You don’t have to break the bank to find an awesome gift to commemorate someone’s birthday. In fact, we’ve found a collection of incredible and incredibly cheap birthday gifts, all under $30, with plenty of items under $20 and even under $5. Whether you’re looking for something small for your work friend, or a unique gift that is shockingly affordable, we’ve got you covered with this listicle of simple, sweet, and budget-friendly gifts.
Don’t believe us? We’ve got everything your best friend, dad, boyfriend, or roommate could want without sending you into credit card debt.
60 Cool But Cheap Birthday Gift Ideas
You can find unique, one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gifts that are well within your budget without spending hours online (we already did that for you).
Funny Pink Gift Set Ideas for Her
Pulling together an adorable gift basket on a budget might seem straight-up impossible, at least, until we stumbled across this sweet pink gift set. This gift set would be an awesome birthday present for women, such as your mom, aunt, grandmother, or any other special ladies in your life. The set includes a pink marble ceramic mug, matching lid, golden spoon, coaster, and a pair of adorable coffee-themed fuzzy socks.
Desktop Boxing: Knock Out Your Stress!
If you’re looking for a small and silly gift for people with a sense of humor, we love this desktop boxing set! It is a fun and little present that is perfect for your coworker, best friend, or anyone else who might be holding in a little bit of stress at work. It even comes with a pair of little fingertip-sized boxing gloves so the recipient can really have a go at the punching bag!
Inspirational Cuff Bracelets
These simple silver cuff bracelets are more than just a sleek minimalist accessory, they also boast beautiful, sassy, and funny inspirational messages on the inside. You can pick the sentiment that best matches your friend, sister, or coworker’s personality. Seriously though, there are somewhere around 100 options for you to choose from! But we’re big fans of the ones with a not-so-subtle touch of profanity.
Tommy Hilfiger Men's Leather Wallet – Slim Bifold
If your dad, brother, or husband has been rocking the same very worn-out wallet since they first had any pocket change to tote around, then it might be time for an upgrade. Alternatively, if his wallet has velcro anywhere on it then it is definitely time for a new one. You can’t go wrong with this classic leather bifold wallet from Tommy Hilfiger. It has plenty of pockets and slots for holding all the necessities, but it’s not so big and bulky that it will wear out the pockets on his pants (at least, not for a while).
'When Life Gets Complicated, I Wine' - Funny Adult Coloring Book
Sometimes, all we need is a little chance to relax and unwind. For some, that might be yoga, for others, it might be sipping a glass or two (or five) of their favorite cabernet while they color in this fun adult coloring book. If you have a little extra money in your birthday gift budget, you could pick up a pack of colored pencils or a bottle of wine to go along with this coloring book!
Beer Chiller Sticks for Bottles
When Avril Lavigne first crooned that iconic line “Chill out, what ya yellin’ for?” from her song Complicated, we’re 99% positive it was in reference to these beer chiller sticks. After all, we would also be yelling if we misplaced our favorite beer accessories. These chiller sticks are an excellent choice for any avid beer aficionado. All the recipient has to do is pop these in the freezer for a few hours, and their beers will stay icy cold all evening long!
Why You're My Bestie Fill in the Love Book
Are you looking for a meaningful birthday gift for your dad, mom, best friend, sibling, or anyone else? These fill-in-the-blank books could be an easy way to give your loved one an emotional and sentimental gift without having to stress about making something completely from scratch (or spending a boatload of money). How you fill in the lines is completely up to you! You can make the book silly, sweet, or a full-on tearjerker, all for around or under $10!
Personalized Camera Film Roll Keychains
Say hello to one of the most unique gifts on this list! We’re huge fans of this fun keychain, and we’re not just saying that; we’re currently picking our pictures to make one for our mom’s birthday present. This customizable keychain could be an adorable choice for a significant other, parent, or pal. We think older generations or photographers will particularly enjoy this thoughtful yet affordable keychain.
Hand Cream Gift Set - Pack of 6 Advanced Repair Hand Cream
Crusty, cracked hands aren’t just annoying; they can be really uncomfortable as well. If you know someone who struggles to keep their hands soft and moisturized, they might enjoy this pack of advanced repair hand creams. This set could also be particularly useful for those who frequently travel since they are all appropriately sized for carry-on toiletry restrictions.
Personalized Photo Pet Face Socks
We received a pair of these socks a few years ago, and the world has never been the same since. Seriously, what could be better than wearing your dog’s face on your socks? These customizable pet photo socks are undoubtedly one of the best gift picks for people who are obsessed with their furry friends. Here’s a good rule of thumb – if they constantly post pictures of their dog on social media or have an entire social media account dedicated to their pet, get them these socks.
