5 Ways to Make Your Christmas Gift Look Expensive

When you are on a budget during the holidays, you need to learn creative ways to make your Christmas gift look expensive. By packaging small gifts together that don’t cost a lot like these gifts under $25, you can have an amazing and thoughtful gift that looks like it was purchased at Anthropology. In fact, a lot of my gifting ideas come from none other than Anthropology; they have some of the most beautifully packaged gifts of all time. But, that also means that they cost a little more too. So instead of buying those gorgeous gifts, do it yourself and make your inexpensive Christmas gift look expensive.


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How to Make Your Christmas Gift Look Expensive

There are many ways that you can make your holiday gift look more expensive, you just have to get creative. Here are 8 inexpensive gift ideas that look you should totally steal.

How to creatively gift inexpensive small gifts together to make them all look expensive

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Make You Gift Look Expensive with a Jar

Get a few packs of pretty hair ties for around $3.00. Place them in a cute glass jar with a lid and tie a ribbon around it. It’s a super simple Christmas gift, but because it is packaged creatively, it has more impact. You could pair this with a gift card or with any other these other inexpensive gift ideas.

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Make You Gift Look Expensive with a Dish

A Dish: Thrift a small vintage dish (around 50 cents) or something similar, then find a fun soap for around $5.00. Wrap a ribbon or piece of yarn around it and tie a small ornament on top.  It’s super simple but it’s also a great gift too.

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how to make your cheap christmas gift look like you spent alot of moneyA Cup: Place a lip balm with your DIY peppermint lip scrub into a small tea cup along with a moisturizing lip balm to make your cheap gift look expensive. Add a cute ornament and tie a piece or ribbon around it for an added touch to this gift.


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Make You Gift Look Expensive with a Cigar Box

A Cigar Box: Give the gift of writing by putting together a unique stationary box. Get a wood cigar box (around $2.00 at a cigar shop) and find some inexpensive letters and note cards to place inside. Add some cool pens, and a journal for an extra expensive look. Check out the Target dollar section for really cool stationary items that cost $1.00 each.

What You Need

      • Cigar Box
      • Stationary
      • Note Cards
      • Small Journals
      • Pens

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Make You Gift Look Expensive with a Bag

A Bag: Find an inexpensive pencil case bag or cosmetic bag for around $2.00. Place your DIY lip scrub, lip balm, and a nail polish inside. Add a Christmas ornament to give it an extra special touch.

Bag: $1.00 at the dollar store (I have linked a few other bag options from Forever 21)

What You Need



DIY Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

DIY Peppermint and Lavender Face Scrub

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  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    you are always so talented, Kendra! I love all the DIY projects you do. These are great ideas. I am now on the hunt for that pretty Carmex Lip Balm – great stocking stuffer

  • I am a sucker for pretty packaging, and all these are such nifty gift ideas!

  • These are great ideas. I want that peppermint lip scrub!

  • These are beautiful Kendra! No one will get duplicates that’s for sure!

  • You should style for a catalog or something – those gifts look amazing. I love the plate/soap/ornament combo.

  • These are wonderful ideas.

  • marciaf

    I’m in awe of your ideas. I’d never think of any of these and they are terrific.

  • These are all very nice ideas to spruce up a gift. Love the light bulb.

  • Justina

    I need that gold dipped feather in my life.

  • Those are some great suggestions! I like how pretty packaging can make a simple gift look very precious.

  • Such great ideas. My mom always makes cool wrapping paper and decorations for gifts… it is so special and looks so beautiful.

  • These are really great ideas. I love the cigar box and the tray, I’m definitely going to wrap some gifts this way.

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  • sue

    You have shown it doesn’t really take much more than a little imagination to make a simple gift look expensive. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us at Over the Moon link up. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty & Beyond

  • These are all such great ideas Kendra! Thank you for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It 🙂

  • Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Clever ideas! My gift-wrapping skills need a lot of work!

  • Lovely gift packaging ideas! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. Happy Holidays!

  • Hil D

    Those all look so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing at Bloggers Spotlight!