It's Shocking These 51 Amazing Gifts Are Less Than $40 On Amazon

by Julia O'Donnell
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When shopping for gifts, balance is key. After all, when the goal is to treat your loved ones, it’s easy to go overboard — and splurging out on everyone can leave a serious dent in your wallet. Luckily, sticking to a reasonable budget doesn’t require you to hand out presents you’re less than proud of. By choosing gifts that seem expensive but are actually affordable, you can genuinely impress the people on your list without maxing out your credit card in the process. For example, it’s shocking that these 51 amazing gifts cost less than $40 on Amazon — stick with gems like these, and when it’s all over, you’ll still have enough money left to splurge on yourself.

Although the products on this list span the categories of fashion, beauty, home, and more, they all have at least one thing in common: they cost $40 or less, but you'd never guess that by looking at them. Each and every item was carefully selected based on its quality, appearance, and customer reviews — and of course, their potential to make a great gift (whether it's for a family member, a friend, a coworker, or a special someone you only recently started seeing).

To help you on your gift-giving endeavors, scroll on for a roundup of the best expensive-looking gifts on Amazon right now.


An Effortlessly Chic Chambray Tunic That'll Never Go Out Of Style

Classic and comfortable, this easy button-down tunic will look great with all the jeans, leggings, and cords already in your closet. It's made of tencel lyocell, the eco-friendly fabric of choice for brands like Mara Hoffman and Reformation, and cut in relaxed, boyfriend-style silhouette that feels effortlessly chic no matter what you pair it with.

  • Available sizes: XS-XXL


Cozy Suede Moccasins With Plush Faux Fur Lining

Made of soft, buttery suede lined with ultra-plush faux fur, these authentic leather moccasins feel far more expensive than they actually are. Thick padded footbeds keep your feet comfortable, and sturdy rubber soles mean they won't get ruined if you step outside. Choose from four colors: black, charcoal, chestnut, or espresso.

  • Available sizes: Men's 8-14


A Great Blow Dryer At An Even Better Price

An excellent budget-friendly option, this best-selling blow dryer has earned more than 1,500 glowingly positive reviews. Simple and effective, it features three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot button, plus it also comes with a bonus diffuser attachment. "This dryer is absolutely awesome," one reviewer gushed. "The heat settings are exactly what I needed, and the force and speeds are great for volume and fast drying."


A Soft Woven Throw That Comes In 40 Gorgeous Colors

It's easy to see why this woven throw blanket has garnered more than 1,000 enthusiastically positive reviews — not only is it incredibly soft and cozy, but it's a easy way to add layers of rich texture and vibrant color to any space. Made of plush microfiber that feels luxuriously soft to the touch, the throw is trimmed with chunky knotted tassels that add a decorative boho detail.


A Gorgeously Packaged Gift Set Of Burt's Bees' Most Popular Products

This chic Burt's Bees gift set will make an easy, foolproof gift for virtually anyone on your list. The set contains six of the company's most popular beeswax-based products — foot cream, hand cream, cuticle cream, lip balm, ointment, and salve — all beautifully packaged together in a stylish honey-colored tin.


A Classic Men's Cardigan That Any Guy Would Love

Timeless and versatile, this shawl collar cardigan will earn a regular rotation in his closet for years to come. It's made of 100 percent soft, breathable cotton, with spacious patch pockets and ribbing at the cuffs and waist. Choose from regular or tall sizing options in a selection of 15 colors, ranging from vibrant cobalt blue to elegant camel.

  • Available sizes: Men's XS-XXXL


An Essential Oil Diffuser That Doubles As A Humidifier

Not only will this chic essential oil diffuser allow you to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy whenever you're at home, but it also doubles as both a cool mist humidifier and a color-changing LED night light. Plus, unlike many humidifiers, the sleek, modern design actually looks stylish enough to display prominently in your home, whether you choose a model with a light, redwood, or espresso-colored wood grain finish.


A Top-Rated Weighted Blanket To Help Reduce Anxiety & Promote Better Sleep

Amazon reviewers can't stop raving about this popular weighted blanket, giving it nearly 2,000 perfect five-star reviews. Weighted blankets are thought to have a wide range of benefits — fans swear by them to help manage stress, promote sleep and relaxation, and sometimes even treat issues such as insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, and more.


