November 24, 2020

The best cheap gifts of 2020

Inexpensive gifts can be just as thoughtful as those big-ticket items. Whether you're looking for something for a family member or a coworker, we've compiled a list of 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. 

For the movie buff

Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote: $24.99 at Amazon (was $29.99)

Give the gift of super-fast streaming to the movie lover on your holiday list. This device offers access to Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and all the other big streaming content providers. The voice-activated remote makes finding movies and TV shows a breeze. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy.

For the candle lover

yankee candle

Yankee Candle Large 2 Wick Christmas Cookie Tumbler Candle: $17.68 at Kohl’s (was $29.49)

Even the most difficult person to shop for will appreciate this lovely decorative candle. Not only does it come in a glass tumbler embossed with a holly design, but it also gives off a sweet vanilla cookie scent that can fill the entire house. Also available at Macy’s.

For the Star Wars obsessed

The Mandalorian echo stand

The Mandalorian The Child Stand for Amazon Echo Dot: $20.95 at Amazon (was $24.95)

Your favorite Star Wars fan will absolutely adore this Echo Dot stand that resembles the galaxy’s cutest sidekick. It’s durable and well-designed for a precise, non-slip fit that optimizes audio output.

For the meme obsessed

what do you meme

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game: $29.99 at Amazon  

Anyone who loves to host game night will appreciate this meme creation board game. You win a round by coming up with the funniest meme based on the included caption cards and photo cards, making it perfect for parties and other gatherings. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Macy’s.

For the puzzle enthusiast who likes popping open a cold one

Educa puzzle

Educa 1000 Piece Beers Jigsaw Puzzle: $18.99 at Kohl’s

This fun jigsaw puzzle can make an excellent gift for any beer (or puzzle) enthusiast. With 1,000 pieces, it’s a serious challenge that’ll keep them busy for hours. You can even frame the finished puzzle to hang behind a home bar.

For the breakfast lover

dash waffle maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker: $9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

For that loved one who just can’t resist a home-cooked breakfast, this mini waffle maker allows you to whip up fresh waffles quickly and easily. The non-stick surface also means it’s easy to clean, and the included recipe guide provides plenty of meal inspiration. Also available at Amazon and Kohl’s.

For the K-Cup junkie

starbucks kcups

Starbucks Variety K-Cup Pack: $28.99 at Best Buy

Your favorite coffee lover will appreciate this sampling of Starbucks-inspired K-cups for their Keurig machine. It comes with four different varieties made with 100% Arabica coffee and offers a total of 36 pods to fuel them through plenty of mornings. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For the foodie on your list

food network mag

Food Network Magazine Subscription: $12 at Amazon

Your favorite foodie will absolutely love a one-year subscription to this recipe-packed magazine. With beautiful color photos and interesting articles, it can provide plenty of inspiration no matter what level their cooking skills are.

For the eco-friendly water drinker

contigo water bottle

Contigo Jackson Reusable Water Bottle: $7.99 at Amazon (was $9.99)

Most people should be drinking more water, and this durable water bottle makes it easy to get enough throughout the day. The wide mouth allows you to add fruit slices or ice, and it’s dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s.

For the person who deserves to be pampered

vanity planet massager

Vanity Planet Scalp Massaging Brush: $19.99 at Amazon

For the person on your shopping list that needs a little extra pampering, this scalp massager brush delivers a soothing massage while helping clean their scalp. It can be used both in and out of the shower and offers battery-powered vibrations for a more effective massage.  Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For a special someone on your shopping list

Knock Knock Book

Knock Knock Why You're So Awesome Fill in the Love Book: $15.95 at Amazon

If there’s someone special in your life who deserves a more personalized item, this fill-in-the-blank journal makes a unique gift. It’s perfect for a friend, significant other, or sibling because it lets you detail exactly what you love about them. 

For someone who makes wearing masks fun

levis bandana mask

Levi’s Reusable Bandana Print Reversible Face Mask, 3 Pack: $15 at Amazon

Everyone needs at least a few cloth masks for when they head out into the world, making these reversible masks a practical and thoughtful gift. They have a fun bandana print on one side and a solid color on the other for plenty of versatility. Also available at Macy’s.