Delicate Initial Necklace
Do you have a super stylish mom or grandmother? You can add up to four charms to this delicate necklace, each with an initial and date. That could make it a sweet way to commemorate children or grandchildren, or a milestone celebration such as a graduation or anniversary. You can select from gold, rose gold, or silver finishes on the chain and charm to customize this thoughtful jewelry gift further.
500ml Essential Oil Diffuser with Remote Control
You don’t have to be a full-blown hippie to enjoy a little bit of aromatherapy. There are so many uses for essential oil diffusers, from helping with sinus issues and congestion to promoting feelings of calm, or just making a room smell better! This diffuser comes with a remote control, making it perfect for incorporating into a nighttime routine (because the user can turn it off from the comfort and warmth of their bed). Aromatherapy for all!
Lavender Scented Candles - Best Friend
Do you need a birthday gift for a long-distance friend? Whether your bestie moved down the street or across the planet, this sassy candle could be a great, yet slightly sassy choice. Fingers crossed, they’ll never ignore your texts again after they open this candle!
Succulent Plants (5 Pack)
We can confirm that these succulent variety packs deliver high-quality, well-established succulents right to your door in a matter of days. This variety pack could be the perfect gift for avid plant people or your work bestie who wants something on their desk besides a cup of half-dead pens. The barrier to entry is quite low with succulents. Water them or don’t, put them in a sunny spot, or don’t, no matter what, they seem to thrive!
Bad Ass Bracelet - Morse Code Jewelry Gift
Here is another slightly sneaky jewelry option for any fashionistas on your shopping list. These bracelets are sweet and simple accessories that can complement almost any outfit. The secret messages are depicted in morse code using beads, and there are 45 different options with varying levels of profanity.
Schrute Farms Coffee Mug
Do you need a cheap birthday present for your work best friend? It might be a bit cliche, but we think getting them this novelty mug that references The Office would be pretty funny. After all, we’re pretty sure most people like The Office and will appreciate a cute mug.
Sterling Silver Sister Necklace Gift
Sisterhood is an incredible bond. If you want to show your sister just how much you appreciate her and your special relationship but don’t want to break the bank to get that message across, this sterling silver necklace could do just the trick. The interlocking circles represent your infinite bond, and the gorgeous crystals add just the right dose of sparkle for everyday wear.
Rivet Geometric Ceramic Planter Pot
Here is another gift for the plant people out there. It’s important to note that this stoneware pot doesn’t have any drainage holes in the bottom, so it’s more of a decorative outer pot to cover the black nursery pots most plants come in. However, if you know a plant person, you’ll probably quickly discover that many of us are desperately searching for any aesthetically pleasing ways to cover those nursery pots without sacrificing our plant care.
Shower Steamers & Candles Aromatherapy Gifts
We know bath bombs are still massively trendy, and odds are we’ll add some budget-friendly ones to this list. But, not everyone likes taking baths, has a bathtub, or the time to sit in a tub as it turns icy cold. Okay, maybe it’s just us that has some slight vendetta against baths, but we’re pretty sure there are some other people out there that are #teamshower. This gift set includes six shower steamers and three gorgeous candles because even non-bathtub people deserve to relax and unwind a little bit.
Essential Oils Gift Set
After picking up that essential oil diffuser earlier, do you have a little money left over in your budget? Or do you have a friend that constantly asks to borrow your essential oils but still hasn’t picked up any bottles of their own yet? This variety pack has some of the most popular essential oil scents, all at a very affordable price point.
Handmade Pet Portrait Necklace
Yes, we already put those customized pet picture socks on this list of birthday gifts. However, this pet portrait necklace is too cute and too good of a deal to ignore! You can customize it with the recipient’s pet’s name and a picture of their furry friend, making a truly one-of-a-kind gift. You could even add multiple charms if your loved one has a gaggle of pets they want to show off.
Upgraded Beard Grooming Kit for Him
You don’t need to dish out major cash in order to get your husband, dad, brother, or best friend an awesome beard and grooming kit. This set is an incredible value for your money and includes a beard conditioner, beard shampoo, beard oil, beard balm, beard brush, beard comb, scissors, and much more. Say goodbye to your boyfriend’s scraggly-looking beard split ends and hello to the sleek and stylish man of your dreams.
If You Can Read This - Funny Socks Novelty Gift For Men, Women and Teens
These silly socks are popping up everywhere, and with so many options that relate to so many different people, we totally understand why. They even have some three-pack varieties that could be perfect and affordable gift options for your loved ones. We’re big fans of the “if you can read this, bring me some” tacos, cookies, and coffee options, but we can’t wait to see which pair you pick for your friends or family!
