So you know you want to give your friends and loved ones something that shows them how much you care about them, but you’d also like to be able to pay your bills once all the gifting is done. It can be a balancing act, but buying presents doesn’t necessarily have to be a budget-breaking situation, and these
good but cheap gifts are proof of that. In fact, most of these items come at such friendly price points that you can put my favorite gift-giving strategy into play: Buy some extras to have on hand in case you’re surprised by someone unexpectedly sending you a little wrapped-up something. One recommendation? Pick up a couple sets of these scented soaps (or maybe these shower foot massagers), and you’ll always be prepared with a gift that almost anyone would love. You can even combine them to make a fun at-home spa package, and it still won’t put a dent in your wallet.
And this list covers all the bases, too, so whether you’re exchanging gifts with a co-worker or looking for a special treat for your BFF, you’ll find something here (and you won’t find yourself cringing when you look at the price tag). So enjoy your shopping spree, and rest assured that you’ll still have some dollars left to spend on some
gifts for yourself.
These Faux Fur Slippers That Are Pure Luxury
Available in nine gorgeous colors,
these slippers have a faux fur lining that’s super snuggly on the feet and a memory foam insole makes them extra comfy to walk around in. Plus, the durable, anti-slip soles give feet a firm grip while you’re shuffling around the house.
Available sizes: Small – X-Large
Available colors: 9
These Drink Chilling Stones For Whiskey Lovers
drink chilling stones are an amazing choice for the mixologist in your life, amateur or otherwise. Because they’re made of natural granite, they won’t melt and water down drinks, but they will keep them cool. This kit includes six reusable drink cubes, so your favorite beverage enthusiast will be able to share the wealth with guests for years to come.
This Reusable Insulated Lunch Box That Looks Professional
When you’re bringing lunch along to work or school, you probably want to carry it in style; that’s why this
reusable insulated lunch box is an awesome choice. With a heavy-duty exterior fabric that won’t scuff or stain, you can clean it with soap and water in between delicious meals. Bring it with you on a bus or an airplane for mess-free snacking on the go.
A 3-In-1 Avocado Slicer That Any Cook Will Love
Any guacamole aficionado would welcome the opportunity to add this
avocado slicer to their kitchen arsenal. The easy-to-grip tool splits, pits, and slices avocados with minimal effort on your part, and it’s dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
These Solid Shampoo And Conditioner Bars That Smell Like Heaven
For those who are passionate about sustainability, these eco-friendly
shampoo and conditioner bars make a great gift. Compact and travel-friendly, these bars will help restore your hair’s shine while the added conditioner keeps hair soft. This four-pack includes lavender, honey, seaweed, and chamomile scents to match your mood.
This Foot Scrubber That Massages Tired Feet
With hundreds of flexible bristles, this
foot scrubber is designed to give feet a thorough clean while also providing a relaxing massage. It’s perfect for the spa lover or anyone who’s on their feet a lot.
A Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Set That Soothes Dry Skin
Now that everyone’s deeply invested in hand-washing, this
hand cream set is an ideal gift. It comes with six shea butter creams in scents like jasmine, cherry blossom, and lavender, and the cute tin means that all you have to do is add a ribbon.
A 3-Pack Of Fluffy Socks That Are Super Soft And Cozy
Give the gift of warm feet with
these wool-blend socks that reviewers report are “so soft and cozy” and the “best wool socks I have ever owned.” The fluffy crew socks come in a variety of combinations and are one-size-fits-all for convenience.
A Memory Foam Wedge Pillow That Reduces Neck & Back Pain
If sleep sometimes brings discomfort, from neck and back pain to acid reflux and snoring, this
memory foam wedge pillow could help. When you sleep at an elevated angle, you could reduce or prevent a number of sleep-related health concerns, and it’s unbelievably soft. Use it while you watch TV, curl up with a book, or even recover from pregnancy or surgery.
