They say the best things in life are free, but are they really? Regardless, one thing I’m certain of is that the following budget-friendly and legitimately thoughtful gift ideas are close to free and definitely the best.
To save you time (and money!), I’ve scouted out the perfect super affordable gift for every person in your life. Happy gift hunting!
1. For the Social Butterfly
That super extroverted friend who has a great place and is always throwing parties is definitely in need of one highly functional and somehow often overlooked decorative item: cool AF coasters. Help your friend protect their rad furniture from water stains while also infusing their space with a little bit of fresh art.
If you’re not sure what design or color scheme would be best, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic pairing of black and white. That color combo can easily stand its ground without conflicting in a more boldly decorated space, while it will also complement and add a little vibrance to a more neutral-themed home.
2. For the Locavore
For the pal that knows every farmers market in town, never misses a thrift or flea market and only supports small businesses around the neighborhood, they could totally use a new a tote bag to haul around all that local goodness!
Go for a tote bag that celebrates the city they love most, or consider a more abstract patterned option that’s just plain beautiful.
3. For the Traveller
Based on their most recent Instagram posts, your jet-setting pal could either be in Paris, LA, Tokyo or Hawaii at this very moment. Find out which by gifting them a beautiful (and beautifully affordable) stationery card set that speaks to their personality.
And if you’re wanting to go just a little bigger with this idea, consider throwing in a custom printed notebook into your gift bag as well. That way, they can use it to document all their sweetest rendezvous and travel tips!
Let The Sunshine In Stationery Cards
CURRENTS Stationery Cards
by Beth Hoeckel$15.99
Crossing The Street On a Rainy Day Stationery Cards
Magic Time Stationery Cards
by Andy Westface$15.99
Sketch Waves Notebook
Big Terrazzo Notebook
by Anna Dorfman$14.99
Preppy brushstroke Notebook
by mark ashkenazi$14.99
4. For the Artist
All artists need fresh inspiration from time to time, and a sweet way to show how much you care without clearing your bank account is by finding a poster that will open them up a to bright new perspective.
From minimalist to abstract to nature-inspired and more, there’s truly countless poster print options available from artists all over the world here and, with a little thoughtful searching, you’ll no doubt find the perfect one for your friend.
5. For Literally Anyone You Love
OK so I’ve admittedly saved the best affordable gift-giving combo for last. There is not a single human out there that doesn’t love snuggling up with a warm drink from time to time, and finding a mug and coaster duo that embodies their vibe will be a gift that truly keeps on giving every time they make a cup of tea or coffee.
While a mug itself is already an awesome gift, it’s the coaster pairing here that really boosts it into the “super thoughtful” category, so don’t skip it!
sunset leopards Coffee Mug
by Laura Graves$15.99
All Vulvas Are Beautiful Coffee Mug
by The Vulva Gallery$15.99
Fan Coral – Navy Coffee Mug
by Cat Coquillette$15.99
Painted blue abstract Coffee Mug
Piña Colada Coasters
by Laura O'Connor$12.00
MANTONE® Colour Palette Coasters
Candy Spots Coasters
by Project M$12.00
Sunshine x Stripes Coasters
by Leah Flores$12.00
Written by Lindsey Rose Black