Crafty fashionistas know that the best gift ideas for friends are creative and thoughtful.
If you are handy with a glue gun, needle, or any other craft skill, you can find dozens of gift projects in sources such as Jennifer Worick's Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook and Knit. You can have a ball while pleasing the special people in your life.
Look for instructions with step-by-step photos that teach how to make the projects and illustrate basic skills.
Cheap unique gift ideas express fashion individuality from head to toe, such as hats, handbags, painted shoes, and transforming cheap shoes with cloth covering.
A glue gun, such as this one by Surebonder, is a quick way to decorate with buttons, beads, or ribbons.
You can have a ball while pleasing the special people in your life.
The world is in love with anything natural and renewable.
Gifts made of bamboo fabric, leather, or organic cotton show you took the time to hunt down something special.
A gift doesn't have to be large to have a big impact. Look for something within your budget.
Leather necklaces and bracelets, for example, often do not cost much and may be made by crafts workers as one-of-a-kind objects.
Friends don't let friends live in chaos.
A date book or a calendar is appropriate as gifts for friends. You'll be part of the receiver's life every day all year long.
Favorite beverages also are good cheap unique gift ideas. A luxury coffee or tea can be cleverly packaged in a mug, basket, or pretty gift bag.
Don't pass up clearance tables throughout the year for prime gifts for friends that will look more expensive than what you paid.
Dedicate a shelf or drawer for storing your treasures. Just don't forget you have them.
If you spot a strange or whimsical item that you think will suit someone, trust your gut. If you spend only a modest sum, it won't matter if you never give it at all.
In summary, gifts ideas for friends need not be costly to be thoughtful and creative.