Dollar Store Gift Ideas. Create meaningful, thoughtful, and inexpensive gifts for your loved ones this holiday with creative ideas from the dollar store.

Each year I host an annual cookie exchange party. We all bring cookies to swap, enjoy some delicious food and spend time with friends for the holiday season. We have a contest for judging all the cookies and packaging, and I come up with prizes for each category. I try to find goodies that are not too expensive but are also thoughtful. Even though I use these dollar store gifts for prizes, they would work really well for neighbor or teacher gifts, or just about any adult on your list!

Dollar Store Gift Ideas - three different ideas for affordable and thoughtful dollar store gifts

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Dollar Store Gift Ideas

My two favorite places to purchase dollar store gifts are Dollar Tree and Bullseye’s Playground (formerly the Dollar Spot) at Target. You can find so many cute things at both places, that with a little imagination you can create unique and thoughtful gifts that don’t break the bank. I tried to match the prize for the cookie exchange vote to the category we were voting on.

The Gift of a Perfectly Wrapped Gift

Most creative packaging received the prize of the supplies needed to create the perfectly wrapped gift. I think we can all agree practical gifts that someone can use are always a good idea. Around the holidays, giving the gift of everything you need to wrap presents can be a big time saver for the recipient. With this gift, I included two rolls of wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, ribbon, tape, and gift tags. Everything came from Dollar Tree. Total cost: $7.50

Dollar Store gift idea - the gift of a perfectly wrapped package

Holiday Crafting Gift

This crafty prize was for the most creative treat. My favorite place to get holiday decor and crafting goodies may surprise you – Target at Bullseye’s playground. They always have a good selection of seasonal decor and craft supplies to whip up something creative. It is less overwhelming than going to the craft store if you are new to crafting. In this holiday crafting gift, I included a fabric banner, glitter, wooden embellishments, twine, and stickers. Everything was purchased at Target. Total cost: $10.00

Dollar Store gift idea - the gift of crafting

Helpful tip: If you choose a popular theme for your party (like this year’s buffalo plaid), it is easy to find things that coordinate. Even though my party supplies were from Oriental Trading, the buffalo plaid banner from Target matched my theme perfectly.

Delicious Treats Gift

This last gift idea was the prize for best tasting treat. I wanted this gift to include some yummy treats to enjoy the holiday season. I found some clear mugs from the Dollar Tree.

Glass mug from Dollar Tree

These would be perfect to gift as-is, but I wanted to spruce them up a bit. I created a design in Cricut Design Space and added the vinyl to both mugs. I used some scraps of white vinyl I had left over from another project.

Baby It's Cold Outside - Cricut Design Space

Cricut Design Space File: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby It's Cold Outside - add vinyl to a Dollar Tree mug

I added some hot chocolate packages to the mugs, Hershey’s hugs, peppermint sticks, and Piroulines. I used some holiday zip-top bags to repackage the candy in, but you could leave them as-is in their original packaging if you wanted. Everything was purchased at Dollar Tree. Total cost: $6 (without the vinyl for the mugs and the zip-top bags for the candy)

Dollar Store gift idea - treats

Dollar Tree has a great selection of gift bags, as well. I purchased 3 gift bags, and already had some tissue paper on hand at home.

Wrap everything up in an inexpensive gift bag

Everyone loved their prizes, and I didn’t break the bank when I was shopping. The total cost was $26.50 for all three gifts packaged up.

Prizes for Buffalo Plaid Cookie Exchange party

Tell me, what are your favorite ways to save on gift giving?

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