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43 Cheap Gifts That'll Work For Your Friend, Cousin, Coworker, Or Anyone In Between

Still trying to check a few people off your list? These affordable and universally loved gift ideas should do the trick.

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1. A silver cuff with a hidden message perfect for a loved one who needs a little pick-me-up., Amazon

The bracelet above says, "You are unstoppable." But, there are TONS of other motivating messages to choose from including: "Be fearless," "Just keep swimming," and "Life is tough but so are you."

Promising review: "I got this bracelet for a friend who was having a tough time. It is great quality and well made. The engraving is well done! Heavier than I thought it would be! Would order again! Thank you!" —HeatherMarie

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 33 different phrases).

2. A felt letter board for the person who always has the cutest decor or posts the best quotes in their Instagram captions.

a reviewer's felt letter board on their porch with pumpkins

Promising review: "I previously purchased the light pink one and fell immediately in love! Such great quality I had to get the gray one. I’m obsessed now, My husband is probably looking at me like, 'How many felt boards do you need?' The answer is I need them all. They’re all so gorgeous!!! I am so grateful with the quality of the letters as well. Sturdy! As a blogger, these boards come in handy so much and it makes EVERYTHING much more fun. My daughter has started to enjoy these felt board as well." —ZL

Get it from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in 25 colors).

3. A stemless wineglass that'll make an a-meow-zing gift for any of your cat-loving colleagues.

a stemless wine glass with a cat on it that says "it's not really drinking alone if the cat is home"

Promising review: "This is made out of heavy glass, not plastic. It has been through the washer more than a dozen times and the engraving is still intact and looks as great as it did from day one. Got this for my cat-loving wife for Christmas. Success! Always a winner for that cat-lover in your life, including yourself." —Arrr Matey

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

4. An illuminating essential oil diffuser to give the gift of aromatherapy to anyone who would enjoy some soothing scents flowing through their home.

the humidifier, glowing purple and blue

This cool mist humidifier is perfect for winter because it adds moisture to the air to eliminate dryness, which can help with dry chapped skin and sinuses. And just a drop of essential oil can fill the room with their favorite scent. This device features seven color LED lights and programmable on/off cycles, with an auto shut-off once the water runs out.

Promising review: "This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first timer like myself. It's small and simple and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30 second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about six hours so I keep it on while I'm sleeping." —Pascal Ibe

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

To take the gift to the next level, you can add a pack of assorted essential oils!

5. A Carhartt beanie made of warm and stretchy rib-knit acrylic fabric that I've actually bought for my best friend as a gift before. They are a great mix of style and function.,

Promising review: "Great color, kept me warm in Iceland from hiking windy cliffs to glacier caves to late-night aurora borealis hunting. Became my go-to beanie for its comfort and cute-factor. My skin is sensitive and doesn't do well with wool — this is soft and comfortable. It even stayed pretty dry around water spray." —Krystal Carden

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 26 colors).

6. An iridescent resin initial keychain because it's cute, personalized, and will def come in handy when they're trying to dig their keys out of the deep abyss of their bag.

a model holding six keychains of different letters
Resin By Sky Creations / Etsy

Resin By Sky Creations is a woman- and POC-owned small business based in Kansas.

Get it from Resin By Sky Creations on Etsy for $13.

7. A very honest "to do list" mug that'll surely make your friend or relative laugh. We're pretty sure it'll be their new favorite coffee cup!

white coffee mug that says: "To do list: 1. wake up 2. drink coffee 3. poop 4. be awesome"

Promising review: "I bought this for my husband for Christmas. It gave me a giggle because it describes his morning routine to a T. The mug was just fine; the print was clear, mug was sturdy, and my husband loved it! It's his new favorite!" —Sissy39

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

8. Or a monogram mug so their morning cup of coffee can be an aesthetically pleasing experience.


Promising review: "I ordered this for myself first, and loved it so much I ordered sets for two families on my holiday list. The pattern is familiar to anyone who has lived in NYC, and is nostalgic for me. The size, weight, and handle are perfect for all hand sizes, and the personalized bold initial makes it special for each individual. It has very delicate gold leaf accents, which give a touch of glimmer, but not enough to distract. Great for any gender. Awesome accent for popular black and white kitchens." —Anthropologie reviewer

Get it from Anthropologie for $12 (available in A–Z).

