Ever notice that you tend to do a lot of birthday present shopping around September? It’s not a coincidence. September’s the most common month for birthdays and today, September 16, is the most popular day of the year for birthdays. We won’t get into the reasoning behind this, but we will give you 19 stellar gift ideas (including a few for the gentlemen) that are affordable to boot. You might even see a few items to add to your birthday wish list!
Scroll down to shop an under-$50 assortment of unique gift ideas!
Zara Wide Brim Felt Hat ($40) in Blue
This wide-brim fedora will flatter most face shapes.
Rebecca Minkoff Pyramid Front Back Stud Earrings ($48) in Silver/Pearl
These earrings are understated yet edgy, making them suitable for a wide variety of sensibilities.
LEIF Cable Knit Planter ($34) in Pink
Hey, plants can be stylish, too.
Antipast Delicate Fringe Socks ($40) in Charcoal
Finally, a pair of socks you’ll actually want to show off.
Nasty Gal Capsule Ponytail Clip ($18)
This little clip instantly upgrades your ponytail from casual to chic.
Triple C For J.Crew Slim Universal Charger ($40) in Metallic Dark Slate
A handy portable iPhone charger is a great option for the men (or ladies!) on your list.
Christian Louboutin Nail Colour ($50) in Popi
A bottle of nail polish with a $50 price tag is something most people wouldn’t normally splurge on for themselves, which is why it’s the perfect gift. We’re particularly drawn to Christian Louboutin’s vibrant orange shade.
bkr Glass Water Bottle ($30) in Kitten
Staying hydrated just got a little more glamorous, thanks to this stylish water bottle.
Kate Spade Saturday Mini Polyhedron Necklace ($45) in Rose Gold
We’ve yet to meet a girl who doesn’t love rose gold, and this minimalistic necklace has a place in any jewelry box.
Everlane The Twill Dopp Kit ($35) in Reverse Denim + Brown Leather
This dopp kit might finally convince the man in your life that Ziploc bags are not the answer.
Taschen Kate Moss by Mario Testino Book ($40)
This is a no-brainer gift for any fashion-obsessed friend.
Madewell Crop Tee in Stripe ($38) in True Black
You can’t go wrong with Madewell’s striped shirt, a cool twist on a classic.
Warhorse Workshop Beaded Keychain ($45) in Black/Grey
This keychain has a rugged, handmade feel to it that’s very guy-friendly.
The Object Enthusiast Mint/Gold Ring Dish ($22)
Meet the perfect gift for the girl who’s always misplacing her rings.
Tom Ford Fall 2014 Lip Color ($50) in Twist of Fate
Tom Ford’s latest luxurious lip shade would complement any girl’s skin tone.
Rifle Paper Co Garance Dore Collection Front Row/On The Go Notepads ($18) in Black/White
A set of chic little notepads is always a useful gift.
J.Crew Silver-Plated Tie Bar ($50) in Silver Plated
This understated tie bar is great for a stylish guy, or one that could use a little more style in his life.
Zara Two-Tone Jacquard Scarf ($50)
A cozy scarf is a perfect timely gift for a September birthday.
A.P.C. Feuille De Figuier Candle ($45)
Everyone loves a candle, and we’re particularly fond of this minimal one by cool-girl-favorite brand A.P.C.
Do you always find yourself shopping for a lot of birthday gifts come September? Which of these gift ideas is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!