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Photo: ESstock (Shutterstock) Buying the perfect gift on a budget is never easy, but here’s a hack that can help you narrow down the possibilities: You start by taking your budget, and then slashing it. Stay with me here. Start by dividing your budget by four. So if you have $100 to spend, you’re going to look for $25 items that your giftee would actually use. They don’t have to be fancy or gift-y; in fact, it’s best if they’re not. What do they currently have in their life that probably cost about that much? Bonus points if it’s something that will eventually break or get used up. Now, do a little research on what is the best version of that thing you can buy for your actual budget. To be clear, we’re not going for something that’s expensive just to look expensive, as you’ll find in a lot of overpriced “gift sets” this time of year. We want the thing that will actually last, or that is actually good quality. For example: if our person could use a flashlight, the flashlight community (which exists , apparently) might recommend a $100 Olight . Here are a few other options to get you started, which I’ll list with the approximate price range of your actual budget. Yes, these are expensive for their category; you could easily find socks or pens at the dollar store. But these are the versions that will last and will be more enjoyable to use. Some […]