Whether your partner has just won that new contract, your sister has just passed her driving test and got her license, or your best friend has just got engaged to their long-term girlfriend or boyfriend, there are lots of reasons and situations where congratulations are necessary. If it is someone close to you, you will want to make sure it’s a great gift and want to spend freely on ensuring you get them the very best. What about people outside your household and main circle of friends, surely, it’s not wrong to want to get something less expensive for the people who are not quite as big a part of your life?
That’s completely right and fair. There are no hard and fast rules about gift buying anyway, but if you still want to say congratulations to someone but don’t want to spend the world, you should not feel any shame in that.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some great budget gift ideas to say congratulations that the recipient is sure to love.
Gift Cards or Vouchers
People often have rather negative opinions of gift cards and vouchers and we are not entirely sure why. They are a great way to show you care and offer your congrats to someone, while giving them the power to choose what they want. What’s so bad about that? That’s right, nothing at all. A well-chosen gift card with even a relatively small value in a shop that the recipient loves, will go down a treat.
Congratulations Gift Baskets
Speaking of treats, if you are not particularly close to the person you are offering congratulations to, a reasonably cheap, but nonetheless special option is a gift basket. Congratulations gift baskets are ideal because there is such a wide variety to choose from, you will not find it too difficult matching the right basket to the recipient’s tastes. Whether they prefer gourmet foods and cheese or something sweet and chocolaty.
IF you are sending the recipient a gift to say congratulations for being accepted to university or college or being hired for their dream job, you could give them personalized stationary. Not only does this have practical value in that they can use it at work or during their studies, it also looks good. It’s nice to start a new year of study or a new job with new things and a good quality pen and some matching notebooks and other vital pieces with their name on it will not break the bank.
Treat Them to a Special Meal
You could in theory take them out with a bunch of friends and relatives to a nice restaurant for a special meal in celebration of their good fortune. However, it is even more cost-effective, and more heartfelt to actually prepare and cook a meal for them. Make a social gathering of it and have a group of people round so you can all offer congratulations at the same time.