27 inexpensive gifts to help show your appreciation
What do you get someone if you want to show you appreciate them, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? Don’t worry — there are lots of options.
If you have a lot of money, you can buy just about anything for anyone. But for the other 95% of us with limited budgets, you’ll have to show that appreciation with a little creativity.
Showing your appreciation with affordable gift ideas
Let’s first identify what’s essential: that we show the person who has done something nice for us how much we appreciate them. It’s not essential that the gift be big, expensive or flashy. It’s a token of our appreciation… and let me tell you, no matter how small, the person will likely appreciate the gesture.
The gift should also be appropriate for that particular the person — if it’s personal, it’s likely to mean more. So while wine is always a nice gift, if the person is into other types of drinks (such as coffee), that would make a better gift.
So take a moment to consider the person, what they like, and the times you’ve spent together.
So, let’s look at some ideas… some obvious, perhaps, but this list is meant only to spark your own ideas. (Also, the definition of “frugal” is broad here … some ideas cost more than others, and some can be made for very little.)
27 inexpensive gifts
1. Frame a picture — maybe a local scene or a picture of the two of you or together with your best friends.
2. Something made locally, that you can probably find at a nearby farmer’s market — craft beer, honey, BBQ sauce, flavored vinegars, etc.
7. A gift certificate for the person’s favorite hobby store, or some nice art supplies (like watercolor pencils).
8. A CD you burned with all the person’s favorite songs or a nostalgic mix of music from their teens.
9. A letter, handwritten on nice paper, from you. Make it heartfelt, with all the reasons you appreciate the person.
10. A movie pass and a small container of gourmet popcorn and/or some movie-theater-style candy.
11. IOU booklets, with whatever services you are willing to offer — babysitting, cleaning, housesitting, pet walking, errands, music lessons. (Gifts like this are best for someone you know really well.)
12. Knit or crochet something for someone. A scarf is relatively simple, and you don’t have to worry about it not fitting!
13. An “I appreciate you because” jar. Fill a nice jar with rolled up slips of different colored paper, each with a reason you appreciate (or love) someone.
20. Gourmet coffee, tea or hot cocoa mix, along with a mug or cup that suits them perfectly.
21. Set of coasters. If they have nice wooden furniture, they probably never have enough.
22. Small LED flashlight with extra batteries. Not only do these provide a really bright light, they also last a long time. (Even if someone has a phone with a flashlight, it’s handy to have one of these, because they may be on the phone looking for information or talking to someone while trying to find something with the flashlight.)