65 Awesome Gifts Under $30 on Amazon That Seem a Hell of a Lot More Expensive

Thoughtful buys that don’t feel cheap — but won’t drain your wallet.

Written by Alexandra Elizabeth and BDG Commerce
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65 Awesome Gifts Under $30 on Amazon That Seem a Hell of a Lot More Expensive
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There are endless occasions for gift giving, like holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries — but not always endless funds to purchase said gifts. So if you’re looking to impress everyone on your shopping list without going broke as you do it, read on. Here, you’ll find an extensive collection of awesome gifts that seem way more expensive than they are. From self care to home repair to loungewear, there’s something here for every type of recipient you could imagine. But don’t forget to leave a little extra room in your budget, because some of these gifts are so good, you’ll want to keep them for yourself.


This machine-washable area rug that comes in dozens of designs & dimensions

This sophisticated area rug is a quick and simple way to make any room feel more complete. The low-pile rug comes in multiple dimensions and over 30 patterns, so there’s an option for every design preference. Made with a soft blend of cotton and polyester, this rug is also machine washable, making it so easy to keep it looking like new.

  • Available sizes: 10
  • Available styles: 35


The clever password book that cuts down on the guesswork when logging in

This genius password notebook is basically like receiving a personal assistant in spiral-bound form. It boasts thick pages, two interior pockets, and preprinted forms so you can fill out your username and hints to your password for a variety of websites. And yep, there’s a slot for your Wi-Fi password too... because who can ever remember that?

  • Available colors: 5


These car gap protectors that come with bonus storage

If anyone you know is constantly losing personal items underneath their car seat, they need this seat gap protector, stat. The pocket nestles directly into the space between the console and seat and provides extra storage for your phone, sunglasses, loose change, and more. Because of its soft, faux leather construction, it can expand and contract to fit a variety of seat gap sizes, too.

  • Available colors: 4


A tracking gadget that helps you find lost items

Give the gift of convenience with this small item finder. While it’s great for keys, you can also use it for wallets, purses, remote controls, or anything else that easily gets misplaced. Just attach one of the included oval-shaped discs to your item of choice, and use the color-coded button on the remote to page the item in question. It will emit a beeping sound for objects up to 100 feet away.


The outdoor blanket that has a water-resistant backing

You can’t go wrong with a little extra seating, and this outdoor blanket delivers, whether your recipient loves beach trips or picnicking. It shakes clean with ease, making it a great option for use on the sand, but the water-resistant backing means it’s perfect for wet grass, too. It comes with a convenient carrying strap with handles for easy maneuvering, and can even be laundered in the washing machine.

  • Available colors: 7


This magnetic wristband that ensures your hardware is always within reach

Perfect for anyone who’s frequently taking out their toolbox, this RAK magnetic wristband ensures that those easy-to-lose bolts, screws, and nails are always within reach. Made out of heavy-duty ballistic nylon, the wristband features 10 strong magnets to hold on tightly to metal fasteners. And the 14.5-inch band offers a customizable, one-size-fits-most design.


A back & neck massager for trigger point therapy

If gifting an expensive Swedish massage isn’t in the cards, opt for this back and neck massager that provides trigger point therapy for less than $20 out of your pocket. It’s designed in an S-shape to easily address areas that are just out of reach with multiple notches for even more targeted muscle release. Choose from five colors.


A cozy sock set that’s packaged to look like a pizza pie

For those who have an appreciation of pizza — as well as warm, cozy feet — this clever sock set is guaranteed to deliver. The set of four socks is packaged to look like a boxed pie, with colorful prints that channel favorite toppings like cheese, pepperoni, and pineapple. The socks feature a cozy cotton blend and come in multiple sizes.

  • Available sizes: 3


The LED backlights that are easy to install behind computer or TV screens

The right lighting can make all the difference, and this LED backlight kit is an easy (and cheap) way to upgrade any computer or TV setup. Available in a range of sizes, the set comes with adhesive strips and can be plugged into a USB port for easy installation. In addition to just enhancing the vibes, this lighting can help reduce eyestrain associated with using a computer or watching TV.


