When it comes to picking cheap gifts for best friends, personalization and knowing their interests can make all the difference. Like myself, both of my besties are bookworms who love wine, treats, and being creative. Really, the gifts I get them are gifts I’d probably also buy for myself. And I know how hard it can be to buy gifts you know everyone will like when you’re trying to cut back on spending, but at least you know that your BFF will like you no matter how small or cheap a gift you get them. Inexpensive doesn’t always have to mean it’s poor quality or generic — there are plenty affordable of gifts out there that are unique and will last well past New Year's.
Even if you do get your friend a seemingly run-of-the-mill gift like a scarf or a coffee mug, tailoring it to their favorite color or specific interest will make it feel more personal. That’s why you’re friends in the first place, right? Because you know what each other likes! Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
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1. Dumpling AirPods Case
Give your friend a home for their AirPods and charging case with this precious little dumpling case that you just want to squeeze.
2. Wine Mug
And by "probably" you mean "absolutely," right? Your best friend will appreciate this cheeky mug whether it's wine, coffee, or just having you in their life that's getting them through the day.
3. Coloring Book
Coloring as an adult can actually improve your daily life, as well as relieve stress and inspire creativity. If you have an artsy friend, this could be exactly what she needs to unwind after a long day.
4. Infinity Scarf
It's cute and it's soft and it's warm — how could your bestie not love this gift? And with cold weather coming soon, I think we could all use a good scarf.
5. Photo Clip String Set
Whether your best friend lives across the street or across the country, she can use this photo string set to pay tribute to all your adventures together in a cool, modern way.
6. The Hungoevr Cookbook
This is a gift for the friend who enjoys a good glass of wine every now and again. It includes lots of short and sweet recipes sure to cure even the nastiest of hangovers (and yes, the book is misspelled intentionally).
7. Tips & Toes Kit
Along with hand and foot cream, this Burt's Bees kit comes with cuticle cream and lip balm. Whoever said looking good has to cost a lot was wrong.
8. Rose Bud Tin Set
Rosebud is one of my all-time favorite beauty products. Not only does it smell great and leave your lips, elbows, and cuticles feeling soft and smooth, but one tin can last for years.
9. A Personalized Engraved Necklace
These custom necklaces are way cooler than your typical "BFF" variety. They're handmade to order, and you can choose to engrave the front, back, or both sides with coordinates that are special to you two.
10. Personalized Makeup Bag
Besides being able to give your friend a daily reminder of how awesome she is, this linen makeup bag is also super cute.
11. Leather Journal
I'm sure your bestie has some amazing thoughts and ideas she needs to write down! Personalizing the front makes it extra special, too.
12. Sleep Mask
Look, I'm not a morning person either — so giving this to your bestie will basically be a public service to everyone who has to see them in the morning.
13. Mortar & Pestle
For the bestie who loves to make their own guac or pesto, this is granite mortar and pestle is a must. And technically as their best friend, it's only fair you try everything they make using it.
14. Memory Foam Slippers
Give your bestie the gift of true comfort with these plush fleece lining slippers you'll probably end up "borrowing" right away.
15. A Popsocket
For the bestie who's obsessed with their phone, this phone ring holder makes watching YouTube videos and taking selfies for Instagram so much easier.
16. Neck Pillow
For your friend who's caught the travel bug, and could probably use some a nap on their next flight.
17. New Book-smell Candle
18. Mug Featuring Feminist Books
19. Fenty Mini Face and Lip Kit
20. "Get Shit Done" Bullet Journal
21. Bath Sugar Scrub
22. Antique Envelope Locket
23. "Phenomenal Woman" Enamel Pin
24. Emotional Barometer Cards
If you've got a friend who's more than familiar with their Enneagram number, their Myers-Briggs alignment, and their entire astrological birth chart, this is the gift for them. In addition to the mood wheel, this kit includes a set of cards that explain each emotion using wisdom from psychologists, philosophers, writers, and teachers.
25. "Young, Broke, but Talented" Award Ribbon
26. Field Notes 3-Pack
If you've got a friend whose aesthetic is "letterpress," these field notes notebook sets are for them. Featuring the work of nine independent letterpress studios across the country, each pack comes with three uniquely designed notebooks that are almost too pretty to use. Almost.
27. Partake Cookie Variety Pack
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