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Gift Ideas for Large Groups – All Around $1 Each

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Are you shopping gifts for a group?

As great as giving can be, buying gifts for that many people – especially all at one time – can definitely be a struggle. Hip2Save reader, Michelle, is experiencing this challenge now:

“I need to find something to give the women in my church group. There are 119 women to buy for and I’m hoping to stay around $1 for each person. Any suggestions? Have you seen any great deals on anything that might work?

buying small gifts group — hip2save team workingWhen working within a tight budget, I like to combine small items into mini packages to increase the gift’s value while still keeping costs low. Having the gifts be the same lets you purchase in bulk to take advantage of quantity discounts, making that $1 per person goal much more attainable.

Read on for gift ideas that cost roughly a dollar each to help make group gift giving (especially around the holidays) easy on the mind and easy on the wallet!


Option #1 — So Noteworthy

gifts for groups — notebook and gel pen

Pair one of these ADORABLE pocket notebooks with a colorful gel pen — perfect for keeping a daily journal, jotting notes, or doodling. Both sets offer a wide variety of designs and colors so each recipient’s gift is unique! Add an extra personal touch and write a friendly note on the first page for them to see each time they open their journal!


Option #2 — Faux Frappuccino

Starbucks DIY Gift Cup

Find me someone who won’t say “OMG how BRILLIANT!” about these chocolate-filled Starbucks cups… I’ll wait. 😉 This super clever packaging uses Starbucks cold beverage cups (or you can use this inexpensive set that comes with the dome lids), Almond Hershey Kisses, a little white tissue paper, and a green straw. Feel free to conceal a surprise inside (like gift cards!) or give as is. You could even swap out the Kisses with your favorite gold foil candy, like Rolos, Werther’s Originals, or Reese’s!


Option #3 — Winter Survival Kit

gifts for groups — winter survival kit with tissues and hand lotion

Cold weather means crisp, dry air — but it can leave your skin feeling dry and lips dehydrated. Sooth chapped winter lips with cocoa butter balm or Lip Naturals balm, both available in a variety of yummy flavors! Combine with mini lotions and tissue travel packs to make a complete winter kit.


Option #4 — MistleTOES

gifts for groups — nail polish set and emery boards

Give the gift of an at-home pedicure with an emery boardtoe separators, and, of course, nail polish. 💅 Go with a universal color for all of your recipients or purchase this nail polish gift set with 20 different gorgeous colors!

As an extra touch, package homemade sugar scrub in mini jars as an exfoliant for rough heels — it’s just like the salon!


Option #5 — Made with Joy

Make a Rae Dunn inspired ornament with holiday buzzwords or personalize it with your recipient’s name! Lina’s DIY is easy, fun, and totally frugal, but if you don’t own a Cricut machine, you can purchase similar decals on Etsy!

Make this DIY year-round by swapping out the ornaments and holiday words for a ring dish with their monogram or try fun words like “bling”, “love”, or “his” and “hers” if it’s for a couple.


Option #6 — Merry and Bright

gifts for groups — dollar tree mercury glass candles

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes giving candles as a gift can seem a little generic, but these mercury glass candle holders are absolutely dazzling! ✨Pair with a battery operated tea light for a zero mess candle and you’ve got a gift that appears much more expensive than a dollar and some change! You’ll probably want to keep a few for yourself to add to your own holiday decor.


Option #7 — Good Ol’ R & R

Help your recipient melt away the stress of busy holiday plans with a relaxing sheet face mask, some chamomile tea, and an essential oil mister (great for spritzing a pillow before laying your head down) that you can easily DIY!

To make the essential oil mister:
  1. Unscrew the spray top from the glass bottle.
  2. Add 10 drops of essential oil to the bottle — I love eucalyptus around winter time!
  3. Add a few drops of vodka… strange, I know, but it helps blend the oil and makes the scent last longer!
  4. Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving a little room at the top.
  5. Securely screw on the spray top and gently shake to blend the oil.
  6. To add even more of a personal touch, label the bottle with the kraft paper tags to identify the essential oil scent!

Write a little note with some great usage ideas, like an air or fabric freshener! Feel free to switch up the scents with soothing lavender or invigorating peppermint.


Gift giving to a large group doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

And you can make the value seem much more than what you actually spent! With just a buck and these clever DIYs, you can gift some Christmas cheer to just about anyone, no matter how many people you need to buy for.

How do you buy gifts for a crowd?

Let us know how YOU give to a large group or your favorite little gifts you’ve received!


Up Next: Stocking stuffers at Ulta for only 77¢ each!


Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 51

  1. Mamamia

    I think some homemade treats wrapped in nice packaging makes a great treat, or even bringing in homemade lunch for the office…coffee and donuts, bagels and juice, etc.

    • iamkris10

      I agree!