An attractive whiskey set that includes diamond-cut glasses & granite coasters

True scotch and bourbon fans will appreciate this whiskey set, which includes everything needed to truly savor their spirit of choice. Designed to serve two, each set features tongs, diamond-cut glasses, chilling stones made of reusable granite, slate coasters imprinted with famous whiskey-themed quotes, and a cocktail recipe booklet. All of this comes packaged in a handsome wooden box, so it’s easy to store and always ready to use.


These stylish gold-plated cuff earrings with nearly 28,000 fans

Gorgeous jewelry doesn’t need to cost a small fortune, and these 14-karat gold-plated cuff earrings are proof. The cubic zirconia earrings come in three classic gold platings: yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. And the stainless steel posts are nickel and lead free, making them suitable for sensitive skin. The earrings have already racked up 27,000 perfect ratings on Amazon, with many shoppers calling them “perfect.”

  • Available finishes: 4


The telescoping pickup tool that makes it easy to retrieve dropped nails, screws & more

Sometimes the best gifts solve an annoying problem — for instance, losing tools and fasteners because they’ve fallen behind or under things — and this magnetic telescoping tool does just that by allowing you to easily grab those objects. Though it’s designed to fit in a pocket, it can expand to three times in length, and it has a battery-powered light to illuminate dark corners. It also has a magnetic base so you can secure it to a metal workbench and use it hands free.


A sophisticated bamboo cheese board with matching utensils

Every snack can be an occasion with this popular cheese board, which boasts a near-perfect 4.8-star overall rating on Amazon. Designed with notches to lay out crackers, cheese, fruit, and more, it has a hidden drawer that pulls out to reveal a set of stainless steel serving utensils. The board itself is made of 100% bamboo that’s easy to clean and nice to look at.


This handheld milk frother for cafe-worthy drinks at home

With this handheld milk frother, you can afford to treat yourself to a fancy latte or foamed drink every day. Available in eight bold colors, the battery-operated frother has a totally cord-free design, and it can whisk up perfectly foamy drinks in just 15 seconds. When you’re not using it, stash it on the included stand so it’s easy to find.

  • Available colors: 8


The Bluetooth headband speaker that doubles as a sleep mask

With this Bluetooth headband speaker, you can tailor your sleep environment to your exact needs, whether you like to drift off to music, white noise, or a calming meditation track. It’s made of soft material and comes in a range of 12 colors. And the design is comfortable enough that you can even pull it over your eyes to use it as a sleep mask.

  • Available colors: 12


A set of relaxing shower steamers made with aromatic essential oils

These scented shower steamers are just the thing to take relaxation up a notch. With six in a set, they’re made with essential oils and feature an assortment of aromas, including lavender, peppermint, vanilla and sweet orange, and menthol and eucalyptus. The steamers are cruelty-free and won’t stain tubs or showers, according to the brand. And they come in a ready-to-gift box, too.


This polished cast iron skillet that’s stovetop & oven safe

A nice cast iron skillet is a gift that can practically last forever if it’s properly maintained, and this one comes backed by nearly 4,000 positive reviews. Double seasoned and ready to use, it has a smooth, polished surface to prevent foods from sticking, and it’s safe to use on the stovetop and in the oven. Choose from three convenient sizes: 10 inches, 12 inches, or 12.5 inches.

  • Available sizes: 3


These cozy wool-blend socks that come in so many gift-worthy patterns

Nothing beats cozy socks, and with this set, you get four pairs — all made with a warm wool blend. With a crew cut that hits at the mid-calf, these plush socks come in a variety of bold colors and patterns (including the Fair Isle-inspired design featured above). The set has racked up more than 8,000 perfect ratings, making them a popular choice on Amazon.

  • Available styles: 16


The genuine leather belt you can score for a bargain price

Real leather can be so expensive, but whoever receives this leather belt will never know you scored a major deal. Available in classic black and burnt amber shades, it comes with a prong and double-loop closure for a classic, timeless look anyone would love. It’s even packaged with a drawstring cloth belt bag to protect it from scuffs in your closet.

