Whether you’re buying for kids or adults, friends or spouses, you don’t have to spiral downward into debt just to have an awesome holiday. No matter who’s on your list, you can steal the show with these creative gifts for less than $20.
- Price: $14.88
The Eastsport Absolute Sport backpack measures a full 17.5 inches, which means it has plenty of room spread across five separate compartments. Padded straps make for comfy travel, and the bag is designed to safely stash a 15-inch laptop. You can buy this gift for kids or anyone who needs to tote around some books.
Moppet Girls’ Slipper
- Price: $9.97
For less than $10, you can score these fabulously fluffy slippers, which turn any girl’s feet into little pink clouds.
Yankee Candle Large Jars
- Price: $19.87
Yankee is the king of candles, and with these 6.6-inch-tall giants, you can enjoy up to 150 hours of heavenly aromas. Pick from scents like Vanilla Cupcake, Bahama Breeze and Coconut Beach if you’re searching for gifts for her.
Ozark Trail Wine Tumbler
- Price: $5.74
Sleek, stemless and stainless steel, this modern tumbler is the perfect present to help the wine connoisseur in your life stand out from the crowd.
Shany Bamboo Makeup Brushes
- Price: $11.29
Cruelty-free and totally vegan, this seven-tool set is made from renewable bamboo. The metal-banded brush heads are designed for easy application and long-time use, making them great best friend gifts.
Ready 2 Fish Tackle Box
- Price: $15.86
Give the angler in your life everything that’s needed for the big catch with this 136-piece set. One of the best gifts for men, the box boasts two shelves and includes everything from jig heads to bait holder hooks.
Ozark Trail Folding Lounge Chair
- Price: $14.94
Wherever you go, comfort follows with the Ozark Trail folding lounge chair. Complete with two cupholders, the steel frame guarantees you’ll be secure while you lounge.
Zebra Print Fleece Throw Blanket
- Price: $16.99
Need a snuggly gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend? This microfiber throw blanket is soft and cozy for watching TV, napping or just lounging around.
Buzzy Grow Kits Jungle Animals
- Price: $2.49
Too adorable not to buy, these grow kits are simple enough for kids but cool enough for grownups. Choose among a lion, monkey, panda or elephant — everything you need to get growing is included.
Outdoor Lantern House
- Price: $12.99
Perfect for any dark deck or patio that could benefit from some illumination, this simple and elegant piece hides the soft, natural light of a candle flame within a contemporary tiny house shape.
Backyard Bocce Set
- Price: $14.86
Bocce is up there with horseshoes on the list of greatest backyard games ever invented — and you can pick up a complete set for less than $15. The balls are different colors so teams can play.
Nike Mojo Golf Balls
- Price: $19.99
If a golfer is on your list, you can easily scratch that name off with a simple purchase of golf balls — but not just any golf balls. These Nike Mojo balls are built with two-piece core construction designed for straight, long shots.
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Metallic Dots Stemless Wine Glass
- Price $3.96
Covered in tiny, metallic decorative dots, this 20-ounce stemless wine glass oozes holiday spirit for the wine lover in your life. With each glass costing less than $4, you can score an entire set for inside $20, making it a great gift for moms or dads.
Delorean ‘Back to the Future’ Wall Art
- Price: $17.99
A throwback to the 1980s, this lithography-pressed work of art captures the magic of “Back to the Future,” but it’s designed with grown-up taste in mind.
Wines of the World 6-Plate Set
- Price: $15.37
This dish set pays homage to the world’s great wine regions — Spain, Argentina, California, France, Oregon and Italy — in bright, bold colors. Like a good wine, they pair perfectly with any dinner.
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3-Set Leaf Bottle Stoppers
- Price: $14.97
Preserve the good stuff inside partially finished bottles without replacing that ugly cork. These leaf-adorned bottle stoppers are finished with incredibly detailed metal.
Large Apple Canister
- Price: $12.97
Simple and colorful, this bold apple canister will brighten any kitchen. Hand-painted and dishwasher safe, it can hold 102 ounces of anything you need to keep fresh.
- Price: $16.97
You haven’t had Mexican food until you’ve made your own fresh tortillas — and once you do, you’ll never go back to store bought. This traditional press is made from sand-cast aluminum.
USB Car Charger
- Price: $6.21
The commuter in your life needs to stay connected, and you can make that happen when you gift that person a 2.1-amp cigarette lighter adapter that converts a car’s console into a two-USB charger. It’s perfect for charging laptops, phones and other devices on the go.
Apollo 39-Piece Tool Set
- Price: $17.89
Ideal for the new homeowner, hobbyist or DIYer, the Apollo tool set comes with 39 essentials, all of which are chrome-plated for rust resistance. It’s also a great gift for dads.
Lift & Learn USA Map Puzzle
- Price: $10.99
Geography lessons and creative fun in one entertaining puzzle, this 50-piece wooden USA replica puzzle comes with pieces big enough for kids age 3 and up.
‘Star Wars’ Yoda Jedi Talker
- Price: $12.48
You can get 800 years of combined Yoda wisdom with this motorized Jedi talker, which blurts out all of Yoda’s most recognizable phrases with the push of a button. This is a cool gift for guys and girls who believe in the Force.
Paw Patrol Jungle Rescue Rocky’s Jungle Truck
- Price: $12.97
The power of Rocky’s fork lift-enabled rescue jungle truck is limited only by your child’s imagination. The package comes with one Rocky figure and a single vehicle, but it can also be the first step in a campaign to collect the whole team.
Shopkins Cupcake Collection
- Price: $15.19
They’re tiny. They’re adorable. They bake cupcakes. If you’re having a pretend tea party, your search for guests is over. The Shopkins cupcake collection comes with eight Shopkins characters and everything you need for a perfect imaginary hangout.
B. Toys Meowsic
- Price: $19.99
Do you have a budding musician in your house? B. Toys Meowsic combines silly animal sounds with piano music for hours of creative entertainment.
- Price: $14.99
The junction between art and math, the original spirograph was one of the greatest toys ever invented — and it still is.
Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden
- Price: $17.79
The Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden stokes imagination and nurtures your children’s green thumbs by letting them put their own magic touch on the gardens they create.
Eco-Kids Finger Paint
- Price: $19.49
Help your kids bring their fantasies to life with this finger paint kit. Powder based and non-toxic, the paint is made from veggie and fruit extracts.
- Price: $17.99
Hydrate in style with the 16-ounce Funtainer, which is vacuum-insulated to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. If you’re looking for gift ideas for men and women on the go, this thermos is sure to please.
Product pricing is accurate as of Oct. 31, 2017. For the most up-to-date information, visit the individual retailers’ websites.
About the Author
Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. An award-winning writer, Andrew was formerly one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists for the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service. He worked as the business section editor for amNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan, and worked as a copy editor for TheStreet.com, a financial publication in the heart of Wall Street’s investment community in New York City.