Birthdays are special, especially now that we’ve spent months not being able to gather with friends and family for in-person celebrations. Whether you’re still self-quarantining or have started to cautiously go out in public again, these are some thoughtful, budget-friendly birthday gift ideas to help you make the day special for the ones you care about most.
Creative Birthday Gifts on a Budget
Who doesn’t love flowers? This timeless gift is a classic for a reason, and is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. While ornate floral arrangements are nice, you don’t have to go all out and spend a fortune to have a florist deliver a custom arrangement. Just head to your local grocery store and you can find surprisingly beautiful flowers for $10 or $15. A simple bouquet of roses, tulips, or mixed flowers makes a lovely gift.
If you want to get crafty, you can even buy a couple of different types of flowers and combine them into one large bouquet or arrangement. If you know their favorite flowers or colors, you can use that to help you customize the perfect bouquet for them. Need some inspiration? You can also get symbolic by choosing flowers with different meanings; for instance, red roses for love or sunflowers for friendship.
If you don’t think the birthday guy or gal will be into a bouquet or arrangement of cut flowers, don’t worry— live plants also make wonderful gifts, whether you choose a cute succulent in a whimsical planter or a beautiful houseplant like pothos that they’ll be able to enjoy for months or even years to come.
As we mentioned above, you should use your knowledge of the person you’re shopping for to personalize their birthday gift. The great thing about this approach is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it memorable and special. A framed photo of the two of you, a mug or shirt with their favorite catchphrase on it, or an engraved item like a money clip, flask, or business card holder can all show that you care (and that you took the time to personalize the gift) without busting your bank account. Some stores even offer free engraving if you purchase the gift item there.
Thrifted and Vintage
If you love to go thrifting, vintage shopping, or yard sale hunting for yourself, keep an eye out for things that might make good birthday presents for friends and family, too! If you find an item that is in good condition and fits their interests, don’t be afraid to buy it just because it’s not brand new. A vintage or signed copy of their favorite book is sure to be a hit, as well as old vinyl by their favorite artists (if they have a record player). From barware, furniture, and housewares to clothing, sports equipment, and art, if you keep your eyes out, you may just find a hidden treasure that will knock their socks off.
Last, but not least, we have one of the simplest budget birthday gift ideas: Gadgets! A small, useful gift that actually improves the recipient’s life in some way can end up being a favorite, despite the modest price tag. Some of the best ideas include:
- Quirky tea infuser that looks like a sloth, rubber duckie, or “manatea”
- Multi-tool keychain or bottle opener keychain
- Nessie soup ladle
- Electric bottle opener
- Shower wine glass holder
- Cute/colorful phone charger, battery pack, phone stand, or wireless speaker
We hope these affordable birthday gift ideas spark some inspiration for you! Keep in mind that we are open and booking birthday parties! Skating is a great way to have fun together while social distancing, so give us a call at 804-748-0379 to make a reservation.