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Affordable Gift Guide for Your Friends

Buying gifts for your friends is always a struggle, especially when everything is so expensive. If your worried about breaking the bank, here are 10 affordable gift items your friends are sure to love: 

1.Brrr Basket 

Trending on TikTok, a  “Brr basket” is a collection of cozy items to get you through the winter months. They typically include items such as fuzzy socks, hot chocolate mix, candles, blankets, and lotion, placed in a themed box, but its contents are completely customizable based on your preferences and budget. 

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2. Aquaphor

Talk about practicality. Buying your friend Aquaphor (or lip balm of choice) is a great gift they’re sure to use. It’s also easy to find, comes in many sizes,  and is multi-purpose. 

3. Low-cost Jewelry

 Jewelry may seem like a daunting purchase, but there are tons of affordable options both online and in stores. Etsy has great customizable options that can easily be found for under $20, just make sure you buy the color of metal your friend  typically wears to ensure they’ll love it.

4. Nail polish

If you notice your friend likes to paint their nails, buying them a few new colors is a great way to brighten their routine. Nail polish can be found anywhere, and comes in many types, so stick to something simple in a color you know they like.

5. Custom air freshener

Whether your friend just got their license or has been driving for years, a custom air freshener is a great way to personalize their space. Vendors on sites such as Etsy allow you to select a photo and scent to make a personal air freshener your friends will love. Custom Air Freshener Custom Photo Freshie Freshie Air – Etsy

Photo by Uwe Herrmann

6. Disposable cameras

Disposable cameras are a trendy way to record memories with a distinct look. Purchasing a disposable camera, or a few, and gifting them with the intent of making new memories together is a caring and meaningful gift. Take this gift a step further by offering to pay to have the photos processed when the camera is full! 

7. CVS photo prints

Giving someone a physical copy of a photo makes the memory way more special than simply having a copy on your phone. CVS has tons of options for different kinds of photo prints, including posters and magnets.

CVS Photo Prints

8. Big gum pack

Save your gum-chewing friend a trip to the store by buying them a large pack of gum. 

Photo by Michael Pollak

9. Annotated book

Annotating a book for someone you care about is an easy way to share something intimate and thoughtful while spending very little money. Pick up a used book at Goodwill or Half Priced Books and record your thoughts or special notes as you read. This gift does take some foresight though, so if you plan on doing it make sure you give yourself enough time.

10. Keychain card holder

If your friend is always forgetting their wallet or keys, buy them a keychain card holder so their valuables are always together. 

Keychain Card Holder

 

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