Cask'd Hand-crafted Bourbon Coffee
Is your dad a diehard fan of bourbon? Does your best friend love trying new and unique coffee blends? Whatever the situation, we’re pretty sure this bourbon-infused coffee could make it better. Don’t worry; no alcohol stays in the coffee, so your mom won’t accidentally be tipsy at her morning Zoom work meeting.
Golf Themed Drinking Game
Not everyone has time to hit the green every weekend. This golf-themed drinking game could be a fun and interesting gift for those that realize Friday night that they don’t have any golf plans for Saturday morning. With this game in rotation, they might not even wake up for their early morning tee time anyways!
Hanes Men's Pullover EcoSmart Hooded Sweatshirt
We’re still in the midst of a massive loungewear trend, and we don’t ever want it to end. For as long as loungewear remains stylish, this classic Hanes hoodie will be an excellent gift. Let’s be honest, most of us are still probably rocking some 10+-year-old sweatshirts with a slew of mysterious stains. These crisp, clean, and cozy hoodies could be a great way to refresh their casual clothing staples.
Moodibars Chocolate Candy Variety Pack
We strongly believe that chocolate is medicine, and even if it can’t actually cure your ailments, it can definitely make you feel better in the meantime. This chocolate variety pack features a fun selection of different moods and emotions that correspond to different flavors. We can’t wait to try “Flirty,” which is Dark Strawberry Champagne flavored, and “Excited” Milk Toffee Crunch flavors especially!
Camera Lens Coffee Mug
It can be challenging to find budget-friendly gifts for your friends and loved ones who are passionate about photography because most of their gear tends to be quite expensive. However, this camera lens-shaped coffee mug could be an affordable and unique choice for your favorite camera buff. Even if they don’t like coffee or tea, they could use it as a vase, pencil cup, or eye-catching home decor.
Weather Storm Glass Bottle
Does your dad love checking the weather? Are you tired of your girlfriend asking you what the temperature is like outside? This weather storm glass bottle is a sleek piece of home decor, as well as a fully functional weather station. It has three different patterns to reflect three different temperature and weather conditions while still being an eye-catching office or home accessory.
Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover
Any wine connoisseur is probably already rolling their eyes and groaning at the thought of getting yet another red wine stain on their table cloth, clothing, or even their furniture. So, you could give your friend another bottle of potential spills for their birthday, or you could give them this red wine stain remover. Cheers, to clean clothes and linens!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
This rosewater facial spray is potentially popping up all over your Instagram beauty feed, and its popularity is undeniable. However, what surprised us was definitely its price point! It’s perfect for beauty lovers or skincare fanatics that live in dry environments or deal with chronically dry skin because it gives a refreshing boost that can be applied as part of a routine or throughout the day.
Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Hello to the cutest mini waffle maker we’ve ever laid our eyes on! Seriously though, did you ever think you’d see a waffle maker decorated with mini waffles? Or a waffle maker covered in hardcore skulls that makes skull-shaped waffles? Probably not, so we’re genuinely happy to introduce you. Kitchen appliances under $20 are rare, so grab this one while you can!
7 Inch Himalayan Salt Lamp with Dimmer Cord
Himalayan salt lamps are all over social media, especially for people who veer towards boho-chic aesthetics. They cast a beautiful warm glow over any room and make a unique statement piece in home decor. Plus, this one is surprisingly cheap and has a dimmer cord so the recipient can adjust the light to fit their mood.
Geometric Glass Flower Vase
This gorgeous gift will definitely become a statement piece for your mom, sister, best friend, or any other blossoming interior designer on your list. The recipient’s special occasion bouquet, propagating plants, or fake flowers will get an instant glow up with the interior glass and outer geometric holder. Plus, something about giving a vase as a gift feels incredibly adult, don’t you agree?
MANATEA Genuine Fred Silicone Tea Infuser
You might already be aware that we can’t resist a good pun, so you probably shouldn’t be surprised to see this mana-tea silicone tea infuser on our list! For obvious reasons, we love this, and we think any tea fanatic or budding marine biologist would as well. Fun fact alert- did you know manatees are more closely related to elephants than they are to other sea creatures like whales? Just another reason why these sea cows are so cool!
Meat Claws -The Best Bear Claw Set For Handling Meat
Do you know someone that loves to grill up tasty meat? Or, loves a really intense back scratch? Either way, these meat claws could do the trick (please don’t attempt to scratch anyone with these, we are not liable for any injuries). These meat claws are an effective and cool-looking tool for shredding up pulled pork, brisket, or just general grilling and cooking.
