Many people have had to tighten their budget during the current COVID-19 situation. You might be in an area that enacted shelter-in-place or social distancing orders. Maintaining our friendships is crucial. Celebrations, congratulations, and acts of kindness bring us closer. In that spirit, we put together a budget gift guide – a list of cheap gift ideas for every budget and every person.
You’ll find gifts under $50, $25 and $10 for men, women and teens. We chose gifts that are thoughtful, suitable for different occasions and that fit different personalities. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for a friend, co-worker or family member, these gifts will be loved and appreciated.
Gifts Under $50
There are a lot of great gifts under $50. We listed five each for men, women and teens. These gifts are versatile and will fit any celebration.
Gifts for Men Under $50
1. For the man who knows how to relax
If your guy appreciates a good nap or likes relaxing in the sun, a hammock is the way to go. If he’s like most people right now, he probably has a lot of free time on his hands! This hammock can be hung from two trees or you can buy a stand. (Stands are about $100 or more, so if you’re doing a group gift, this is a good option.)
2. For gadget-lovers
Almost everything is going wireless nowadays. The JLab Audio JBuds Wireless Earbuds pair with any device – Android or iOS, Mac or Windows – using Bluetooth. He can listen to music while he exercises, works in the yard or chills in his hammock!
3. For drone enthusiasts
Drones can be super-expensive, and if you don’t know much about them, it can be hard to pick one as a gift. The Syma X5C-1 is one of the most popular drones under $50 and has some features he’ll appreciate. It has a built-in camera, can be flown indoors and is good for beginners. The feature you’ll love is the price!
4. For weekend travelers
He’s probably itching to go on a camping trip or road trip once “shelter in place” is over. The duffle bag can be personalized with up to three initials for no extra cost. TheManRegistry.com sells it as a groomsmen gift, but it’s great for any guy.
5. For men who work from home
A comfortable pair of house shoes goes a long way when you work from home. These slippers are comfy and lightweight. They have a breathable lining with moisture wicking technology. Best of all, they’re nice enough to wear for a quick grocery run!
Gifts for Women Under $50
1. For women with classic tastes
This necklace is elegant in its simplicity. It will go with different outfits and styles, which makes it a great addition to her jewelry box. It comes with a 18-inch gold-toned necklace and a 2-inch extender.
2. For the woman who has everything
If you don’t know exactly what your friend or coworker wants, go with the Happy Her Gift Card. It can be used for TEN different brands – Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Under Armour, Express, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, Spafinder, Peet’s Coffee, Panera Bread and The Cheesecake Factory. A $50 gift card with that many options can be used in a variety of ways.
Bonus Gift: If you’re buying for a friend that has a wedding happening this year, check out the Happy Bride gift card.
3. For beauty queens
If you’re not comfortable giving makeup as a gift, consider this Hermes fragrance collection from Sephora. It includes Eau de Toilette in Un Jardin sur la Lagune, Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, Un Jardin sur le Nil and Un Jardin en Mediterranee.
4. For Fashionistas
If you have a friend who seems to own a different purse and pair of shoes for each outfit, she’ll love this snakeskin textured crossbody bag from Express. The textured fabric adds a quality feeling and it’s big enough to fit the essentials. It’s cute and fashionable.
5. For moms who need something comfy…and washable
A comfortable robe is a must-have when you’re stuck at home. Charter Club makes one that’s super-comfy, has pockets and is machine washable. It’s practical and relaxing.
Gifts for Teens Under $50
1. For the grad
It might not be happening the way students imagined it, but graduation is just around the corner. The Happy Graduation Gift Card gives recipients options for celebration, food, dorm room décor and new clothes for their first job. Currently, it can be used at Bed Bath & Beyond, Buffalo Wild Wings, Aeropostale, Express, AMC, JCPenney and Dave & Buster’s.
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2. For the bookworm
If your teen is a fan of the many popular YA novels and series, consider a collectible boxed book set. The most popular at Barnes and Noble are The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Shadow and Bone Trilogy and the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy. These cost $25-30 (others might cost over $50, so check the price), so they’re a great value if you need a cheap gift for teens.
3. For the trend-setter
4. For music-lovers
These silicone AirPod cases come in six different colors and every case comes with two caps in different colors. There’s plenty of room for personality. The case is compatible with the wireless or wired charging AirPods so you don’t have to remove the case to recharge their battery.
5. For gamers and desk setup enthusiasts
No gaming desk setup is complete without an LED light strip. Your teen probably already knows this. These can get quite pricey, but Best Buy has an 8-foot multi-color LED light strip for less than $40, which is a great value. The light strip can be put on the back of their monitor or desk or on their PC case. This one has 20 color modes and a dimmer. Even if your teen isn’t a gamer, they might still like this gift to add to their room décor.
