It’s the Holiday season, and a fantastic opportunity for you to show the people in your life how much you are about them. However, often the best gifts are those which aren’t the most expensive. All it takes to create them is a just a little bit of effort on your part. In case you missed to do so for Christmas, you still have one chance to make up for it, with New Year’s Eve just around the corner. We’ve rounded up some ideas which would make great Christmas presents that will go easy on your budget, even if you are a student, or a struggling writer.

Write Custom Christmas Cards

Nobody seems to write these anymore, and we can’t figure out why, because they are a great way for you to show off your creativity and how much you care about the people around you. Buying pre-made Christmas cards doesn’t really pack an emotional punch, as pretty much everybody glosses over them in a matter of seconds. But, if you set aside some time and design a custom Christmas card for every person you care about it, we are confident that they will be pleasantly surprised.

Check out DIY websites

There are plenty of creative and useful DIY sites online which feature detailed instructions on how to make brilliant items either from scratch, or by breathing new life into some old ones. These websites are especially active this time of year, and offer plenty of ideas for New Year’s Eve and Christmas presents, even if you are strapped for cash. For example, there are plenty of tutorials online showing how you can turn something as simple as an ordinary wooden box into a little work of art, by employing decoupage techniques.

Netflix Subscription

All the stores are closed, and you’ve pretty much blown your chance to buy Christmas presents. Or have you? If your friend or a family member is a movie buff, you can always get them a monthly, or yearly Netflix subscription. Those never go out of stock, and you can buy them at any given moment, and they won’t break the bank. Best of all, it’s a gift that keeps on giving, because whether they are students, housewives, or business, everybody is free to choose the content they will watch, ranging from the best movies in full HD quality, to binging on their favorite TV shows.

Survival Kits

Survival kits are cheap to put together, and they provide you with a lot of latitude and the perfect opportunity to show how much you really know somebody. They usually contain ordinary items, but when you round them up together and present them in a clever packaging, they become a lot more than the sum of their parts. For instance, you can come up with a survival kit for your college roommate, your parents, or perhaps even a writer in your family. There are no limits to what you can do with this one.

Coming up with great Christmas is not about the money, which is something we tend to lose sight of. It’s about bringing people together and showing how much we care about one another, not getting in line at Walmart and stuffing our shopping carts full of generic, meaningless junk. Break the pattern this year and surprise your friends and family with these simple, yet creative gifts.