Bath Bombs Gift Set of 2 with Ring Surprise Inside
We promised you earlier that there would be bath bombs on this list of cheap birthday gift ideas, but we forgot to mention that they have secret presents inside. That’s right! Once the bath bombs dissolve, they reveal hidden gems— literally, they have rings hidden inside both bath bombs! Treasure hunting just got significantly more relaxing.
Burrito Tortilla Blanket
Does anyone else wrap themselves up in a blanket in the dark and call themselves a burrito when they’re feeling overstimulated? Did we just disclose too much personal information there? Anyways, we love these super soft tortilla blankets, probably because we sometimes wish we were burritos. But who wouldn’t want to be one of the most delicious foods on the planet?
Micro-Pop Popcorn Popper
It’s challenging to make the perfect amount of popcorn for one person. This mini popcorn popper takes the guesswork out of it, and prevents the dreaded bottom of the container, took too long to eat it, mushy popcorn kernels that no one wants to eat.
Record Coasters for Drinks
We all know that one music buff who just swears that everything sounds better on vinyl. So our next question is, do your beverages taste better when they rest on a record coaster? We’re going to have to ask you to buy these for your favorite music fanatic and help us find out the answer!
Compact Waterproof Beach Blanket
If you’re looking for a cheap but very functional gift for travelers, backpackers, outdoorsy humans, or your best friend that just loves the beach but hates getting sand everywhere, have we got the item for you! We wish we had this waterproof blanket when we set out on our international backpacking adventures all those years ago. This beach blanket is waterproof, sand resistant, and packs up small enough that the recipient will actually want to take it with them in their suitcase or backpack!
FrothBlast™ Milk Frother
You might be surprised by how many things a milk frother can be used for. If you’re shopping for a coffee fanatic, they’ll probably be super excited to whip up some high-quality lattes. At the same time, your gym buff bestie might be more excited about quickly blending protein shakes without a blender. Did you know you could also use them to make super fluffy scrambled eggs or homemade aioli? At this point, you should probably add a few to your cart because these could become your new go-to cheap birthday gift idea.
The Ordinary Peeling Solution And Hyaluronic Face Serum
These skincare products are anything but ordinary, and we personally use the Hyaluronic Face Serum every day, so we can attest to its incredibleness. This two-piece set is also quite the bargain, featuring the Peeling Solution and Hyaluronic Face Serum, a powerful duo that will complement any beauty guru’s skincare routine.
Burn After Writing (Celestial)
Here is an entirely new approach to journaling, and we’re so happy to see it. These Burn After Writing journals have gone viral for very understandable reasons- some people want a place to fully release their innermost thoughts. Each page has prompts that encourage users to reflect and gain insights into their lives, which they can then promptly burn before any prying eyes find it. Coming from a girl who constantly had her journal read by her older siblings and parents, we’re big fans of this product.
Korean Skin Care Sheet Mask Pack of 11 - For All Skin Types
K-beauty (Korean skin-care and beauty) has quickly gained a name as some of the best for dewy, ultra moisturized skin. These sheet masks are perfect for any beauty buff who loves trying international skincare or someone who just needs to relax and unwind while they indulge their skin.
Wine-Infused Dessert Sauce
Is your mom, dad, best friend, or sibling feeling a little bit saucy? In that case, they might love this wine-infused dessert sauce. It doesn’t contain any alcohol but has the flavors of your loved one’s favorite wine. They’re available in dark cherry zinfandel, blackberry merlot, and mango pinot grigio. Would it be so wrong to suggest picking up a jar for you and a jar for the birthday person?
DIY Guitar Pick Punch and Gift Box
If you’re perusing this list, you probably don’t have the budget to pick up many instruments or tools for your musically inclined loved ones or friends. But don’t worry; you can still get them a gift that reflects their interests and hobbies (and is affordable). This guitar pick punch allows your favorite guitar player to turn all their old gift cards, metro cards, and random pieces of thick plastic into useful guitar picks!
Pho Noodle Bowl w/Chopsticks
We thought it could never be pho real when we first saw this beautiful bowl and chopstick set was under $25. But, we lucked out once again with this beauty! It also comes with a lid, which is perfect for holding the usual pho condiments, like lime, basil, and bean sprouts. It is available in dark blue and purple prints, both of which are gorgeous!
Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, White
Any coffee aficionado will probably be the first to admit that it is not a cheap hobby. A daily trip to the coffee shop can add up, especially if they need frequent doses of caffeine. This cold brew coffee maker could be a budget-friendly gift for you that also saves the recipient money!