This Lip Plumper Set For A Hydrated Pout
For fuller-looking lips without the needles or heavy price tag, try this
lip-plumping duo. Formulated with mint, ginger, and vitamin E, this set repairs dry lips and boosts circulation for a plumper pout. Use it as a base before lipstick application or on its own for a fresh, dewy look.
This Genius Mug That Keeps Your Fingers Warm While You Drink
Great for coffee, tea, and hot cocoa, this
mug is uniquely designed so that you can slip your fingers into the curve to gently warm your hand while you sip. The dishwasher- and microwave- safe porcelain mug comes in an array of colors and left- and right- handed options.
A Bike Mount Bag That Holds Your Phone, Keys, And Wallet
If you’ve ever had to juggle your phone, keys, and wallet while biking, try storing them easily with this
bike mount bag. Its touch-sensitive front frame means that you’ll be able to navigate while you pedal, and it’s compatible with most smartphone models. When it rains, you can still use your bike mount with confidence, because it’s fully waterproof.
This Lap Desk That Has *All* The Features
With built-in features like a convenient mousepad, a smartphone slot, and a ledge to secure your computer,
this lap desk is the perfect WFH gift. Plus, the two cushioned bolsters on the other side make it super comfortable to use.
These Affordable Bluetooth Earbuds With 135,000 Ratings
If you’re looking for Bluetooth 5.0
earbuds that won’t break the bank, these are it. Boasting 135,000 ratings, they’re perfect for calls, but since they’re waterproof, they’re perfect for sweaty workouts, too.
The Small But Mighty Wireless Speaker That Goes Everywhere
Roughly the size of a hockey puck and weighing in at just under 2 ounces, this compact but powerful
Bluetooth speaker can go with you anywhere. What’s more, it’s waterproof and features a suction cup on the reverse so you can even use it in the shower.
The Exfoliating Mitts That Leave Skin Soft And Smooth
This Korean spa treatment is now a well-known beauty trick thanks to its superior exfoliating properties that buff away dead skin, leaving it soft and smooth. This
two-piece mitt set is great for targeting ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris, as well as removing fake tanner — though anyone in pursuit of softer, smoother skin can benefit from a once- or twice-weekly exfoliating session with these mitts.
A Skin Care Starter Kit From A Buzzy K-Beauty Brand
three-piece starter kit from I DEW CARE, one of the coolest K-beauty brands in the game, is a great gift for anyone who is just getting into skin care. Containing a brightening serum, a moisturizer, and an overnight lip mask, all infused with brightening vitamin C, this travel-friendly trio is an easy way to achieve glowy skin.
This Wireless Charger That’s Earned Thousands Of 5-Star Ratings
Instant charging is always close at hand with
this award-winning charger that’s earned thousands of five-star ratings. The versatile charger is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones, and it can even charge through thick protective cases.
These Lenses That Work With A Smartphone Camera
Any smartphone can become a high-end camera with this
lens kit. The kit comes with nine lenses that clip onto your phone, including wide-eye, fisheye, and starburst, and the case keeps them safe when not in use.
A Cold Brew Maker For The Coffee Aficionado
Get some refreshing java at home with this
cold brew coffee maker. Made with durable Tritan, the 9-cup carafe features a fine mesh filter and a tight-fitting, leakproof lid. It works with all your favorites, from tea bags to coffee grounds. You can get it in three colors
The Sparkly CZ Earrings Plated In 14K Gold
Available in yellow, white, and rose gold finishes,
these huggie earrings feature cubic zirconia stones that’ll add sparkle to any look, whether dressed up or in sweats. The delicate earrings are nickel-free and hypoallergenic.
An Electric Wine Opener That Will Be Any Oenophile’s New Best Friend
Anyone who enjoys wine will love
this electric wine opener that makes uncorking any bottle fast and easy. It comes with a foil cutter for an even more streamlined process and a charging stand to keep it powered up at all times.
This Microwavable Popcorn Popper With A Built-In Butter Melter
Made from durable, BPA-free borosilicate glass,
this popcorn popper is the perfect accompaniment to movie night. Available in a snack size and a family size, it doesn’t require oil, but it does have a built-in butter-melting tray on top for extra deliciousness.
