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.