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7 Best Birthday Gift Ideas Under $20 (That Are Actually Useful)

7 Best Birthday Gift Ideas Under $20 (That Are Actually Useful)

Words Emily Connelly

This year, give your friends and family birthday gifts that put the “fun” in “functional.”

These useful (and inexpensive) gadgets are unique enough to be giftable, but useful enough to be, well… useful. (Bonus: they’re all under $20.)


2-Blade Hand-Held Spiralizer

Need a gift for a healthy food enthusiast? This Spiralizer is the perfect combination of practical and fun, and so are the noodles it creates from fresh produce! There are two interchangeable blades for spaghetti and fettuccine cuts, so no matter what the recipe calls for, perfect healthy noodles are just a twist away. Plus, the blades and food holder store compactly, so it doesn’t take up much room in the kitchen.

pour over coffee maker with water tank

Pour Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank

If you’re giving a gift to a coffee aficionado, why not go back to the not-so-basics? Pour-over coffee is delicious, but it takes patience and skill to stand over a mug, carefully pouring a precise amount of water at exactly the right time. For anyone who likes the end result of the pour over method but wants an easier approach, our Pour Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank is a good solution. While it may look like a traditional pour over brewer, its removable water tank has holes that are engineered to make water drip through at the perfect cadence for hand-crafted pour-over flavor without the need to stand over the coffee maker with a gooseneck kettle.

pizza wheel

Pizza Wheel

Pizza toppings are getting a fancy new makeover (move aside, pepperoni— hello, tomatillo, speck, and goat cheese!) and the pizza wheel should, too. Give the gift of a perfect slice, over and over, with a pizza wheel that gives ideal leverage and control for portioning pies while keeping fingers safe. It slices through a healthy cauliflower pizza crust just as easily as a regular crust.

wine preservers

Vacuum Wine Preserver

From romantic candlelit dinners to nights on the couch with Netflix and friends (or streaming Friends on Netflix), a good bottle of wine is key. Give the gift of wine that stays fresh for longer with this Vacuum Wine Preserver —with just a few pumps, the included stoppers form a vacuum seal that slows down the oxidation process that flattens the flavor of wine. Cheers to that!

OXO Steel Wine Stopper & Pourer Combination

For the friend who always has a bottle of wine at the ready, this combination bottle stopper plus pourer is the perfect gift. It seals up the wine to keep it fresh, then flips opens easily when you want some more. Bonus, it aerates the wine as it pours, for better flavor without the wait.

sandwich cookies

Silicone Decorating Tool Kit

For your friends who love to bake, this handy tool is an ideal present. With six durable, stainless steel tips, it makes decorating cakes, cookies and more a breeze… Just don’t ask to borrow it to decorate their birthday cake. Want more ideas? Check out these 19 essential tools every home baker needs.

egg poacher

Silicone Egg Poacher

When it comes to the most important meal of the day, this clever gadget is the gift that keeps on giving. From eggs benedict to avocado toast, make sure your friends and family never have to struggle to poach an egg (or end up with a sub-par one) again. This set of two Egg Poachers is the most perfect present—it even comes in a little square box that looks adorable wrapped up and adorned with a bow.  

Need more gift ideas? Check out these Gifts for Cocktail Lovers, Classic Cooking Gifts, and Thoughtful Thank You Gift Ideas.

By Emily Connelly

Emily Connelly is part of OXO's Brand Communications team. She enjoys running, backpacking, dad jokes, and Bruce Springsteen. She once broke her wrist falling out of a doorjamb.

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