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6 Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas to Give Your Friends This Year

Once the holidays finally come to an end, it’s time to face the music: your dreaded credit card statement. Between holiday parties, airfare home to see the family, and of course, purchasing heartfelt and thoughtful gifts, the bills add up rather quickly.

Whether you’re shopping for the outdoorsmen, entrepreneurs, or fashionistas in your life, saving money is never a bad thing. Here are some budget-friendly gift ideas for anyone you know—no matter their personal tastes.

#1 OliveTech Essential Oil Diffuser

Everyone could use a break this holiday season. Whether your friends are stressed from working, gift shopping, decorating and card-making, or even just prepping the house for the in-laws (okay, especially that), we could all use a little TLC as the new year approaches.

Give the gift of self-care this year—to both your friend and your wallet—with OliveTech’s essential oil diffuser and humidifier. In case you needed a bonus incentive, the diffuser has soothing LED lights that change color and an automatic shut-off for your friend’s peace of mind and safety.

Price tag: $29.99  

#2 Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup

Hydro Flask’s water bottles and tumbler cups are all the rage these days, and for a good reason. For any friends that don’t already have a Hydro Flask of their own, this useful but stylish to-go cup is an adorable addition to anyone’s daily life—especially the miniature 16 oz sizes.

Choose from eight unique colors to fit effortlessly into your friends’ personal style.

Price tag: $27.95

#3 Cards Against Humanity 

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This party card game is the gift that keeps on giving, providing joy for the whole friend group. The latest version has been expanded to include 600 cards (more choices than ever before). 

You can also opt for one of their many expansion pack add-ons:

  • Absurd box – 300 extra cards that are “pretty weird,” which is a direct quote from Cards Against Humanity themselves.
  • Red and blue boxes – 300 additional cards each from the original expansion packs.
  • Other niche packs – The highlights include Dad, College, Weed, and Theatre Packs, for everyone’s unique interests.

Price tag: $25 for the original game; $5-20 for expansion packs

#4 Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are also the best. This tiny hot plate is the ideal size to keep your coffee warm all day long—perfect for those long-drawn-out work-from-home meetings where a trip to the microwave is out of the question. 

If your friends don’t drink coffee, it works just as well for tea, hot chocolate, or whatever their favorite holiday beverage is. If you know their favorite coffee, you can always include a bag or two of that. Otherwise, the mug warmer is wonderful to receive on its own.

Price tag: $15.99

#5 Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Mini waffle maker gift
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This functional yet fun gift is perfect for friends. It’s the best kitchen appliance for entertaining guests in the morning—just whip up some waffle batter and pop it on the non-stick cooking surfaces for the perfect little 4” waffles. 

It also works wonderfully with cookie dough, hash browns, potato pancakes, and more. 

Price tag: $14.99

#6 Homemade Craft or Gift

Finally, a homemade gift can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like. You might have to buy a few materials here and there. Still, you may be able to get away with reusing tons of household items (depending on the state of your household and, perhaps, how long you’ve been hoarding miscellaneous craft supplies since the early 2000s). 

Here are a few starter ideas:

  • Personalized scrapbook with photos and mementos
  • Handknit scarf or toque for the coming winter months
  • Friendship bracelets or keychains
  • Hand-painted ceramic mug

The list goes on, limited only by your imagination (and maybe how much glitter you and your roommates have lying around your communal living space).

Price tag: Up to you!

Treat Your Friends And Yourself

Gift-giving shouldn’t break the bank, especially when it comes to your friends. They understand when money is tight, and they’ll appreciate the gesture no matter what. If you’re worried about shopping for everyone in your friend group, try suggesting a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange instead. That way, you only have to purchase a single present.

If that doesn’t go over well with the rest of your squad, it’s a good thing this guide has more than one budget-friendly gift ideas!

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