Under $50 Kitchen Gadget Gifts For 20-Somethings

The common thread tying most apartment-dwelling 20-somethings together is a general lack of space — especially where kitchens are concerned, and notably during the holidays. With the season of cooking and baking upon us, there’s no better time to help out a fellow small-space dweller with the perfect kitchen gift: an affordable gadget that covers the bases of compact size, stylish form, and unique function.

We scoured the web to find 15 of these triple-threat appliances that all clock in under $50. The ahead buys cover a gadget arsenal of personality-packed grilled cheese to panini makers, chic mini-mixers, single-serve coffee machines, and more. Scroll on to shop the creative kitchen solutions to gift a 20-something comrade during the crowded feasting season ahead.

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The Gadget: Portable Cold Brew Maker

Why We Love It: Not only will we save money on morning coffee runs, but this stylish matte-black cold brew maker is built for fast and easy toting on-the-go.

asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $33.75, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Standing Mixer

Why We Love It: This pretty pink mixer may not be the stainless steel KitchenAid model of our dreams, but it’s far more affordable and small-space apartment friendly.

Dash Everyday 3qt Stand Mixer – Aqua, $31.49, available at Target


The Gadget: Sparkling Water Maker

Why We Love It: Keeping homemade sodas and seltzers on tap has never been easier than with this slim and sleek machine.

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, White, $49.99, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Rapid Egg Cooker

Why We Love It: A retro, 1950s-looking kitchen piece that can hard to soft-boil, poach, or scramble eggs, and even assemble an omelet in under 10 minutes.

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, $14.99, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Frozen-Fruit Dessert Machine

Why We Love It: Dreams of running a soft-serve ice cream shop inside our counter space-less apartments is now an easy reality with this swirly machine that churns fresh fruit into frozen dessert.

Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Dessert Maker, $33.99, available at Wayfair


The Gadget: Grilled Cheese Maker

Why We Love It: Making grilled cheese is an art form — and this Snoopy maker with Woodstock grill marks takes the creative cake cheese-sandwich in under two minutes.

Urban Outfitters Snoopy Grilled Cheese Maker, $38, available at Urban Outfitters


The Gadget: Mini Food Processor

Why We Love It: Cute and compact while still wielding blade power, this mini-prep processor can chop, blend, and purée whatever ingredients we throw its way.

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, $32.17, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Single-Serve Blender

Why We Love It: Big blenders not only take up prime counter space, but they also make batches that are too big — try whipping up your soups and smoothies in this slim, single serving-sized model that serves dual-purpose as a portable travel mug.

Hamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender, $16.88, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Mini Waffle Maker

Why We Love It: Whip up a batch of miniature-sized waffles in minutes with this chic, powder-blue maker.

Dash Mini Maker: The Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $9.99, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Milk-Frother

Why We Love It: Become your own at-home barista with this sleek gadget equipped to froth up all the lattes and cappuccinos your coffee-loving heart desires.

Got Milk? Automatic Milk Frother, Heater and Cappuccino Maker, $29.99, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Mini Fridge

Why We Love It: Whether it’s for tiny apartments, dorm rooms, or in-office, this chic mini fridge is ready to store your small snack and beverage stash.

Frigidaire Portable Retro 6-can Mini Fridge, Pink, $49.99, available at Walmart


The Gadget: Compact Air Fryer

Why We Love It: Hop on the air fryer gadget trend in affordable and space-conscious style with this compact model complete with a smart automatic timer system.

Dash Compact Air Fryer, White, $49.21, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Single-Cup Coffee Machine

Why We Love It: A single girl’s true sidekick is her single-cup coffee machine — and this sleek compact brewer from Keurig is one of the top sellers in that category.

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup , $49.96, available at Walmart


The Gadget: Popcorn Air Popper

Why We Love It: Skip the microwave and stovetop for a mess-free bowl of air-popped corn within minutes.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker, $33.29, available at Amazon


The Gadget: Panini Maker

Why We Love It: A novelty gift that also delivers the chic panini of your dreams? What more could a girl ask for…

Dash Merlot Kitchen Couture Sandwich Maker, $19.97, available at Nordstrom Rack

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