A Five-Piece Makeup Set That Contains Four Lip Glosses & A Lipstick

Any beauty lover will appreciate this giftable set of rich, lush lip glosses from Revlon. Formulated with nourishing avocado oil and vitamin E, the glosses feel silky and creamy, not sticky. The set includes four glosses in a range of versatile colors, plus a bonus lipstick in a gorgeous shade of rosy pink.


A User-Friendly Hair Trimmer That's Extremely Practical

This top-rated electric trimmer makes grooming unwanted hair easier and more seamless than ever. The cordless trimmer has 39 different length settings and ultra-sharp stainless steel blades, allowing for maximum precision and ease of use without the risk of irritation. The set also comes with a bonus Gillette razor and comb attachments!


A Set Of Stainless Steel Knives With A Sleek Black Knife Block

An excellent gift for any home cook, it's hard to believe this sleek set of stainless steel knives is so affordable. The set includes 15 knives of various sizes styles — including six matching steak knives — plus a pair of all-purpose kitchen scissors and a sharpening rod. Everything fits neatly in the solid wood storage block, which makes for easy, attractive storage on your kitchen counter or shelf.


A Stylish Pair Of Yoga Leggings With A Pretty Scalloped Trim

A pretty scalloped trim at the ankles and waistband adds a fun, feminine detail to these high-waisted leggings. Made of a soft, substantial four-way stretch material, they're a comfortable, stylish option for your workouts and beyond. Choose from black, orchid, teal, navy, or rose.

  • Available sizes: XS-3X


A Tiny Bluetooth Speaker With Surprisingly Powerful Sound Quality

If someone in your life can't go a moment without music, they'll absolutely love this portable Bluetooth speaker. Compact enough to bring virtually anywhere, it can run continuously for up to 16 hours on a single charge. Not to mention, its sound quality is surprisingly good for a speaker of its size.


The Blow Dryer/Round Brush Hybrid That Reviewers Call "Life Changing"

Combine the drying power of a blow dryer with the volumizing capacity of a great round brush, and the result is Bed Head's ingenious blow dryer brush. Featuring three heat and speed settings and a smoothing tourmaline ceramic barrel, fans swear it's the secret to achieving a salon-worthy blowout with minimal time and effort. "Best $40 I've ever spent," one reviewer commented. "This thing is life changing."


A Travel-Ready Set Of Murad's Most Essential Skin Care Products

Murad's skin care products truly deserve their cult-favorite status — whether you're already a fan or you're looking to try them out, you can't go wrong with this TSA-friendly gift set. The set includes three travel-sized minis of the brand's most beloved skin care essentials: a retinol serum, a vitamin C-rich gel cleanser, and an ultra-hydrating moisturizer, all packaged together in a chic transparent wristlet.


A Dainty Pair Of Gold Hoops With The Perfect Hint Of Sparkle

Combining the playfulness of hoops with the sparkle of diamond studs, these gold-plated huggies are the definition of everyday glamour. Wear them on their own for a a classic, elegant feel, or if you have multiple piercings, pair them with other hoops and studs for a layered look. Choose from white, yellow, or rose gold.


A Cozy Men's Sweater That Will Always Be In Style

Whether you're shopping for a guy or you love the relaxed, oversized fit of men's clothes, you can't go wrong with this classic fisherman sweater. Made of a cozy blend of wool, cotton, and nylon, its mid-weight knit is perfect for just about any season. Choose from four neutral colors.

  • Available sizes: Men's XS-XXL


The Cult-Favorite Hand Cream Reviewers Say Is "Simply The Best," Sold In A Festive Three-Piece Set

L'Occitane's best-selling shea butter hand cream is a cult-favorite for good reason, and this gorgeous set of three tubes makes it more giftable than ever. In addition to the original version for dry skin, the set also includes two limited-edition versions with fun, festive new scents. "This truly is the best hand cream I've ever used, and I've tried them all," wrote one reviewer — and hundreds of others agree.


