Small Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

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Small Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends
A small gift reminds friends you care. (Gifts and Light image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

The holiday season is a time for giving gifts to friends as well as family. A Christmas gift does not have to be big and expensive to have meaning. A small token gift given to a friend shows that you care. Whether you purchase something or make it by hand, there are a number of ideas to consider. Be sure to keep the recipient's likes and interests in mind when selecting the Christmas present.

Christmas Ornament

Hand-decorated glass ornaments make a small, personal gift item that your friend can enjoy on his or her Christmas tree every year. This is also a good option if you need to give gifts to a number of friends, as it's an easy project to make in large quantities. You need clear glass ornaments and glass paints in different colours. To make the ornaments, remove the metal piece at the top of the ball and fill the inside with glass paint. Swirl the paint around until it coats the glass and drain the excess paint out. The finished product makes colourful light patterns on the tree when it catches the sun.

Locally-Made Item

For friends who live far away, give them a locally-made gift that represents the area you live in. Find a non-perishable item your region is known for such as barbecue sauce, jams, cake mixes or dried fruits. A good spot to find these types of gifts is at a farmer's market. Tie a Christmas ribbon around the gift or place it in a small gift bag.


If you know your friend's taste in reading materials, a book is an option for a small Christmas gift. Head to the local bookstore and browse the aisles of genres he or she enjoys. The front areas of many bookstores contain sale items, so check there as well until you find the perfect book.

Small Gift Basket

Make a small gift basket of items in a certain theme. For example, if you have a girlfriend who enjoys painting her nails, fill a tiny basket with two or three bottles of nail polish and several accessories. With a bit of thought and imagination, this type of gift can be created for someone with any interest.

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