9 Feel-Good Things You Can Buy for Under £5


9 Feel-Good Things You Can Buy for Under £5

Five pounds will only get you so much these days, but there are a number of little treats and eats you can buy yourself for a quick pick-me-up!

1. A Cup of Coffee
Talk about perking you up! It’s a great way to start off your morning or give you that added boost in the afternoon. If you’re not a coffee lover, you’ll do just as well with a nice hot cuppa. There’s a good chance your favourite coffee or tea shop has a number of tasty brews. Go with your standard favourite or be adventurous and try something new.
2. Fresh Flowers
There’s nothing nicer than a bursting bouquet — especially when it only costs you £5. You can give one as a gift for a special occasion or just to brighten a friend’s day. You can also buy one for yourself! Granted, £5 will not buy you two dozen roses, but you can still get a lovely bunch of no less-beautiful seasonal blooms.
3. A New Cake of Soap
It’s the simple things in life, right? A fresh cake of handcrafted soap can make all the difference at the end of the long day. You can pick up nice soap anywhere, but we like these soaps from The Bakewell Soap Co. They make their soaps by hand and stick to all-natural ingredients. Plus, the moisturizing oils help keep your skin smooth and nourished, even during the cold and rainy winter.Best of all? It’s only £3.95 per bar!
4. A Charitable Donation.
Somebody, somewhere in the world can make great use out of just £5. You could think global and search out international charities, like Amnesty International, or stick closer to home with local charities like The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Just £5 can help care for a neglected cat for a whole month! There are thousands of other charities that can use every pound they can get to further their cause. Your £5 can help any number of them go a long way.
5. Thrift Store Clothing
There is no better way to find clothes you love for prices you’ll love than by thrifting. Some people have a misconception that thrift stores are filled with junky old clothes and shoes used well beyond their prime, but they couldn’t be more wrong! There are many thrift shops that sell only gently used clothes and shoes for a steal. Check out this list of the top ten thrift clothing stores in London.
6. Sweets, Sweets and More Sweets!
Even though you’re an adult now, that doesn’t mean candy won’t bring a smile to your face. As to how much and how frequently you want to eat candy, it’s all up to you (though of course you don’t want to go too crazy). You can get all sorts of sweet treats for £5, like gummies, caramels and, of course, chocolates. In fact, you could get a combination of all three and still have change leftover! You might even want to splurge and buy yourself a couple of high-end truffles — we guarantee that will put a smile on your face.
7. Magazine
You can get most of your news and media on your phone or laptop, but there’s just something special about the tactile pleasure of reading a physical magazine. You can indulge yourself in the checkout lane at the supermarket or at the newsstand in the airport and grab a mag or two for under £5. Be careful of making it a habit though. Buying a magazine every time will start to add up and can cut into your budget for other necessary purchases.
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8. A Gift Card
Is there someone in your life who did something small but special for you recently? You can show your appreciation by giving them a £5 gift card to one of their favourite shops. It’s not a large amount, but it shows thoughtfulness on your part, and most people will be thankful for the small treat they can then purchase. Not sure what shop to get that special person a gift card to? We think Twinings Tea is always a good bet!
9. A Scented Candle
A good, scented candle has the ability to transport you to a different state of mind and, of course, make your home smell wonderful. Vanilla is always a go-to choice, as it’s a light and relaxing fragrance that’s perfect anytime. Scents like pine, clove, peppermint, lemon and patchouli can help boost your energy, while chamomile, lavender, sandalwood and neroli are perfect to promote a sense of calm before you go to sleep. Whichever scent you’re looking for, you’re bound to be able to find it for less than £5 here.
Barbara Davidson


Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!