  • Available sizes: 34 — 42
  • Available colors: 2


This versatile 12-in-1 multitool that weighs less than a pound

Both a storage saver and a time saver, this 12-in-one multitool ensures you’ll always have what you need for nearly any job. The convertible hand tool acts as a hammer, pliers, a wire cutter, a screwdriver, a serrated knife, and more — all in one compact package that weighs just 10.5 ounces. In addition to being helpful at home, this tool is also a useful item to pack for camping trips.


These clever LED gloves for the handy person on your shopping list

Anyone who enjoys tinkering around with home repairs will be delighted with these flashlight gloves which make working at night much easier. They feature adjustable Velcro fastening straps to fit a variety of hand sizes and are equipped with two LED bulbs on each glove: one on the thumb and one on the index finger. Just load in some batteries and you’re good to go.


A beard wash & conditioner set that softens hair (& smells amazing)

If you have someone with facial hair on your list, this beard wash and conditioner set can help them take their grooming game to the next level. Formulated with argan and jojoba oils, this duo works to promote growth, soften hair, and reduce flakiness. The earthy, subtle sandalwood scent is a welcome bonus.


The reusable hair remover pet owners will love

If there’s anything animal lovers adore more than their furry friends, it’s products to help clean up after them, like this pet hair remover. Just roll the fabric interior across your upholstery to generate static cling. Then, push the button to open up the device and remove the hair, so you can keep using it again and again.


A time-saving makeup cleaner for any beauty obsessive

This genius electric brush cleaner is the gift makeup lovers have been waiting for. It uses several different attachments to fit a variety of brush sizes, and with the push of a button, quickly rotates them in the included water bowl. Just add some cleanser of your choosing and you can finally do the beauty maintenance chore you’ve been putting off for ages. You can even spin dry the brushes for extra convenience.


This charming glass pitcher that doubles as decor

While this glass pitcher is super practical as a beverage dispenser, it’s also an excellent gift because its classic look makes it a statement piece in any kitchen. The leakproof lid also has a locking mechanism on top to ensure an airtight seal. And thanks to its wide mouth, it’s easy to load up with homemade beverages of your choosing, whether that’s sangria or iced tea.

  • Available colors: 2


The retro-looking syrup & honey dispenser home cooks will adore

Snag this glass syrup dispenser (which you can also use for honey, FYI), for an unexpected and charming addition to anyone’s breakfast routine. The container sits nestled in a glass stand and when you lift it up and press the lever, the perfect amount of syrup will drizzle right out. It can hold up to 8 ounces at once.


An herb container that keeps your greens alive for longer

Any home cook is sure to appreciate saving some green, and this herb keeper lets you do it both ways: by preserving your herbs and your money. Just raise up the steel core with the plastic basket attached, insert your herbs, and add water. When stored in the refrigerator, this contraption helps your fresh herbs last for up to three weeks.


These houseplant-watering bulbs that give anyone a green thumb

These plant-watering globes make an excellent gift because not only are they practical, they’re lovely to look at. Made from hand-blown glass, these bulbs just need to be filled with water and then inverted into the soil of your houseplants. Then, you can leave them alone for up to two weeks as the bulbs disperse the water for you — i.e., no more dead greenery.


The insulated glass mugs that are both durable & understated

Whether you’re tailgating outdoors or just enjoying a drink by the fire, these insulated mugs can stand up to a lot. Not only do they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, they’re also scratch resistant and safe to use in both the microwave and dishwasher, making them incredibly durable. They’re a great deal for a pair, too.


A grate cleaner perfect for the grill master on your list

There’s always someone who’s first in line to operate the grill at the cookout, and this grill scraper is the ideal gift for that person. Made from durable stainless steel, this scraper features a variety of niches so you can remove grease and buildup from a variety of grill types. At the other end, there’s even a bottle opener for easy access to a refreshing beverage while working.


This clever flipping hook that revolutionizes grilling

Anyone who spends time at the grill would appreciate this food flipper. This stainless steel hook is great for turning meat without losing juices, since you can hook it into the fat and turn it without excess grease splatter. It’s also perfect for slippery items that you might otherwise struggle to grip with tongs, like veggies, bacon, and more.


