Genius Birthday Gift Ideas Under $50

Now all you need is cake.

By Phoebe Neuman

When it comes to buying birthday gifts for the people I love, I always ask myself a simple question: Would my intended buy this for themselves? And if the answer is no, changes are, it’s perfect. That’s because the best gifts are often a little bit indulgent—even if they clock in at far under $50. They’re the type of thing that your best friend, mom, or work wife would love to have, but wouldn’t ever actually buy for themselves. Actually thinking of these gifts can be a challenge, so I’ve rounded up the best birthday gifts under $50 that fit the bill.

From a pretty bud vase and a luxe candle to a chic way to keep track of AirPods, these gifts may be small in size but speak volumes in thoughtfulness.

Even the least expensive on this list are special enough to honor another year around the sun. And if want to make the occasion a little sweeter? Pair your gift with one of these 16 festive cakes. The birthday girl (or boy!) will be thrilled.

Anthropologie Bud Vases Birthday Gift

Leah Goren Marcella Vase, Anthropologie

Moon Juice Brain Dust Birthday Gift

Moon Juice Brain Dust, Urban Outfitters Travel Pillow Birthday Gift

Ban.Do Getaway Travel Pillow

West Elm Picnic Blanket

West Elm Mixed Stripe Picnic Blanket

Anthropologie Metal Straws Birthday Gifts

U Konserve Gold and Stainless Steel Straws, Anthropologie

Hot and Cold Plushy Birthday Gift

Huggable Sloth Cooling & Heating Pad, Urban Outfitters

Diptyque Candle Birthday Gift

Diptyque Baies Candle, Nordstrom

AirPod Case Birthday Gift

Elago Hanging AirPods Case, Anthropologie

Williams Sonoma Cocktail Shaker Birthday Gift

Williams Sonoma Gold Cocktail Shaker

Simple & Classic Cookbook Birthday Gifts

Simple & Classic by Jane Hornby, Urban Outfitters

Cards Against Humanity Birthday Gift

Cards Against Humanity Absurd Box, Target