The Hair Repair Treatment That Leaves Strands Soft And Silky
Rich and concentrated,
this hair repair treatment nourishes hair and makes it glossy and smooth. Formulated with hydrating ceramides and strengthening collagen, this little tube is a salon-worthy treat at an affordable price.
A Derma Roller That Makes Skin Glow
Outfitted with hundreds of ultra-tiny titanium needles, this
derma roller glides over the skin to promote collagen production and brighten the complexion — and you don’t have to shell out aesthetician prices. Using it before bed can also prep skin for absorption of serums and moisturizers.
An Adorable Loose-Leaf Infuser For Those Who Love Tea
How cute is
this tea infuser that looks like a sloth hanging from the rim of your mug? Made from silicone, this little guy is completely dishwasher- and microwave-safe, too.
The Knife Set That’ll Add A Pop Of Color To The Kitchen
The perfect gift for anyone who’s taken up cooking,
these colorful knives feature sharp stainless steel blades and comfortable grips. The set includes five knives: paring, utility, Santoku, carving, bread, and chef’s, all with accompanying blade guards.
This Double Cleansing Kit That Gives You A Gorgeous Glow
From last-minute shopping to feisty family members, holiday-related stressors abound; give someone you love this
double cleansing kit so they can pamper themselves in between white elephant exchanges. It comes with a papaya sorbet enzyme cleanser, which transitions from a balm to an oil while you use it, and a gentle blueberry cleanser, which removes makeup that seems stuck in place and gently exfoliates with AHAs. Both products are cruelty free, vegan, and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and drying alcohols.
A UV Sanitizer That Keeps Smartphones & Other Small Items Hygienic
With just the touch of a button, this
UV light sanitizer is an easy way to blast away germs on phones, keys, watches, and other small items. Plus, its compact shape and USB charging function allow you to take it on the go.
The Vitamin C Serum That Leaves Skin Glowing
This vitamin C serum also includes ferulic acid, and together they work to brighten the complexion while evening out skin tone and protecting from environmental damage. The K-beauty serum has won over thousands of fans who say the “holy grail” formula is “outstanding.”
This Adjustable Ring Light With A Tripod Stand
With this adjustable ring light, they won’t need to worry about asking photographers (aka friends and family members) to take “just a couple more!” It shines a bright and even light on its subject and looks great at absolutely any height. With two phone holders, users can attach their phone to the stand or prop it up in the center of the ring light itself and personalize their glow.
A Handheld Vacuum For All Those Tight Spaces
With a sleek, bullet-shaped design,
this handheld vacuum is built to quickly clean small spaces. The rechargeable vacuum comes with a crevice tool and dusting attachment, so you can even clean your laptop keyboard and reach between couch cushions.
A Fabric Shaver That Restores Sweaters And Upholstery To Like-New Condition
Everything from fine linens to knitwear and even upholstery can be restored to like-new condition with
this fabric shaver. It uses a combination of stainless steel razor blades and a protective honeycomb mesh panel, to get rid of fuzz and pilling without damaging fabric.
These Toothbrushes With Charcoal Nano-Bristles To Whiten Teeth
These toothbrushes feature thousands (!) of nano-bristles that are gentle on sensitive teeth, and they’re infused with charcoal, which naturally whitens. They’re a great way to get a deep cleaning without going harsh on the gums, and each set comes with two brushes in modern black and white.
The Mochi Toner That Makes Skin Bouncy And Smooth
For skin that’s as smooth and bouncy as everyone’s favorite Japanese treat, check out
this mochi toner from beloved K-beauty brand Tonymoly. The alcohol-free formula is made with skin-nourishing ingredients like ceramides, macadamia oil, and rosewood oil.
