If you’re thinking about getting a loved one something special, don’t worry! You might be short on money, but once you’re done reading this article you won’t be short on ideas.
Gift giving is more about the thought that you put into a present than the present itself, which is why you don’t have anything to worry about, even if you’re not getting them a diamond necklace!
If you want to make a real romantic gesture, get your friends or partners some flowers and chocolates. There are a lot of online stores that can sell you beautiful flowers under $50, and you can use what’s left for the chocolates.
This present is special not only because it’s everyone’s dream to get flowers and chocolate as a present, but also because you’ll make sure you’re buying their favorite flowers and their favorite brands of chocolate.
This might take some effort on your part, but if you’re getting a present for someone you have a lot of history with, you can buy a pair of t-shirts and DIY some art on it. You can use anything from fabric paints to food based dye, and even embroider a pattern on it.
Base the art on the t shirt or hoodie on some inside joke, or a memory you both share, or something you want to say to them. When they see how much love, attention, and time you put into the present, the cost won’t even matter.
From the best wine to skincare products and snacks, there are subscription boxes under $50 for pretty much anything. All you need to know to be able to gift one is what would interest your friend or family member the most, and get them a gift card or subscription for it.
Sure, you might have to pay the $50 (or less) a couple of times, but it’ll be totally worth it for the smile on their face.
E-Books for the Reader in Your Life
If you have a friend who loves to read, the most obvious thing to get them would be more books. Don’t worry – no matter how many books they already have, more books are always welcome! Not to mention how e-books are typically a lot cheaper than paperback versions, and you can even get them two or three while staying well within your budget.
The challenge here would be finding books that they don’t already have or that they haven’t read before!
Feed Their Hobbies
If your friend has a hobby or interest, this is your chance to help them get into it more! If they like painting, get them some paints and brushes. If they’re a fan of baking, there may be a new baking dish or ingredient they’ve been looking for and want to try.
This is your chance to show how much you know your loved ones, and how much you care about them getting to do what they love.
Handmade jewelry is something that won’t take too much time or money to make, and it can also cost a lot depending on what you want the end results to look like. A simple friendship bracelet or some small earrings only take minimal effort, and you making them yourself is what will make them extra special for the receiver.
Once again, lean into how well you know them, and make something that only they would wear or love.
Get Them a Gift Card
In case you’re well and truly lost, you can just get them a gift card for their favorite stores, online or otherwise. If they love makeup, get them a gift card for Sephora. Think about where they like to shop, what things they do on the weekend, and think about saving them some extra money while bringing a smile to their face.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be expensive or grand. Sometimes, it’s all about showing your friends and family that they are on your mind and in your heart, and about contributing to their lives in a meaningful way.