Cheap birthday gift ideas for friends that are girls

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Cheap birthday gift ideas for friends that are girls
Purchase individual bath products for a less expensive option over a bath set. (Bath salts and candle set against white bath tub area image by Paul Hill from

If a friend's birthday is coming up and you have a limited budget, you might be worried about what kind of present you'll be able to get her. Luckily, shopping for girls of any age can be incredibly simple -- go for beauty products like bath salts, manicure sets and scented lotions. Many girls love to write in journals, making them a good choice, and you can almost never go wrong with a gift card.

Journal or Diary

Many girls love to write in their own personal diaries, no matter their age. Journals and diaries come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles, not to mention price ranges. A lined-paper journal with a soft cover can run you £3 or less as of 2011; you can spend a little more for a hardcover diary with a lock. Pair the journal or diary with a matching pen for an extra nice, yet still inexpensive, girl's gift.

Body Wash and Lotion

For under £13 as of 2011, you can buy a variety of scented bath products like body wash, soaps, lotion, bath salts or body scrubs, along with a natural sponge loofah or a tub caddie. Purchase each item separately, picking and choosing different scents or purchase a set in a coordinating basket for £6 and up. These gifts are easy to find in local chemists, bath and body stores and beauty supply stores.

Paperback Book

If you know what types of books your friend likes to read, this can be a great, low-cost gift choice. As of 2011, countless paperback books range between £3 and £6, giving you a wide range of choices for a thoughtful, rewarding and affordable gift. Acquire a list of your friend's favourite books or book wishlist from her family or take a peek at her book shelf for hints on what genres she enjoys. The cheapest places to find paperback books are online and at used book stores.

Manicure or Pedicure Set

Shop for a full manicure or pedicure set at your local chemist, beauty supply store or at an online retailer. These sets can include any combination of nail files, fingernail or toenail clippers, cuticle scissors and tweezers. The price ranges for manicure and pedicure sets as of 2011 can be anywhere from £3 to £32, depending on the number of items in the set, the quality of the items and where you purchase them.

Hair Accessories

Many girls love to have a variety of hair accessories, in all shapes, colours and sizes. This provides you with a cheap gift option that's easy to attain and can last for years. Look for hair pins, hair clips, barrettes, head bands, ponytail holders, scrunchies and hair clips. These types of items are stocked in chemists, grocery stores, beauty supply stores, online and in speciality accessory stores, among many other locations.

Reusable Tote Bag

Pretty much everyone with a sensible outlook wants to live in a greener world, your friend included. Purchase one or two reusable tote bags with a fun design or pretty colour to help her do her part to help the environment. Reusable tote bags range widely in size, colour and style and are readily available for as little as 60p or £1.30 each, as of 2011. If you know she likes to shop at a specific retailer, ask if that store has its own branded totes. If you can spend a bit more, you'll find even more options with more creative designs and styles in the £3 to £9 range.

Gift Cards

Girls love to shop, which makes gift cards a largely foolproof birthday gift. Purchase a store card from one of her favourite retailers, coffee shops or restaurants or get her a prepaid credit card to use at any store or even online.

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