    • JO

      I think this is a great idea. I have made very large chocolate chip cookies and monster cookies, packaged them in CD envelopes with clear cellophane windows and given them away. Walmart has boxes of the envelopes, I think $5 for 100. You could close envelope with a pretty holiday sticker. You would be making several batches of dough and would spend less than $50.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love that idea! Plus, it’s even more special given you’re taking the time to cook and bake. And seriously, who has ever turned out a delicious homemade treat!? Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Nena

    I buy for about 20 teachers. I waited until Bath and Body Works soaps were on a Saturday sale and used a coupon on top of it, about $1.25 each. I’ve also given Yankee Candle car air fresheners when they hit $1 each and chapsticks from a Christmas clearance the previous year because they have a long expiration date 🙂

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great gift ideas! And shopping Christmas clearance is the best — anything you can find that’s non-perishable is a great way to stock up and save. Thanks Nena!

  3. Annette

    I sew a potholder with a button to a kitchen towel. The little loop on the potholder is perfect for looping button through. Target usually has seasonal set of 2 kitchen towels with potholder for around $3….making each gift $1.50 or the Dollar Tree. I love these because I can’t stand when my kitchen falls off the stove handle!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So crafty! AND so practical too! This is a great gift idea, Annette — thank you for sharing!

  4. iamkris10

    I usually do one of four things in this scenario: 1. redbox code and a movie box of candy. You can get deals on the candy to bring it to abt $2/person. 2. Pack of sugar or gingerbread cookie mix and a cute cutter (abt 1.50/ person) 3. Tape, a few bows and wrapping paper (with a note abt trying to save them hassle with wrapping)- this is good when gifting earlier in the season. Dollar tree has cute wrap, bows, & tape so this is abt ($1.30/person).
    4. A donation in their honor to a related non profit

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      This is gold. So clever about the Redbox code and so sweet about the donation, especially since the season is truly about giving. Thank you for these awesome ideas!

  5. Barbara

    I make soap reindeer. All items from my dollar tree. They cost about a dollar to a dollar twenty five. Look them up on pintrest

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Adorable!! What a fun way to “gift wrap” bars of soap. Thanks for this tip, Barbara!

  6. FSUGAL

    When you have a group to treat (I did this as a homeroom mom & with a small church group), buy a variety of $1 items (could be candy, cups, ornaments, candles, toiletry items, kitchen gadgets, or if a school classroom silly string, slime, puzzles, candy, fun toys, etc. from a dollar store). Pick up some holiday bags that are like a lunch sack (they usually have these at Walgreens or you can ask your local grocery store for some plain brown lunch sized bags and use an ink stamp to decorate them). Put the gift item in the bag and staple it shut. Gather participants into a circle & give everyone a bag at random and then read the Left/Right story. Participants pass the gift sacks to the left or to the right everytime they hear the key words. Whichever bag they are holding at the end of the story is the one they keep and open. If a true gift “exchange” with a higher spending limit, the same can be done by having each person BRING a bagged item and then read the story. Here’s the link to the story: (https://pcamna.org/ESL/RightLeftGame.pdf) This always gets lots of giggles as folks try to keep up with passing the bags back and forth.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh my gosh, SO fun! What a great idea for an exchange. We’ve done the Yankee Swap version but I like this even more since it builds the anticipation. Thank you for sharing!

    • Chelsey (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh my goodness I didn’t even realize other people played the Left/Right game! We do this at our family Christmas party and one family is always picked to create the story. They create a story about their family’s year and then make sure to use the left/right/across words throughout the story – we all usually end up in tears from laughing so hard!

  7. MiddleSchoolMama

    For school bus drivers and postal workers, I get a reuseable starbucks cup and fill with a couple kcups, tea bags, and hot cocoa packet. Give it in a starbucks brown bag with gift tie.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s the gift that keeps on giving, since they’ll get $0.10 off their Starbucks beverage when they use the cup! Cute idea 🤗

  8. Katie

    I used to work at a daycare in a gym and a mom brought in a huge basket full of fuzzy socks and knit gloves. She also attached a sweet note thanking us for taking care of the kiddos. We all thought it was awesome!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Cozy socks at Christmas time are such a good idea! 🧦 And you can find relatively inexpensive ones that make gifting for a group even easier. Thanks for sharing that experience, Katie!

  9. Tracy

    My favorite thing to get is ornaments. They don’t have to be fancy but I like it best when they are personal. Now, it’s my favorite to give, too.

  10. Danielle

    I saw something the other day that I thought was brilliant. Get those clear ornaments that you can fill with whatever yourself, and inside was passages from books. For the Church group, maybe use a motivational book.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So sweet, Danielle! You can really personalize the passages for the person you’re gifting too. I’ve seen people clip sheet music to put inside the ornament and they looked so elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  11. hipsaver2

    Awesome ideas!

  12. Peaches

    How about some ideas for mixed groups? I have about 60 people in my extended department. Some are single and some married. Most of them I don’t even know by name, just by face. Also a mixed bag of men and women ranging from around 20 to 65. It’s hard to come up with a really inexpensive one-size-fits-all for that kind of crowd!

    • Danielle

      I would do homemade truffles and box them up. They are so easy to make. One year, I made jello popcorn for the guys I worked with, and they devoured it. You pop the popcorn, then mix jello packets with the popcorn and bake it. I have a simple fudge recipe that I used to make a couple batches of and I would add different kinds of candy bars to the recipe to dress it up.

