Gifts on a Budget & Shop Small Gift Guides

I have dreams of one day being a minimalist.  Don’t get me wrong, I will never be a true minimalist like “The Minimalists” and I see the privilege in minimalism, but I hope to at least own less, consume less and produce less waste.   I say this because peak consumerism season is here with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday sales the push to buy everything and anything for Christmas is here.  I know sometimes Black Friday deals are hard to pass up (John and I were on a tight budget the year before our wedding but wanted to upgrade our TV and did so on Black Friday), but consider shopping small and local this holiday too.   Shopping local and small businesses is great for the local economy and you are directly supporting a real person and their family.  Sometimes our budgets are tight so along with sharing some handmade and small shop items that I’m loving, I also want to talk about alternative gift giving.

The last few years I’ve more and more been giving alternative gifts.  One year I decided I didn’t want to give things but instead give activities or experiences.  So I subscribed my nieces and nephew to the Kiwi crate and Tinker crate and a membership to the local zoo.  Another year I was on a budget, instead of finding different gifts for everyone, I purchased downloadable art on Etsy and different frames for everyone.  It was less than $15 for each person and everyone loved them.

Last year I had just had Olive and was not in a place to Christmas shop so we didn’t give gifts.  This year we’re on a very tight budget, life on one income requires some adjustments, but there are alternatives if you’re into it.

A great way to do gifts on a budget is to pick a theme.  Not having to focus on so many different gifts and price points saves you time and energy but also lots of money.


I love shopping vintage and second hand stores.  You can find cute vases, baskets, coffee mugs or so many unique finds.  If you like shopping thrift stores, consider checking out your local Goodwill or Salvation Arm, you might be surprised with what you find!

On to the gift guides!


For the Hogar 1 If you follow me on Insta then you’ve surely seen The Cozy Casita’s tray I’ve been in LOVE with / 2 Pan Dulce throw blanket / 3 Mug Rug / 4 If you are local in Santa Ana, Califas Velas vends at Farmers Markets every Sunday and most Art walks on first Saturdays / 5 Soy Asi has so many options for wall art and makes custom crosses like this one / 6 / 7 There are also papel picado placemats! / 8 / 9


For the Boss Lady 1 Everyone needs some motivational pencils / 2 I just love Crystal Domi’s designs.  You can get her designs on a variety of products in her shop / 3 / 4 You need a MexiSocket… a pop-socket but with a “Mexi” inspired design.  / 5 / 6

I have a few more gift guides coming.  They’re fun to make!

UPDATE (12/1): Here are a few more gift guides as promised!

naturalista.jpgFor the Naturalista 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

bebe.jpgFor the Bebé 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9


Mami and Me 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7


Finally, I want to remind you to be kind to yourself and others this holiday season.  Last minute shopping is stressful not only you your end, but on the other end too.  Someone is packing your order and delivering it, remember that and try to order from shops as early as possible.   I have a habit of waiting to order things, as I contemplate my order, so another great option is to shop handmade markets and there are plenty this season.  I will share a small list early next week with the remainder of the gift guides.

Can you believe holiday season is here?!  I thought 2017 would never end.



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