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9 Cheap Gifts That Truly Look Expensive

These are perfect for when you're looking for a champagne offering on a beer budget.

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9 gifts spread across a chipboard surface with a purple background
Justin Poulsen (Food Stylist: Diana Topley)
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Need a host gift? A birthday present? Are you looking for a champagne offering on a beer budget? We've got you covered. We found everything from candles to skincare and even jewelry that looks and feels expensive — with a price tag that doesn’t match.

Bath & Body Works Mahogany Teakwood Intense 3-Wick Candle

We searched long and hard for a candle that would make our home smell like a grown-up, not-so-stinky version of Abercrombie & Fitch (IFKYK). We wanted it to smell sexy, expensive and mature. That’s how we landed on this candle, which is everything and more. It’s got hints of dark oak, teakwood, mahogany and everything that smells like a fancy home. Our home is not fancy, but it now smells super bougie. Plus, these candles are often on sale for as low as $27.00 at Anthropologie also has nice candles for as low as $20.

52 Cheap Dates at Home

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Give your friend, partner, or even yourself 52 home date ideas. That’s one per week for an entire year if that’s how you roll. This is a deck of date night card ideas, ranging from body painting to spa night, with specific tips on how to execute each date. $8 at This box of date nights costs more at $39 but looks fancy.

Grilled Personal Pizza Maker

For $40, this helps you make a grill-fired crispy pizza in less than 10 minutes. It’s a personal pizza maker small enough to take with you to a park or on vacay, but large enough to create a personal pizza that tastes like it was made in a brick oven. $40 at There's also a Betty Crocker countertop pizza maker available for $50 or this Courant one for $45.

Whimsy Patchwork Pillow — Flower

Brighten up any room with this cozy embroidered pillow. It’s bright, happy, unique — and it’s a steal. Pair it with a coordinating blanket, or gift it alone. $39 at And this pair of cute embroidered pillow covers are a good deal at $29.

Scent Stix & Stand Starter Kit

It’s a liquid-free diffuser (aka, a diffuser that works in homes with kids, pets and clumsy adults). Plus, it’s non-toxic and cruelty-free — and it comes in a handful of scents that smell delish but not overpowering or artificial. If you’re using it in a small room, stick with one or two sticks at a time and save even more money. $14 at Here's another diffuser set for $16 and a handmade glass one for $27.

Hennaed Hot Oil Treatment

This is the perfect gift to bring to a girls’ night in. It’s a hair mask that’s so much fun to apply and can be easily shared with everyone. Lush’s newest product is a mask designed to help with colored-treated hair to make it shine. Pour the oil into a cup of boiled water and cool it just enough to apply it to your dry hair (this feels amazing). Relax for 20 minutes, then shampoo it out and enjoy your shiny, healthy hair. $14 at Here's another option from Mielle for $10 and another for $13.

Tennis Pull Bracelet

This sparkly gold-colored bracelet is delicate and just so elegant. It looks like a piece from a designer collection, but this one is less than $50 ($38) at Here's another option for only $13 and another for $16.

Satin Pillowcase

It’s not just a pillowcase — it’s a pillowcase that tames frizzy hair and combats acne. It’s a super pillowcase. It’s elegant, comes in lots of colors, and can go into the washing machine. Is it the perfect pillowcase? We think so. $19 at And here's a set of two for only $8.

Baker’s Advantage 9.5 Stoneware Pie Pan

Recently awarded “Best Value” pie dish by Food & Wine, this sweet ceramic pie dish is functional, made in the United States and stylish. Despite its low price, it feels hefty, bakes evenly and maintains the heat after coming out of the oven. The best present ever: Bake a pie in this and gift the pie plus the plate. $16 at This Le Creuset one sells for $56 and a Farberware option for $16.

What's the best gift you've ever received? Let us know in the comments below.

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