The Ultimate Thrifty but Thoughtful Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us. Gift-giving can be a delight, but when you're shopping for several friends, gift expenses can add up quickly.

But there's good news! Good gifts don't have to drain your bank account. If you're searching for gift ideas for your girlfriends and you're on a budget, look no further. Thrifty gifts can be just as thoughtful as luxury items. If you know a bit about who you're shopping for, you can easily a just-right gift.

Here's a guide to gifts that will spread holiday cheer, and keep your wallet nice and plump.

For the homebody

If your friend's home is her sanctuary, she'll appreciate a gift she can hang there with pride. Air plants are beautiful, unique, and easy to care for. And they're sure to brighten her home on dreary winter days. You can purchase these at your local gardening supply store for anywhere from $5 to $20 depending on size. offers a trio of airplants in mini geo balls for only $19.95 and a terrarium kit for only $22.99. If you're making gifts for several friends, you can buy air plants in bulk on Amazon. Terrariums are also available in thrifty sets of three. And we just love these geometric hangers that are less than 10 bucks a pop!

For the DIY diva

If your gal pal loves to get crafty, give her a gift that she can have fun stitching together. We're big fans of needlepoint kits. They're beautiful, fun to work on, and come in a variety of pretty and playful patterns.

The England-based Sew Cross Handmade Etsy shop sells adorable cheeky needlepoint kits with sayings like "I CAN'T ADULT TODAY" and "BRING ME TEA" embellished with dainty floral flourishes. And the price tag can't be beat! Kits average out at $13 a piece.

We also love Portland, Oregon's Junebug and Darlin Etsy shop. Their sassy cross stitch kits are emblazoned with phrases like "Smash the Patriarchy," "Nasty Woman" and "Yes Homo." Most kits are $16. They also offer $10 kits to support Planned Parenthood and Standing Rock.

For the astrology junky

We all have that pal who's obsessed with the Zodiac. If she loves dishing horoscopes, chances are she'll adore a gift that celebrates her birth sign. Dear Mia's Zodiac necklaces are delicate, beautiful, and insanely affordable. The delicate double choker constellation and birthstone necklace is a steal at only $34 and simpler constellation necklaces are only $14 each.

If you think your pal would prefer art over jewelry, TelleQuelle sells gorgeous high res zodiac constellation illustrations that you can instantly download. The images are captivating and at $5.95, the price can't be beat. Print and frame them for a truly unique gift.

For the art and pop culture lover

If you're shopping for a pal with a great sense of humor, a colorful gift to match her colorful personality is definitely the way to go.

We love Coucou Suzette's kitschy pins, jewelry and socks. The French brand's playful designs feature tan-lined tushies, naked men dangling from chopsticks, and nipples galore. Most prices are in Euros, but the current conversion rate puts them at similar prices in dollars.

Stateside, Sara M Lyons also offers an array of sassy pins and patches. We adore her "It's Lit" burning bra pin and her "my thighs touch because they love each other" pins and patches that come in a variety of skin tones. Right now 25% of the proceeds for select items are going to the ACLU and #HereToStay.

But if your pal's one true love is dishing celebrity gossip, Caroline Goldfarb's brilliant 2017 Calendar is the actual best gift on earth. Featuring colorful acid-trippy collages of young Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Larry David, it's a visual feast that will keep on giving all year long. And it's only $24.99!

Searching for gifts on a budget doesn't have to be a drag. Think about what makes your pals unique and you'll find a gift that suits their special style in no time. And your bank account with thank you.