December 15, 2021

The best cheap gifts of 2021

Inexpensive gifts can be just as thoughtful as those big-ticket items. Whether you're looking for something for a partner or a coworker, we've compiled a list of the best cheap yet enviable gifts that anyone on your list would love to receive.  

Everything on our list is under $30 and many items are closer to $10 — the perfect price range for finding something for everyone on your list. 

An affordable streaming stick

Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote

Give the gift of streaming with this Fire Stick that allows users to access top streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more. The voice-activated remote makes finding movies and TV shows a breeze. Also available at Home Depot.

A winter wonderland-inspired candle

Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle Large 2-Wick Tumbler in Icy Blue Spruce

Between juniper berries, blue spruce and spearmint leaves, it's easy to feel like you're in a winter wonderland when you light this candle. It's made with premium-grade wax and burns for up to 110 hours— plus it's 100% recyclable through TerraCycle.


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A Mandalorian-themed Alexa device

The Mandalorian echo stand

The Mandalorian The Child Stand for Amazon Echo Dot

It's hard to beat the cute silhouette of this Echo Dot that resembles the galaxy's cutest sidekick. Manufactured by none other than OtterBox, it's durably made and is covered by the company's limited lifetime warranty.

A stoneware mug by Le Creuset

Le Creuset Stoneware Mug

Le Creuset Stoneware Coffee Mug

Made by a beloved kitchen brand, this mug withstands the test of time with a chip-resistant finish. Like other Le Creuset stoneware, it offers superior thermal retention so that coffee, tea and hot cocoa stay warm as long as possible. 

A funny card game for adults

what do you meme

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game

A big hit for game nights or parties, this meme-themed card game keeps players on their toes— and in stitches. Players win rounds by coming up with the funniest caption card to match the meme. Also available at Macy's.


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A personal waffle maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

This compact waffle maker is ideal for single servings of a much-loved breakfast treat and comfort food. It has nonstick hot plates that offer easy waffle retrieval, not to mention they're easy to clean once the device cools down. 

A leak-proof water bottle

contigo water bottle

Contigo Jackson Reusable Water Bottle

A convenient design in many ways, this reusable water bottle offers one-handed drinking and has a wide mouth so users can add ice cubes or fruit slices. The sleek, slender bottle fits easily in all cup holders, including those in cars, strollers and exercise machines.


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An affordable gift for Fido

KONG - Classic Dog Toy

KONG Classic Dog Toy

A perennial favorite for its near-indestructible design, this rubber dog lends itself to plenty of play. According to many dog owners, it's a constructive toy that may support physical, emotional and behavioral development. Also available at Chewy.

A cozy knit beanie

levis beanie

Levi’s Men’s Classic Knit Beanie

Everyone can use a cozy hat for the winter, and this one is lined with fleece for added warmth. It’s available in several colors and stays put, even when you’re skiing, snowboarding or running in cold weather. Also available at Macy's.


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A budget-friendly LEGO Set

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 3-in-1 Set

Build a pterodactyl, triceratops and tyrannosaurus rex with this versatile LEGO Creator set. It contains 174 pieces, some of which allow the prehistorical creatures to wiggle their legs, tails or wings. 


An eco-conscious snack bag

stasher reusable snack bags

Stasher Reusable Silicone Snack Storage Bags

These reusable BPA-free silicone snack bags are the perfect eco-friendly gift. They’re dishwasher-safe and suitable for use in the microwave, oven or a boiling pot. Also available at Kohl's.

A set of Burt's Bees lip balms

Lip Balm Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees Superfruit Lip Balm pack

These nourishing lip balms hydrate and smooth lips, plus the set includes fun flavors like mango and pink grapefruit. To boot, they're responsibly made with 100% natural ingredients that are rich in vitamins C and E. Also available at Ulta.

A Godiva hot cocoa mix


Godiva Milk Chocolate Cocoa Canister

Made by the world-famous chocolatier, this milk chocolate mix creates rich-and-velvety cups of hot cocoa. The mix is presented in a collectible canister with an airtight lid that seals in flavor and freshness.


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A slim card case

Fossil Men's Leather Minimalist Card Case Front Pocket Wallet

Fossil Leather Minimalist Card Case

An ideal alternative to bulky wallets, this slimline card case holds the bare essentials. A favorite for its quality design, it features classic Fossil styling with contrast stitching and fine leather construction.

A smoothing curling wand

Bed Head Curlipops Clamp-Free Curling Wand

Bed Head Curlipops Clamp-Free Curling Wand

This curling wand lets users create soft, bouncy curls without dreaded clamp indentations. The barrel is made with tourmaline-ceramic technology that leaves hair smooth and shiny. The wand comes with a heat-protective glove for safe styling. Also available at Ulta,

Jennifer Blair is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 


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