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.

Thing Coasters

by Hanna Kastl-Lungberg

$12.00

Boobs Coasters

by Natalie Catalina

$12.00

White Marble Texture Coasters

by ArtOnWear

$12.00

Arrows Monochrome Collage Coasters

by ARTbyJWP

$12.00

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.

los angeles Tote Bag

by typutopia

$23.99

Minimal New York City Subway Map Tote Bag

by Chris Napolitano

$23.99

Back to Sail 2 Tote Bag

by Fernando Vieira

$23.99

Faces in Dark Tote Bag

by Explicit Design

$23.99

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

by moderntropical

$15.99

CURRENTS Stationery Cards

by Beth Hoeckel

$15.99

Crossing The Street On a Rainy Day Stationery Cards

by swanderfulthings

$15.99

Magic Time Stationery Cards

by Andy Westface

$15.99

Sketch Waves Notebook

by Kippy

$14.99

Big Terrazzo Notebook

by Anna Dorfman

$14.99

Preppy brushstroke Notebook

by CharlotteWinter

$14.99

Map 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.

Shape study #14 - Stackable Collection Poster

by mpgmb

$19.99

Seaweed Poster

by Cat Coquillette

$19.99

Dreamy Girl Poster

by Explicit Design

$19.99

Bohemian stairs Poster

by aljahorvat

$19.99

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

by CharlotteWinter

$15.99

Piña Colada Coasters

by Laura O'Connor

$12.00

MANTONE® Colour Palette Coasters

by Mantone

$12.00

Candy Spots Coasters

by Project M

$12.00

Sunshine x Stripes Coasters

by Leah Flores

$12.00

Written by Lindsey Rose Black

Jessica McQueen

Associate Editor

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