9. A set of satin pillowcases, because they're a game changer for improving breakage, tangles, and frizz. Plus, they'll look nice and luxurious on anyone's bed. Gift a set of these to someone who recently got a new place or someone who loves a good beauty secret.


Promising Review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!" —shawnellnewberry

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three sizes and 23 colors).

10. An electric wine opener for your wine-loving friend. No more struggling to pop a cork on movie nights.,

Promising review: "So convenient, looks great, works awesome, long battery life. Not much else to say. We love this bottle opener. We can also leave it off the charger for a while with no problem using it days later." —Nicole W.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

11. A variety box of tea including flavors such as earl grey, organic peppermint, green tea with jasmine, and more. Perfect for anyone who loves to start or end their day with a warm cup of tea. 🍵

the box of tea with eight different flavors

This variety pack includes six tea bags of each flavor: English breakfast, earl grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon and orange, pure Assam, green tea with jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile.

Promising review: "Wow! Very high quality and the package is absolutely gift worthy. I am really enjoying this assortment. I really feel like I am in on something now that I have tried this brand. Sort of like going to England without actually going! I wish they carried this brand in my local supermarket." —Ryan

Get a box of 48 from Amazon for $11.49.

12. A cute and snarky cross-body bag for anyone who loves a good "designer" label.

purple purse that sayd "designer logo" and "insert cash here" in black letters

Get it from Boohoo for $12 (originally $30; available in two colors).

13. A ridiculously cute Groot flower pot for your friend who cried with you throughout Avengers: Endgame.,

I AM GROOT!! (That's Groot-speak for "OMG, I need it" 😍).

Promising review: "I absolutely love this!! My mom got this for me for a late Christmas gift, along with a ton of cute succulents to pick from to plant in my new baby Groot. He is so cute and I can't get over it! I planted two alien-like succulents in them because they reminded me of space and The Guardians of the Galaxy." —Susan Larson

Get it from Amazon for $10.66+ (available in three designs).

14. A 16-color toilet night-light so your loved one can pee in peace in the middle of the night without stubbing their toe or waking up their partner., Amazon

Promising review: "I love this toilet light! I have one in every bathroom now. It is such a conversation piece. Everyone that comes to my house loves it! We love that we don’t have to turn on the lights at night to go to the bathroom." —K Carbo

Get it from Amazon for $8.66.

15. A bottle of Bliss lemon and sage body wash, because everyone likes to smell good! It'll hydrate and soften their skin with aloe leaf extract and glycerin. Plus, it's 100% vegan.

model reaching for the bottle of body wash

Promising review: "Lightly scented lather that rinses clean and leaves skin feeling hydrated. The scent is not obvious 10 minutes after using the product, so you can use your favorite scented body lotions and perfumes without conflicting aromas. Product arrived in perfect condition with pump already in place. Pump works flawlessly. This product would be the perfect addition to a gift basket of self care items." —Scots-Irish Lass (terri)

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two sizes).

16. A pair of silicone face mask brushes guaranteed to benefit your friend who lives for a good face mask. These will help spread the mask evenly and minimize the mess.

Promising review: "I love these! I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, it was so messy and got in my nails too. When I came across these silicone brushes I knew I had to have them. They are amazing and the low price is a steal. These brushes really changed my routine. I use my facial products more often because I'm no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely. Cleaning the brush is a simple task, just rinse and pat dry. Highly recommended!" —Wells Family

Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.98.

17. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz, a cookbook that'll allow the Potterhead on your list to properly dine like a witch/wizard at Hogwarts.


