Need to buy a gift but got only five dollars? No problem! I compiled 50 gift ideas (for just about anybody) that cost less than five bucks.
Take note that this is the first part, containing 25 cheap gift ideas under 5 dollars. Part 2 is found here.
These gift ideas are five dollars at the time of last update (October 2015). Any variance will be updated on the item description.
1. Fire Extinguisher Lighter and Flashlight
No, it is not a fire extinguisher. It is actually a cigarette lighter and a flashlight, in the shape of (ironically) a fire extinguisher. This is a perfect gift for those who smoke.
2. Potato Clock
This is a digital clock that runs on the power of potatoes! The kit includes the clock and an instruction on how to run the machine using spuds, which are not included in the package. This is an awesome gift idea for the children who are astounded at science. Makes a good item to pass the time during the rainy season, or to peel off a child from the iPad.
3. Selfie Stick
There is a reason the word “selfie” became an official dictionary word in this year. Teenagers and adults who are Facebook savvy love the monopod or selfie stick because this nifty tool helps them look better taking their own self portraits easier and without their arm extended to cover 25% of the photo. This selfie stick is a nice inexpensive gift to Facebook addicts, travel junkies and party animals.
4. Pocket Microscope
This is the exact same thing the jewellers use! I bet children can use this to magnify and learn form the composition of everyday things and those who handle cash, jewellery and electronics will find a good use to this.
5. Pocket Knife that Folds into a Credit Card
What a knife! This razor sharp knife folds into a credit card size so you can store it in your wallet! This is a nice self defense tool and survival tool. A great gift for a manly man who goes out in the great outdoors often.
6. Flexible Camera Tripod
Camera lover gift ideas under 5 dollars
The problem with regular tripods is it cannot contour to uneven surfaces or grab onto ledges or branches. These limitations are overcome by this tripod that has flexible legs that can bend and contour.
This is perfect for photographers and photography hobbyists. Also a good idea to buy for those who have a DLSR or a digicam.
7. Kunai Throwing Knives Set
Do you know someone who is a ninja geek? Someone who loves Naruto, plays a lot of Tenchu or Ninja Gaiden? Then get them his super cool Kunai throwing knives. Do not gift this to someone younger than 18, though, because these are real sharp throwing knives.
8. Staplerless Stapler
The name sounds contraditory, right? But it is a stapler that uses no stapler of some sort, only uses the papers you are stapling together. Take note that this is not for a paper stack above ten. that being said, this is perfect for those with light paperwork at the office, as well as those who love paper crafts and scrap booking.
9. Bear Claw Back Scratcher
For those whose back always itches, mostly men, this extendable back scratcher is a life saver. No more yoga-like poses just to get to that itchy spot!
10. Wall Pockets
This is made for those who always carry small stuff like keys or coins or candies. This wall pockets can be attached to a wall or door or closet door and it instantly adds space for you to hoard your small thingamajigs like coins or loose makeup.
11. Dog Hat
Perfect for dog lovers or your dog. So cute and easy to put on.
12. My Neighbor Totoro Ghost Plush
Anime fans will immediately recognize this ghost from My Neighbor Totoro.
13. Bacon Action Figure
Obscure toy gift idea under 5 dollars
This bacon action figure guy is flexible for that perfect bad-ass pose. Better than GI Joe or Batman, I tell you. This is perfect for toy collectors.
14. Screaming Monkey
This is an awesome gift idea! This little monkey can be catapulted using only your fingers and this monkey screams while in the air! Send one flying to your loved ones because nothing says “I Love You” more than a screaming, flying monkey.
15. Lego People
People love Lego, no doubt about that. Luckily, many of these Lego toons are on sale and cost less than five bucks. Get one for someone who owns a Lego set.
16. Mini Flashlight
For campers, people who always get home late and those who work at night, this is a nice gift to say, “Please take care!”
17. Penguin Kitchen Timer
This is a really cute gadget that will keep the cooks in the kitchen and keep the cake from burning.
18. Kitkat Minis
Food gift ideas under 5 dollars
Smaller Kitkats for those who love chomping on sweets. This is perfect as a stocking stuffer for a young child, your girlfriend or wife and just about anyone with a sweet tooth.
19. Banana Chewies
I have tasted this Barnanas brand snacks and these are oh-so-dangerously delicious. The bananas are natural and free from additives, meaning this is a great paleo, gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO snack, perfect for your gluten-intolerant, vegan Jewish friend who just started his paleo diet. Wow! Something to eat aside from solid chunk of ice.
20. Beaded Bracelet
Made of Buddha beads. Girls love to accessorize! So give a young lady this and hope she becomes more Buddha like… spiritually, not physically, that is.
21. Turtle Mouse
No, this is not a some kind of new animal, it is a computer mouse in the shape of a turtle! Cute and functions well. This makes a great gift for those who work around his PC often.
22. Monkey Foam Mosaic Kit
Cool! The above is a finished product of the kits which makes one foam monkey. perfect for creative souls who like artsy stuff. I have no idea what to do with this aside from decoration, but hey, it is pretty!
23. Mushroom Night Light
Makes the bedroom cuter and more fairy-like. Perfect gift idea for little girls who would imagine they are a little fairy princess that lives on the inside of a hollow tree in the middle of a floating island.
24. I’d Really Like to Eat a Child Children’s Book
Sounds morbid! This is a story of a crocodile that got tired of eating bananas and wanted to add children to his banana salad. He is too small though and a little girl picked him up and petted him. This book has a weird sense of humor which is a breath of fresh air from the conventional tutu-wearing hippos and rainbow-pooping unicorns.
25. Keychain Harmonica
Feeling a little down but you cannot always bring your harmonica with you? Well now you can… just clip this little baby onto your car keys and you can play a little uplifting tune whenever you like.