The Best Affordable Gifts to Give (And Receive!) this Holiday Season



  1. Gift Cards!generic-gift-card

Gift cards a simple way to show someone you care, while admitting you know they’ll have better luck shopping at their favorite store than you.

  1. Heated Blanket/Mattress Topper

Stay warm in the cold New England weather with a heated blanket or heated mattress topper. Turn it on before springing into bed and climb into a bed that feels like to just got out of the dryer. Most turn off after a few hours so you don’t overheat!

  1. Candlesyankee-candles

Candles are an easy to find and affordable gift for those “hard to buy for” friends and family. While Yankee Candle and Bath and Body Works can be expensive, TJ Maxx and Marshalls usually have a stockpile of holiday themed candles for less than $10.

  1. Nike Hoodies

Hoodies are a very universal gift that could work for anyone. While you can pick any brand, Nike is a one stop shop for men, women and kids styles. also takes 10% off for college students!

  1. Pajamas

Whether shopping for your mom, dad, brother, sister, girlfriend or boyfriend, pajama pants and a coordinating shirt are an easy, comfy gift that will be well appreciated!

  1. Alex & Ani Banglesalex-ani-1

With most bracelets under $30, this is the perfect gift for any woman in your life. There are bangles with different designs, birthstones, initials or titles on who they are to you. All bracelets come in both silver and gold, making this an ideal gift for any jewelry lover.

  1. Mini Waffle Maker

Available at Urban Outfitters and Kohl’s for $18 is a mini waffle maker! Perfect for a college student or a fun gift to use the morning of Christmas. The mini waffle maker makes waffles around the size of Eggo’s.

  1. Blanket Scarves

Again, the cold weather can be abrupt sometimes and everyone needs a comfy scarf to keep their neck warm during the chillier days. Blanket scarves are also a multi-use item because they can be styled many different ways.

  1. WalletBest-Tommy-Hilfiger-Men-Wallets

Wallets are the perfect gift for a father, brother, grandfather or boyfriend. TJ Maxx and Marshalls usually have a great selection of brand name wallets for less than $20. If you wanted to add a little extra touch you could even put a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant inside as an added bonus.

  1. Headphones or Ear Buds

This can get expensive quickly, but all college students can vouch for having a great pair of headphones for watching Netflix, listening to music, Facetiming and making phone calls.

  1. Cologne or Perfume

Pick up a known favorite of theirs, or if it’s for a significant other, pick out a scent you’d like for them to wear. For women, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, or roller balls from Ulta or Sephora are great, inexpensive options. For men, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, or Versace. Also for men, you can often find options at the drugstore for less than $15 in the deodorant aisle.

  1. Sports Team Gearhwl

Go Patriots! Pick up the latest on-field pom hats, jerseys, sweatshirts, t-shirt, lanyards and more at They always have promotions running for free shipping or 25% off…just keep your eye out!

  1. Madden 18/Black Ops: WWII/Star Wars Battlefront

For the gamer in your life, check out any of the newly released games for their console at Walmart, Target, or Best Buy. Or, if there’s one they’ve been talking about, keep a look out for that one, or buy them a gift card so they can pick out their own game.

  1. Watch
    Watches can be expensive, but only if you go to the mall! Check out discount shops like Burlington Coat Factory where name brand watches cost a fraction of what the ones at the mall do.
  1. Touch Screen Gloves

Ideal for keeping your hands warm while using your phone in the cold weather. Also great for driving in vehicles with touch screen radios.

  1. Virtual Reality GogglesPdpgallery-sm-r322nzwaxar-600x600-C1-052016

VR is the new thing with the latest smartphones from Samsung and Apple. But, you can get cheaper off brand versions for less than $20. Try Staples, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, in the seasonal gifts sections for an inexpensive pair.

  1. Lindor Truffles or Similar

To cater to the friends with a sweet tooth, stop by the Lindor chocolate store at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. You can make your own custom assortment of truffles or buy a premade assortment.

  1. Back Up Battery Packmophie-juice-pack-reserve-iphone-charger

For the tech attached person, pick up a rechargeable battery pack that can recharge their phone when they are unable to plug into a wall. For most backup battery packs, you can plug in any USB ended cord. Perfect for travel, and for those always on the go and always on their phones!

  1. YETI Tumbler

Perfect for insulating cold or warm drinks on the go. YETI Tumbler’s are available in various colors and multiple sizes. “No freezing mornings or sweltering days will compromise your drink.” –   yeti-30-oz-rambler-tumbler-duracoat-engraved 

  1. Stocking Stuffers

A fun, low budget idea is filling a stocking for someone. Go to the Dollar Tree or Family Dollar, pick out a stocking, and load it up with candy and other fun treats you find there.



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Marissa Coidakis
Marissa is a third year student at New England College pursuing a Communications and Business degree. She is the Managing Editor for the NewEnglander and submits many pieces of her own in the news, opinion and student life sections. When she is not working for the paper, you can find her down the road at TD Bank where she works as a teller or on the mountain snowboarding at Pat's Peak. Marissa is a commuter student from Weare, NH and plans to graduate in 2019.