Small Gifts That Mean a Lot | AD

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gift for it to be meaningful. Below are just a few different gift ideas for expressing your love on a tight budget. 

Personalised card

If all you can afford is a card, think beyond generic cards from your local supermarket. A generic card can often seem like a last minute gift. Personalised cards require you to put more forward planning in and they are more unique – which can lead to them being more greatly treasured. There are many sites that allow you to create and order personalised birthday cards. Such sites allow you to create custom text and add custom photos. Alternatively, you can always hand-craft your own card.

Love letter

When it comes to expressing your love for a partner, why not consider writing a love letter instead of simply buying a card? Few people write love letters any more, but they can still serve as a great romantic gesture and are likely to be treasured for years to come. A love letter could be attached to another gift or added inside a card. Consider hand-writing it to make it more personal. 

Custom photo collage

It doesn’t cost much to print off a few photos (especially if you own a printer). Instead of buying an album or a frame, you could consider simply creating your own collage out of photos. This could be a way of collating lots of happy memories shared with a person. These could be photos from a single place or event, or photos taken over the ages from different places. Consider buying a board to stick them all onto (arrange them first before you stick any down).

Personalised calendar

There are many sites that allow you to create your own calendars using personalised photos. These make great xmas gifts or gifts for birthdays at the beginning of the year. Each month could contain a custom photo that is meaningful to that month. This could be a fun and practical gift to give to someone you love.

DIY hamper

There are pre-made gift hampers that you can buy containing all kinds of goodies. However, you can make these gifts more personal and more affordable by creating your own DIY  hamper. This involves buying a hamper basket and filling it with various small and unique gifts. Contents could include everything from chocolates to bath bombs. The fact that you have hand-picked the contents will make it more meaningful.

Hand-crafted gift

Got a craft skill? Why not use your craft skills to create a truly bespoke gift? This could be anything from a hand-knitted scarf to a hand-crafted necklace. Such gifts take a lot of time and effort to make and are certain to be appreciated. You can also make them completely unique to the recipient.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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