The best gifts are the ones that you want to keep for yourself, but finding something truly unique that doesn’t break the bank can be challenging. Take some of the stress out of gifting on a budget with our list of small, chic and affordable gifts that look like they cost a lot more.
Take CB2′s glass honey pot — which will instantly become the star of the kitchen — or HAY’s cool two-tone snap hook key chain. They’re perfect for giving him a quick shot of style. Here are 10 chic gifts under $20; and yes, it’s OK to keep a few of them for yourself.
Swarm Glass Honey Pot (CB2, Amazon)
This chic glass honey pot and dipper set make tea time so much better. The natural beechwood dipper is perfect for drizzling honey on biscuits or in tea, without a hassle or mess. Pair it with savory American Raw Berry from Bee Harmony. $7.95, cb2.com, and $13, amazon.com.
Don’t Tip The Waiter stacking game (Amazon)
If you miss dining out, Kikkerland’s wooden waiter carrying armloads of dishes brings back fond memories. The retro stacking game also looks great as a kitchen design accent. $19.95, amazon.com
HAY Cane Key Ring (HAY)
The classic snap hook key chain has been given a hip update by HAY. The two-tone aluminum Cane Key Ring comes in three color combinations. $16, us.hay.com
Meloria Ball Candles (Moma)
Meloria’s high gloss handmade Ball Candles are made using an artisan method that creates a polished finish that resembles glass. Each candle is initially dyed by immersing it in a wax bath for 24 hours, then is immersed in a natural cellulose-based varnish, which takes up to six days to dry. $16 each, store. moma.org
Divine Proportion Bottle Opener (Moma)
This minimal, brass bottle opener is inspired by the golden ratio, which is often used by designers to determine pleasing dimensional relationships with an object or structure. $18, store. moma.org
Blackcard Playing Cards (CB2)
The humble deck of cards gets a fashionable spin with CB2′s black on black deck. Futuristic villains replace classic face cards. And the black on black details help hide your hand until you’re ready to lay out all your cards. $9.95, cb2.com
Dolce & Gabbana wrapped Di Martino Spaghetti (Neiman Marcus)
Feed the fashionistas and foodies in your life Di Martino’s special edition spaghetti wrapped in custom-designed Dolce & Gabbana packaging. $15, neimanmarcus.com
Yoko Ono Peace Is Power pencils (Moma)
Yoko Ono has a long history of anti-war activism, including the Bed-In for Peace in 1969, a collaboration with John Lennon, and their ongoing “WAR IS OVER! If you want it” campaign. Continue to spread the love with her Peace Is Power pencil set. $20, store. moma.org.
Whiskey Wedge (Amazon)
Enjoy your single-malt chilled, not diluted. The wedge-shaped ice block rests on one side of the glass and melts slowly so your drink stays cool but not watered down. The set includes one double old-fashioned whiskey glass and one silicone ice mold. $19.95, amazon.com
Brekkie mug (Crate & Barrel)
Crate&Barrel’s collaboration with design star Leanne Ford brings her chic, effortless vibe home to you. The hand-finished ceramic Brekkie mug has washes of black and white glaze, revealing glimpses of the stoneware below. $14.95, crateandbarrel.com
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