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It’s so sweet to be remembered on your birthday by friends and co-workers. Little surprises make a day special and there are many ways to show a friend that you appreciate them… but without spending a lot of $$$!

I’ve made a list of 16 cheap or free ways to celebrate a friend or co-workers birthday that are fun and would be appreciated.

Number one on the list… give a card! I know, so obvious. But I have a big hint for you: check out the Hallmark $.47 and $.97 cards at Walmart. They’re the best! The prices are so good and the cards are high-quality. At those prices you can afford to stock up and keep them at home and at work to have on hand when needed.

Here are 15 more fun birthday celebrating ideas that are simple and frugal:

  • Buy a $1 mug and fill it with candy.
  • Bring donuts, bagels, or muffins to work in the morning. Because that is always awesome!
  • Host a birthday potluck at work and ask everyone to bring a snack. You could actually do this monthly to cover everyone’s birthdays.
  • Stop by with their favorite soda or coffee.
  • Buy a small bunch of inexpensive flowers, trim them short, place them in water in a coffee mug and leave them on your co-workers desk.
  • Buy a $1 mug and make a mug cake in a microwave and deliver it fresh to your co-worker.
  • Pick up a $1 box of your friends favorite candy at Walmart (I always see them in big bins at the front of the store).
  • Bake a cake from scratch.
  • Go out to dinner with a group of friends and everyone can chip in to cover the birthday friends dinner.
  • Buy your friend/co-worker a pack of their favorite pens and leave them on their desk with a happy birthday note.
  • Draw or paint a picture (if you’re good at that kind of thing!).
  • Decorate your co-workers desk with crepe paper and balloons before they arrive to work.
  • Gift a $5 coffee shop or fast food restaurant gift card.
  • Buy a big, cheap bowl and fill it with bags of microwave popcorn, some candy, and a free movie rental code.
  • Start a silly tradition, such as the birthday person gets to be king/queen for the day and wear a crown and carry a scepter.

My daughter’s favorite card that I bought at Walmart was the Minion card:

These Minion cards are available at Walmart and would be perfect for a fun-loving adult friend or any child.

What nice things have your friends and co-workers done for you for your birthday?

Have a wonderful day!

7 Comments on 16 Cheap or Free Ways to Celebrate a Friend or Co-Workers Birthday

  1. HungryForGod (Andi)
    July 8, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

    i love things that are free and/or cheap (and all the greeting card deals at CVS, of course 😀 )

  2. Lindsey @
    July 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this list because this is such a funny/awkward thing with people you know but don't want to spend a ton of money on. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Maria Hass
    July 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I always go to the Bible book store and try to get something thoughtful from there. They usually have a discount bin and you can find really touching stuff for about $5 or less!

  4. Brandi Davis
    July 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a great list. It will be very handy for my church's "Secret Sister" fellowship. We send encouragement and small gifts to each other anonymously.

  5. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    July 10, 2015 at 12:35 am (2 years ago)

    I love how easy it is to make someone smile by buying them a card or thoughtful gift, no matter your budget! #client

  6. Sarah Ann
    July 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Adorable! I love birthdays and to shower those I love with gifts. Great suggestions!

  7. Deepanshi
    December 27, 2016 at 7:34 am (11 months ago)

    Thanks for the wonderful Ideas.
    I found one Yt video one cam also do this for their friends


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