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5 Budget Friendly Gifts For this Holiday Season

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at PSU chapter.

The holiday season is upon and that brings the stress of gift shopping. As a perfectionist, finding the right gift for each person always brings so much pressure. 

Especially with all the current increased prices, gift shopping can get extra pricey this time of year and no one wants to go broke just to give a gift. In order to shop responsibly this season, here are 5 budget-friendly gifts that will please even the people in your life who “want nothing.” 


I know what you are thinking, makeup is too expensive to be given out for gifts. For the most part, you are correct, but never underestimate the power of a sale. Ulta will be your best friend this holiday season as they have so many small affordable gifts for the makeup lovers in your life.

You cannot go wrong with Morphe palettes for $13 to beauty basics under $10. It is the best inexpensive and practical gift for any makeup lover. 

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Charging Deck

We all have that person who owns the whole fleet of Apple products. The phone, watch and AirPods have so many cords and little space. An all-in-one charging station is perfect for the tech-savvy members of the family, who need all their devices charged and have little organization in their lives.

Look no further than Amazon, as they have lots of deals on all the gadgets you need. Your techy friends will love you, and say goodbye to the days of lending them your chargers.

Dollar Section Gems

We all know Target and Five Below have the best dollar sections to browse when you are bored but have you taken advantage of the hidden gems? They have mugs, mittens and hot chocolate kits all under $15!

Budget-friendly and sure to please even the pickiest of people. It is worth a second look while you scroll through those sections because you never know what you will find. You might even end up putting some things on your own wish list. 


This is the most unique and personalized gift you can make for your favorite music lovers. It is free and all it takes is a little bit of your time. Curating a playlist for someone is so unique and will show them how much you care about them, through song.

It can be your go-to driving songs together or songs that remind you of them. Either way, they will see the thought and effort you put into and it is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Craft Kit

For all the people in your life who love to get crafty, look no further than the Dollar Store or Five Below for a fantastic budget gift. They have everything you need to create a crafty gift for all art lovers. Canvases, paint brushes, paint and more which are all under $20.

It would be the best gift for kids who are exploring different art styles or who love to get creative! To take it one step further, throw in a bottle of wine and make it the all-in-one paint-and-sip night. 

Hopefully, your gift shopping will be a little less hectic this holiday season, best of luck tracking down the best gifts!

Current Senior at PSU UP. I live right outside of DC in Bethesda, MD and I am on track to be an Advertising and Public Relations major with a minor in Business I love sitcoms, stand-up and spend my time hanging out with friends and traveling.