A comprehensive first aid kit, because hey — you never know

Whether you’re gifting for new homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts, or emergency preppers, this first aid kit checks all the boxes. It comes with a whopping 200 pieces, including typical things like gauze and bandages, but also survival items like a fishing kit, a thermal blanket, and a handsaw. All of it comes packaged in a zippered, water-resistant travel case.


The emergency car hammer everyone needs

Anyone who drives a car should own one of these car safety hammers — and you can be the one to gift it to them. It features a variety of safety tools all in one, including a metal glass breaker with a built-in sheath, a seat belt cutter, and a hammer. There’s even a glow-in-the-dark option for extra visibility in emergency situations.

  • Available colors: 2


These portable head-to-toe wipes for outdoor adventurers

Give these biodegradable wet wipes to the hikers and campers in your life for a gift they’ll actually use. Made without added fragrance or alcohol, these wipes can be used from head to toe, working as a stand-in shower, among other hygiene tasks. Plus, the wipes use natural aloe vera for softness, making them a good choice for sensitive skin. Each wipe measures a generous 8 by 12 inches.


A pair of to-go iced tea and coffee cups with pretty acacia wood lids

These charming, rustic-looking glass mugs are the perfect addition to any caffeine lover’s cabinet. Whether you’re sipping on iced tea or iced coffee, these 20-ounce glasses with acacia wood lids offer a sustainable option to take on the go. The set comes with two wide straws, a cleaning brush, and a travel bag, making it an impressive gift.

  • Available colors: 2


This LED desk lamp with dual swinging arms

This versatile LED desk lamp provides tons of adjustability with its dual swinging arms that can cast a wide swathe of light. Choose from five color temperature modes using a touch sensor, with each mode offering 10 brightness settings to suit the setting perfectly. Plus, there’s even a built-in USB-A and USB-C port to conveniently charge devices.


A dart board game that uses magnets

This fun magnetic dart board game will keep kids and adults alike entertained for hours. It’s fully reversible with a classic dart board on one side and a brightly colored space scene on the other. The darts feature a blunt magnetic end that provides extra safety and the boards can be easily hung and taken down whenever the mood strikes.


This magnetic knife holder that saves counter space

Save your favorite chef major counter space by giving them this magnetic knife holder that mounts to the wall. It uses a strong adhesive strip with no drilling required (although screws are included just in case that’s the preference) and can hold an entire knife set. Made of stainless steel, it’s easy to keep clean and looks sleek, to boot.


An infuser teapot that lets you prep your brew in the microwave

This adorable infuser teapot is not only a charming piece of decor, but also a convenient, time-saving gift. Simply remove the infuser, fill the teapot with water, then boil it in the microwave. When it’s reached your ideal temperature, pop in the filter with your favorite tea leaves inside and let it steep. Voilà, a perfect cup of tea with minimal fuss.


These under-eye patches for glowing skin

These under-eye patches cost less than $15 which makes their ability to depuff, brighten, and deliver a healthy-looking glow that much more impressive. Every pack comes with 20 pairs which can be worn for up to 20 minutes to refresh the under-eye area. They can even be popped into the fridge for a soothing, cooling effect.


These tiny but mighty accent shelves with an angular design

Receiving thoughtful home decor is always appreciated, and these geometric floating shelves won’t disappoint. They come in a set of three hexagons in varying sizes, and though they’re compact, they can support up to 13 pounds. Whether you’re displaying beloved curios or a decorative succulent, they’re sure to stand out for all the right reasons.


A pair of multitool pens that are hiding a variety of useful functions

Snag this multitool pen set for an all-in-one problem solver that can stand up to whatever you throw at it. First and foremost, it’s a retractable pen made from durable aluminum, but take it apart and you’ll find a bubble leveler, Philips and flathead screwdriver bits, a ruler, a stylus, and more. It even comes with two ink refills.


