Gifts Ideas on a Budget Gifts don't need to be expensive, no matter what type of occasion it is. Unfortunately, it is often one of the aspects that are commonly left out in the monthly budget. In this connection, you'll hardly have enough to buy one. If this is the case, do not panic. There's still a walk around that lets you buy cheaper gifts that are just as good as, or probably better than, expensive gift ideas. Your Guidelines to Affordable Gifts Even on a tight budget, you still have to carefully plan what your ceiling amount is for buying gifts. If you have monthly events that require you to give gifts, it may be best to include this in your monthly budget so that you won't run out of financial resources. For sure, there'll be some unexpected events. This is why you need to beef up your monthly budget. If you plan to shell out $20 to $40 for gifts, you need to take the higher limit, add $10 for the buffer and multiply the total by 12 so that you'll get your allocation for gifts year-round. If in one month there's no gift giving event, rollover the unused budget for next month as there may be two or three events waiting. There will really be times when you may need to spend more than what's needed. In this regard, you may want to buy in advance during sale periods. Most especially for regular occasions like birthdays, purchasing presents 4 to 8 weeks before these events is a smart move since you have more leeway to look for gift shops that are going on sale. Black Friday may be a date where you can go on a shopping spree for gifts. A Christening gift is probably one of the most troubling gifts to give because it can be awfully repetitive. Don't be surprised to see Bibles, tooth boxes, money boxes, flyers (hanging toys) and infant clothes. You should think out of the box and give something cheap but meaningful to you. Share your wisdom by giving appropriate books or novels. Alternatively, you can buy a frame with a poem whose message has touched you. For this occasion, a gift that comes from the heart is more important than expensive presents. Wedding gifts are often the most difficult and expensive. On top of being plagued into buying new attire and even a ticket just to go to the venue, you are also expected to give a present for the newlyweds. This is very tricky since weddings are irregular events having no definite time and place. Just make sure you have plenty of reason to decline attendance in a bridal shower since it means another gift has to be bought. Although very common, a picture frame bearing the photo of the soon-to-be married or a DVD with the couple's favorite love songs really work in most cases. These cheap gift ideas are truly worth treasuring. Sometimes, a sincere and heartwarming explanation takes away the inexpensiveness of your present. Know some practical gift ideas that are not that expensive. Carefully plan out the gifts you will give and, as much as possible, include it in your regular monthly budget.