We’d all like to give our friends and loved ones nothing but the best when it’s time to choose a gift, but sometimes, that’s just not possible. The good news is that choosing what you can afford doesn’t necessarily result in something tacky. In this article, we’ll look at some mid-priced options that won’t break the bank but still look at least as good as their high-end counterparts – and sometimes, even better.
High-Quality Costume Jewelry
Gold and diamonds are costly options when you’re choosing jewellery as a gift. It’s also worth remembering that some of the lower-cost gold and diamond items aren’t all that good quality. Choosing well-made, high-quality substitutes could be a better option. Silver jewellery, brass jewelry, and cubic zirconia substitutes for diamonds are all good alternatives when you’re buying jewellery on a budget.
Interestingly, even goldsmiths admit that they must examine zirconia very closely before they can be sure they’re not looking at diamonds, and they cost a fraction of the price. As for telling the difference between cultured emeralds and rubies and the natural ones, that often has to be done by a laboratory, and again, the cost of these stones is substantially lower. There are also many semi-precious stones that look amazing, and you’d be able to buy a much better item within your budget than you would if you settled for some of the lower-end gold and diamond items on the market.
Not-Quite New Electronics
Although one can find some pretty good-looking pre-owned tech, it might not be the best choice. The reason is obvious: tech advances so fast that a device or gadget very rapidly becomes out-of-date. But there is a way to get relatively new tech at a fraction of the price.
When stores display a tech item, they have to open its packaging, and as a result, they can’t sell it for the full price. When it’s time to get new stock, they no longer need the display model, and if you ask around, you might just be able to get that display piece for a substantially reduced price. Some stores will offer them to their clients directly, but a great many of them will pass them on to smaller dealerships where you can still get them for way less than the original cost. You get a relatively up-to-date tech that’s never been used, and it will make a great-looking gift for someone special.
High-Quality Artwork Prints
Original artworks are anything but low-budget gifts, but many really good artists are increasing their earnings – and offering artworks for less – by making limited-edition prints. You can be sure that only a certain number will be sold, and since it’s possible to get artworks printed on real canvas as gifts, they’re almost indistinguishable from the “real thing.” This gift is a great choice for friends or family members setting up their first home. With furnishings taking priority, décor often takes the back seat. If you’re confident that you know their tastes, a really good artwork print could be just the thing to brighten up their lives.
Find a Treasure Among Junk
Antique stores are known for their high prices, but “junk shops” often have hidden treasures on offer at low prices. Finding exactly the right gift could take a little time, but if you know your stuff and are shopping for someone who loves antiques or retro styles, there’s a good chance of finding knick-knacks that would ordinarily sell for high prices.
If you’re an avid bargain-hunter, you will have a lot of fun looking for that special item that perfectly suits its intended recipient. What will it be? You’ll know when you see it!
Handmade by You Is Special
When your budget is tight enough to make purchasing just about anything a strain, consider putting your creativity to work. Handmade gifts say “I took time to make this for you,” and in that sense, they convey a very special message to the recipient. Not convinced? Take a look around stores selling different types of handwork and you’ll see that being able to say that something is “handmade” increases its value – even in the commercial sense. So, if you can make something really beautiful as a gift – go for it!
Thoughtfulness Matters Most
No matter what you buy or make as gifts, the most important element is showing that you care – and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending as much as you possibly can afford. Your loved ones would not want you to place strain on your budget, so relax and enjoy choosing something that’s a perfect fit for the recipient. Your thoughtfulness will be recognized and appreciated!