The Forgotten ones: Creative & Budget Friendly ideas for last min gifts

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The holidays can be a budget-busting time of year no matter how hard we scrimp, save and plan. Aside from the gifts we give to family and friends, there are all sorts of additional people on our list – teachers, school bus drivers, bosses and co-workers, hairdressers and more.

There are many, many holiday hacks – go homemade, re-gift, organize gift swaps – available for gift-giving on a budget, but we’ve combed the sites for some really creative ideas for all those extras on your list.

For teachers – Thrifty Frugal Mom has 15 ideas for fun, inexpensive teacher gifts, including something as simple as inexpensive hand soap presented with a homemade label proclaiming “Hands down, you’re the best teacher around.” It’s both practical and thoughtful.

For school bus drivers – if you’re feeling crafty, check out this bus-themed chocolate bar. Pinterest is full of homemade gift ideas like that one. You also can’t go wrong with having your child color a picture with a heartfelt message, or give a small gift card or cash.

For the boss – The head honcho is notoriously difficult to shop for, but there are plenty of affordable ideas that are sure to please. A personalized business card case or handsome leather-bound journal can be found for under $20. Bosses with a sense of humor might enjoy a “World’s Best Boss” mug like Michael’s on The Office.

For coworkers – “White Elephant” or “Secret Santa” gift exchanges have increased in popularity over the years and are definitely a budget-friendly way to keep the holiday spirit in the office. BuzzFeed has a useful and sometimes hilarious list of 25 Cheap Gifts for your Coworkers (Even the Ones You Hate). Our favorites? A huge bundle of hot sauce packets (since we all know the break room assortment can be hit or miss) and fingerless gloves for that coworker who is always cold.

For hairdressers – Often an extra-large tip on your haircut is appreciated around the holidays, but there are a few super-affordable ideas from Unique Gifter if you don’t have the cash flow for a cash gift. We particularly like a jumbo pack of breath strips (appreciated on both sides of the up-close-and-personal hairdresser/client interaction) and a variety pack of granola bars to stash at their station for when they can’t take a lunch break.

But do remember to try to stay within your holiday budget. If you need ideas for holiday gifts on a budget, check out our blog  Holiday Gift-Giving On A Budget here.

You can also check out our holiday gift guide for others that have made your holiday gift list this year.

Here’s to a happy creative & budget friendly holiday with Purchasing Power.

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