There are few things more satisfying than finding the perfect gift for someone you love. But if you’re trying to save money, it can be difficult to find something special that won’t blow your budget.
Whether you’re looking for something to say ‘happy birthday’, or just want to let someone know you’re thinking of them, read on.
We’ve put together a list of five thoughtful gift ideas that won’t break the bank—your lucky recipient will love these ideas!
1) Personalized Gifts
Personalization is the best way to win someone’s heart. From monogrammed bags to a gold name necklace, personalized items are a great way to add an individual touch to someone’s home and wardrobe.
Gone are the days of having to search for your name on keychains and T-shirts in a gift store. There are now thousands of online businesses that offer personalized items such as prints, jewelry, candles, and mugs.
With a huge range of prices, it’s easy to find something your loved one (and bank account) will thank you for!
2) A Carefully Chosen Book
Buying a present for a bookworm? It’s hard to go wrong with a book you’ve chosen just for them. Look for new releases, or search through used book stores, to find something they haven’t read before. You might even find their new favorite!
Make this gift even more special with some thoughtful additions. Write a message on the inside cover about why you chose this book, or paste a bookplate onto the title page.
You can even whip up a handmade bookmark. This doesn’t have to be difficult—simply glue strips of old newspaper onto a piece of card, and you’ve got an easy literary-themed page marker.
3) A Care Package
We could all use some extra self-care now and again. It’s easy to think that gifts should be grand gestures, but the best presents are often the simplest.
Find a box (even an old shoe box will do) and fill it with little gifts that encourage self-care. These don’t have to be expensive—in fact, it’s often better to choose everyday items that your friend or relative won’t feel the need to save for a special day.
Things you might like to include:
- Their favorite herbal teabag, coffee pod, or hot chocolate sachet
- A sheet face mask
- Candy or chocolate
- Lip balm
- Mini toiletries
- A pocket coloring book and mini pencils
4) A Monthly Subscription
Does your loved one have a favorite magazine, podcast, or e-zine? Show them how well you know them by treating them to a monthly subscription.
As minimalism is becoming a growing trend and many are reducing the amount of stuff they own, virtual gifts such are more popular than ever. An e-subscription is especially good for friends with small apartments or dorm rooms!
5) A Handmade Gift
Handmade gifts have finally shaken off their unfashionable reputation. Today, crafting is more popular than ever, with record numbers of us turning to crafts such as knitting, sewing, and painting.
Making a handmade gift is perhaps the best way to show someone how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but your time and effort is sure to put a smile on their face.
Not a master crafter? You can pick up small packs of air-dry clay for as little as $5. Try creating a simple plant pot, trinket tray, or ring holder!
Want to make someone feel special without spending lots of money? Try these thoughtful gift ideas today!