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These gifts under $40 will make the recipient — and your wallet — happy

These budget-friendly picks are still personal and thoughtful.
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One of the joys of gifting is giving presents that are sure to bring a smile to someone's face. Even if pricey tech gifts are on their list, you can still find plenty of thoughtful gifts that they'll appreciate — and won't break the bank.

Inexpensive gifts don't always have to be something cheesy or small enough to be included on top of fa package. Whether they're into self-care, fashion, food or games, there are plenty of budget-friendly gifts that look way more expensive than they actually are.

Here are some of the best cheap but thoughtful gifts for him, her, kids and everyone in between. s below or scroll through our picks of the inexpensive gifts that anyone will want to unwrap this year.

For tech lovers | For beauty lovers | Cozy gifts | For your home and kitchen | For kids | Unique gifts

Cheap gifts for tech lovers

Hagibis Cleaning Pen for AirPods

Waxy AirPods is a problem many tech lovers face but is a little TMI for everyday discussion. Fortunately they can clean their earbuds with complete discretion courtesy of this three-in-one pen that features a flocking sponge, brush and metal pen tip to

Yootech Wireless Charger

With over 127,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, we'd say this wireless charger is definitely worth the hype! It's compatible with almost every phone that allows wireless charging, as well as AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier

Watching movies and shows on our phones has become one of the most popular ways to entertain ourselves, but the smaller screen can sometimes be a bit frustrating. This foldable phone stand doubles as a screen magnifier and can help relieve some visual fatigue from constantly watching things on our smartphones. It also comes in five different colors!

LapGear Microbead Tablet Pillow Stand

Whether you want to enjoy watching a show on Netflix or are reading a suspenseful novel (and would prefer to do so hands-free), this tablet pillow is a convenient option to both hold and store your device. It's stuffed with cushion filling that is comfortable enough to keep on your lap for hours and features a snap-on handle to conveniently transport it from the couch to the bed.

Oontz Angle Solo Portable Speaker

This portable speaker comes in four different colors and provides up to 100 feet of wireless range, meaning you can bring your phone downstairs and still play music upstairs. It's amassed more than 19,000 verified five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers that are praising the speaker for its sound quality and quaint size.

The Three Musketeers III M Mini Portable Air Purifier

This pick might secretly be at the top of everyone's list this year. At just under $25, this air purifier from The Three Musketeers is perfect for gifting — and maybe even gifting to yourself, too.

JBL GO2 Waterproof Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A portable speaker is one of the best gifts you can give the music lover in your life. This wireless bluetooth option from JBL offers up to five hours of runtime on a full charge and comes in six eye-catching chrome colors.

Casely We've Peaked Après Ski Mountains Case

Whether they just got a new phone or like to keep their current phone looking fresh, you can't go wrong with a new phone case. This aprés ski-inspired one will evoke all the wintery vibes.

Cheap gifts for beauty lovers

Starface Hydro-Star Pimple Patches

Pimple patches that are both cute and effective are hard to come by, but with these star patches, pesky acne spots will be gone before they know it. Their main ingredient to flaunt is hydrocolloid, which is found in a handful of anti-acne and acne-treating solutions. Another bonus? These stars are fragrance-free and are made for all skin types.

Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Makeup Brush & Sponge Set

Upgrade their makeup brushes with this kit that has all of the essentials. It comes with four brushes and a beauty sponge. Not only is it less than $15, it has an almost perfect five-star average rating.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Kiss away that early morning dryness! Laneige's overnight mask leaves your lips soft and supple in the morning, thanks to an enriching mix of antioxidants and minerals that lock in hydration while you sleep.

Origins Bestsellers Best Skin Set

This gift set comes with everything they'll need to prioritize their skin regimen for a long time coming. It includes customer faves like anti-aging serum, a frothy face wash and a purifying mask.

Skin Gym Jade Mini Facial Roller

Ideal for any wellness lover, this mini face roller releases tension while bringing out your natural radiance. It's also the ideal size to give yourself a quick pick-me-up while you're on the move.

Cheap gifts to stay cozy

Sharper Image Neck and Shoulder Wrap Body Massager

This neck wrap was designed for post-work destressing. You can toss it in the freezer or heat it in the microwave to warm or cool your muscles after a long day.

Fur-lined Crocs

Trendy, comfortable and cute? Crocs have long been controversial, deemed an ugly shoe and more often than not, a go-to. This fleece-lined take on their classic clog is available in nine colors and can be worn lounging or on-the-go.

CUTEKING Weighted Blanket

With the option to choose from five to 20 pounds, this weighted blanket is also available in a number of widths, lengths, colors and patterns. Made with glass beads, reviewers give this weighted blanket a high rating on its impeccable weight distribution, noting that it's the "perfect weight" for alleviating stress.

PAVILIA Fleece Sherpa Bathrobe

Available in 14 colors, this plush bathrobe is perfect for self care nights, especially after an "everything shower." With two side pockets and a tie closure, most reviewers sized up for a truly, cocooning and comfortable feel.