An ultra-slim elastic wallet for the minimalist in your life

Less is more, especially when it comes to this slim elastic wallet. Featuring an inner compartment and an outer pocket, this tiny wallet is just 2.2 inches wide, but can fit up to eight credits cards plush cash. Because it’s so small, it can easily fit in your pocket without causing extra bulk. Or, attach it to your keys with the included key ring.

  • Available colors: 21


The genius snack ring that sits on top of your water bottle

You really can’t go wrong with this snack ring that provides easy access to refreshments. It fits directly over the lid of a 40-ounce Stanley water bottle and serves up four different snack compartments right at your fingertips. It’s great on road trips and picnics and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

  • Available colors: 5


A teeny tiny veggie chopper perfect for small jobs

This space-saving mini veggie chopper is sure to be a welcome addition to any kitchen. It offers up a 1-cup capacity container and operates with just the push of a button. Better yet, it charges via micro-USB cable, so you won’t need to worry about tangled cords or keeping it near an outlet during use.


The rotary grater that makes meal prepping a thousand times easier

Gift this rotary grater to the cook in your life who loathes the tedious task of, well, grating. It features a suction base for extra stability and a hand crank that grates cheese, nuts, and veggies through your choice of three interchangeable blades. (One attachment is even outfitted with a slicing blade.) The cherry on top? You can adjust the coarseness of each grind.

  • Available colors: 9


This vintage-looking holder for a votive candle

Eye-catching, unexpected decor always makes for a great gift, and this votive candle holder is no exception. Made from ridged glass with a curved base, this holder has a faux lampshade design that easily houses most standard-size tea lights. Choose from nine soothing pastel colors.

  • Available colors: 9


An LED book light with 3 lighting modes

Readers in your life will love this LED book light that comes with three color temperatures offering a brighter, more energetic light, a mellower option designed for bedtime, and something in between. It features a lightweight design and clips onto the book to provide focused light. Choose from multiple brightness settings and recharge it via USB-C.


The height-adjustable phone tripod that comes with a remote & carrying case

Snag this phone selfie stick on the double to delight the tech-savvy people on your gifting list. Not only can it be used as a traditional selfie stick, it also comes with a tripod that extends from 12 to 60 inches — ideal for both tabletop and standing use. The set comes with a Bluetooth wireless remote so you can snap pics and more without a pesky arm in the frame.


A hidden safe (that looks like a dictionary) for shrewd storage of valuables

Hide your valuables in plain sight with this book storage safe. On the outside it looks like an unsuspecting dictionary, but inside the front cover, there’s a hidden combination lock that opens a concealed steel safe. Whether it’s cash, jewelry, or any other valuable, you can help ensure it’ll stay securely out of sight.

  • Available colors: 8


These cut-resistant gloves that are food-safe

Whether your gift recipient is an avid carpenter or oyster shucker, these cut-resistant gloves will be a win. They’re four times stronger than leather and are totally food-safe — a perfect solution for getting down to chopping and dicing without fear of hurting a finger. They can be used on either hand and are conveniently machine-washable.


The slip-on cupholder travel lovers will appreciate

Staying hydrated on the go can be tough, but this travel cupholder can help. Made from sturdy Oxford cloth, this holder wraps around your luggage handle with a Velcro closure and serves up two cupholders for on-the-go beverages. The back side features a roomy pocket perfect for storing tickets and more.

  • Available colors: 24


A clip-on phone mount for airplanes, kitchen cabinets & more

Never take for granted that your flight will have a built-in screen and snag this airplane phone mount for a gift jet-setters will love. It uses a vise-like clamp to attach to the top of a tray table to display your phone with ease. You can even use it at home to hang your phone from a kitchen cabinet for FaceTiming or following recipes while you meal prep.

  • Available colors: 4


This whimsical astronaut figurine that makes the perfect desk mate

Delight any coworker (even if it’s just your WFH buddy) with this astronaut figurine that keeps them company on their desk. This decorative sculpture measures just over 4 inches tall, making it compact enough for most spaces. And since it weighs just 5 ounces, you can move this little guy and his tranquil peace signs around with ease.

