If you’ve got a limited budget, the holidays can be seriously, seriously tough. Not only are you expected to get presents for your friends and family, you’re expected give out good ones–you don’t want to be the girl giving out yet another set of generic, holiday-themed lotions. As such, the entire stretch from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas is bound to be a thoroughly trying time–I, for one, fully understand how tempting it is to break up with every single one of your friends throughout the holiday season just to save yourself the trauma of finding gifts that are both unique and affordable.
There’s no need for stress anymore, however! I’ve took it upon myself to scour the web and scrounge up some gift that seem like they’re super expensive, but are, in fact, super cheap. The ostensible priciness of the items comes instead from a degree of thoughtfulness, which is something that you just can’t get from a set of lotion (even if it smells like a candy canes and Christmas trees). The best part is that they’re all ten bucks or under, so there’s no need to end any friendships just because you’re feelinga little stressed about getting them presents. Check it out:
Holiday Nail SetThe perfect nail set for New Year's Eve and beyond. Buy it at Amazon for $6.70
Drake EarringsEveryone needs to wear a pair of weeping Drakes in their ears, do they not? Buy it at Etsy for $7
Made In The A.M. NecklaceYour Harry Styles-loving BFF probably has the "Made In The A.M." album, but I bet she doesn't have this necklace. She'll need it as a reminder to stay strong throughout the impending One Direction break. Buy it at Etsy for $10
Personalized Starbucks MugGot a friend who's a caffeinated fiend? They'll love you forever (and with lots of energy) if you get them a personalized Starbucks mug. Buy it at Etsy for $8.50
Emoji Phone DecalsEmoji was the Oxford dictionary word of 2015. Celebrate this by giving some emoji decals to all your friends. Buy it at iDecoz for $7.99
Good VibesThis is perfect for your friend who loves yoga and is always talking about "vibes" and "auras." Buy it at Etsy for $6
Pine-Scented CandleIf you're thinking of giving out the ever-dreaded lotion set, check yourself and go with a candle instead. It's easy, affordable, and still feels pretty personal. Buy it at Target for $6.99
Tina MugFor your friend who thinks that Tina Belcher is LITERALLY her spirit animal. Buy it at Etsy for $10
Highlighter SetThis highlighter set is SO cute. Plus, everyone falls into a school supply slump by January--this is a perfect way to perk them up. Buy it at Etsy for $3.15
Monogram Laptop DecalAnything monogrammed feels special, even if it's literally just a sticker. Give this to your preppiest Blair Waldorf-wannabe friend. Buy it at Etsy for $2
Male Tears MugEveryone knows that male tears are part of a balanced diet. Give this to your fave feminist friend. Buy it at Etsy for $10
Are you going to give out any of these gifts? Did I forget anything that is both cheap AND cute? Let us know in the comments!