Everyone has at least one friend that is impossible to shop for. Maybe they have great taste, and they seem to have it all, and are looking for practical gifts. This can be incredibly difficult to find these people a gift. More often than not, they already have everything they could possibly want, except for things that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. We’re here to tell you that it is possible to give those classy people practical gifts on a small budget. Here are 30 suggestions under $30, guaranteed to make someone in your life happy.
Practical Gifts Under $30
If you’re looking for stylish coffee table books to give as a gift, it’s always a good idea to pick something that your friend enjoys. In 2020, more people than ever are interested in gardening. The Kinfolk books have been a staple among stylish coffee table book collectors, so this newest version called The Kinfolk Garden just makes sense.
29. Isotoner Gloves
Growing up, both my grandmother and great aunt wore Isotoner gloves every winter. I admired them as a young girl so much, that I finally bought myself a pair in my 20’s. Since then, I get loads of compliments every time I wear them. Obviously, this is a practical gift, because it can be worn to keep your hands warm in the winter time. The best part is, they’re not very expensive. These are available online, or in department stores like Macy’s. They are always in the $25 to $30 range.
If you know someone who regularly uses a fireplace or a wood burning stove in their home, pay attention to how they move and store their wood. Many people end up carrying it in a basket with handles, or may even resort to an ugly cardboard box. This wood carrier bag is made out of leather, so it’s both sturdy, stylish, and practical at the same time. This could be perfect for someone who usually loves to wear great leather purses, backpacks, and briefcases. They may have never even considered that a stylish wood bag might exist.
27. A Cashmere Scarf
Everyone with good taste loves a cashmere scarf. They are soft, timeless, and usually go with anything. The scarf I added to this list is inspired by the classic Burberry scarf, which retails for $470. This copycat version is just $19.95. Of course, you should make sure your friend doesn’t mind wearing fashion that’s inspired by the brand. But if they’re already stylish with most of the other things they wear, they’ll probably appreciate this scarf.
If your friend recently moved into a new house or apartment, they might be in need of a new throw blanket. Instead of giving them something standard like the fleece throws you can find at Walmart, considered a beautiful textured knit throw blanket, instead.
Does your friend love drinking matcha? Over the past couple years, matcha green tea has become very popular again. So if you have a friend who goes to Starbucks and spends $4 every time they order a drink, something like this may come in handy. This is an original Japanese ceramic matcha bowl and whisk set. Even if they don’t use it very often, it’s still a beautiful and classy item to keep in your kitchen.
If your friend loves to meditate, this might be a great gift for them. A Tibetan singing bowl emits a frequency that is supposed to help you relax. Just by hearing the ring of the bowl, you immediately snap out of any negative thoughts you had just a moment before. If your friend is already into yoga or meditation, they most likely know what this is, because it’s often used during ceremonies and classes. They will likely appreciate having one of their own to use at home.
23. Bonsai Tree
In Japanese culture, taking care of a bonsai tree is a horticultural art form that goes back hundreds of years. It takes a lot of time and patience to take care of a bonsai tree. So if you have a friend who is really into house plants, they might love the challenge of owning one of these. As the years go on, a bonsai tree can become a very valuable plant.
22. Agate Bookends
If your friend has an extensive book collection, they just might need some bookends. These beautiful stone agate bookends look so amazing, you would assume that they were incredibly expensive.
Does your friend believe in the power of manifestation? Then they will probably love this candle. It’s made used with herbs, essential oils, and crystals that are all supposed to aid in making your dreams come true. Once the wax is burned all the way down, they can keep the crystals for later. Candles always make great practical gifts, but if you can give them a little bonus prize at the end, it makes it even better.
20. Denim Apron
In 2020, significantly more people started cooking at home instead of going out to eat at restaurants. If they didn’t already buy themselves an apron, I highly recommend this denim and leather version. It’s great for all genders, and it should hold up much better than an apron made of cotton.
19. Fine Art Puzzles
With more people stuck inside than ever before, a lot of people have gotten into the hobby of making puzzles. Once you’re done with the puzzle, you can glue it together and frame it on the wall, like a piece of art. So if you’re planning on doing this with a puzzle, it only makes sense to find a picture that you would actually want in your home. Find out who your friend’s favorite artist is, and do a quick search to see if they make a puzzle version of their work.
18. Daruma Doll
In Japanese culture, a Daruma doll is used to help you manifest your goals. When you receive a brand new doll, you’ll notice how it has two white eyes. You’re supposed to concentrate on your goal, and then fill in one eye with a little black dot using a pen or Sharpie. And once you attain your goal, you can fill in the second eyeball. And once the goal is complete, you get to keep this little doll as a reminder of your hard work. Or, you can paint over the eyes again and reuse the same doll. If your friend loves the anime aesthetic or Japanese culture in general, this could be a perfect gift.