A Soft, Cozy Flannel He'll Never Want To Take Off

An easy, practical gift for any guy on your list, this cozy flannel shirt is sure to be a hit. Made of cozy cotton flannel that's been brushed for maximum softness, it's a classic, comfy staple that'll never go out of style. Choose from a range of 21 different styles, including several styles of plaid and solid colors.

  • Available sizes: Men's XS-XXXL


A Silky Satin Pajama Set Sold In Over 15 Colors

Soft and sumptuous, this silky satin pajama set will feel like luxury against your skin. The classic two-piece set includes a relaxed button-down pajama shirt with short sleeves, a collar, and contrasting piped trim, and a matching pair of boxer shorts with an elasticized waistband. Choose from a variety of colors, ranging from classic black or white to a vibrant kelly green.

  • Available sizes: XXS-XXL


A Set Of Luxurious Skin Care Products Loaded With Hyaluronic Acid

For the skin care enthusiast on your list, you can't do better than this luxurious skin care set from L'Oreal. The two-part set includes a serum and moisturizer, both packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid that leaves skin smooth, plump, and glowing.


A Set With All The Products You Need To Create Dozens Of Gorgeous Eye Makeup Looks

Any makeup lover will appreciate this deluxe eye makeup kit from Physician's Formula — it's all you need to create a wide range of gorgeous nude-based looks, ranging from understated everyday glamour to dramatic smoky eyes. The kit includes two eyeliners, two mascaras, and an eyeshadow palette featuring nine pigmented shades with a subtle hint of shimmer.


Two Gorgeous, Timeless Belts To Complete Any Look

This set of two vegan leather belts gives you the best of both worlds: one in rich, buttery black that literally goes with everything, and one in a trendy leopard print with a luxe calfhair texture for when you want to make a statement. Both belts are gorgeous and well-made, with vintage-inspired O-ring buckles for a sophisticated, feminine look.

  • Available sizes: S-L


A Pair Of Blue Light-Blocking Glasses With Delicate Gold Frames

If someone in your life spends a lot of time staring at screens, these blue light-blocking glasses will make a unique, thoughtful gift. Not only will the glasses protect their eyes from potentially harmful rays of blue light, but unlike many competing options, these actually look stylish.


An Electric Wine Opener That Comes With A Bottle Chiller

Any wine enthusiast will appreciate this stylish electric wine bottle opener — especially if it's accompanied by a delicious bottle of wine to test it out with. Place any wine bottle over the sleek, cordless device, and it'll effortlessly remove and dispose of the cork in a matter of seconds. Plus, it also comes with an automatic foil cutter and an insulated stainless steel wine chiller!


A Thoughtful, Practical Gift For The Guy With Sensitive Skin

This deluxe toiletry set by NIVEA includes everything he'll need to care for his sensitive skin: face wash, body wash, protective lotion with an SPF of 15, shave gel, and a soothing post-shave balm. All five full-sized products come packaged together in a sturdy canvas travel bag, making an easy, thoughtful gift for any guy on your list.


The Latest Echo Dot (& It's More Affordable Than Ever!)

The newest version of Amazon's Echo Dot has over 56,000 perfect five-star reviews, and that number is still climbing at a seriously impressive rate. With a simple voice command, the compact, user-friendly Alexa device can be prompted to answer questions, play music or the news, control smart home devices, and much more.


Amazon's Best-Selling Fire Stick That Has Almost 35,000 Perfect Five-Star Reviews

A reviewer favorite, Amazon's Fire streaming stick transforms your your regular TV into a smart one, giving you instant access to shows, movies, subscription services, music, photos, games, and more. Plus, the included remote is powered by Alexa, which means it can be controlled using nothing but voice commands.


A Cult-Favorite Microfiber Sheet Set That Comes In 44 Different Colors & Prints

When something as simple as this sheet set has a staggering 46,000 perfect five-star reviews, it's worth paying attention. Made of silky-smooth microfiber, reviewers say the sheets are durable, well-made, and luxuriously soft. The set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two standard pillow cases. "I don't know what unicorn this fabric was harvested from, but it's so incredibly soft," one reviewer commented.


