30 Best Gift Ideas under $ 30 in 2021 – Cheap Gift Ideas


Listen, I get it! You wanna spoil your bestie, partner, mom, sister, etc. with something reallyyyy nice, but you also don’t want to break the bank. Relatable! We work hard for our money, okay? And though we love our loved ones very much, we also know that we don’t need to fork over tons of $$$ for a cool and thoughtful gift. Which is probs why you’re here, looking at gift ideas under $ 30. (You’re a smart cookie, has anyone ever told ya that?)

Let’s just get right into it: Below, you’ll find tons of cool gift ideas that your giftee will never guess cost less than an overpriced make-your-own salad bowl with extra avocado (moment of silence for sad desk lunches of yore) . I’m talking chic finds like trendy baguette bags and retro sunglasses to whole-ass dresses and comfy bed sheets (c’mon, that’s a lot of fabric for something so inexpensive). This is all to say that no matter what your loved one is into, I’m sure you’ll find something within this list of 30 gift ideas (a sort of 30 under $ 30, if you will), below!

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these whimsical earrings

Pink Chili Earrings – Limited Edition Joey Baby

$ 29.00

These little earrings strike the perfect balance between elevated and fun.


these crisp bed sheets

Queen Size Bed Sheets Set

TBH, they most likely could use a new set of bed sheets. And these babies cost less than $ 20 for a complete set.


this croc-embossed card holder

The Card Holder – Ice Croc

A chic, new way to hold all their $$$.


this set of 10 sunnies

10 Pairs Small Rectangle Sunglasses Frienda

$ 25.99

Yup, that’s 10 whole pairs of sunglasses there. Maybe you wanna gift them all in hopes that they’ll become obsessed with multiple pairs, or maybe you wanna keep some for yourself. Whatever your MO is, this set only costs $ 25.99!


this floral cap

Therese Hat LoveShackFancy

Here’s a super cute accessory that’ll instantly add a sweet touch to any casual ‘fit.


this chic puzzle

500 Piece Puzzle Piecework

$ 26.00

This puzzle is so pretty, your giftee might want to keep it out on display for a long while after completing it.


these anti-glare glasses

Slack Cutie The Book Club

If they’re always staring at a screen (whether that be for work, leisure, or both), then they could really use a pair of cute blue-light-blocking specs.


this astrological tee

The Most Virgo-y Virgo T-Shirt in Red Cosmopolitan

$ 25.00

Hi, yes, we make merch now! And we have a ton of zodiac-themed T-shirts for the astrology-obsessed giftee.


this cute pet bandana

Dog Bandana Wild One

$ 18.00

If they’re a proud dog parent, spoil them by spoiling their fur child with this cute AF doggy bandana. I mean, come on. It looks like a butter wrapper. Imagine nicknaming their lil bb “Butters” from here on out.


this cropped polo

Sammi Polo Sweater Francesca’s

$ 28.50

Polos are v on-trend ATM, and this lil number is a must for any closet.


this super cute bag

Faux Leather Bag IBIZA VIBE

$ 19.99

This baguette bag has Y2K vibes all over it. And just think of all the cute ‘fits your giftee could get outta it!


this chic outfit

Women’s Ivory Summer Pockets Belted Romper Vetinee

$ 29.99

That there is a full ‘fit. No need to shop for a top and bottoms, this romper is both.


these comfy slippers

Pillow Slides Slippers rosyclo

$ 19.99

Just LOOK at how pillowy these house shoes are! You know what, getchu a pair, too. Treat yourself.


these hair clips

Large Tortoise Shell Claw Clips (2-Pack) Textention

$ 14.99

This’ 90s / early aughts trend is BACK, baby. And you can get a set of two for under $ 15. Man, I love it here.


this iconic duo

Bucket Hat (2-Pack)

I’m sorry, but is that a pack of two super cute bucket hats for just $ 8 ??? I’m not crying, you’re crying.


this wavy candle

Wavy, Unique Shaped Candle CaiCaiHandmade

$ 25.00

There’s something so cool and ethereal about this wavy Roman pillar candle. And I betcha it’d look super chic hanging out on display in their living room.


this stylish face mask

Artisan Pleated Face Mask

Another reusable face mask to add to their collection. Except this one might be the cutest of all!


this tiktok-famous dress

Women’s Summer Cotton Dress R. We live

$ 25.99

Ah, yes, the viral TikTok dress that launched a thousand (and beyond) views. They’ll feel like. a walking daydream in this number.


this layered initial necklace

Dainty Layering Initial Necklaces

If you wanna give a gift with a sweet, personal touch, then a pendant necklace with their initial on it is superb.


this coffee maker

Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker

For the cold brew-obsessed, here’s a sleek coffee maker that’ll look really pretty sitting on the counter.


these vintage-looking glasses

Creative Glass Cup (2-Pack)

A set of two vintage-looking drinking glasses will certainly dress up your giftee’s home.


this art print

Les Courbes Bleu Poster Desenio

$ 14.95

Maybe their walls are looking a little too bare. A cool art print will certainly fix that.

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this set of candles

Mini Vanilla Tin Candle Set VOLUSPA

$ 24.00

If they’re a candle fanatic, let me introduce you to this set of three must-smell votives.


this iconic dress

Summer Hollow Out Y2K Mini Dress

Yes, that’s a replica of * the * 13 Going on 30 dress, and YES, it’s under $ 30 !!!


this fruity lip mask

Lip Sleeping Mask in Peach Iced Tea LANEIGE

$ 22.00

The internet’s favorite lip mask is back at it again with a new and frenzy-worthy flavor.


this gorg lipstick set

Mini MatteTrance ™ Lipstick Trio PAT McGRATH LABS

$ 25.00

Three lipsticks for $ 25. Look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a deal.


this sultry bralette

Bombshell Broderie Lace Bralette Savage x Fenty

$ 29.95

Ahem, new VIP members for Savage x Fenty (that’s Rihanna’s lingerie line, ICYMI) can get TWO bras for $ 29. If you’re not running to add stuff to your cart RN, then what are you doing?


this portable streaming stick

Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote Lite

This streaming stick is a super affordable way to stay caught up on all their fave shows.


this comfy bra

active essential ribbed bra Good American

$ 29.00

Whether they’re big into fitness or big into lounging (maybe both?), I’m sure they’ll get a lotta use out of this ribbed sports bra.


this throw blanket

Sherpa Fleece Blanket

They’ll love curling up in this throw blanket on the couch after a long day at work, 100 percent.

Kim Duong Shopping Editor Kim Duong is the shopping editor at Cosmopolitan, covering cute things that are actually worth your hard-earned $$$.

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