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43 Thoughtful Small Gifts for Men Under $30 That Don’t Feel Cheap

Small gifts can sometimes feel a little…cheap, but if you are searching for something that’s little in size but large in usefulness, you need to check out this list. With 43 thoughtful small gifts for men included, this collection is full of impressive items that will fast become essential. Whether he’s camping, reminiscing, DIYing, or just chilling around the house, there is a host of ideas here to make his life easier without breaking the bank.

43 Thoughtful Small Gifts for Men Under $30 That Do Not Feel Cheap

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

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Capture the good old days with this Create Your Own Reel Viewer. Based on the ones he probably played with as a child, this one comes with a code that allows you to turn 7 of his favorite photographs into a reel, so he can view them the old fashioned way.



Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

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If he’s a real ‘fun guy’ with an appreciation for mushrooms, he’ll have great fun growing his own with this shiitake mushroom log kit. Pre-planted with organic shiitake spores, this log will produce an abundance of mushrooms every six weeks for about 3 years or so.



My Life Story So Far

My Life Story So Far

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‘My Life Story So Far’ is a touching gift to give to anyone who would like to pass on their story to future generations. Divided into sections and containing through-provoking prompts, it will allow him to record details about his childhood, love and marriage, and even his hopes for the future.



Urban Map Glass

Urban Map Glass

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Choose his favorite city and have a map of it etched onto this attractive rocks glass, so he can keep it close every time he has a drink. Measuring 3.5″ H x 3.25″ diameter and with an 11 fl. oz. capacity, this glass will make a welcome addition to his collection.



Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener

Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener

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Perfect for picnics or fishing trips, this neat canvas bag will keep up to 6 bottles of beer ice cold and safe thanks to the removable divider. With a long shoulder strap for easy carrying, the case also comes with an attached bottle opener so you don’t need to pack one.



Name a Star Kit

Name a Star Kit

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When you really don’t know what to buy him, reach for the stars with this cool Name a Star kit. After registering, he will receive a pack that includes details on the star you’ve named along with a facts and figures infographic and a registration document to prove that it’s ‘his’.



Sealed Soup Jar

Sealed Soup Jar

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If he’s sick of sandwiches and limp salads for lunch, treat him to wholesome, hot soups every day with this handy sealed soup jar. Just the right size for holding a generous serving, it can be microwaved when it’s needed, and then eaten with the stainless steel spoon that comes attached.



Birthday Cake in a Mug

Birthday Cake in a Mug

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Maybe he doesn’t like fuss, or perhaps he doesn’t want a big cake, but either way this cute set is just perfect for an understated celebration. With a candle-covered mug and enough cake mix for two cakes, this kit also includes a single beeswax candle and the obligatory colorful sprinkles.



Storm Cloud

Storm Cloud

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Are you looking for a small gift for men with an interest in the weather? If so, this adorable storm cloud is among the best. Made from glass, the special ‘pressure-sensitive’ liquid crystallizes into different patterns when barometric pressure changes, making it a very cool gift to keep on his desk.



Eco-Friendly Instant Grill

Eco-Friendly Instant Grill

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It’s not always easy to bring a grill if you want a cook out away from home, but this eco-friendly version is lightweight and portable, and designed for single-use only. Made from bamboo, cardboard, and lava stones, it’s totally biodegradable so you won’t even have the hassle of carrying it home.



Constantin Brainteasers

Constantin Brainteasers

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If buying him a gift is turning into something of a conundrum, stick to that theme with one of these Constantin Brainteasers. With four to collect, ranging from easy to ‘downright difficult’, he will need to figure out how to move the balls through the labyrinths to solve the conundrum.



American Whiskey Candles

American Whiskey Candles

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If scented candles don’t spring to mind when you think of manly gifts, you haven’t seen these two! Hand cut from empty wine bottles, the holders are then filled with soy wax which has been infused with essential oils to create masculine scents like Bourbon and Tobacco, or Barrel Aged Whiskey.



Brown Butter Truffle Honey

Brown Butter Truffle Honey

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Treat him to something more sumptuous than PB&J for his morning toast with a jar of honey. Not just any honey, though; this one is a small batch truffle honey made with real truffles and brown butter to add a taste of luxury to both sweet and savory foods.