This ~magical~ cookbook includes more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques. It'll teach them how to make everything from treacle tart (Harry's favorite dessert), to Molly Weasley's meat pies, to pumpkin pasties (from the Hogwarts Express cart).

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Promising review: "I LOVE THIS. I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that: I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways, the recipes are phenomenal. The book has a bunch of cute references, and my younger siblings go crazy whenever I make something from this book. I most recently made the meat and potato pies, which can be found on page 44." —Tigerlily

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

18. A pair of fleece-lined memory foam slippers to give to anyone who just loves to be cozy. They'll probably never want to take these things off.

reviewer wearing the slippers in red

Promising review: "I really love these cozy, cute slippers! I read lots of slipper reviews before choosing these, and I'm glad I picked them. They feel really soft and warm on my feet, they stay on well, and they look nice. You might want to order the next size up if you're between sizes. The customer service for this was also excellent — super helpful and quick. If you need slippers, I highly recommend these!" —Elizabeth O'Brien

Get them from Amazon for $21.90+ (available in sizes 5–12 and five colors).

19. A pack of 16 Dermal Korea collagen sheet masks for anyone on your list obsessed with skincare. The scents of these cult-favorite masks vary, but they each contain vitamin E and collagen to help make skin healthier, clearer, and more elastic (plus, they're mess-free).


Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I've been using these masks for two months and I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

Read what another BuzzFeeder had to say about these collagen sheet masks!

Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $10.99.

20. A windproof inverted umbrella with a C-shaped handle, available in tons of beautiful designs that'll totally brighten up anyone's rainy day. This is a functional and clever gift that the receiver is sure to put to good use!

Promising review: "This is technology, genius, and design at its best!!! This umbrella is fantastic! And stands up to all that it proposes to be. Sturdy, perfect functionality, large breadth to keep dry, great designs to choose from. A stroke of GENIUS!!!" —Andrea E. McCarthy

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in 25 designs).

21. A tube of Glossier's Cloud Paint liquid blush for a bit of rosiness on their cheeks. It's super easy to apply and it'll add some dimension to their lovely face.


Promising review: "This is the best liquid blush I have ever used! It doesn't settle into lines or pores and looks so natural! I also love that I can mix two or more colors together to make a custom color for me!" —Emily

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight colors).

For more details and pictures, check out why other BuzzFeeders think Cloud Paint is totally worth your money.

22. A Himalayan sea salt lamp to send your friend or relative some positive energy. This unique light fixture will fit with almost any home aesthetic and it's meant to have a zen, peaceful presence.,

Promising review: "I gave this salt lamp as a gift to my daughter for her college dorm. I know that she is enjoying it very much. It’s very calming and therapeutic for her especially when she is up late doing assignments." —Elle Warron

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

23. A simple and elegant faux leather 2021 Lemome planner with a pen holder and inner pocket so they can easily have everything they need to keep their busy schedule in order at all times.


Each monthly spread contains an overview of the month and a notes section. Planner includes calendar stickers, two ribbon bookmarks, a yearly overview, list of holidays, contacts section, reference information for states, capitals, and time zones, and 88 additional note pages.

Promising review: "I have finally found the day planner that is PERFECT for me. Most are too big or too small. I don't like the silly ones that are, I guess, for teenaged girls with images of kittens or flowers. I don't like the ones that have a slot for every 30 minutes. This one is big enough that I don't have to scrimp my writing. But it's small enough so that if I need to take it with me, I can easily fit it into my tote. It's very stylish looking so I can impress my friends. :-) And I love the little holder on the outside where I can hook in a pen. Don't have to search around for something to write my appts. I'm finally happy with my day planner." —Marianne Beasley

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

24. A scalp massager that'll help them feel super relaxed, as well as help them with blood flow and assist in removing any product residue that may be hiding in their scalp. (You might want to grab one for yourself too.),

Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

25. A pack of divider sticky notes that may seem like a boring gift, but trust me; your super organized coworker or friend will be obsessed with them.