Anecdote "Comfort Zone" Candle

From "Flannel & Fedoras" to "Vinyl Records," these candles are another cozy pick for upcoming colder weather. The scents are inspired by comforting scenes and experiences, from succulent gardens to bottomless mimosas.

Cheap gifts for your home and kitchen

Instant Pot Mini Mitts

If they've already got their hands on an Instant Pot, gifting them the accessories to go with it will be much appreciated. These mini mitts make it easy to grip the inner pot while protecting your fingers from any burns.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Straw and Brush Set

For anyone who's aiming to be a little less wasteful and a little more eco-mindful, these stylish stainless steel straws will get them on the right track.

Truff Hot Sauce

Hot sauce kits are no strangers to a home cooks kitchen, but this hot sauce from Truff packs a punch. It's crafted with ripe chili peppers, black truffle oil and organic agave nectar for a delectable taste they'll want to put on everything from omelets to popcorn.

"Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life," by Drew Barrymore

This pick is ideal for the aspiring home chef or the one who wants to diversify their repertoire. Sprinkled amongst the recipes are stories from Barrymore's life that can help provide a new layer to the meals.

W&P Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper

Popcorn makers went viral on TikTok years back, and there's no better time to snuggle up on the couch with a bowl of buttery goodness and a movie than now. This collapsible bowl is made from silicone, so you can easily fold it up and store it once you're done.

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

Plenty of us are cooking at home, so why not gift a little flavor? Not only does this herb garden make for excellent decor, it includes everything they'll need to grow their own mini garden without the mess.

Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Porcelain Mug

Equally charming and festive, these porcelain mugs adorned with snow-capped trees and fun winter activities were made to liven up your loved one's mornings.

Corkcicle Air

Not only does the Corkcicle Air keep wine at the perfect temperature, it also aerates it as you pour it from the bottle into the glass. It's ready to use after sitting in the freezer for just 90 minutes and can keep your drink cold for as long as you choose to sip.

Uncommon Goods State Spoon Rest

Bring them a little dose of hometown pride with these state-shaped spoon rests. They're the perfect inconspicuous accessory that will make them feel a little closer to home.

OXO Obsidian Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel 8" Frying Pan

Upgrade their cookware with this carbon steel frying pan from OXO. This pre-seasoned piece is not only aesthetically pleasing, it's also oven-safe (up to 660°F) and works on any cooktop, including induction.

Cheap Gifts for Kids

Discovery #Mindblown Toy Excavation Kit Pirate Treasure

Learning can be cool — and affordable! They'll have a blast digging through the dust to reveal shiny gems and minerals that they can add to their own collection.

Paint by Sticker: Dogs

Hone their creativity without worrying about all the mess. The blossoming artist in your life will adore this paint-by-stickers activity book filled with a dozen canines waiting for their time to shine.

Infantino Press & Stay Sensory Blocks

Perfect for curious youngsters ages 1 and up, this 24-piece block set are easy to stack up (or even sideways!) and encourages their growing imagination and engineering skills. They're also parent- and grandparent-approved, earning 4,300+ verified five-star ratings on Amazon.

Throw Throw Burrito

A dodgeball/card game hybrid, Throw Throw Burrito is sure to provide hours of hilarious fun for not just kids but also the entire family!

Lumipets LED Kids' Night Light Lamp with Remote

Give their room an instant makeover with this adorable night lamp that's sure to get a lot of use. It features eight soothing colors and is available in a bear, owl, bunny or unicorn. The best part? It's portable, so they can take it on the go.

Cool Maker Go Glam U-Nique Nail Salon

If at-home manicures have become their new favorite thing, this nail stamper can help them get a little more creative. It includes five fun patterns they can use to customize their own glam look using kid-safe polish and it even has a built-in dryer so they can complete their salon experience.

Cheap gifts that are truly unique

Glimmerst Initial Pendant Necklace

A classic initial necklace is the perfect gift they won't want to take off. It comes in both gold and silver.

"You Are The Magic You Seek" Guided Journal

For your introspective friend who loves to reflect, this journal — filled with illustrated affirmations and daily prompts — encourages self-discovery through gratitude, self-compassion and more.

Savvy Cie 14K Gold-Plated XL Initial Necklace

This minimalist necklace is equally chic and meaningful, making it the ideal gift for any fashion-forward woman in your life.

BethKateDesigns Long Distance Family Print

If your family won't be celebrating together this year, this thoughtful print will almost make up for it. You can print the digital download at home to mail it in a custom frame or opt to have it printed by the shop on stretched canvas.

Gentleman's Hardware Wilderness Survival Puzzle

For the outdoorsy person in your life, this puzzle will not only be a blast to put together but also provides some key wilderness survival tips. With 1,000 pieces, it's perfect for the puzzle fanatic who's looking for a challenge.

Uncommon Goods Beer Tasting 101

For the beer aficionado, gift them with this beer tasting class. Stock up on pretzels, cheese, wings and other classic bar foods beforehand to get the whole experience, and sit back, relax and learn how to differentiate different brews.