This is both a great time and a tough time for gift giving. Sending a little something to a loved one could be just the pick-me-up they need right now, and it’s a nice way to show your appreciation to the family and friends who have been talking you through these particularly tough times. But spending extra money with all of life’s uncertainties may not be in the budget. Although that big-ticket item they’ve been eyeing may not be in the cards this year, a small gift for a holiday, birthday, or just because will certainly be appreciated — and cheap doesn’t have to mean “careless.” We’ve rounded up more than 30 exceptionally thoughtful gifts under $5 (some practical, some not so much) that you can give this year while staying on budget. If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, we’ve noted what won’t arrive in time for the big holiday but would still make a great belated gift.
For the person who hasn’t gotten a manicure since March.
For the person taking their skin-care routine full-body.
Anything Baby Yoda will be a hit, even (especially?) this 22-pack of stickers.
For the little one on your list obsessed with Paw Patrol.
These strips will help the baker in your life make even, level cakes with ease.
For the person who could use a new pandemic hobby.
An everything-but-the-dye tie-dye kit for the DIY enthusiast.
For not much more, you can throw in the dye, too.
This shimmery, vegan Sally Hansen polish is perfect for the friend who cares about non-toxic manicures.
Editor’s Note: This won’t arrive in time for Christmas.