The divider sticky notes in yellow, orange, pink, green, blue, and purple

Promising review: "I use these dividers in my bullet journal in lieu of a key or index. They work perfectly. I actually laminated them and attached them with decorative washi tape because I literally use it everyday and didn't want the paper to wear out. I'm sure they would work without doing this, but I'm a little lamination obsessed. LOL." —PDiddy

Get them from Amazon for $3.59 (also available in packs of two, three, four, six, eight, nine, and 12).

26. A cozy scarf, which is the perfect gift for a fashion-lover when you don't know their size. This versatile accessory is equally as cozy as it is stylish.

the scarf in gray
J. Crew Factory

Get it from J. Crew Factory for $19.95 (originally $39.50; available in three colors).

27. A foot massager so the busybody on your list can give their dogs a rest after being on them all day long.

reviewer's foot on the small roller foot massager

Promising review: "I have had this product for a few days and used it several times a day for up to two minutes each time. The product is absolutely fantastic! Comfortable, easy to use — just sit, relax, and gently move your feet back and forth. Now, as for results, WOW! My feet feel so relaxed where before they always felt tight. Nerve endings are soothed. More than this, there have been all body reaching effects. For instance, I carry stress in my shoulders and neck. After a session with the massager, that area feels relaxed. When I use it briefly after a meal, my digestion seems greatly improved. I experience overall relaxation throughout my body. Thank you for this great product!" —Caro

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in two sizes).

28. A clip-on LED selfie light with three levels of brightness for the extra friend who is always trying to get the perfect Instagram shot.


Promising review: "Right out of the box it was easy to use and I was taking amazing pictures with my iPhone like I never had before. A lot of power in a tiny package; it's easy to slip into my purse or pocket and I take it with me everywhere my phone goes so I'm always ready to grab the perfect shot. Love it!" —Allison C.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

29. A 12 oz. bottle of Mike's Hot Honey, because the foodie on your list will love to try this sweet-heat chili pepper-infused honey with their pizza, wings, tea, cocktails, and more! Plus, it's gluten-free.

the mikes hot honey being squeezed on pizza

Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked." —Martha Ronemus

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

30. A set of four mini nail polishes in creme and shimmer shades so they can create the perfect mani from the comfort of their own home.


Get it from Orly for $20.

31. A copy of Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle, because it's full of funny, lighthearted comics that'll put a smile on almost anyone's face.

the cover of Strange Planet
Morrow Gift

This book has a 4.9-star rating on Amazon with over 11,000 reviews!

Get it from Amazon for $9.31, Target for $9.31, or Bookshop for $13.79.

And if the giftee already has and loves this book, check out the sequel Stranger Planet.

32. A pair of humorous novelty socks that'll make a great gift for a bacon lover, wine lover, taco lover, and more. Basically, these are an adorable add-on or stocking stuffer for pretty much anyone on your list.


Promising review: "Funny and well-made. Got these for my lady friend, who funny enough drinks tea and wears socks. She loved the colors, the graphics and the material. Extra soft and comfortable. Highly recommend." —Rick Baird

Get them from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in 12 designs).

33. A set of four decorative natural soy wax candles scented with essential oils (rose, lavender, lemon, and Mediterranean fig) that are sure to look and smell lovely in anyone's home.

reviewer opening the box of decorative candles

Promising review: "I am very sensitive to smells and this set was just so wonderfully refreshing. I could smell the essential oils even before I opened the package. The candles are well packaged and the quality was very good. It does burn evenly. The packaging was beautiful! I would keep all the candle containers and the box for storage later. Overall very positive product image and value." —Jessica Akeens

Get them from Amazon for $14.79 (available in five different designs).

34. U-lace shoelaces to turn the giftee's sneakers into convenient slip-ons, without ruining their style (in fact, these might even make the sneakers look cooler).