The 2-In-1 Hair Dryer And Volumizer With Over 250,000 Perfect Ratings
two-in-one hair dryer and volumizer boasts hundreds of thousands of five-star reviews from devoted fans. The barrel leaves hair smooth and shiny, while the unique combination of pin and tufted bristles allow you to style and boost volume where it counts — at the roots — without tangling your hair.
A Cooling Steering Wheel Cover With Sky-High Ratings
Keep your hands cool and comfortable during the hot summer months with this
gel cushion steering wheel cover. It also protects your steering wheel from dirt and oils, keeping it looking new for longer, and provides a comfortable, ergonomic grip. Plus, it’s easy to clean and to install.
The Solar Charger That Powers Up Electronics, No Matter Where You Are
Giver your phone or tablet a charge with
this solar power bank, even when you’re nowhere near an outlet. A perfect gift for campers or anyone else who likes to go off the grid, the charger also features a built-in flashlight and handy compass.
These Silk Scrunchies That Reduce Friction For Healthier Hair
Give the gift of salon-quality haircare with these
silk scrunchies. Because they won’t tug or pull on hair, they reduce breakage and creases, which make these an especially good choice for anyone with fine or damaged hair. Plus, the silk material is timelessly beautiful, and these will make a sweet statement worn on anyone’s wrist.
A Jewelry Holder That Organizes Earrings, Bracelets, And More
Made with clear acrylic that makes it easy to see everything,
this jewelry organizer features hooks for storing all types of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. It’s lightweight, compact, and holds up to 128 pairs of earrings.
The Drink Caddy That Makes It Possible To Sip In The Shower
Possibly the greatest bath accessory ever invented,
this wine glass holder features a suction cup that attaches to the shower wall so you can sip on some pinot while you’re lounging in bubbles or showering off the stress of the day. Made from mildew-resistant silicone, it’s strong enough to hold up to 7 pounds.
A Plush Electric Blanket That’s Perfect For A Cozy Night On The Couch
Winter chill has met its match in
this cozy electric blanket that doubles as a wearable shawl. Made from plush fleece, it heats up fast and is machine-washable for easy care.
This Purse Insert That Organizes Any Handbag
Available in various sizes and colors,
this purse-organizing insert is a great gift for the friend who’s constantly digging through their handbag for keys and lip balm. Made from heavy-duty felt, it features various compartments to neatly store everything, and it’s easy to lift out, so you can switch purses anytime you want.
A Candle-Making Kit That’s Perfect For The Crafter On Your List
Give the gift of a DIY project that will light up the recipient’s home with the warm glow of candlelight —
this candle making kit. It comes with 50 cotton wicks and a stainless steel wax-melting carafe. Pair this with some soy wax for a complete gift.
These Hand Warmers That Are Perfect For Outdoor Enthusiasts
these hand warmers a few times and they’ll keep your fingers toasty and warm for up to 60 minutes at a time. They’re reusable. too — simply recharge by boiling them in water for 10 minutes. This is a great stocking stuffer for skiers, snowboarders, or anyone with perpetually cold hands.
The Digital Notebook That Sends Doodles And Notes To The Cloud
This smart notebook has codes that can be scanned with your phone so you can blast an image of the page to your cloud service of choice. Available in eight colors, it comes with an accompanying Pilot Frixon pen, and the pages can be wiped clean and used again and again.
The Nail Drill That’s Great For Acrylics, Pedicures, And More
Perfect for use on both acrylic and natural nails,
this nail drill is lightweight and suitable for both left- and right-handed users. It’s quiet, low-heat, and comes with multiple drill bits so you can grind, carve, cut, and remove gel polish.
This Electric Spice Mill That’s A Gourmet Cook’s Dream
This battery-operated spice grinder is so simple to use, and it makes seasoning foods a breeze. The set includes a grinding tool with a ceramic blade, along with two interchangeable pods that let you switch between salt and pepper with ease.
A Lightweight Backpack That Folds Up Into A Small Pouch — In Your Choice Of 13 Colors
Available in a rainbow of colors,
this backpack weighs in at a mere 0.68 pounds. It won’t feel heavy on your back and it folds up into a small pouch, so you can stash it in your glovebox or suitcase the next time you take a trip. The water- and tear-resistant material is durable and long-lasting, and the multiple pockets make organization a cinch.
