56 Best Birthday Gift Ideas Under $100

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July 07, 2023

If you ask me, the best birthday gifts make people feel seen. They either show that you know the recipient well, solve a problem or fulfill a need, or act as a small indulgence that your loved one might not buy for themselves.

And the price of said perfect birthday gift, in my experience, is usually between $50 and $100. (Sometimes even less!) That's enough money to make an impact, but not too much to leave you or the person of the hour feeling uncomfortable.

Ready to see what I'm talking about? Here are the 56 best birthday gift ideas for your mom, dad, sister, brother, wife, husband, best friend and more, all arranged by interest. And if you're looking for a present for a baby, kid or teen? Check out our other gift guides.

Best Birthday Gifts for Art Lovers

Add color and personality to your art lover's world with a birthday gift that engages the senses. Think a coffee table book that takes them on a visual tour of the MoMa (perfect if they've never been or can't wait to go back), a beginner-friendly pottery kit, a tabletop easel or a replica of one of their pieces.

Best Birthday Gifts for Beauty Gurus

We love a self-care queen, and we have a feeling that you do, too. Make them feel even more pampered with a set of hydrating skincare products, a milk bath infused with flower petals and essential oils, a silk pillowcase that's basically guaranteed to give them a good hair day or a large jar of bestselling (and heavenly smelling) body lotion.

Best Birthday Gifts for Book Lovers

While gift cards to their favorite bookstore are tempting, we say take the road less traveled and treat your book lover to a birthday gift they didn't see coming — like a wooden book valet that will hold their page and their preferred drink, a T-shirt featuring their favorite cover, a cozy soy candle they can light for ambiance or a cheeky book full of themed drink ideas.

Best Birthday Gifts for Cocktail Connoisseurs

Cocktail connoisseurs are experimental by nature. So why not delight your loved one with a birthday gift that invites them to test the limits? Think a manual for mixing drinks like the professionals, Himalayan salt glasses to spice up their tequila shots, a new set of bar tools or even a specialty cocktail smoker.

Best Birthday Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Coffee lovers are secretly all about the accessories. Leave them buzzing with a birthday gift they can use and proudly display in their kitchen. Try a sleek gooseneck kettle for pour-overs, trendy glass mugs for lattes and espressos, a special container for cream and sugar, or a small, but mighty manual coffee grinder.

Best Birthday Gifts for Foodies

For the foodie on your list, we suggest an indulgence. Think expensive bottles of extra virgin olive oil, spice blends that will completely awaken their tastebuds, an indoor garden capable of growing lettuce and cherry tomatoes, or — our personal favorite — an electronic ice cream & frozen drink maker.

Best Birthday Gifts for Flower Lovers

Save the arrangements for a different occasion, and surprise your flower lover with an unexpected, but on-theme gift. Try a trendy vase, a book about composing bouquets like works of art, a professional flower press so they can enjoy their favorite blooms year-round, etc. Better yet? Lean into the season and lavish them with birth month flowers they can grow at home.

Best Birthday Gifts for Homebodies

If their happy place is at home, then gift your loved one some essentials for a cozy night in. We suggest a wearable sherpa throw blanket, a two-in-one light for their nightstand, a weighted eye mask or even a crate full of artisanal ice cream. Talk about the perfect pairings!

Best Birthday Gifts for Movie Buffs

Show your favorite movie buff that you've been paying attention, and hand them one of these spectacular birthday presents. The mini movie projector is our top pick, but other ideas include a volume of interviews with famous directors, a classic popcorn seasoning set and a miniature carousel that illustrates how the very first motion pictures were made.

Best Birthday Gifts for Music Lovers

The next best thing to seeing their favorite artist or band in concert? Receiving one of these thoughtful birthday gifts, of course. Try floating shelves to display their vinyl collection, a storage pouch for personal or keepsake guitar picks, a fun mixtape-themed doormat so they can blast their interests to the neighborhood or simply a nice, reliable pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Best Birthday Gifts for Party Hosts

Hosts love to make a great impression, and these birthday gifts will help them get the job done, especially in the summer. Think an ice mold/wine bottle chiller that doubles as a centerpiece, painted candlesticks that will color their tablescape, a beautiful bread basket or a set of stunning pink quartz coasters.

Best Birthday Gifts for Sports Fans

Whether they're an alumnus, an athlete or a super fan, they'll feel seen and supported with one of these sports-themed birthday gifts. They can fill the collegiate picture frame with a photo from a favorite game, hang the boxing bell in their home office or gym, use the polyester backpack to carry their gear to the court or sip from the ceramic golf caddy mugs after a long day on the green.

Best Birthday Gifts for Travelers

You know what they say: "It's about the journey, not the destination." So we say improve their next trip with a birthday gift that solves a common travel problem. Think a spinner suitcase so they can bring all of their essentials and breeze through the airport, an adjustable neck pillow for the plane or the car, a city guidebook brimming with things to do or a clear cosmetic bag so they can easily locate their toiletries.

Best Birthday Gifts for Zodiac Signs

When in doubt, celebrate your loved one with a birthday gift that honors their zodiac sign. You could start with a set of sparkly coasters, a pair of etched wine glasses, a neon sign for their home or a beautiful hardcover notebook to write down all of their hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

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