Easy, Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers!

Holidays!

With Black Friday officially kicking off the start to the holiday season (yay!!), everyone is now scrambling to find gifts for everyone on their list. Though the gifts for under the tree are the fun and easy part, finding goodies to slip in a stocking can be hard! To help with this, we’ve put together a list of easy stocking stuffers that will please anyone on your list!

  1. Candy!

Anyone who doesn’t like candy especially during the holidays cannot be trusted. Think candy canes, holiday-themed M&Ms, peppermint patties and, our personal favorite, fudge. Throw in some homemade hot chocolate mix and you have yourself a chocolate-y feast. For the non-chocolate lovers (because they apparently exist), we recommend Sour Patch Watermelon, Twizzlers and Skittles!

  1. Fuzzy Socks

If you live in any climate where it gets cold, you know how hard it can be in the winter to keep your toes warm! Fuzzy socks are a quick and easy fix for this problem. They come in a variety of designs so you can get some Christmas-themed ones or stick to a generic color or pattern. The choice is up to you! The best part? Not only are these a great option for a stocking stuffer, but they are also inexpensive so you can grab a pair for yourself as well!

  1. Ear Muffs

On the note of staying warm, ear muffs are another great option to throw in a stocking! They have been very in this season and are an adorable way to keep your ears warm in the cold winter months. Knit hats are a great alternate option for the person on your list who is not a fan of ear muffs and would rather keep their entire head warm!

  1. Lip Balm

As soon as the cold weather begins we can feel our lips starting to get chapped! Lip balm is a great and super easy gift for a stocking because everyone needs it at some point or another. To make this idea a little more fun, look for some scented or colorful chapstick. Everyone loves it when their lip balm smells good!

  1. Nail Polish

Nail polish is both an easy and inexpensive stocking stuffer that almost everyone loves! Our personal favorite brands are Essie and Deborah Lippmann. Grab a bottle of their favorite color you already know they love or test new waters and grab something new. You never know when if you’ll find a new favorite unless you try it!

What’s the best stocking stuffer you’ve ever received? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Christmas

5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate theOne of the best parts of the holiday season is that there seem to always be parties going on, especially for Christmas! However sometimes participating in these Christmas extravaganzas can get to be a little bit on the expensive side. As two college students with a limited budget, we know that contributing money towards gifts can be a little bit much! However there are still ways to have a great time with friends celebrating the holidays without breaking the bank. Here are our tips!

  1. Host a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange

Rather than spending money on each of your friends, instead suggest to your group that you do a Secret Santa. This ensures everyone gets a gift and you can set a price limit on the amount each person can spend! If there are members of your group that don’t know each as well and don’t feel comfortable buying a present for someone they aren’t really acquainted with, try a White Elephant exchange. For these, each person brings a gift within the given price range. Upon arrival all the gifts go in a large bag and, when the time comes, everyone draws a gift. They can either choose to keep their gift or trade with one person who has drawn already.

  1. Have a cookie exchange

As fun as it is to have a holiday dinner with friends that can get quite expensive after buying all the food—especially if there’s a turkey! A cookie exchange is a great option because it gets everyone together for yummy holiday food without burning a hole in your wallet! Each person brings one type of cookie and everyone takes some of each. It ensures a ton of treats for everyone! We recommend having each person saying what type of treat they’ll be bringing ahead of time to make sure there’s variety.

  1. Go Christmas caroling

As dorky as it sounds, going Christmas caroling is one of the easiest (and most fun) ways to celebrate the holidays! If you live in a suburban neighborhood just gather up a group of friends and head out. Make sure you get together for some hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the night to tie up a fun holiday experience!

  1. Have a movie marathon

There are countless great holiday movies out there, so why not watch all of them? Get your friends together and have a Christmas movie marathon! Each person can bring some kind of snack or treat (we recommend this Reindeer Chow courtesy of Pinterest) and, of course, make lots of hot chocolate. Set up camp in front of the TV with some blankets and comfy pillows, make sure everyone is wearing their Christmas PJs and enjoy! Don’t forget to wear your fuzzy socks!

  1. Make your own ugly Christmas sweater

One of the best part of the holidays is getting to wear an ugly sweater without judgment from anyone, however they can get to be a little bit on the pricey side. Get your friends together and have everyone bring an old sweater they don’t wear anymore. Use fabric paint, glitter glue, felt and whatever else you can think of (or find) and create the perfect ugly holiday sweater! Here are some of our favorites!

There you have it! Our favorite ways to celebrate on a budget. The most important thing to a successful celebration is making sure all of your friends are there with you—because that’s what the holidays are all about.

What are your favorite budget savvy ways to celebrate Christmas? Let us know in the comments!