Best budget-friendly gifts for couples
The holidays can be a hard time to stick to a budget. And if you’re shopping for a couple, giving a gift that two people will enjoy together may sound like it should be doubly expensive — but it doesn’t need to be.
Asking couples about their specific hobbies or interests can help you find that perfect gift they’ll love. With a little planning and creativity, you can really stretch your dollar while also being thoughtful. From gourmet chocolates to a portable picnic blanket for two, there are many inexpensive yet unique gifts you can choose from.
Best gifts for couples under $10
Knock Knock What I Love About You Today Pad: available at Amazon
This 60-page notepad is an adorable gift for couples, so they can honor their partner with a sweet, thoughtful note.
Kaverme Cake Piping Bags and Tips Set: available at Amazon
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Cake or cupcake decorating is an easy way to take a baking hobby to the next level. It’s also time-intensive, making it fun for couples to do together.
Ann Clark Cookie Cutters Dog Cookie Cutters: available at Amazon
Speaking of baking, if the couple has a dog or two, these bone or paw-shaped cookie cutters are reusable and can lead to a lot of homemade happiness and tail wagging.
Married Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book: available at Amazon
Coloring is a fun, relaxing hobby, and now couples can enjoy it together with this humorous coloring book that takes aim at all the unromantic parts of marriage.
Best gifts for couples from $10-$15
Tank Heart Picnic Blanket: available at Amazon
This portable blanket that easily folds up and features a handle is a terrific idea for couples who love the outdoors. It’s perfect for picnics, camping or a day at the beach.
Scratch-Off U.S. National Parks Poster: available at Amazon
If they like to travel, this national parks scratch-off map is the way to go, and it might even give them inspiration to hit some national parks they’ve never heard of before.
“The Ultimate Book of Grilling: Recipes, Tips and Tricks for Easy Outdoor Cooking”: available at Amazon
Grilling is a popular hobby that is easy to improve on once you get started. Couples will love this book that’s full of recipes and advice for getting the most out of their grill.
Kombucha SCOBY Live Starter Culture: available at Amazon
Kombucha is surprisingly easy to make, so a SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, can be a unique gift for people who enjoy this fermented drink. You could also pair it with a gallon jug or bottles for a makeshift starter kit.
“Fermented Hot Sauce Cookbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Hot Sauce From Scratch” by Kristen Wood: available at Amazon
Fermented hot sauce is surprisingly quick and easy to make, so it’s an entertaining hobby for couples to do together. With 60 recipes to choose from, this book is sure to spice things up — in the kitchen anyway.
KMCH Mr. and Mrs. Aprons: available at Amazon
Matching aprons make a lovely gift for couples who like to cook together. This could be coupled with a rolling pin or other basic kitchen equipment.
Best gifts for couples from $16-$20
Spa Luxetique Spa Day Set: available at Amazon
It can be especially thrifty to put together your own gift basket of spa-inspired items. But if you don’t have time for that, this spa set is a cheap way to give the gift of luxury. It includes body lotion, shower gel, bubble bath, hand cream and a travel bag to carry it all in.
Printable Gift Co. Personalized His and Hers Socks: available at Etsy
Socks are an ideal way to warm up and be cozy around the holidays. You can personalize these his and hers socks with their names on the bottom of the feet.
Pretty Life Candlemaking Kit: available at Amazon
While this kit doesn’t include wax, it has most supplies needed to get a couple started in candle making, such as tins in three different sizes and wicks.
Pure Garden Garden Tool Tote: available at Amazon
Gardening is a great way for couples to spend time together outside. Kits are easy to find or you can put together individual items like vegetable seeds for a custom-made gardening gift.
Fox Run Polished Marble Rolling Pin: available at Amazon
Everyone needs a rolling pin, and good-quality ones can be surprisingly cheap. They can be paired with other basic kitchen supplies like a whisk, silicone mat or spatula for a cute gift basket.
Rockin’ Gear Mr. and Mrs. Mugs: available at Amazon
While most people have enough mugs, having matching ones adds a fun touch. Toss in a book or some tea, and you have the perfect lazy-day gift for couples.
Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee and Tea Maker: available at Amazon
Give the gift of caffeination with a French press coffee maker. They are extremely versatile and can be used to make regular coffee, tea or cold brew.
Best gifts for couples from $21-$30
Gift Republic 100 Movies Bucket List Poster: available at Amazon
This scratch-off list of 100 movies is the perfect poster for people who love cinema. It includes a variety of classic movies, such as “Spirited Away” and “Fight Club.”
America’s Test Kitchen “The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook”: available at Amazon
This cookbook of 650 recipes was made with couples in mind. They can learn to cook a wide variety of dishes, including chicken tikka masala, potato gratin and skillet pork lo mein.
Seasonal Simple Syrup Set: available at Uncommon Goods
Couples can sweeten their coffee, tea, cocktails and even baked treats with this sampler of simple syrups that are handmade in Oregon. Winter flavors include candy cane, sugar plum and gingerbread.
Chuao Gourmet Chocolate Gift Box: available at Amazon
This gourmet candy collection is sure to sweeten the couple’s day. It contains 16 mini chocolate bars with unique fillings, such as bacon, potato chips and waffle cones.
Welcome to Parenthood Card Game: available at Uncommon Goods
If the couple has young kids, they’ll likely get a kick out of this game, which explores all the unexpected things that happen when little ones come into the picture.
Jackalyn Beck is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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