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?“
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 each to help make group gift giving (especially around the holidays) easy on the mind and easy on the wallet!
Option #1 — So Noteworthy
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
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
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
Give the gift of an at-home pedicure with an emery board, toe 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
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:
- Unscrew the spray top from the glass bottle.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil to the bottle — I love eucalyptus around winter time!
- Add a few drops of vodka… strange, I know, but it helps blend the oil and makes the scent last longer!
- Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving a little room at the top.
- Securely screw on the spray top and gently shake to blend the oil.
- 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!
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.