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You don’t need to blow your entire paycheck to wow your mom, dad, brother, sister, or significant other. It’s the thoughtful gifts that bring real joy. Here is a brief list of birthday gift ideas for under $20 for girls or boys!

A Key Hook or Keychain Holder

A key hook is a practical gift to fill a blank wall in an apartment or vestibule. Alternatively, a keychain holder could the perfect choice for a neat freak.

A New Luggage Tag

People who love traveling and/or travel often would really appreciate a new luggage tag. Prints will vary depending on who the gift is for.

Sheet Masks

This is a thoughtful, sanitary gift. Nobody would turn a set of moisturizing sheet masks down!


A great gift for a boy or girl. They’ll love a cute, hardy plant like a succulent even if they’re not necessarily plant people.

Fuzzy Mittens or Hats

Keep that special person warm with a pair of fluffy mittens or a fuzzy beret in winter and spring (spring is freezing in quite a few parts of the world).

Magical Gifts

Spiritual friends or loved ones will definitely appreciate magical gifts, like healing crystals or a book of spells. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to believe in the healing powers of crystals to appreciate their beauty. They’ll work great as an ornament anywhere.

A Sleep Mask

This is not only a cheap, yet thoughtful gift, but it’s also a necessity of modern-day life for city dwellers. After a certain age, you won’t believe how even the glow from the streetlight outside will keep you up, not to mention your partner’s TV or phone that always seems to be on.

As you can see, it’s hard to run out of low-cost gift ideas. After all, it’s the thought that counts!