This Bamboo Charging Station With Space For All Your Devices
Crafted from renewable bamboo,
this charging dock is made to house a multi-port USB charger, and it provides a place for you to organize and power up all your electronics. It features seven slots for tablets, smartphones, and even laptops, plus it comes with an attachable smartwatch stand and five charging cables.
The Facial Cleansing Brush That Delivers A Deep Clean
From the skin experts at Olay comes
this facial cleansing brush that operates on two speeds for gentle cleaning and exfoliation. It’s battery-operated, water-resistant, and comes with a bonus replacement brush head.
This System Means Keys Are Never Lost Again
This key-finding system is just the ticket for the person on your list who always loses their keys. Operating on a radio frequency with a range of 100 feet, it comes with four color-coded tags that can be attached to keys and other small items, along with a remote control that rings them when they get lost.
The Wireless Charging Station With A Built-In Headset Holder
Delivering a charge that’s two times faster than its competitors,
this wireless charging stand is the perfect accessory for smartphones and devices — especially since it has a built-in headphone stand that can help organize your desk. It features durable aluminum construction and a rubberized base, so it won’t slip around during charging.
A Cozy Headband With Built-In Headphones
For those who like to listen to music while drifting off to sleep,
these headphones make for the perfect gift. The headphones are nestled inside a cozy, washable Lycra headband, and they’re warm enough for cold-weather jogs, too.
An LED Neck Light For The Bookworm
around-the-neck reading light features LED lights at the end of each arm so you can aim a beam at your book. The lights feature customization options, like multiple brightness settings and yellow, warm white, and cool white temperature modes.
A Matcha Set That’s Sustainably Made With Bamboo
matcha set, they can prepare their favorite beverage the way it’s supposed to be done. These bamboo tools (a whisk, a scoop, and a spoon) are the same ones traditionally used to make the perfect cup, and they’ll add a meditative moment to anyone’s morning routine. Reviewers call the tools “beautifully handcrafted” and “borderline essential.”
A Selfie Ring Light That Holds Your Phone In Place
Give the aspiring social media star in your life this
selfie ring light to upgrade their filming experience. With 3 light settings and a 24-inch twistable neck, this ring light is adjustable to help them achieve the best possible take. They can even use it for a beautifully lit FaceTime call or Zoom meeting.
These Magnetic Dual-Sided Measuring Spoons That Save Drawer Space
Anyone squeezed for kitchen space will love
these stainless steel measuring spoons with built-in magnets that let you nest them together for compact storage. Even better, they’re double-sided, so each piece is essentially two measuring spoons in one.
The Wire Baskets That Are Part-Décor, Part-Storage
Boasting an industrial style that feels clean and modern,
these storage baskets are the definition of functional décor. They can be used to organize towels in the linen closet, canned goods in the pantry, or to corral laundry or desk supplies.
This Cheese-Serving Set That’s A Foodie’s Delight
This cheese set comes with four serving tools, so you can tackle brie and manchego alike, without shredding or gooeyness. The stainless steel tools feature a gold-tone finish, and the accompanying acrylic stand shows them off on your counter.
A Set Of Essential Oils For More Peaceful Vibes
Busy schedules and hectic times call for soothing techniques like the use of
these essential oils that are 100% certified organic. The set comes with a selection of Cliganic’s most popular oils, like lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus, and they can be dabbed on pulse points or used with an aromatherapy diffuser.
An Essential Oil Diffuser With 7 Ambient Light Settings
essential oil diffuser features a printed wood grain design that’ll go with any home decor. Its seven ambient light modes allow users to choose between all the colors of the rainbow. The included essential oils (10 of them!), which range from lavender to peppermint and everything in between, are made without additives or fillers, which is a significantly more sustainable process.
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This article was originally published on
Dec. 6, 2020