In 2020, people were washing their hands more than ever before. Statistics show that Americans spent $1.3 billion on soap alone during the course of the year. So, while soap isn’t the most exciting gift to receive, it’s much appreciated. This French soap “Pre de Provence” is supposed to be some of the best luxury soap that you can buy. Not only is it one of the most practical gifts on this list, but it’s also one of the most bougie.
If you and your friends like to read your horoscope or listen to tarot card readings, they definitely know their zodiac sign. Some people are really proud of their sign, because they feel like it accurately describes their personality. If this sounds like your friend, this constellation necklace could be a great gift. There is a different necklace for every sign.
Let’s face it. No matter how much face masks protect us, they’re not fun to wear. So if you’re looking for practical gifts that are luxurious, consider buying friend friend a silk face covering. This won’t leave any lines on their face, and it can also help stop acne and other skin issues caused by other materials. This might also be a great item for your friend to wear on an airplane, once it’s safe to travel again.
Nowadays, almost everyone has a pair of Apple Airpods. Once you try them, you never go back. But if you want to keep them safe and in good condition, you might want to buy a case or cover. If your friend doesn’t already have one, they might love this leather case. It’s classic, gender neutral, and should go with anything.
Sure, less people are going into the office. But they still might want to look professional for Zoom meetings. Buying a set of silk neck ties is almost always a good idea for your partner, brother, or husband. Just make sure they would actually wear them, first.
Some of you might recognize these clear golden photo frames from places like Ikea. These are also available online. They make the perfect alternative to a shadow box, because they’re clear on both sides. It’s great for displaying dried flowers, or something sentimental.
Does your friend love to drink wine? This marble wine bottle cooler is very beautiful, but it also has the practical use of keeping your wine bottle chilled during a wine tasting at home.
If your friend loves to drink fresh tea but they don’t have time to wait for it to steep, this could be for them. This double walled thermos allows you to pour hot water directly into the cub, and allow it to steep. I love this, because I often brew a glass of tea with the intention of chilling it later. So this could be a great way to make single served iced tea.
9. Coin Purse
Gucci bumble bee coin purses cost anywhere from $300 to $600. This is very expensive, even though it’s one of the cheapest items you can buy from the brand. So if you know someone who loves Gucci, but they would be willing to settle for a piece inspired by the brand, this coin purse is great. With the bee emblem on the front, it’s not going to fool anyone into believing that it’s Gucci, but you still get a similar style for much less.
If your friend doesn’t already have a jewelry box or system in place to organize their high end pieces, they might appreciate having this necklace stand. It’s in the shape of a golden prism, so it should go with practically any home decor.
7. Gold Measuring Cups Make For Both Luxe and Practical Gifts
Anyone who loves to bake and cook needs a good set of measuring cups and spoons. But sometimes, if you cook a lot, you need more than one set. So if you have a friend who loves to cook (and they love gold) this could potentially be a great gift. Keep in mind that it might be better for someone younger, because an older friend might already own multiple sets.
Does your friend love tea? Then they might love this clear infusion tea pot. This works best with flowering teas. Obviously, you want to see the beautiful flower while it steeps.
Jade is supposed to symbolize purity. But in the world of face rolling, it’s honestly just a great stone to use when you’re trying to decrease fine lines and puffiness on your face. Some of these rollers also come in pink rose quartz, which symbolizes love. If your friend is into skincare and crystals, they might already have one of these. If not, it’s the best of both worlds. For the best results, pop this into the freezer. When it gets cold, it really helps to alleviate any puffiness and swelling from your face.
Soaps and bath products have always been practical gifts, and anyone who goes to Bath and Body Works can attest to that. Anyone who loves to relax in the bath tub with a good book will appreciate a bath bomb. Even if you friend already has plenty of products like this, they get used up fast. So it’s always appreciated.
If you’re looking to buy a romantic but practical gift for your partner, consider these “you + me” puzzle piece ornaments. Sometimes, relationships are complicated. Maybe there is no label yet, or you don’t subscribe to traditional gender roles. So having the words “you” and “me” is a lot better than finding specific pronouns.
For any friend who has gotten into gardening over the past year, they might appreciate this glass beaker terrarium. Anyone who is trying to create new little baby plants can put cuttings into water, and watch as the roots grow.
If you have a friend who loves to keep copper accessories in her kitchen, she would probably love this copper dog treat container. A lot of people might already own copper pots or food containers. But it’s far less likely for them to already have this dog treat container. So if they love their dog, the will love this, too.