Skip to Content

Penny Pinchers: Best 7 Inexpensive Gifts for Your Boyfriend in 2021

Ties, cologne, socks? It’s time to break away from the cliche (and frankly boring) boyfriend gifts out there.

But let’s be honest, shopping for guys has never been easy, even for the most experienced shoppers. So what should you get your sweetie for his birthday, anniversary, or Christmas?

We’ve got your back. Here’s a fun list of the best gifts for boyfriend that will be sure to knock him off his feet!

Discover the Best Gifts for Boyfriend

Depending on your man’s interests and hobbies, finding the best gift for him may vary greatly. Luckily, there are some items that just about any guy on earth will always appreciate.

1. Bargain Game Tickets

If ESPN is your boyfriend’s favorite app, then bargain tickets to his favorite sporting event are a win-win every time. The options are pretty much endless — basketball, baseball, hockey, you name it.

Inexpensive tickets are widely available. Often, you can find cheap tickets online or via social media, such as on the Facebook Marketplace.

If you live far away from a major league team, local or semi-pro games are always fun and less expensive too. Sports fans are almost always up for a fun night of spectating, especially with you by their side.

You may even consider adding some pizza to your gift by wrapping the tickets in your boyfriend’s favorite team jersey or hat.

2. A Simple Set of Shades

Some sunglasses can cost you upwards of $200. But if you’re into looking stylish without breaking the bank, there are plenty of other quality options for boyfriend gifts.

Sunglasses are a thoughtful and more personal gift along the lines of cologne or clothing without seeming too obvious or cliche.

You can go the extra mile and find sunglasses that are not only attractive but also offer great eye protection from the sun and UV rays.

3. A Watch Collector’s Box

Another unexpected gift that is less pricey but ultra classy is a watch collector’s box. If your boyfriend is an avid watch-wearer, a collector’s box is a perfect way for him to store his fine watches safely.

Not only is a collector’s box great for simple storage, but it can work as an attractive way to put them on display. For example, Tissot watches for men and other attractive watches are much better displayed in a nice case then thrown in a drawer.

Many watch collector boxes even come with extra compartments for bands, cufflinks, pins, and tie-clips.

4. Personalized Grilling Tools

Is your boyfriend big into grilling? Even if he already owns his own set of grilling tools, personalizing or engraving the handles or box of his grilling utensils is a great way to show your affection.

This gift is also great for those looking to save some money as you can either engrave his existing tools or select a set yourself that fits within your budget.

Spatula, fork, tongs, and all the grilling items can be found for reasonable prices in quality materials like wood and stainless steel.

Engrave or personalize them with anything from your boyfriend’s name, nickname, your anniversary date, or even with a funny quote or inside joke.

5. Cozy Slippers

Much less costly than high-end leather shoes or sneakers, a good pair of slippers are a great shoe-alternative gift.

Not only are the easier on your wallet, the right pair of lounge shoes, or slippers, send a romantic message. When your honey unwraps a pair of soft, comfy, indoor shoes, they’ll get the idea you’re ready for a night at home.

Another perk of this gift choice? Most guys don’t generally think to buy such an item for themselves.

This gift communicates thoughtfulness on your part. It shows your concern for his comfort and can be a fun way to indulge your favorite guy.

6. A Serious Water Flask

You read that right. We’re talking extreme water bottles. Water flasks like Hydro flasks or other insulated water bottles are great for a guy with any interests, not just campers.

He doesn’t have to be a big hiker or outdoorsman to appreciate a quality water bottle, and you can find great deals on Amazon or just about any sporting outlet.

Try to find a bottle that fits the standard cup-holder size so he can take it anywhere: his car, to work, the gym, wherever. Bottles made of stainless steel are generally the best when choosing a long-lasting, multi-purpose flask.

Bottles or even cups made of stainless steel trap in the cold temperature of his drink. They’ve been known to keep ice solid inside for hours, even days!

Stainless steel is also a great alternative to BPA plastic bottles. Your boyfriend is sure to appreciate your concern over whether he’s staying fully hydrated.

7. Monogrammed Blanket

A monogrammed blanket is a sneaky way to make a very inexpensive gift look, well, expensive.

You can choose just about any blanket you’d like. The nice part is that many cozy, soft, materials like faux-mink and fleece are not too expensive.

If you’re super frugal or just talented with a sewing machine, you can even make the blanket yourself and monogram it. Your boyfriend will not only love the cozy gift but will be impressed by your impressive sewing skills.

Once you choose the blanket or material you’d like (and that’s within your gift budget), there are a number of places online where you can have your blanket monogrammed or personalized.

This is a perfect boyfriend gift for a more serious relationship too as it is one he’s sure to want to keep for years to come.

A gift basket is perfect if you’re looking for several items for the price of one. You can get one gift basket for a couple, a family, or a group, helping save money on buying a present for each person. However, a gift basket also works for your boyfriend, especially if you don’t know what to get him. A gift basket of fine alcohol with high-quality snacks, premium coffee beans, and personalized merchandise is best enjoyed together in a romantic setup with a home-cooked meal, flowers, and scented candles.

More Money Saving Tips

Now that you’ve got plenty of classy, unique, and inexpensive ideas for the best gifts for boyfriend, what about a gift for yourself?

Saving money and dressing fashionably don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Take a look at these frugal fashion tips to learn how to dress your best without hurting your wallet.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.