Pick Punch

Pick Punch

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If he plays the guitar he’ll know the pain of losing his picks, meaning there’s none left to play with when he wants to practice his killer riff. Give him the means to create his own with this pick punch, which turns old credit cards and membership cards into unique plectrums.



Make Your Own Cuban Mojitos

Make Your Own Cuban Mojitos

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Cuban Mojitos are the perfect party drinks but they’re also time consuming. With this kit he will only need to add two things to create a pitcher of this Latin libation. By steeping the organic ingredients in rum and adding sparkling water, he’ll have an effortless cocktail that’s hard to beat.



Beer Foaming Stones

Beer Foaming Stones

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Bottles and cans are great for convenience, but if he loves the taste of draft beer then these Foaming Stones will help him keep it real. Just one stone in the bottom of the glass will cause a myriad of bubbles to create a creamy head and add an authentic keg taste.



Ticket Stub Diary

Ticket Stub Diary

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Does he like going to concerts, sporting events, and theater and cinema shows? If so, give him somewhere to keep all his ticket stubs with this handy ticket stub diary. With clear sleeves to suit various size stubs, this diary also comes with margin space so he can add his own notations.



Smell Good Soap & Deodorant Duo

Smell Good Soap & Deodorant Duo

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We all like to smell good, but a lot of what goes into commercial toiletries can be full of chemical nasties. This soap and deodorant duo comes in two scents – the earthy Underhill, and the fresh Valley of Gold – which keep him smelling irresistible without the use of aluminum and parabens.



Cocktail Grow Kit

Cocktail Grow Kit

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Many of our favorite cocktails contain herbs, and as fresh is always best it pays to have them growing close by. This fun kit contains the seeds for six aromatic herbs, including Thai basil, lavender, and mint, which can be started off in the recycled egg carton they come in.



Master Theorem Book of Puzzles

Master Theorem Book of Puzzles

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Give him a gift with a difference with this handsome volume. Written by a genius only known as ‘M’, this book contains 40 intricate and challenging enigmas called Theorem, with full-color illustrations to help him solve the mysteries. Intriguingly decorated, this book will keep him hooked until the final puzzle is solved.



Date Night Bucket List

Date Night Bucket List

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Small gifts for men can be romantic. This Date Night Bucket List tube contains a selection of ideas for couples to do – from classically cute to impressively intellectual – printed on birch wood sticks. And when each one’s been completed, he can write the date on the back.



Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup Trio

Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup Trio

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If he has a hankering for maple syrup, keep him well-stocked with this trio of sauces with a twist. Aged in locally sourced bourbon barrels, this set includes a classic version, one with organic honey, and the last with organic honey and chili pepper to add heat to the sweetness.



National Parks Color Map Mug

National Parks Color Map Mug

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If his bucket list includes a desire to see all 62 of America’s National Parks, help him tick them off one by one with this fun mug. Decorated with a map of The States, each park can be marked by coloring in the corresponding tree and baked to make it permanent.



Ooma Bowl

Ooma Bowl

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Ergonomically designed to make holding it easy, the Ooma Bowl will keep foods separate while snacking on the couch. Available in six attractive colors, these bowls are ideal for keeping chips away from salsa, or rice away from chili, so they only come together when he says so.



How Do I Love Thee From A-Z

How Do I Love Thee From A-Z

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Let him know how much you love him and why with this A-Z fill-in book. Measuring just 4.5″ L x 7″ W, this book is full of love, literally, as each page features a prompt beginning with a different letter for you to continue. A touching gift for the man you love.



Taco Toaster

Taco Toaster

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This clever gadget means he’ll have crispy taco shells whenever he needs them (and not just on Tuesdays). Designed to fit in the toaster, each silicone mold holds one small tortilla which, when sufficiently toasted, will produce a perfectly executed shell that’s ready to be stuffed.



Upcycled Record Coasters

Upcycled Record Coasters

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Made from real reclaimed vinyl records, these coasters have been sealed so they can withstand spills and drips. Featuring the centre label of an assortment of discs, this set of six comes with a clear round case while the records themselves come from a selection of music genres.



Pink Gin Kit

Pink Gin Kit

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These days, gin comes in all colors and flavors but with this kit he can make his own. Containing dried botanicals such as hibiscus, juniper, and cinnamon, these delicious natural ingredients can be steeped in vodka in the bottle supplied for a homemade pink gin that’s perfect for cocktails.



