Who makes the Christmas list cut? Spouse, kids, parents, siblings—definitely. How about close coworkers, neighbors, mail carrier or your child’s teacher? You want to extend goodwill during this thankful season, but is it worth buying individual gifts for each person? I’d propose maximizing your resources and going with bulk Christmas gifts. Buying the same thing for people in your closer sphere of interaction isn’t like showing up to the prom in the same dress as your friend. Any holiday gift can someone shows that you care, and bulk Christmas gifts help you save money on your holiday shopping. Here are some ideas on Christmas gifts you can buy in bulk to make gift-giving more affordable.
Yes! It is possible to buy a decent bottle of wine for under $15. It helps that many grocers, like Kroger, offer an extra percentage off when buying six or more. With an already discounted selection of wine, grab several and make it into a bulk gift. If you need more than 6, go for Wine Express selections of under $15 and get 15% off all orders of 12 bottles or more. Add a festive wine stopper tied to the neck and you’ve got a great holiday gift.
2. Personalized Christmas Cookies
If you’re broke, gift some beautifully iced cookies. Remind yourself that upscale cookie bouquet artists have incredible markups. You can make your own beautiful holiday cookies for cheap Christmas gifts that are sure to be a hit. Stick with geometric shape designs like stripes, dots, or outlines to avoid getting lost in the details. Using an ornament cookie cutter pipe the last initial of your recipient and outline in various colors for a simple and personalized effect. Good dough is not negotiable. Try All Recipes’ Best Rolled Sugar Cookies for a foolproof product that retains its shape after baking.
3. Bell Door Hanger
Who can resist the Christmas spirit when greeted by jingle bells at the door? Fun door hangers help deck the halls and are inexpensive Christmas gifts to make or buy. Check out Kohl’s bell door hanger on sale for $4.99 and get free shipping on online orders of $50 or more. Or just make your own with thick rope, a bouquet of jingle bells and an artificial holly bunch.
4. Personalized Ornaments
Especially if you’re hosting a dinner party, an ornament with a printed name and year makes a fabulous keepsake. Buy a box of darker glass balls (the larger variety) for under $9 and silver and gold paint pens. Write the names of each of your guests as well as the year with a marker and decorate with swirls and dots. Now you have personalized bulk Christmas ornaments to use as place holders or party favors.
5. Mini Photo Book
Stay in touch with long distance friends or recap the year with your closest buds by gifting a 2X3″ mini photo book from Snapfish for $5.99. These sweet pocket books express much more to a friend than tagging them in a Facebook album–a printed photo is far better than a digital copy. Add up to 24 pics with an optional message on each page.
6. Potted Herbs
Buying packaged herbs at the grocery store is a real bummer. Fresh spices and herbs make a huge impact on taste, but after paying several dollars for packaged cuttings and using only a few per recipe, I always end up tossing a bunch. Give a present that continues to give–a potted garden herb like basil or rosemary. Buy several clay pots (garden centers sell them for less than $1 each) and spray paint them red or buy decorative ribbon to tie around them. Pot the plant after the paint is dry and you’ll have bulk gifts for Christmas for around $2 to $3 each.
7. Paper Goods for the Holidays
What is the most overlooked, last minute run-to-the-store-in-my-jammies-to-get-it thing? Paper products. In case you haven’t discovered them yet, Walmart sells seasonal packs of 8 plates and 20 napkins for just $1 each. So pick up two packs of dinner and dessert plates as well as napkins for $5 total. Wrap them with a bow and you’re done. Make up several batches as bulk Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.
8. Homemade Soup in Mason Jars
While I have no idea how to make soup, there are plenty of awesome recipes and instructions out there for making gifts in a jar. Other gifts you can give in a jar include cake and cookie recipes and hot cocoa, which can also be gifted in a holiday coffee mug. These are great bulk gift ideas for those who love to cook.
9. Fridge Notepad and Pen
The posted notepad is always missing in action. And it tops the list of “least likely to buy” items from the grocery megastore. Find good ones with magnets that don’t fall off the fridge, like magnetic Post-It notes, and include a pen on top. Or make it personal with a monogrammed initial pad. Try to make it as festive as possible to avoid giving a totally utilitarian gift.
Candles make great bulk Christmas gifts for super cheap. Most craft stores have holiday stuff on sale right now. I bought a jar candle at Michaels last week (with a delicious sugar cookie scent) for just $3.95. Pair it with a small bag of cookies and it can’t be beat. Just make sure you smell it first and get something with a holiday or baked good scent to keep in the spirit of the season.
Buying Christmas gifts in bulk doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune or buy a totally useless gadget. With some red ribbon and a bulk buying mindset, you’ll be able to gift attractive and affordable holiday goodies.
The guest author, E. Sizemore writes about a variety of topics, from coupons to eco-conscious living.