For most people, budgeting and adulting go hand-in-hand. When you plan out your spending ahead of time, you ensure that your bills get paid and your fridge gets stocked — but without fail, there are always some unplanned, unexpected purchases that pop up out of nowhere. Gifts usually fit into that category. (No one starts their year out with the thought, "I better set aside some money to get a porcelain butter dish for my mother-in-law.") That said, purchases for other people don't have to tank your whole budget. Cue these cheap gifts on Amazon that reviewers swear by.
Don't be fooled, though; cheap doesn't have to mean low-quality. In fact, some of these gifts look a lot more expensive than they are — and even more important than their appearance is their level of practicality. When something is thoughtful and actually serves a purpose, the recipient will use it over and over again, regardless of the price tag. In my experience, even people who are hard to buy for can't resist a useful present.
So whether you're shopping for the holidays, someone's birthday, or a last-minute housewarming party, don't let a few gifts throw off your entire annual budget. These 86 ideas are thoughtful, smart, and affordable all at the same time.