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Gifts for Men Under $20

Mukta Gaikwad Oct 8, 2018
Cash-strapped but looking for a memorable gift for your man? Getting the perfect gift for him under $20 can be quite difficult when you know what he likes or dislikes. We'll make it easy for you. Here are a few inexpensive gift ideas for you to choose from. Read on for the best buy.
They say that a man must woo a woman by showering her with gifts. Well, okay. We admit that we women are always at the receiving end (pun intended). But, there are a few times in a year when you need to gift your man too - his birthday, graduation, house-warming, job promotion, Christmas or when you are playing the Secret Santa.
Everyone goes on and on about what to gift a woman but nobody tells us what to gift a man. More to that, if you have a budget of 20$, what on earth are you supposed to gift him apart from the cliché wallet, pen, tie or cuff-links?
You certainly must be in a dilemma about what to gift after searching the internet. If you are looking for a gift for your son, brother, friend or colleague; here are some unique ideas as gifts for men that we would absolutely love to share with you ladies.
The key to gifting a man is to buy him something that, if not out-of-the-box, is at least durable and useful in his day-to-day life. Men aren't very picky about their gifts. Further are mentioned a few presents under $20 that you can easily gift them without coming across as mingy.

Inexpensive Gifts for Men


A man who loves music, will appreciate this gift beyond measure. To make this gift more personalized, you can burn a CD of a compilation of his favorite tracks with a voice message from you.
Check out online shopping sites for great deals and discounts. If your guy is a fitness freak, burn a workout CD. Is he an aspiring musician? Then, get him a musical instrument help-book. It will even show your support towards his musical passion.


T-shirts are a safe bet. They are usable, durable, and wearable. Buy them in his favorite color or the basic ones like black, blue, green, red, white, and yellow. There are so many options to choose from - collared tees, stripped t-shirts, plain t-shirts, etc.
Add a little funk with t-shirts printed with sassy slogans. You can also get them personalized with one of the lines that repeats a lot or his favorite cartoon character, a picture of his passion or his own whacky photograph.


Men may not love jewelry, but they sure do like accessories. Cigar holders, cigarette holders, beer mugs, fancy openers, lighters, pocket watches, sports-themed caps, hip flasks, football flags, after shaves, water bottles and organizers.
Cases for cell phones, iPods or mp3 players as well as other well-suited accessories for men's gadgets are some nifty ideas to gift a man on the cheap. Also, fragrant candles and aromatherapy bath accessories will make for excellent gifts.

Gadgets Under $20

Boys and their toys - a handy reading light, a multitasking cutter, an electronic shaver or a shaving kit, LED faucet light, shower radio, a charger, paperweight, etc.
You can gift a simple alarm clock to help him wake up early. These are typical guy-gadgets that not just look cool, but, he'll use them too. Plus, they all cost under $20 and you can easily find them at a gift store near you or order them online.

Chocolate Box

Men fight over the last chocolate in the box too. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, which make a chocolate box a fine option to gift a man. Get him his favorite and you'll see him devouring them like a child.
You can easily score a chocolate box under 20$. If you can't find one, make him a goodie bag of some chocolates. Simple.

Greeting Cards

These days, giving greeting cards has decreased significantly, yet, they can be one of the best gifts for guys under $20.
Greeting cards come with a lot of variety and patterns, which makes it easier for you to shop for him. You can simply go to an arts and crafts shop and buy cards. If you are lucky, you might even get them on sale. Get the biggest one you can find under $20. It will definitely put a smile on his face.


"As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information." ~ Benjamin Disraeli.
Books are a man's best friend and worth the investment. Find out the book that he has been dying to read. You can also gift him one written by his favorite author that he hasn't read already. Most books are available under 20$ and make for powerful gifts if they interest the reader.

Stationery Items

If your son, brother or boyfriend is a college student, give him stationery items such as pencils, erasers, dividers, stencils, paints, paper clip holder, etc.
They have a great utility for students and especially help while studying subjects such as drawing, sketching and geometry. It is also appropriate for those involved in professions that require them to use a lot of stationery such as architects, engineers, writers, painters, etc.

Mini Liquor Bottles

If he is an alcohol drinker or collector, this can be the perfect gift for him. In fact, mini liquor bottles won't cost you much as a 250 ml to 500 ml bottle will be priced between $2 to $5 each.
If you are eyeing a bottle of exotic liquor, you can easily get one for less than $20. Go to the nearest store selling liquor and purchase the miniature of all his favorites. If he is in to cigars, get him a box of cigars with exotic flavors.

Personalized Gifts

Get his name engraved on something that he uses often along with the date. You can even stitch his name yourself on a new pair of socks, handkerchiefs, or any other personal items. You can also get a picture of him printed on a beer or coffee mug and personalize with a message.
If you have a budget of $20 and want to gift a man something nice, you can always be creative and put your crafting skills to good use and make something for him like a photo album or knit a muffler.
Other thoughtful gifts under $20 include; if he likes to cook, stitch him an apron; if he is a gadget-freak, make him a cord organizer to avoid wasting his time trying to detangle the wires; if he is a coffee-drinker, make him a coffee mug sleeve; if he is a hiker, gift him a new tent; if he loves beer, a beer brewing kit would be perfect for him.
Apart from these, there are many small yet sweet things that you can give him such as an eyeglass holder, book ends or a magazine subscription of a journal he likes. Putting the gift to a fruitful use is a surefire way to get the person to cherish it. Hopefully this guide will serve your purpose and fill your man's heart with joy. Happy gifting!