DIY Organic Home Spa Kit
Beauty buffs or crafty people will enjoy this new take on an at-home spa day. After all, the only thing more fun than treating yourself to an evening of pampering is spending a fun day whipping up all the products you’ll use! This kit has everything your mom, sister, best friend, or coworker needs to create original foot soaks, bath salts, salt scrubs, face masks, hair masks, body oils, toners, and serums.
We’re also huge fans of the creator, Michael Wiesel’s commitment to sustainability. You can wrap the package for gifting with the included sustainable furoshiki cloth. The protective paper packing is embedded with seeds the recipient can plant in their yard!
Jason Markk Repel Spray -Water-Based-Durable & Breathable Barrier
Are you tired of getting your loved one new pairs of shoes for every birthday and holiday? Instead of dishing out all that cash for a crisp pair of kicks, you could get them a budget-friendly gift that keeps their shoes looking fresher for longer. This spray is designed to form a breathable barrier on shoes that helps prevent stains.
Aquis - Original Hair Towel (Waffle)
Small gifts don’t have to be novelty items! If you want a cheap gift that’s still super useful, this hair towel has a huge cult following of fans that rave about its effectiveness. It’s made of unique moisture-wicking fabric that dries hair without becoming super damp and heavy. Give it to your friend with luscious locks, and they’re sure to thank you for cutting down their drying time!
Cocktail Grow Kit
To be quite honest, growing vegetables sounds quite boring after discovering that we can grow our own cocktail ingredients. The kit features six seed packets, including thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, blue borage, plus a handy guide of cocktail recipes to use the herbs in! The seeds start off in the egg carton then can be transferred to larger planters once they’re established. Cheers to a homegrown happy hour!
Walensee Sherpa Fleece Blanket (Throw Size 50”x60” Grey)
Cozy gifts are always an excellent choice. After all, we’ve never met anyone who complained about being too warm, comfortable, and happy. This throw blanket has a lush sherpa fleece on one side and a flannel fleece front that feels like velvet. It’s available in 35 different colors to best match the recipient’s taste and decor.
Bee's Wrap - Assorted 3 Pack
This one goes out to the eco-warriors on your shopping list. These beeswax wraps are a more environmentally friendly alternative to the classic plastic cling wrap that is clogging up our planet is non-biodegradable waste (don’t come for us, if it takes hundreds of years to decompose then its a problem). These beeswax wraps are perfect for storing leftovers, prepping meals, and prepping snacks on the go.
Flying Squirrel Onesie Adult Pajamas Costume
We’re not sure how familiar you are with the adult onesie market; however, it is so rare to find one for under $30 it’s downright painful. At least until this adorable flying squirrel onesie came along, it even has little wing skin like real flying squirrels and is so much more unique than the boring onesies everyone else has. We’re calling it now; flying squirrels are the next big trendy animal, just like owls were in the 2010s.
Tile Mate (2022) 1-Pack, Black - Bluetooth Tracker
We all have that friend or loved one that would lose their head if it wasn’t attached. Fortunately for them, their heads are most likely attached, however, some of their most important belongings, such as their phones, keys, wallets, and other expensive electronics, likely aren’t connected to their person and are therefore more likely to be misplaced. This Bluetooth tracker could help save them massive headaches and endless hours searching for their prized possessions. What we wouldn’t do to go back in time and place this on our ex-boyfriends.
Adjustable Cell Phone Stand
Whether they’re watching Netflix or trying to follow along with a complex recipe to whip up a delicious dinner, your friends are probably tired of trying to keep their phones upright and situated. Instead of leaning their precious electronics against flimsy water bottles and letting them slowly fall to their doom, you could give your loved ones this cheap but very useful adjustable cell phone stand. At this point, whether you’re shopping for men, for women, or for non-binary babes, pretty much everyone has a phone and could find a use for this helpful gadget.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Face & Body Mask
Here is another cult classic beauty item everyone should have in their bathroom cabinet. We don’t care if you’re shopping for men, for women, teenagers, or gender fluid hotties; this clay mask is an excellent addition to anyone’s skincare routine. It’s not just for face masks; this magical clay is also great for body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, hair masks, chilled clay knee packs, insect bites, and more. You might as well pick up a pack for yourself while you’re at it!
Yoga Block and Yoga Strap Set
This yoga set is perfectly designed for yoga beginners and professionals. The blocks and straps can help yogis accommodate poses they can’t quite reach or get deeper into stretches and improve mobility. It’s an excellent choice for yogis of any level and experience, as well as being a super affordable gift that many people wouldn’t treat themselves to.