U-lace is a Black-owned business founded by Tim Talley. He wanted to create shoelaces that could turn your fave sneakers into slip-ons. Not only do the laces make it extremely easy to put your shoes on and take them off, but they're also available in a ton of cool prints and colors that can really elevate the look.

Promising review: "Love the ease of putting these on my shoes without the need to tie them and love the color options!!!" —Ramon T.

Get a pack from U-lace for $5.99 (each pack contains 6 laces, enough for a single sneaker, so you will need at least two packs; available in 63 color options).

ALSO, check out our full round-up of the best Shark Tank products!

35. A Reverse Charades game sure to make a great addition to anyone's game night collection. It's like regular Charades, but with a twist: the whole team acts out the word, while one team member guesses!


The game includes 300 cards, a 60-second timer, and an instruction sheet. It's recommended for ages six and up.

Promising review: "This game is outstanding when played with a large group (e.g five per team). It’s like improv comedy but with the challenge of not talking. Best game I ever played in a large group. Absolutely hysterical!" —Lisa LaVine

Get it from Spin Master on Amazon for $14.99.

36. A slate and gold-brushed stainless-steel serving tray perfect for them to use for picturesque desserts and charcuterie boards.


Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. I bought two of these as gifts and both recipients love them. This is a wonderful product for a very reasonable price. I want one for myself now!" —S

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

37. A Milk Makeup holographic highlighter stick that'll easily swipe on their cheeks, eyes, or lips for a very magical look. I mean, how could they not love this mermaid/alien/unicorn perfection?


Promising review: "I am not a highlighter person, but I had to get this product. The color payoff is unbelievable, you get a lot of product for the price, it's easy to apply and the color is so unique." —finessa

Get it from Sephora for $18 (originally $28; available in three shades).

38. A sleek mirrored digital alarm clock with USB ports that'll look way more chic on their nightstand than a typical alarm clock and allow them to charge their devices while they sleep.

the alarm clock on a reviewer's nightstand

Promising review: "Love love love this clock... sleek and definitely a statement piece. Alarm is subtle it will definitely wake you up however it will not scare the B-Jesus out of you. Love the extra ports on the side to charge other things with it." —Meika B.

Get it from Amazon for $19.59 (available in two colors).

39. A pretty zodiac trinket dish for storing their fave rings and other small accessories.

The cream-colored dish with lid, and inside is "Libra charming, diplomatic, idealistic"
Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in all 12 zodiac signs).

40. A sleek French press coffee maker for the coffee snob who would MUCH rather make their own fresh brew than step foot in a Starbucks.

the heat-resistant glass french press with a stainless steal lid, handle, and filter screen

Promising review: "I love the very modern industrial design look of this French coffee maker. The copper color is very nice too and suits well for this design. The glass itself is also much more durable than I expected. The filter works well and the whole thing is easy to clean. Very happy with my purchase!" —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

41. A Garnier three-in-one charcoal face wash, scrub, and mask they'll love to have on deck for the next at-home spa night. This single product can help cleanse pores and leave their face feeling soft and smooth.


This product is ideal for combination to oily skin.

Promising review: "I bought this one day when my old charcoal face mask ran out. Not only can I use this as a face wash, I can use it as a scrub and a mask!! Anytime I use this, my face feels softer and looks brighter. A definite must-have!" —fiy777

Get it from CVS for $8.69.

42. An eight-piece set of makeup brushes and an iridescent travel case great for any makeup wearer because they can never have too many brushes and never have too many cute makeup bags.

the pink and white 8-piece brush set with the iridescent bag
BH Cosmetics

Promising review: "The brushes, and the case are not only sooooooooo cute, the quality of these brushes is AMAZING! The price for this quality can’t get any better. So happy with my brushes. I want more!" —Elizabeth W.

Get it from BH Cosmetics for $15 (originally $25).

43. And a Pikachu pint glass for the Pokémon fan whose gotta catch 'em all — and by "all" I mean every single Pikachu novelty item they can get their hands on.

the yellow pikachu glass

Get it from Toynk for $9.99.

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