Gifts Under $25
Here are some of the best gifts under $25. Choose one that fits your friend or family member’s personality. These are cheap gifts for fitness enthusiasts, DIYers, artists and students.
Gifts for Men Under $25
1. For fitness enthusiasts
Workout gear and apparel can be expensive. If your guy is a gym rat, here’s an affordable gift. The UA Tech Printed Shirt is loose-fitting and comfortable. It’s ultra-soft and has moisture-wicking technology. It will be a great addition to his workout wardrobe and it’s easy on your wallet.
2. For the DIYer
Many people are finally getting around to home projects they haven’t had time for in the past. Some are starting DIY projects to pass the time. If he falls into one of those categories, a tool pouch is an essential. We chose a 10-pocket pouch that comes with a belt. It fits every tool a handy man will use, and it fits your budget!
3. For the stylish man
If your guy pays attention to the details of his wardrobe, he’ll like this leather key ring holder from Express. It’s handcrafted and handstitched for a sophisticated look. You can buy it in brown, tan and olive.
4. For the movie buff
This poster is a bucket list of 100 movies everyone must watch. If your man is a movie buff, he’s probably seen some of them. Each time he watches another of the all-time greats, he can “scratch it off his list” with this scratch off movie poster.
5. For the guy who likes looking fashionable
Aviator sunglasses are a timeless classic. If you can’t get an expensive pair, go for these by J. Ferrar. They’re budget-friendly and will go with any outfit.
Bonus Gift: If you’re shopping for a Father’s Day gift, check out the Happy Father’s Day Gift Card.
Gifts for Women Under $25
1. For the artist
Whether she’s just getting started as an artist or is a seasoned pro, this sketching art set will be used and appreciated. The 31-piece set comes with pencils, charcoals, specialty paper, erasers and more.
2. For the pop culture fan
Do you have a friend that quotes from Friends regularly and has seen every single episode at least twice? Does she manage to fit in “We were on a break!” into any conversation? Then she’ll love these graphic t-shirts. They feature classic Friends lines like “Pivot!” and “How you doin’?”. She’ll laugh out loud as soon as she opens this gift.
3. For the Beauty Queen
Full disclosure, this gift is over $25 at a current price of $27, but the two extra dollars are worth it. This eyeshadow palette comes in 8 different colors, each one with 9 shades. It will fit her day or night wardrobe and slides easily into a handbag. Whether her style is bold, glamorous or natural, these palettes are versatile enough to fit her mood.
4. For the foodie
Honestly, this would probably make a good gift for anyone. If you know a mother or co-worker who’s been struggling lately, a luxurious chocolate treat might be just what she needs to take a relaxing minute for herself. This 8-piece Gold Gift Box from Godiva contains some of their bestselling chocolates.
5. For the fitness enthusiast
If your friend is a fitness enthusiast, chances are she’s finding a way to maintain her routine no matter what the world throws at her. This workout tank will keep her cool and dry during her daily jog or weightlifting session.
Bonus Gift: If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift under $25, check out the Happy Mother’s Day Gift Card.
Gifts for Teens Under $25
1. For the decorator
Your teen can use this lightbox to display custom messages and quotes to spice up their room. There are a lot of light boxes on Amazon. We found one for under $25 that comes with 105 letters and emojis. If you have a couple of extra dollars, here’s one that comes with 367 letters and emojis.
2. For the aspiring photographer
Help your teen step up their photography game with lenses for their smartphone. This kit is compatible with most smartphones, Apple or Android. It comes with a telephoto lens, fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, a tripod and other accessories. It’s an inexpensive gift for an aspiring photographer.
3. For new college students
If you have a teen entering college soon, the Happy Student Gift Card is a practical gift that has a little bit of everything. It can be used at Bed Bath & Beyond, Foot Locker, American Eagle, Express, Aerie, World Market, Buffalo Wild Wings and Ulta Beauty. They can use it for new clothes or shoes, dorm décor, food and more.
4. For YouTubers and vloggers
Many teens dream of becoming a famous vlogger or YouTuber, but there’s a lot to learn about being successful on YouTube. Read This if You Want to Be YouTube Famous contains tips, advice and inspiration for finding a niche, creating content and growing an audience.
5. For snackers
Here’s an easy gift if you want to celebrate a teen that doesn’t live with you. The CraveBox Snack Package comes with 45 snacks – granola bars, crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, candy and more. It’s the perfect gift for a teen that’s stuck at home or can’t focus on schoolwork without snacking.
Gifts Under $10
Finding a great gift under $10 can be tricky. But we found some cheap gifts that your friends will actually want. You can give these gifts individually or put two or three together for a budget gift basket.