Cinephile Game

Cinephile Game

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How well does he know his movies? If he thinks of himself as something of a movie buff, put him to the test with the Cinephile Game. Ranging from beginners (matching actors with movies) to advanced (matching actors to actors), this card game is a great alternative to board games.



Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster

Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster

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If you’re looking for a small gift for men that’s fun but also practical, this campfire roaster is just perfect! Made to look and act like a fishing pole, this handy gadget is double sided so he can roast two different foods at the same time, without burning his fingers.



BottleLoft

BottleLoft

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Free up room in the fridge with this clever pair of magnetic strips. Attached to the ceiling with heavy duty peel and strip adhesive, each one features three strong magnets, each of which can hold a full bottle of beer by the cap, while leaving more room on the shelves.



USB Rechargeable Lighter

USB Rechargeable Lighter

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Even non-smoking households need at least one lighter lying around, if only for emergency candles. Disposable ones can be in landfill for up to 400 years, though, which is obviously terrible for the environment. This eco-friendly flameless version uses no butane and can be lit 300 times on just one charge.



Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags

Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags

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Grilled cheese sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food, but they can be time consuming, not to mention all that washing up! These bags are a real game-changer, though. Made to fit in a toaster, each one will turn a plain cheese sandwich into a delicious, hot gooey version with no mess whatsoever.



Merlot Infused Coffee

Merlot Infused Coffee

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Make his after dinner coffee even more special with these Arabica coffee beans. Aged to perfection in oak wine barrels, these beans will take on the subtle, rich notes of delicious merlot (without any of the alcohol content), resulting in the perfect hot beverage to finish the evening meal beautifully.



Cold Beer Coats

Cold Beer Coats

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He can look cool while his beer stays cooler with this fun cold beer coat. Complete with long sleeves that also serve as handles to keep his hands warm, this puffer jacket comes in two colorways and includes a real working zipper to make sure his can is cozy and wrapped up.



Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles

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Every state has its own unique smell, and these candles capture it beautifully. Hand poured using soy wax and cotton wicks, these candles will immediately transport him back home (or wherever he is missing) with a careful blend of essential and fragrance oils, along with the comforting flicker of the long-lasting flame.



Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

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Just one week will transform a mix of fruits, herbs, and spices (plus his favorite tipple) into a spectacularly infused drink that will make him a master of mixology. Complete with an attractive infusion bottle, you can choose from spiced orange, blueberry lavender, strawberry jalapeno, and spicy pineapple varieties.



Kabob Grilling Baskets

Kabob Grilling Baskets

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Kabobs not only taste great, but they look good, too, or at least they do until they fall apart. Keep all the components together with a set of handy kabob grilling baskets that hold meats, vegetables, and/or fruits together and allow easy turning for even, all-over grilling.



Portable Campfire

Portable Campfire

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Made from recycled soy wax and paper, this eco-friendly campfire is fully portable and self-contained, and has a burn time of between 3 and 5 hours. Much easier and far less smoky and messy than a normal fire, it’s easy to extinguish and can be relit until the wax has burned out.



5-in-1 Tool Pen

5-in-1 Tool Pen

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There are a few tools that should be considered essential, a screwdriver being one of them. Make sure he’s equipped at all times with this pen which not only writes, but also incorporates that trusty screwdriver, as well as a touch stylus, bubble level, and a ruler on one handy tool.



Wine Bottle Lantern

Wine Bottle Lantern

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People have been using empty wine bottles as candle holders for years, but you’ve probably never seen them used like this. Suspended from a metal chain, this lantern uses either a clear or a yellow wine bottle which can hold a tealight inside, and can be adjusted to change the glow.



Birth Month Guitar Pick

Birth Month Guitar Pick

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Not so much Rolling Stones as Gemstones, these birth stone guitar picks make beautiful gifts for men who like to play. Inspired by each birth month, these attractive plectrums range from January’s Red Jasper to December’s Turquoise, and because they’re handmade no two will be exactly the same.



Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

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Hand carved from real Himalayan salt, these pretty shot glasses make the perfect addition to a tequila night. Adding the perfect amount of saltiness to each shot, these attractive ‘glasses’ also hold antibacterial properties, and are stable enough to survive through many tequila evenings.


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