Buying someone a gift is a really personal experience. You have to know the person in order to understand what they like, what they don’t like, and what they need in their life when it comes to material goods. What further complicates this is that life is expensive when you’re a student. The important thing is to keep your eye on the price, as is what most millennials do. According to a study by CouponFollow, two-thirds of millennials say they’d switch brands if they were offered a discount of at least 30 percent. Keep your eyes peeled for discounts, and consider these gift-buying ideas that won’t break your budget.

Consider Their Zodiac Sign

Check your friend’s western astrological sign to get a better idea of what they’d be interested in. Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) tend to be creative, so a personalized gift is best, such as DIY perfume. Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) love to analyze things, so perhaps a book or movie that stimulates their mind is a good idea. Water signs (Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer) are highly intuitive, so give them tarot cards or a book that will help them uncover their dreams. Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) can be materialistic while appreciating luxury, so give them a pampering set or treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant.

Positive Thinking Gifts 

If you want to spread some love and smiles, consider a gift that’s cheap while encouraging optimism in your friend’s life. Buy them an app they can use every day to track their negative thoughts, or sign them up for a course on meditation which is sure mop up negativity in their lives. These are small but practical gifts your friend will be able to use, and are especially valuable to a stressed-out friend, such as the person who has student loans and will value some encouragement! However, they’re great for people of all zodiac and western astrology signs.

An example of a positive thinking app is Happier, which is really the digital version of a gratitude journal. It’s a way for your friend to note down everything positive that happens to them on a daily basis which is sure to make them send out loving, positive thoughts. Remember, universe rewards gratitude!

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Do Something You Both Love Together 

Millennials are choosing to spend money on experiences instead of things, which is better because doing so allows you to share those experiences with people you love. Think about an experience you could give to, and share with, your friend. Consider both of your Chinese Zodiac signs to find an experience you’d both love to do. For instance, if your friend is an Ox, he’s artistic and would appreciate going to an art gallery exhibition. On the other hand, a Dog loves to help others and might be interested in doing volunteer work to help the less fortunate. These are free and enjoyable experiences that prove you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time with your friends.

Spiritual Gifts Hit The Spot 

We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, but how often do we really tune into our true spiritual selves? Knowing yourself is important if you want to explore your talents and make a lasting impact on the world. Meditation and mindfulness are great tools to help your friend tune into their real selves, but they can also be fun. Buy your friend a small Zen garden or meditation beads. These types of spiritual gifts encourage calmness and greater mindfulness, which are both things we need in our stressful lives.

Buying a gift for your friend can be expensive, but open your mind to different, unique ideas. Use your zodiac and astrology signs to get a deeper understanding of what your friend values, so you can give them the gift that keeps on giving!


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