Is it impossible to find a gift that’s useful, design-worthy, and inexpensive—but not a cheap tchotchke that will get tossed in next month’s weed-out? It seems so, especially when your friend’s birthday is this weekend and time is not on your side.
Thankfully, beautiful, practical, wallet-friendly gifts do exist, and we’ve done the digging to find them for you. Each of these 33 gift ideas ring in under $20—somewhere between the cost of a greeting card and a bottle of wine, but last much longer—and often come with free, fast shipping. Keep this list handy for knockout gifts on a budget, whatever the occasion. You’re welcome.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a cast-iron pan. This one will last a lifetime, at a surprisingly low price. If you ask us, it’s one of the best things you can buy on Amazon.
Nostalgic soap on a rope gets a Swedish upgrade.
For the amateur florist, this palm-sized tool is the trick to creating irreverent, wild flower arrangements.
Give the eco-conscious (or carb-loving) person in your life a sustainable way to keep bread fresh.
These little brass book darts will save your place—and their charming tin box means no wrapping needed.
This whimsical cotton and linen tablecloth hits two design trends: tassels and checks.
Another find that needs no wrapping? A one-pound bag of sea salt, harvested and sun-dried in Maine.
This candle = relaxation in a jar.
For the chronic oversleeper: a charming alarm clock to make waking up a little easier.
A sleek, reusable stainless steel ice pack will delight hikers, campers, and outdoorsy types (beach-goers and picnickers too).
Meet the winning gift idea for any coffee obsessive.
This luxe but hard-working French-made soap can be used for just about everything.
A gift sure to win over any aspiring mixologist. Just add gin.
For the plant parent in your life, consider a practical but elegant (and small space-friendly) watering can.
A sturdy canvas market bag makes a green (and good-looking) gift. Bonus: Inside compartments ensure bottles won’t spill on the way home.
A vintage silver-plated spreader makes a one-of-a-kind gift. Optional: Tuck in a jar of jam.
For the baker looking to up their game: a set of donut-making pans.
Here’s a small but mighty gift idea: a tiny, multi-talented gadget by Leatherman. This one has a box wrench, screwdriver, box opener, and bottle opener, all in the size of a tortilla chip.
A bottle of essential oil spray will freshen any room (and it costs under $10).
Add a spray of flowers to this vase for a lovely housewarming gift.
A grab-bag idea that everyone will want? A trendy wood-block picture frame.
Giving a smart plug—which transforms a regular appliance into a “smart” one, operable from your phone—means giving the gift of starting the coffee from your phone, without getting out of bed.
These graphic-patterned cushion covers ring in at $5.99 each. Buy a pair and tie them up in ribbon.
This glass bedside carafe makes an effortlessly chic bridal shower gift.
What to give the couple who leaves town every weekend? This set of four terracotta plant waterers will keep their houseplants happy and hydrated.
These gold-edged coasters are a festive gift for any host.
For an A++ gift, spring for a bottle of wine to go alongside these surprisingly affordable stemless glasses.
A cheap gift for a man in your life (or any frequent flier): a dapper dopp kit.
This faux sheepskin looks great thrown over a chair or at the end of a bed—and is available via Amazon Prime.
A petite porcelain teapot from Japanese outfit Muji would look darling in any kitchen.
Gift these net carry-all bags and as a bonus, fill with fresh fruits, bread, and flowers.
For kids and kids at heart: This set of four popsicle molds stacks to save space in the freezer.
A set of glass wall-mounted vases make an elegant gift for just about anybody.
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