you get home. I find this the easiest to keep each child’s items separate. I label each shopping bag with my child’s names so that when it comes time to fill the boxes or stockings, it is quick and easy.
I used holiday shreds at the bottom of my boxes only because I had them on hand. A fun top to make your own is to shred gift wrap in a paper shredder. This saves time and possibly money if you had any wrap on-hand. Newspaper and colorful magazine pages work well too.
Next, it is time to add the gifts. The boxes I bought this year at the dollar store were really deep so I was able to fill each with roughly 9 items.
Add the largest item to the bottom. I suggest placing your R.M. Palmer candies on top of the gifts so they do not get broken.
Since I have one teenager, I made sure her box had things like makeup and hair accessories.
Budget-Friendly Gift for All Ages
You can even accommodate these DIY gift boxes for any age. You could make these gift boxes for the nursing homes, homeless, less fortunate kids, white elephant gifts, You’ve been Elved gifts, or even teacher gifts. The possibilities are endless without having to spend a ton!
I hope this post inspired you all to head out and pick up some R.M. Palmer sweet treats. I also hope it reminded you that it is better to give than receive during this very special Christmas/Holiday season.