Gifts for Men Under $10
1. For co-workers
The Happy Eats Gift Card is a great gift for employee recognition or as an inexpensive gift for co-workers. It can be used at Jamba, Burger King, Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery and Dave & Busters. The recipient can use it for lunch, a small treat or a fun night out with friends.
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2. For the guy with a sense of humor
6DollarShirts.com has tons of funny and clever graphic t-shirts for, you guessed it, six dollars each. You can find funny t-shirts for guys that relate to coronavirus, work, gaming, pop culture and more. If you know a guy that can find humor in any situation, you’ll find a t-shirt that fits his personality.
3. For the guy who’s always prepared
You know that guy who could probably survive in the wilderness with a toothpick and duct tape? He’s the kind of guy who will appreciate this handy gadget. The MacV Multi-Tool is 12 tools in 1 and is small enough to go on your key ring and into your pocket. It’s made of stainless steel and includes a bottle opener, several screwdrivers and wrenches, a sharpener and more.
4. For the guy who always has cool socks
Socks are a fashion accessory now and many guys take advantage of this new way to express themselves. Kohl’s has a large collection of novelty socks by Daveco with all sorts of designs. With a current sale price of about $6, you could pick up two pairs for less than $15.
5. For the fisherman
Give him a new piece of decor to put on the wall of his Man Cave. This wall art probably sums up his perfect day: Eat, Sleep, Fish. Bed Bath & Beyond carries several pieces of wall art in this price range, so if he’s not an avid fisher, there’s probably one that does suit his interests.
Gifts for Women Under $10
1. For dog moms
Dog moms will love this box sign to put on their coffee table or desk. It might be a simple and inexpensive gift, but it’s also extremely relatable and probably speaks to her heart.
2. For the woman who stores her life in her purse
If your recipient has something in her bag for every situation but can never find her keys, this gift is for her. A purse key finder keeps her keys secured to the top of her bag.
3. For the meal-prepper
This banana slicer is a handy gadget to have in the kitchen, especially for meal-prepping. Though many women prepare overnight oatmeal for breakfast, they don’t add the bananas until the morning. This slicer slices up a banana in less than 30 seconds, so it won’t slow her down on a busy morning!
4. For the avocado fan
She can whip up a healthy avocado and egg meal with the Poach-Pro and GoAvocado from Joseph Joseph. The Poach-Pro makes cooking professional-style poached eggs super easy and mess-free. The GoAvocado is a 3-in-1 tool that is used to remove the avocado seed and scoop out the flesh while slicing it at the same time. Two handy gadgets in one gift!
5. For the woman who’s always on-the-go
Your always-on-the-go, burning-the-candle-at-both-ends friend needs a lip cream that can keep up with her. NYX’s soft matte lip cream is a great long-lasting lipstick. Plus, it comes in 22 colors and is cruelty-free and PETA certified.
Gifts for Teens Under $10
1. For when you have no idea what they’re into at the moment
We get it. Teens are hard to shop for. Yesterday they liked chocolate, today they give you a “look” when you suggest eating any. Play it safe and go with a Happy Teen Gift Card. Your teen can use it to buy whatever they want at any of the brands on the card. The Happy Teen Gift Card can be used at Regal Cinemas, American Eagle, Under Armour, Dave & Buster’s, Jamba, Sephora and Barnes & Noble.
2. For Apple fans
If your teen owns the entire Apple catalog, including an iPhone and AirPods, this gift fits right in. Your teen can slip their AirPods into the case to instantly convert them into a stand for their phone. The case stores their AirPods for protection and gives them a hands-free view of their screen.
3. For the comic book fan
Is your teen a fan of Marvel comic books or movies? AllPosters.com has tons of comic book posters for under $10. Pictured is a minimal Avengers logo poster, but they also have posters for other movies like Black Panther. If you want to give a poster with a completely original design, check out these Marvel posters from Etsy for under $10.
4. For the social media influencer
Unboxing videos are popular on YouTube and social media. This is a cool gift for new YouTubers or amateur influencers. It’s basically a mystery box, but many people use it to create their own unboxing video if they don’t have anything interesting to unbox. And there’s some pretty cool stuff inside, making this gift two gifts in one!
5. For teens who can’t get enough music
Does it seem like your teen always has earbuds in, is constantly watching music videos on their phone or won’t go outside unless there’s a speaker playing music nearby? Then this is a great cheap gift idea. For less than $10, this Bluetooth speaker can go wherever they go and blast tunes from their connected device. (And don’t be confused by the iLive brand name – it can connect to both iPhones and Android phones.)
That wraps up our budget gift guide! These gifts might be inexpensive, but they’re not throw-aways. Your friend, family member or co-worker will appreciate these gifts and put them to good use.
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