Deciding on the perfect roommate gifts can be confusing, especially with too many options out there. You want the gift to be personalized and something that they will love. So whether it’s your roommate’s birthday, friendship day, secret santa or a random appreciation gift, this list will help you find the right gift for your roommate. Here are 10 gifts that any roommate will absolutely love.
1. Customized Mugs
Gifting your roommate a quirky, fun and customized mug is one of the best budget options. This is the right gift for your chai or coffee loving roommate. You can customize it according to your roommate’s personality and add elements from your daily lives. Adding a phrase or word they repeatedly use, lyrics of their favourite song, an animated picture of you both or an inside joke will definitely bring a smile on their face. Everytime they use it to sip their beverage, the memory associated will cross their mind!
2. Framed Photos
Photos are the best way to capture relive memories at a glance. Framed photos or photo albums make great gifts for your roommate, especially when there is a story behind each. Find photos that capture some of the sweetest and most fun moments that you shared with your roommate. You can choose to frame them or if there are many, compile them into a photo journal or album. You can also add photos of your roommate’s pet, family, close friends or anyone else that matters to them. Having photos of everyone they love will definitely make their day even better.
3. Home decor
Home decor instantly transforms a space and makes it look much more aesthetic. Gifting your roommate home decor is a great way to add some colour and style to their living space. Fairy lights, wall paintings, house plants, cushions, wall stickers, lamps and other decorative articles are some options you can consider. They not only will make your roommate happy and elevate the look of your house, but will also add to the background of your roommate’s birthday pictures. If your roommate loves decorating their space, home decor could be the best option to gift them.
4. Mobile accessories
Mobile accessories are an extremely useful gifting option for your roommates. There are a variety of options you can choose from for any budget of your choice. A music lover would love to receive earphones, while a photo enthusiast can be gifted camera lens add ons. If your roommate loves binging tv shows, a mobile stand will be of great help, or if you can’t pick one of those, you can alway gift your roommate phone covers or pop sockets. All of these make for really great, affordable and convenient gifts.
5. Customized Art
If your roommate appreciates art, getting them something customized will definitely make their day. Ranging from customized portraits, paintings, illustration, a diary or maybe even a caricature, the more unique and personalized, the better. If you’re good at art, you can buy supplies and do it yourself, if not, there are so many websites and artists who will do a great job. Customized art can turn out to be a bit pricey, depending where you get it done from. So if your budget permits, customized art would be the perfect gift for your roommates.
6. Fan Merchandise
Almost everyone today has a show they love, or an artist they adore. If you know your roommate well, and know whom they obsess about, merchandise is the best option to gift. Official merchandise of most shows and artists are available online and any fan would love to receive it. T-shirts, bags, books, caps and many other things are available in this category. Buying official merchandise can turn out to be slightly expensive, so if you’re planning to gift your roommate that, keep an eye for deals and offers ahead of time.
Socks are a cute and comfortable gift to give your roommate as everyone loves a good pair of socks. Be it socks for formal wear or a pair of cute graphic socks, you can choose from a variety of designs and textures available. No-show socks that can be worn with most types of footwear are also a great option for those who do not wear socks on a regular basis. Socks are affordable, useful and you don’t have to worry about picking the wrong size! So for an easy gifting option, socks are one of the best items to choose from.
Chocolates, pizzas, burgers, pasta, wine, gummy bears and so many more edibles can be amazing birthday gifts for your roommate. If you know exactly what your roommate would relish, there’s no better gift than that. You could also treat your roommate in their favourite restaurant or buy them their favourite dish. If you’re a good cook, get working and prepare something delicious for them, maybe make them a 3 course meal! This will make their birthday extremely special, especially if your roommate is a foodie, after all food is always irresistible.
9. Gift Cards
If you’re unsure about what your roommate would like, the safest option is giving them a gift card. This ensures that they get themselves a gift that they truly like. You can buy gift cards from physical clothing stores or online shopping sites, where they’ll have a variety to choose from. This is perfect when you do not want to disappoint your roommate by giving them something they won’t like. Some places also have the option of customizing your gift card for an event and also adding a message along with it!
10. A planned day
If you want to do something extra for your roommate, plan out an entire day of celebration for them. This is a great idea when their birthday falls on a holiday. Start with cooking them a nice breakfast or taking them out for breakfast. You can then proceed to do some fun activities like watching a movie, a stand up comedy show, visiting a theme park, go out shopping or anything else. You can also ask other friends of theirs to join and make the day even more special. If you both are working or have long hours in college, make the most of the time you have after work.
So those were 10 gifts that you can blindly choose from and it won’t disappoint. Your roommate will love it as each of them have a personal touch to it. Most of the gifts are also affordable and are suitable for those looking for budget gifts for their roommates.
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