The Best Cheap Gift Ideas for Friends

Gifts for friends don't have to be expensive to show you care.
Gifts for friends don't have to be expensive to show you care. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Gifts for friends don't need to be expensive; inexpensive ones can be even better, if you have put some thought into them. The best gifts for friends will differ from one person to another, but with a little thought you can find the best gift for each friend of yours.


The best gifts for your friends will be ones that have personality and really speak to your friend. For instance, you could buy a purple hat and the book "When I Am Old Women I Shall Wear Purple" for a woman who has the same personality as the people in the book (spunky, exciting, and fun). Other cheap gifts include a Christmas ornament that fits the person's personality, such as a big bright orange if they're always bright and cheery, or an old man on a beach if you've got a friend who is a bit of a bohemian. Focus on specific areas of your friend's personality, and choose a gift that screams your friend's name when you lay eyes on it.


The best cheap gifts for friends are gifts that fit into the interests of the person who is getting the gift. For a friend that likes baseball, cheap gifts might include a baseball hat or a ball. For a friend who plays the piano, piano-themed notepaper or a piano ornament is a good cheap gift. Other cheap gifts that revolve around interests are a set of books purchased at flea market for an avid reader, some fishing tackle for the fisherman in your life, or a set of colorful scarves from the dollar store for your friend who likes to get dressed up and go out on the town.

Department-Store Gifts

Depending on where you live, you can find stores that sell cheap gifts, such as Target, Walmart or other department stores. You'll be able to find exactly what you want. Look in the kitchen department for a collection of gadgets for your friend who is a cook and head back to automotive to put together a car-washing set, complete with sponges, soaps, and a bucket, for your motor-head friend. With so many brands to choose from, your friends will probably not know that the candle holder, wok or wall-hanging came from a discount store .

Long Lasting

Your friends will appreciate a gift that is long lasting and that they can use again and again. They will think of you each time they do. Find something that they will use forever, such as wine glasses. A set of coasters to put on their coffee table will last for years and years. Gifts they can enjoy over and over again, like a great movie or a great book, will always be appreciated. Other well-used and well-loved gifts could include fancy candle holders, practical items like camping chairs or corkscrews and even throw pillows.

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