Bluetooth-Powered Smart Bulbs So You Can Control Your Lights With Your Echo Or Phone

An excellent way to throw off potential intruders when you're away from home, these smart light bulbs allow you to turn your lights on and off from anywhere in the world. Controlling the Bluetooth-enabled bulbs is easy using an app on your phone, or you can even connect them to your Alexa or Google Home device to enable voice commands.


A Stylish Aluminum Charging Stand To Power All Your Apple Devices At Once

For the person who always has all the latest Apple devices, this stylish charging stand is sure to be a hit. Not only can it charge your AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone all at once, but the charging stands holds your phone upright, making it easy to video chat, stream your favorite shows, and more.


A Powerful Shiatsu Massager With An Optional Heat Function

Give the gift of relaxation with this heated shiatsu massager. Reviewers love that it's easy to use, has lots of helpful features and settings, and provides serious relief from soreness, pain, and tension. Plus, it's compact and portable enough to use at home, work, or just about anywhere else — it even comes with an adapter so you can use it in the car!


A Nifty Little Plug-In To Make Any Household Device "Smart"

If you're the type of person who's always nervous you left your hair straightener on, this WiFi-enabled smart plug is for you. Plug in electronics such as lamps, coffee makers, or a TV, and you'll be able to turn them on or off, set schedules, monitor energy usage, and more using an app (or even voice commands, if you own an Echo or Google Home device).


A Powerful Handheld Vacuum That Makes Household Cleaning A Breeze

Reviewers can't stop singing the praises of this best-selling handheld vacuum, giving it over 4,300 enthusiastically positive reviews. Despite its compact size, it has strong, powerful suction, and its long, slim nozzle makes it easy to tackle hard-to-reach messes. People also love that it's super easy to clean, and that it comes with a handy wall mount to save space when it's not in use.


A Gorgeous Bamboo Bath Caddy To Amp Up Your Nightly Soaks

Take your self-care game up a notch with this gorgeous bath caddy — it's the perfect place to put a book, glass of wine, or even a tablet during long soaks in the tub. Plus, since it's made of solid bamboo, it's naturally quick-drying and antimicrobial, meaning you won't have to worry about it getting slimy or moldy.


A Top-Rated Crossbody Bag That Comes In 43 Gorgeous Colors

Garnering more than 3,000 positive reviews, this best-selling crossbody bag checks off all the boxes. Not only is it well-made, practical, and stylish, but it's large enough to fit all your essentials, including an iPhone 8 Plus and a full-size wallet. Made of soft, buttery vegan leather, it has dainty gold hardware and elegant tasseled zipper pulls.


A Pair Of Polarized Sunglasses That Seem So Much More Expensive Than They Are

It's hard to believe the price of these vintage-inspired sunglasses is actually real — after all, it's rare to find a quality pair of polarized sunglasses for even twice that amount. Nevertheless, these are well-made, versatile, and stylish, with UV 400 protection and sturdy metal frames. They even come with a hard carrying case and a microfiber cleaning cloth!


A Stylish Hanging Toiletry Bag To Keep Your Essentials Organized When You're Traveling

This sturdy hanging toiletry bag will save you tons of bathroom counter space when you're traveling. It's made of soft, buttery vegan leather and canvas, with four spacious pockets to hold all of your essentials. The foldable design gives you easy access to your products, and features a convenient built-in hook so you can hang it over the door.


An Anti-Theft Backpack With A Built-In USB Charging Cable

Thoughtfully designed to deter pickpockets, this popular anti-theft backpack is a must for anyone who regularly spends time in crowded areas. The zipper to the main compartment rests against your back, making it impossible for anyone to unzip without your knowledge. Spacious and durable, the bag features plenty of pockets to keep your essentials organized, plus a built-in USB cable to charge your devices on the go.


An Affordable Home Camera With Tons Of "Smart" Features

Giving it more than 10,000 perfect five-star reviews, fans say this popular smart home camera is easy to use, well-made, and dependable. Not only does the camera allow you to see and hear what's going on inside your home from anywhere — even if it's dark out — but it also has a built-in motion and sound detector to notify you of potential intruders.


