Buying Small Gifts for a Large Group When You’re on a Budget

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holding Starbucks gift card to put in cup filled with candy

Are you gift shopping for a group?

As great as giving can be, buying gifts for a whole group of people (especially all at one time) and staying on a budget can be a struggle. Hip2Save reader, Michelle, is experiencing this challenge:

“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?

women in pajamas

When 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 or just a couple of dollars each to help make group gift giving (especially around the holidays) easy on the mind and easy on the wallet!


1. A notebook and pen set.

happiness journals on desk

This noteworthy set is perfect for keeping a daily journal, jotting notes, or doodling. Both notebook 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!


2. Candy-filled faux Frappuccino.

Starbucks DIY Gift Cup

*Note – the Starbucks branded cups are currently out of stock until after Christmas. You may be able to purchase these cups at your local Starbucks.

Find me someone who won’t say “OMG how BRILLIANT!” about these chocolate-filled Starbucks cups… I’ll wait. 😉 This super clever packaging uses clear beverage cups, gold-foiled candies, a little white tissue paper, and a green straw. Feel free to conceal a surprise inside (like a gift card) or give it as is.


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. Soothe chapped winter skin and lips with a buttery lip balm, mini hand lotion, and a pocket-size pack of tissues to make a complete winter kit.


4. At-home pedicure kit

pedicure christmas gift from Dollar Tree

Give the gift of an at-home pedicure with an emery board, toe separators, and, of course, nail polish. 💅 You can even grab Lina’s FREE “For Your Mistle TOES” gift tag to complete the whole set.


5. Custom ornaments

rae dunn inspired ornaments

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.


6. Votive candles

Red holiday candle holder from Dollar Tree

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes giving candles as a gift can seem a little generic, but pair them with a glass candle holder and ribbon for a dazzling gift! ✨

Go 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.


7. Self-care set

sheet mask set

Help your recipient melt away the stress of busy holiday plans with a relaxing sheet face mask and some chamomile tea. You could even go the extra mile and DIY an essential oil mister, great for spritzing a pillow before laying your head down.

To make the essential oil mister:

    1. Unscrew the spray top from a 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.

starbucks cup as gift wrap

You can always 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.


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  1. latrice

    I have a budget of $3 for my coworkers. We can have as many as 10 people in the department but right now 8. I Xmas shop year round. 1 year they got $2.77 throw blankets from Walmart. Another year I found rollerball scented oils for the girls and ceramic pocketknives for the guys. Another year the battery operated air freshners went on clearance at my moms Walmart and there was a coupon in ea box my mom took out and used making these regularly $7 – $10 items $1!!! Paired with a “matching” $1ish candle from Ikea. Last year those as seen on tv water battery powered flashlights went on clearance at Walmart for $3 – big hit!! I year I found grow you own exotic plants on clearance at Office Depot for $3.62, reg $10 – $12 elsewhere depending on store. If I find something on clearance through out year that isnt parishable then I buy it, after any holiday sales but random times also. 40 cent candles at Kroger, $1 Dove hand lotion minipots at $1 Tree, 40 cent Xmas lotion and nail file set from Target, 10 cent 3oz hand sanitizer at Walmart, etc…this makes it easy to stay within budget well giving a thoughtful gift. My mom gives the Old Navy $1 cozy socks every year to her coworkers and they love them and even remind her ea year – not that she forgets.

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