Cheap but Chic: Easy but Elegant Holiday Gift Ideas

These holiday gift ideas are unique and won’t break the bank.


Gift-giving can be quite difficult. If you are having trouble figuring out what to get someone, these simple and affordable gift ideas may help you.


“Candy Sleighs”

These candy sleighs are great gift if you are running short on time and need to get something small for someone.

What you will need:

  • King-size KitKat bar for the base.
  • Other candy of your choice (make sure there are a variety of sizes).
  • 2 candy canes for each sleigh.
  • Ribbon
  • Gift bow (optional)


  1. Place the KitKat bar on a flat surface.
  2. Stack the rest of the candy on top of the KitKat, getting smaller as you go.
  3. Take the two candy canes and place them underneath the KitKat with the curves facing up.
  4. Tie the ribbon around all the candy so it is secure. 
  5. Lastly, top it with a bow if you choose to.


“Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments”

This is an easy DIY gift for the holidays.

What you will need:

  • Clear fillable ornaments 
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Marshmallows 
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)
  • Crushed up candy canes (optional)


  1. Fill the ornament to the half-way point with cocoa powder.
  2. If you chose to use holiday sprinkles and crushed candy canes, place them on top of the cocoa powder.
  3. On top of the crushed candy canes and holiday sprinkles, place our marshmallows to the top of your ornament. 
  4. Finally, put the topper back on the ornament. 


“Chocolate Bar Reindeer”

This is a cute and easy way to spice up a simple gift.

What you will need:

  • Hershey’s chocolate bar
  • Two candy canes
  • Brown paper
  • Two googly eyes
  • One red pom-pom
  • Hot glue




  1. Hot glue your first candy cane to the back left of the Hershey’s bar, making the top curve of the candy cane go to the left. 
  2. Repeat this step to the right but make the curve go to the right.
  3. Hot glue your two googly eyes next to each other on the top of the Hershey’s bar. 
  4. Finally, hot glue your red pom pom underneath the googly eyes.


“Holiday Socks Gift”

This is a simple, inexpensive gift that is especially perfect for this year since we are always at home. 

What you will need:

  • Any socks of your choice.
  • Paper (or you can use a computer and printer)
  • Pens/Markers (or you use a computer and printer)
  • Tape


  1. Get a piece of paper and write, “Wishing you warm and cozy toes this holiday season,” or anything else of your choice.
  2. You can add any other designs or drawings you want.
  3. If you choose to use a computer and printer, type it, and print it out.
  4. Next, cut the paper so that it is a strip, with the words included.
  5. Wrap the strip of paper around the socks and tape it in place.


“Custom Ornament”

This is a great, simple gift for the holidays.

What you will need:

  • A white ornament
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Paintbrush


  1. Take your paintbrush and paint the letter of your choice onto the ornament.
  2. Finally, let the paint dry.


Whether or not you choose to use any of these ideas, please make sure to celebrate safely. Happy Holidays!