The Best-Selling Hair Styling Tool That Creates Beautiful Beachy Waves In Minutes

Reviewers swear by this best-selling styling tool to create gorgeous, beachy waves with minimal effort, giving it more than 4,000 perfect five-star reviews. The design is similar to a classic '90s crimper, but with deeper, looser waves to create a more modern look.


A Powerful Electric Toothbrush That Reviewers Can't Stop Recommending

One reviewer called this electric toothbrush "a little mouth rocket." Another wrote, "It will change your life." And they're not alone — with over 2,000 positive reviews, the brush has an impressive average rating of 4.7 stars. Beyond being incredibly effective at removing plaque, people love its features, which include a built-in timer, wireless charging, and multiple vibration settings. It even comes with 10 replacement brush heads and a sturdy travel case!


A Set Of Four Fragrance Favorites From Elizabeth Arden

From day to evening, work to the weekend, this gorgeous perfume set from Elizabeth Arden provides a full arsenal of fragrances to suit just about any occasion. The set includes four of the brand's most beloved fragrances — Green Tea Scent Spray, My 5th Avenue Eau de Parfum, White Tea Eau de Toilette, and Red Door Eau de Toilette — all packaged together in a gorgeous red gift box.


A Cozy Shearling Jacket That Comes In 16 Stylish Colors

This soft, plush jacket proves you don't have to sacrifice style to feel unbelievably comfortable. Cut of cozy faux shearling in a boxy, oversized fit, it even has two spacious pockets to hold your phone and other essentials."This jacket feels like what I imagine cuddling unicorns is like," commented one reviewer, who went on to call it "heaven."

  • Available sizes: S-XXXL


An Affordable Fitness Tracker With More Than 5,000 Perfect Five-Star Reviews

If you or someone you know could use a little help sticking to a health-related goal, this top-rated fitness tracker is exactly what's needed. Surprisingly affordable, it can track your steps, pace, and calories burned, monitor your sleep and heart rate, and much more. Plus, you can even set it up to display your texts, calls, and other notifications!


A Pair Of Wireless Earbuds With Their Own Portable Charging Case

A hit amongst reviewers, these sleek wireless earbuds have earned nearly 2,000 perfect five-star reviews. The bluetooth-powered earbuds come with their own portable charging case, making it effortlessly simple to keep them charged and ready to use. "The sound quality for music is in line with ear buds that cost 5x the amount," one reviewer wrote.


A 2-In-1 Cast Iron Skillet To Impress Any Home Cook

The lid of this pre-seasoned cast-iron pan actually doubles as a shallow skillet, giving you two gorgeous pieces of cookware for less than you'd typically pay for one. Made of sturdy cast iron and with a non-stick enamel surface, it's the type of durable kitchen essential that'll hold up for years to come.


A Crystal Decanter Set That Looks Far More Expensive Than It Really Is

Any whiskey or scotch lover will appreciate this delicate crystal decanter set — it's the type of timeless heirloom that will be cherished for years. In addition to the decanter, the set includes four crystal tub glasses, all beautifully hand-crafted and covered in intricate cutwork. "Beautiful," one reviewer wrote. "Looks more expensive than it is."


A Portable Bluetooth Speaker For The Music Lover Who's Always On The Go

What's not to love about his portable Bluetooth speaker? Small to enough to stash in your pocket, it's completely waterproof, and has a built-in carabiner to hang it virtually anywhere — a fence, pool furniture, your shower caddy ... you get the idea. Plus, it's available in a rainbow of 12 vibrant colors, including teal, ruby red, and a trendy camo print.


The Easy-To-Use Panini Maker With More Than 1,500 Glowing Five-Star Reviews

Whether you're buying it for a gifted home cook or a busy, hungry college student, this user-friendly panini press is sure to get plenty of use. Beyond sandwiches, it's also a great way to make quesadillas, turnovers, and more. "I love this panini maker!" one reviewer gushed. "It's so easy to use — simply plug it in."


A Deluxe Set Of Art Supplies That's Great For Beginners & Experts Alike

Young or old, beginning or advanced, just about any art enthusiast will appreciate this deluxe art set. Packaged in a gorgeous wooden storage box that can be used for years to come, the 83-piece set includes a whole range of art supplies, including watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, drawing pencils, soft pastels, and so much more.

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