7 Great (and inexpensive) Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend

Black-FridayPlease welcome with me a guest post by Jon Vincent

Do you have one of those best friends that seem impossible to shop for? And it seems like whatever you get them, they’re just not satisfied? If you’ve racked your brain and just can’t come up with the perfect gift (and at the right budget), look no further than our list below.


We’ve found a variety of holiday gift ideas – both quirky and practical – that you can buy for your best friend. The best part is, they’re all less than $30…and they’re all easy to find:

For the Tea and Coffee Lover: Forget the fancy coffee makers – this pour-over brewing system from Starbucks is just $12.95 and creates the perfect cup of coffee. Or, if your friend prefers tea, consider the IngenuiTEA teapot. You can use your favorite loose leaf teas to brew the perfect cup of tea and when it’s done, a spring-loaded bottom makes it easy to empty into a mug.


For the Tech Lover: Even if your best friend has all the latest gadgets, that’s not to say he’s equipped with all the accessories. Did you ever consider….


  • Travel kit – Get a travel kit they can use with their smart phone, e-Reader, or tablet. Most include a car adapter, ear buds, and everything else you’ll need to take your electronics on a road trip. You can find generic travel kits at places like Target or Wal-Mart, or spend a little extra and buy name brand. 
  • Fancy USB drives – USB drives are so easy to misplace so it’s always nice to have an extra lying around. Think Geek carries an array of cool looking USB drives including those shaped like robots and transformers and ones that do everything from open bottles to light up a room.
  • Mini speakers – This year, mini speakers are all the rage. They connect to an mp3 player and enhance sound so it can be used to play music around a room or for an impromptu dance party. Prices range from $10 – $30 and can be found in most department stores.


For the Game Lover: Put together a themed package with playing cards, dice, and poker chips. Or, shop in store or online for a variety of board games (many of which you can find for less than $30). One of the best for under $20 is 2009’s Game of the Year called Bananagrams. It includes Scrabble-like tiles packaged in a canvas banana-shaped bag.


For the Food Lover: This time of year, many online merchants are offering special deals on gift packages for the holidays. Send your best friend things like fresh baked goods, gourmet beef jerky, or baskets of cheese, crackers, and summer sausage.


For the Environmentally Conscious: Decorative tote bags provide a great gift for those who are all about going green. Most can be purchased for anywhere from $5 to $20 – and some can even be compacted into a keychain for the forgetful shopper so they’ll always be around.


About the Author:

Jon Vincent turned his obsession with Black Friday ads into a website – and a career! He’s been interviewed about his website, BlackFriday.info, by the New York Times, CNN, Tech Crunch and more. When he’s not hunting down Black Friday ad leaks he stays busy by writing frugality and savings advice.


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