5 Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for the People in Your Friend Group

affordable christmas gift ideas

Every year, your friend group organises a Christmas party, where you all drink a bit too much, reminisce about old times and exchange Christmas gifts.

That’s great, except that trying to find gifts for the same people every year can get hard. Here are five Christmas gift ideas for these very important people in your life.


1. The yuppie

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You guys go way back, to when your math teacher used to rage at both of you for throwing staple barbs at the kids sitting in front of you. But somehow, he “made it” in life (at least by the Singaporean definition of the phrase), and he’s now a wheelin’ dealin’ banker who spends his after-work hours hanging out at Customs House.

You sure can’t afford to buy him a wallet he’d actually want to use, so get him a tasteful money clip instead. Since he’s making so much cash, he’ll need something to keep it from spilling out his pockets. Best of all, a cheap-ass stainless steel money clip that costs $3 doesn’t look all that different from a silver one from Tiffany’s.

We recommend: Leather magnetic money clip from UniqTee. $26.90 on Zalora.


2. The young parent

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Ever since your friend had kids, you haven’t seen as much of her as you used to, since she’s pretty much drowning in diapers, rushing from childcare to home to work, and coping with even less sleep than social media-addicted teenagers.

What your friend really needs are some free time and a very long nap. So get her gift cards that will help her buy some time.

We recommend: You can get Deliveroo gift cards so the exhausted couple can order a meal at the end of a long day, and Uber gift cards because everyone knows taking public transport with a kid in tow is hell.


3. The wanderluster

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You’ve thought of unfollowing this friend on Facebook because her constant travel photo updates leave you green with envy.

Unless your friend always sleeps in nice hotels where clean towels are provided, she’ll appreciate a nice microfibre travel towel. These things are so much more compact than regular towels and dry in a flash. Many also come with an elastic band attached so you can keep them rolled up. Best of all, they cost just a few bucks, so you can even buy a bunch of them in different colours.

We recommend: Decathlon microfibre towel, $3.90.


4. The triathlete

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You know the kind—they’re always posting those Nike Training Club graphics containing details about how many kilometres they’ve run and which route they’ve taken.

Since your friend spends so much of his time drenched in sweat, get him a foldable water bottle that he can carry with him during his training sessions. The biggest bottles can contain close to a litre of water, but fold into an itty bitty piece of plastic when empty.

We recommend: Vapur 0.7 litre water bottle. $34.90 on Lazada.


5. The punter

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“Huat ah!” is this friend’s personal motto. His life’s mission is to design a “system” for accurately predicting 4D numbers. He has an online account at Singapore Pools. On weekends, he’s either at MBS, RWS or the Aegean Paradise floating casino.

Your friend needs all the luck he can get. So get him a feng shui charm that will give him the edge over the casinos/Singapore Pools. Get him an auspicious beaded bracelet if he’s the sort of guy with a long pinkie fingernail. Otherwise, one of those gold frogs with coins spilling out their mouths would look right at home at his place.

We recommend: Three tortoises and money frog, 11 USD at Onlinefengshuistore.

What are you buying your friends this Christmas? Tell us in the comments!

Image credits: Zalora, shopblocks, Decathlon, Lazada, Onlinefengshuistore