  • Available colors: 6


A waterproof dry bag for the avid hiker

Anybody who lives for the trail will appreciate this waterproof dry bag that’ll keep their belongings or food supply fresh. It can hold up to 20 liters and is made of durable rip-resistant polyester. Great for kayaking, canoeing, or fishing adventures, the roll-top design keeps water out with the clasp doubling as a convenient handle for carrying.


This triple-insulated water bottle that comes with 3 lids

This triple-insulated water bottle is made of stainless steel and is perfect for preserving the temperature of both hot tea and ice-cold water. It comes with three lid options: a straw top, a screw top, and a flip top for sipping. Choose from 18 color options such as majestic sapphire, cheery turquoise, or dreamy purple, and toss in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.


A durable waterproof speaker perfect for outdoor adventurers (& shower singers)

For those who like to pump their tunes in the great outdoors, this waterproof Bluetooth speaker is an excellent choice. It has an IPX6 waterproof rating, which makes it ideal for sports like kayaking, rafting, and more. It serves up 12 hours of play time on one charge and comes with a carabiner, so you can clip it in place and take it on the go.

  • Available colors: 2


A pair of fuzzy socks perfect for getting cozy

Socks have an unfair reputation when it comes to gift giving, but these chenille socks are here to set the record straight. From trusted footwear brand Ugg, these knit socks are bursting with loads of texture and softness, making them a luxe but useful gift for anyone who loves to get cozy. And because they’re made with a hint of spandex, you can ensure you’ll get a good fit.

  • Available colors: 9


The percussion massager to soothe & indulge sore muscles

A gift card to a spa can only be used once, but this massager can be enjoyed again and again. The deep-tissue massager comes with a variety of attachments for targeting different muscle groups. But the customization doesn’t end there; this tool features multiple strength settings so you can opt to work out deep-seated knots, give muscles a soothing release, or simply put your muscles in a state of deep relaxation (perfect just before bed).


A luxury candle that comes in the most gorgeous scents

Not all candles are created equal, and this luxury soy wax candle is a cut above the rest. It comes in a tinted glass jar with a generous three cotton wicks that help create an even burn (no cratering here). It can burn for an impressive 50 hours and is available in classic scents like Madagascar vanilla, roasted coffee, palo santo, and more.

  • Available scents: 9


This charging stand that looks like decor

Device lovers (aka everyone) will appreciate this charging stand that looks like it could be a piece of art decor. Shaped like a sphere with a flat edge, it’s compatible with all MagSafe devices and offers a minimalist look thanks to a built-in cable cutout. Made of soft silicone, it comes in five colors: black, jean indigo, sand pink, stone, and white.


A ring toss game that’s deceptively simple

Though this ring toss game might seem like child’s play, it’s actually far more difficult than it looks and will be sure to keep friends occupied for hours. It has over 5,000 reviews and a high 4.6-star rating and comes with a board, hooks, and black and red rings. Mount it inside or outside as the rings are made of rubber and won’t cause any damage — no matter the joyful frustration.


This initial necklace that’s plated in solid 14-karat gold

If you’re in the market for something that feels personalized and thoughtful, this monogrammed initial necklace is a popular pick that’s earned a 4.5-star overall rating after racking up more than 40,000 reviews. Plated in solid 14-karat gold, the two-layer necklace features paper clip chains and a pendant with your choice of an initial. Choose from three finishes: gold, rose gold, and silver.

  • Available finishes: 3


A bamboo book stand made with geometric design details

With over 10,000 reviews and a near-perfect 4.8-star rating, this bamboo book stand acts as a beautiful way to keep cookbooks handy or tablets neatly displayed. It comes in four different sizes and features a geometric cutout design that’ll complement any kitchen or living room aesthetic. There are five different angles for comfortable reading and it can be folded down flat when not needed.


An indoor gardening kit for for cooking herbs... or herbal teas

Whether you’re shopping for a green thumb or a home chef, this indoor herb garden starter kit is sure to please. The set comes with seeds for basil, thyme, parsley, and cilantro, as well as soil discs, jute grow bags, and more — all packaged in a ready-to-gift wooden box. Know an herbal tea drinker? There’s also a kit for growing chamomile, lavender, mint, and lemon balm.

  • Available sets: 2

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