There comes a point in every almost-adult’s life when they realize subpar gifts just won’t cut it — people begin to expect more from you. Hunting down classy gifts that seem expensive but aren’t is the only way I’ve found balance between gift giving and not breaking the bank. If I’m being honest, in the past, most of the gift my friends got from me came from discount stores. But as I got older and relationships deepened, I wanted to get better quality gifts to show them how much I really cared about them. The only problem was that those gifts were not cheap.
In my effort to be a better gift-giver, I just realized I’d have to do my research. I couldn’t do last minute runs to find gifts. And not to toot my own horn, but I’ve managed to improve drastically. Where I would’ve gotten my family members a generic brand bath set or a basic candle, I now get them fancy marble coasters or luxury headphones they can actually use — all for $30 or less. I’m still a fan of giving candles, though, I just make sure to get the best quality candles I can afford that have special details like a pretty glass jar. Read on to get some inspo from my favorite classy gifts that seem more expensive than they actually are.
These luxury headphones will be a hit, and for under $30 they won't break the bank.
Adult coloring books are so popular, and this one is one of the highest rated ones out there.
We've all spilled a glass of wine and broke a few glasses. With these, there will be no broken glass to clean up.
Honestly, I just want this because it's leopard print, but it comes in several other colors, too!
You get your money's worth with this calendar that also makes a great piece of art.
Nothing is as luxe as marble, and coasters just scream "I'm a classy adult!"
This organizer will make digging through depths of makeup a thing of the past.
This copper cork opener is the classiest way to get sippin'.
This cute welcome mat is the perfect gift for some who's finally made it to the next step in life — adulting in their own home.
This could easily be double the price for how cute it is — buy one for yourself and a friend!
Instead of buying a run-of-the mill calendar or a plain coloring book, combine both of those gifts into one super cute one!
This is the gift that gives twice — you get a candle that lasts for up to 80 hours and a cute jar you can use to store makeup brushes or whatever else you can think of.
Got a wannabe bartender on your hands? Make their day with this set.
Every now and then we all need a supportive word, and this trinket tray is a super way to give that to someone.
Turn any room into a spa with this multipurpose diffuser and air purifier.
Know someone who stuffs their entire life into an old purse? Help them out with this chic backpack that will keep them a little bit more organized.
Kate Spade for under $20? Sold.
Not only will their home smell amazing, this intricate glass makes for a pretty objet d'art.
A portable charger is a necessity in today's world, and this one has the fanciest gold finish.
This all-natural crystal emits a warm glow, and when warmed, creates ions that purify the air.
For this price, you could get someone a set and turn their home into the most glam place ever.
Someone going off to college or starting a new job at an office? Their desk needs this stapler.
Nothing is as special as a personalized necklace, and this one looks like it's worth way more than $24.
Brighten up their kitchen and their day with this super cute set.
This is the perfect gift for someone who has more books than shoes.
Forget flat picture frames — this cool structural frame is practically its own art, even without a picture.
Any respectable wine drinker needs a wine rack to show of their most prized possessions.
This set makes me wish I had someone to share a drink with — so cute!
Chandeliers are always classy, but a real one costs so much. This silhouette chandelier creates a same effect without the price tag.
This is a cute little tool for someone who collects candles like there's a blackout.
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