- Nov 22, 2008
Economy got you down? Being tight on cash with Christmas right around the corner may put a damper on some people’s spirit, but you don’t have to let it get you down. There are plenty of incredible gift ideas that are even better than anything you could possibly buy. DIY projects, for example, result in much more meaningful gifts, and you don’t even need to be a top notch artist to make crafts that will be appreciated. Of course, for brand snobs there are also always knock-offs.

Best gift idea on the list? A stick of Secret deodorant: if you pick up the lucky winner, you might just be giving your sister a hidden diamond. And even if not, she’ll appreciate the convenience of a little hygiene gift.

This slideshow highlights some of the best gift ideas for the recession that will still leave you feeling abundant. It includes gifts that are easy on your wallet, as well as those that will help your loved ones manage their cash in the new year.

31 Creative Gift Ideas For The Recession: