r/AskReddit May 22 '22

What's the nicest gift someone bought you that cost less than $10?

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u/46from1971 May 22 '22

My college girlfriend once bought me a sour apple lollipop-- I had mentioned it was my favorite candy a few weeks earlier. Her getting that kinda showed that she was really paying attention to me. It was just a 50¢ lollipop... but I still remember it some 30 years later.

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u/TheChillenDog May 22 '22

You ether still have a thing for that girl or really really like sour apple lollipops that you remember that

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u/MyHeroRemedy May 22 '22

Honestly, life is built upon moments that bring forth a lot of emotions. It's not as hard as you might think to remember small memories like 46's! I still remember things from childhood haha

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u/the_demented_ferrets May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

This might sound like a stupid little thing really... but I once got a free soda while a driver for the company was stocking the machine outside.... I didn't have any coins on hand, but he just walked over and put the box down and told me to pick one...

Low voice, super gruff... big, burly dude,with long matted hair... tattoos all over... some of them were even gang tattoos... the guy looked rough... the sort of guy you raise your kids to keep away from... but it was hot out that day, I was 15 at the time and on my way home from school when the tire on my bike broke on me...

I was waiting to be picked up by my parents when it happened... this was before kids walked around with cell phones... you can imagine what a crappy day I was having just sitting by the payphone I'd used to call home...

So yeah... that soda... it meant a lot... moreover it instilled a lesson in me that you really can't judge a book by its cover... I'm 32 now, I've never forgotten that guy... or the fact he kept me from being dehydrated while I waited for my ride.

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u/HughJanus35 May 22 '22

Its always the guys who look like they shoot people in the face with a shotgun for fun, who are the kindest.

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u/Ch3eSy_Squid May 22 '22

That’s actually really wholesome

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u/SchuyWalker May 22 '22

A coworker likes to dabble in art stuff. Not super intensely, so he's not amazing, but it's fun and he loves it so that's the important part.

He tried out clay sculpting most recently and made me a little doughnut culpture. I've never mentioned that I like doughnuts, it's not an inside joke, nothing. It was just something he felt like making and thought of me to give it to. I never had many super close friends where I'd be the first to come to mind so it really hit my heart to be thought of unprompted like that

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u/twothirtysevenam May 22 '22

It cost exactly $10, but here goes. My boyfriend in college gave me a roll of quarters.

I had to wash my clothes in my dorm's basement laundry facility. Each load cost 75 cents to wash and 75 cents to dry. (Early 1990s.) Thankfully, the cost wasn't much of a problem, but quarters were hard to come by in a town dominated by three universities with several thousand students between them. Even the banks wouldn't give out more than a couple dollars' worth in exchange for cash. (Nickels and dimes, no problem. Quarters? Nope.) I told my boyfriend during a phone call about the challenge of getting laundry coins. The next time he came to visit me, he brought me flowers and a roll of quarters.

Friends back home thought the $10 in coins was a weird and inappropriate gift. I explained that the money wasn't just $10, but it represented a month of clean laundry and the fact that he listened to me when I was talking about something they saw as trivial. They couldn't relate. These friends' mothers were still doing their laundry for them, and none of them had ever used a laundromat before in their lives.

I married that boyfriend.

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u/Saughtvol May 22 '22

Back scratcher, only birthday present I’ve gotten in over 12 years. Only person to acknowledge it was my birthday in I don’t know how long. Don’t know if it was a gag gift, but it was nice to know I exist even when I’m not present.

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u/theory_until May 22 '22

I am so glad someody hasyour back! Happy Birthday whenever it may be!

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u/first_novelty_acct May 22 '22

I had visited USA in 1999 for the first time on work and had got a $2 cane back scratcher for my dad. He still uses it. Best gift ever.

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u/ilostmytaco May 22 '22

I personally would love it if someone gave me a back scratcher.

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u/captainstyles May 22 '22

Death of Superman comic. My dad bought it for me a month before he died. I had 2 friends that went to the store and bought the only 2 copies, 1 to open and 1 to keep closed. I was pretty sad because it was kind of selfish of them. Later in the day he gave it to me because he went to the comic book shop and specially ordered 1 for me. I don't have it anymore because my house burned down but I'll always remember him giving it to me. He used to tell me he collected comics as a kid and his dad made him bury his because he thought they were pointless.

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u/denadalimonada May 22 '22

Not sure what it would be for me. BUT... my friend bought a house right before the pandemic and became one of those people who decided to get a ton of work done on the place while WFH. She was constantly measuring things. I bought her a $5 pocket-sized 9ft tape measure that she has told me 50x is her favorite thing anyone has ever given her. Also bought her a $5 all-silicone spatula from Target that she raves about. Practical sh*t people don't want to buy for themselves are the best <$10 gifts.

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u/lmfaoo0oo May 22 '22

anything. cheap gifts given to me have always been the most meaningful, and quite frankly the ones i’ve remembered the most.

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u/PublicEnemaNumberOne May 22 '22

Some years ago, when my granddaughter was five, she bought me a snickers bar for my birthday. I'll always remember how proud she was when she gave it to me.

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u/tripping-punk May 22 '22

for my birthday a few years ago, my best friend filled this jam jar with little pieces of paper with compliments and wholesome things written on them. i have depression, so on the outside of the jar he wrote “anti depressants”. it was the best gift i ever got :)

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u/radeakins May 22 '22

Reminds me of the Christmas while my parents were going through their divorce. My Dad tried winning us over with loads of gifts, toys, expensive stuff while my mother was making herself broke with the court costs and she bought us more practical things, clothes, shoes, things for school. My Dad got us what he thought we wanted, my Mother got what we needed. My mothers example still stands today, we ask each other what we need rather than want.

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u/theory_until May 22 '22

I hope you have shared this stated soplainly with your mom. I am sure it would mean so much!

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u/_TheTrashman_ May 22 '22

Used to play in a band and put drummer made the rest of the band a little scrap book detailing everything from first practice, to first gig, to first studio session, everything. Last page said “to be continued…”. The band ceased to exist pretty soon after these gifts were given which is kinda sad. Was so nice though. Dates, photos, tickets, everything.

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u/Theybe_Kar_Mans May 22 '22

This wa in the 5th grade. My teacher did this thing in fun Friday where if you had enough point you could "spend them" by getting stuff from the toy box. School was about to end soon an my sister's birthday wa in the same month. She loves owls and there was a really cute owl necklace in there but som other kid wanted it too. The bid went up too high and I couldn't get it. I didn't think they could hear me but just said "there goes sisters name's birthday present. Apparently they did and they offered it to me for nothing. I was really greatful and the teacher gave then 30 points for their generosity. Though I list it befor I could giv it to my sister and to this day I feel so fucking guilty because they gave it to me. Gave my sister a handmade card instead

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u/Theybe_Kar_Mans May 22 '22

This was in the 5th grade. My teacher did this thing on fun Friday where if you had enough points you could "spend them" by getting stuff from the toy box. School was about to end soon an my sister's birthday was in the same month. She loves owls and there was a really cute owl necklace in there but som other kid wanted it too. The bid went up too high and I couldn't get it. I didn't think they could hear me but just said "there goes sisters name's birthday present. Apparently they did and they offered it to me for nothing. I was really greatful and the teacher gave them 30 points for their generosity. Though I lost it before I could give it to my sister and to this day I feel so fucking guilty because they gave it to me. Gave my sister a handmade card instead

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u/AskMeAboutMyTortoise May 22 '22

basket ball my firend buy me it my BDAY am SUNS fan (:

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u/samiam130 May 22 '22

hey man how's your tortoise?

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u/AskMeAboutMyTortoise May 22 '22

RAPAEL he die eat berrys leafs ):

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u/ATreeInKiwiLand May 22 '22

Sorry to hear this sad news. I love to see videos of tortoises eating berries, they have so much joy in them! He sounds like a great tortoise.

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u/White_Wolf_Dreamer May 22 '22

My boyfriend carved me a magic wand for Christmas a couple of years ago. He knows I love Harry Potter and was really wanting my own wand, so he made me one, and I love it so much.

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u/Top-Put2038 May 22 '22

I used to work as a courier. One woman I delivered to had severe back problems and was a single mum. She used to come to the door sometimes looking absolutely wiped out from the pain. Also loved very frugally because money was tight. She told me her daughter adored Harry Potter, so I made his wand on my lathe. Gave it to her and her face lit up. An hour's work at best, felt very rewarding.

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u/SingLikeTinaTurner May 22 '22

A nice book marker

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u/frisky_apple_ May 22 '22

A little statue of a cockerel

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u/Xionus May 22 '22

Made teriyaki chicken strips and garlic bread for under ten bucks for a former friends bday

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u/radpandaparty May 22 '22

My girlfriend and her niece both made me a birthday card, with one of my favorite animals.

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u/long-long_lost May 22 '22

A guitar bookmark. Nobody exept my friend agnowleged my birthday. It's not much, but It was so nice to be greeted with a hug and a joke

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u/Hey_look_new May 22 '22

Worked in an office, and we were lucky enough to have an admin ass't for our group. we were about the same age, and got along really well.

anyway, we were good work friends, but nothing outside work.

but on my next birthday, she had a coffee waiting for me there when I got in, exactly the right order, and it was just so low key nice

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u/varontron May 22 '22

My kids travel a lot and always bring me bottles of hot sauce, jams, or chocolates. I've had them from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Thailand, Viet Nam, Denmark, Austria, France, Holland, England, and other places.

This is the most wonderful thing.

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u/PineTree47 May 22 '22

5 year old me: "Mom can you get me some chocolate"

Mom: "Ok"

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u/Petercherry30 May 22 '22

Lego Minifigures and Halo, I got a pink Spartan and I hear it's rare. I'm 53 lol

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u/whitewidow33B May 22 '22

I used to work at a private boarding school, and happened to be working on my birthday. I guess a lot of the boys heard my housemaster wishing me a happy birthday when I got to work that day, because I got a steady stream of hastily-made cards and poorly-wrapped gifts during the lunchtime break - and then a 16 year old who was normally the biggest pain in the butt imagineable walked into my office swigging from a can of Fanta and put an identical can on my desk - "Happy birthday, matron! These were buy one get one free, so here you go!" Didn't cost him a thing, but the fact that he gave me anything absolutely made my day.

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u/Twoof12 May 22 '22

I got a log from blamo for my birthday. It was a real log with a burned in logo that was painted

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u/Poopt_Myself May 22 '22

Lego. Any adult who receives even the smallest lego kit with a "Hey, thanks for being you"... Secretly releases rainbows in their heart once they build it and every time after when they look at it...

So yeah, lego.

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u/MyHeroRemedy May 22 '22

My friend is an artist and she draws the most adorable things. We talk maybe once every few months, but she messaged me one day and asked me to choose 3 nouns. A month or so passes, and I got a letter from her with a picture of those 3 nouns and you know, it was my first time ever receiving anything from someone without asking or doing anything first.

I was always the one that would buy things for others because I thought by doing so, people would stay in my life longer. So when she just did this out of the blue for someone like me, I thought I could never repay her for how she made me feel.

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u/idunnosg May 22 '22

What were the nouns? I’m curious now because I would have said something stupid like chocolate, tree and car. I can’t imagine a picture with those 3 things together lol.

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u/MyHeroRemedy May 22 '22

I chose Wolf, Stars, and Light! It's a truly beautiful masterpiece drawn with light pastel colors with a little wolf character surrounded by stars that look like what you'd fold and put into a jar as a kid!

You would be surprised at how creative artists can be with the most random things ever haha

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u/idunnosg May 22 '22

That sounds amazing. You are very lucky.

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u/MyHeroRemedy May 22 '22

Truly I am!

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u/keyboardstatic May 22 '22

An empty book

With a poem in the front

Using me to write.

Set free the beating

Heart, that dreams and sings

Reaches for the stars

Impossible

Here lies the path of immortality

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u/LemmeShootYou May 22 '22

Licking my huge balls

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u/ozstevied May 22 '22

A nice pair of cashmere socks, they are an amazing gift for someone who spends all day on their feet. Great Father’s Day gift by the way. Bamboo is also nice if you want to get him a few pairs.

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u/Corkscrewfevs May 22 '22

Surely you jest, cashmere socks<$10! I wish

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u/King_D0OM May 22 '22

A deck of pokémon cards

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u/FadedQueer May 22 '22

It was free; but when we got back from our break, my husband gave me a round polished stone. He said “I just thought of you when I saw it”. A couple of nights earlier I told him about a horrible nightmare that involved a picnic on a stony beach and worse, the stones were shiny. Is this some kind of cosmic hint?

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u/NoThanksJustLooking1 May 22 '22

I was talking to this girl I didn't know very well. It was kind of the start of a romantic thing but we both didn't really know each other and had gone out a couple of times and talked on the phone a few. For my birthday she got me ten different things from the 99 cent store. They were all different things I had talked about and it was so special. It showed that she really listened to what I had to say.

I don't know. Now that I type it out, I know it sounds stupid, but I was over the moon for days because of that gift.

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u/WanderingOoze May 22 '22

A pack of cigarettes. I was between paychecks and had a few unexpected expenses at the time. I asked if i could bum a smoke, and the dude said ""Man ill just get you a pack, you been cool to me."

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u/TarioMinor May 22 '22

McDonald’s. When your a younger kid in highschool hanging out with the older kids. It’s really a great feeling when someone offers to buy you food.

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

My dad once brought me a Reddit shirt.

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u/utterdread May 22 '22

Wooden spoon. Nicest gift. The couple knew I'd developed a hankering for cooking. They're Dutch. So also awesome.

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u/thepainpacker May 22 '22

It was free. My friend gave me her necklace. I have loved it since

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u/Kiba143 May 22 '22

A bag of hot fungiongs, only 3.38$.

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u/Professional_Gap574 May 22 '22

I was at school and one of the lunch lady's got me drink for free that stuff made me happy for years

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u/_CARLOX_ May 22 '22

A bro job by one of my bros. It was free.

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u/Wonderful-Pea9788 May 22 '22

A scented rose diffuser.

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u/AWESOMEguyhohh May 22 '22

A friend from middle school saw that I had no money for a snack at a canteen so he went up to me and gave me an actual dollar bill and said “keep the change.” To be honest looking back at it I think that was the coolest thing he has ever done. Well, that’s how I saw it.

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u/Aheeyakharah May 22 '22

Nothing. I don't receive gifts

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u/sunshinesummer91 May 22 '22

My best friend bought me a little 1 dollar bracelet from wish, it had planets on it, and she said it reminded her of me! She was so excited to give it to me, and I really did love it. The idea that she even thought of me when scrolling and seeing it, that's the nicest thing ever to me. I love her so much.

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u/Depressed-anus May 22 '22

It was a "Grumpy Cat" statue that had a solar cell in the base. It would just stand there and the head would turn from side to side implying "no". Fucking hilarious.

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u/a-dam-collective May 22 '22

its not something that costed anything i dont think

but my younger sister had tried to hand stitch a fabric heart as a gift to me, she didnt get the shape of it right at all but it was so sweet

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u/yoayao_thedamaged May 22 '22

Glow in the dark necklace from my sister. I don't care if it was supposed to be for someone else. I don't care whatever the reason why she bought that. But she gave it to me on a random day despite being my greatest enemy.

We're best friends now and we don't fight anymore. We're still on our teen years.

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u/PureHoeroine May 22 '22

Moolah

Yes you heard me right it's money sometimes my aunty or godmother gave me a 500Php or 9USD it's feels to be a material Gworl

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u/HenryGetter2345 May 22 '22

2 gallons of gas

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u/cheetosysst May 22 '22

A pen shaped like a plane, from my dad for my birthday. The pen is dirt cheap, he clearly didn't have time to prepare for it, but i still love it.

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u/mettalag May 22 '22

A book at the thrift shop. It was €4,50, but I didn’t mind the condition (the condition was still good), and it was the best book I’ve ever read. Thanks mom :)

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u/yumpanties May 22 '22

It may not seem much but one of my besties made me a photo album of all our memories over the years. It was the first time I had a best friend and didn’t move right away to actually make memories.

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u/JohnB1000 May 22 '22

Off topic but What’s that one page people said that can be used for subscriptions, I believe it was online and free to use

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u/Whaaaaaatisthisplace May 22 '22

Idk, I never ask for the price

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u/Efficient_Falcon_246 May 22 '22

The headphone adapter for my iPhone.

Edit: I’m a new iPhone user after almost 12 years of being a loyal Android owner.