    • iamkris10

      i too have a diverse group of reports- though not as big as 60. food is pretty much my go-to with that large of a group == Aldi has some really nice and reasonable imported holiday sweets and treats right now which would probably work well.

  13. FSUGAL

    $1 Lottery scratch off tickets inside a holiday card….everyone likes a chance to play and win!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I love this idea! What an even sweeter gift if they end up winning! 😆

  14. Ashley

    You might consider making a donation to a clean water charity. You could then give everyone a bottle of water with a note that says “A donation has been made in honor of Fellowship Church’s Ladies Group”.

    • Lucy

      Great idea! 💡

    • Tia in FL

      Ashley, this is the best idea! These ideas are fun but this fits a church group perfectly.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love the idea of donating. And that’s such a clever delivery method! Thank you for the idea, Ashley!

    • Susan

      Yes, I like that idea! My daughter gave me one of these that she bought at a craft fair. I put it on an easel and it is on display in my kitchen.

  15. Tiffany

    My favorite small gift to give a large group is a “chapstick” in a small bag with a handful of chocolate kisses. There are lots of cute printable gift tags on the internet that say “Merry Kissmas and a Chappy New Year.” You can usually find great deals on lip balm and candy kisses this time of year with coupons and sales and, of course, Hip2Save pointing us in the right direction!

    • iamkris10

      oh- i love this!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so clever! Haha, I love the punny gift tags too. Great idea, Tiffany!

  16. Christina

    Buy dozens of donuts: “I DONUT know what I would do without you”

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      😂 I seriously love puns. Plus, so many coffee shops make special holiday decorated donuts this time of year. Great idea for a school group or workplace! Thanks, Christina!

  17. Mama-san

    I like the Starbucks cup one, for teachers! You could even get the plain ones (w/o the logo), and have your kiddos use sharpies to write messages to the teacher. Also, last year dollar tree sold these small mail boxes (all themed with x-mas). I bought one for each of my kiddos teachers. We filled them with their favorite treat, a “voucher” for extra parent help (laminating, preparing materials, etc.), and a gift card to their favorite fast food place. They loved it!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How cute! And probably so helpful for the teachers as well. I’m not surprised they were such a hit, great idea!

  18. Darcy

    I like the idea of soft fuzzy socks rolled up and made to look like a cupcake, and put into a cupcake liner or one you have made from scrapbook paper. Then you attach a tag that says “For your Mistletoes”. You can find many ideas like this on Pinterest, and it will be around $1 each if you buy your socks at $Tree, or on sale!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a super adorable packaging idea, Darcy! Target Dollar Spot is also a great place to find cheap holiday socks for this gift. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Suzanne H

    I bought these candles from the Dollar Tree: https://www.dollartree.com/glass-jar-candles-8/167532
    I am going to knit some candle wraps this year. I use a loom to knit and it goes super fast. For these candles, I can probably finish a wrap in 10 minutes or less (just to cover 1/4ish of the candle). I’m going to use some ribbon or hot glue to attach fresh rosemary sprigs. I can get $1 skeins of yarn at AC Moore or Michaels and fresh rosemary will be free (I have a plant). So probably $1.25 each.

  20. Ann

    I bought lotions and hand sanitizers on sale, and used discount codes, at B&BW after Christmas last year. I’m totally stocked on the cheap and everyone in my office is getting a cute little set this year. It doesn’t go bad and only I know how much I didn’t spend. 😉

  21. Elizabeth

    Thank you so so much for these ideas!! Co-workers, secret santas, lots of nieces and nephews- this list is so valuable!! I’ll be passing along to a friend who is helping planning a women’s retreat at her church as well. 🙂
    Next request- gift ideas for kids, $5 and under? 🙂 (again, lots of nieces and nephews!! 🙂 )

    • Danielle

      I have a suggestion that I think would work. It would go along the lines of the 4 gift rule, want, need, wear, read. I would make a grab bag for each child, but buy the items in bulk. Like the Hot Wheels 50 pack box for 25.00, and give each child a Hot Wheel, give each child a pair of socks maybe from the Dollar store, the need could be hygiene items, cool toothbrush or comb and brush, hair ties for the girls, older girls could have nail polish included, items picked up from the dollar store, the read part could maybe be books from a second hand store or garage sales. These could all be customized for each child, like favorite color whatever, but be close to the same that jealousy isn’t an issue.

      • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Wow!! Danielle this is an excellent list! Thanks so much for coming in with the gift idea assist. I love the “want, need, wear, read” gifting rule. These all sound like great gift ideas for the kiddos! Much appreciated!

    • Danielle

      Walmart will also have board games on sale for $5.00 on Black Friday weekend. Decks of cards are always cool too.

  22. Nicole A.

    I always wait until after Christmas, when the sales go about 70% off or more. I teach faith formation class and help at the kids parties at school. I always have about 75 kids total. I grab pencils, erasers, stickers whatever I can find to put into bags for the children. Lots of times you can find things like coffee mugs and socks really cheap for teachers and mailmen/ bus drivers.

  23. Amyr

    Great ideas!! Thanks!

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