For the home chef

ambesonne crabs apron

Ambesonne Nautical Crabs Themed Apron: $21.95 at Amazon

For the home chef on your holiday shopping list, this adorable crab-patterned apron can keep their clothing free of spills and stains. It offers adjustable neckties and is made of machine-washable polyester for easy cleaning. Also available at Macy's.

For the person who wants to keep cool

pure enrichment

Pure Enrichment MistAire Studio Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: $29.99 at Amazon

If you’re shopping for someone who likes gifts that are more practical, this mini humidifier definitely fits the bill. Its compact design is perfect for bedside placement, and it can help balance humidity to prevent dry skin and ease congestion. Also available at Home Depot.

For the person who can’t get enough avocados


AvoSeedo Avocado Tree Growing Kit: $10.95 at Amazon

Anyone who loves gardening — and delicious avocados — is sure to enjoy this fun kit that allows them to grow an avocado tree at home. They only need to place an avocado pit in the included tray, put it in water, and wait three to six weeks for it to germinate.

For the hiker


LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle: $33.99 at Amazon (was $49.95)

For anyone who enjoys hiking or camping, this filtering water bottle is an ideal gift. It removes bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants from lake and stream water with its hollow fiber membrane and two-stage activated charcoal filter for safe drinking wherever you are. Also available at Bed Bath & BeyondBest Buy, and Home Depot.

For someone who deserves some “me time”

da bomb bath bomb

Da Bomb Glow Bath Bomb: $7.50 at Amazon

Bath bombs are a pretty safe gift for anyone who enjoys a relaxing bath, but this funky one actually glows as it fizzes up in the tub. There’s also a fun surprise inside that’s revealed once it’s fully dissolved. Also available Kohl’s.

For the security-conscious

herschel rfid card case

The Herschel Supply Co. Charlie RFID Card Case: $24.94 at Amazon

Any security-minded friends will certainly appreciate this slim case for holding credit cards and their ID. It can hold four cards and features a slip pocket for the card they reach for most often. Best of all, the RFID shielding keeps their information protected. 

For the dedicated Instant Pot user

instant pot book

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: $19.95 at Kohl's

If you have a loved one who can’t get enough of their Instant Pot, they’ll find plenty of inspiration in this comprehensive cookbook. With 75 recipes that range from classic comfort foods like roasted chicken to decadent desserts like New York-style cheesecake, you can always get a meal on the table in a hurry with this book. 

For the person who loves to play in the snow

levis beanie

Levi’s Men’s Classic Knit Beanie: $21 at Amazon

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

For eco-conscious friends

stasher reusable snack bags

Stasher Reusable Silicone Snack Storage Bags: $9.99 at Amazon

These reusable silicone snack bags are the perfect budget-friendly gift for the eco-conscious friends on your shopping list. They’re dishwasher-safe, suitable for use in the microwave, oven, or a boiling pot, and can be used over and over to take snacks on the go. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s.

For anyone who deserves some TLC for their feet


Dearfoams Leslie Quilted Microfiber Terry Clog Slippers: $26 at Amazon

For that person whose feet are always cold, these warm, comfy slippers are the perfect holiday gift. They feature a cushioned insole with gel-infused memory foam and a rubber outsole that means you can even wear them outside to take out the garbage. Also available at Kohl’s and Macy’s.

For the chocoholic


Godiva Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa: $11.16 at Macy's (was $15.95)

The chocoholic in your life will definitely enjoy this canister of hot chocolate from a world-famous chocolatier. It’s made with rich milk chocolate and includes enough powder to make 10 servings of cocoa.

For the makeup lover

tarte lash curler set

Tarte Curl’s Best Friend Lash Curler Set: $20 at Ulta

This fabulous eyelash curler and mini mascara will delight any makeup lover on your shopping list. The curler’s handle is blinged out with sparkling sequins, and the silicone padding prevents pinching. Pair it with the clump-free, flake-free mascara, and you’ll have envy-worthy lashes. 

For the lover of all things Star Wars

star wars ice mold

Star Wars Darth Vader Ice Mold: $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Star Wars fans are sure to get a kick out of this fun mold that creates an ice cube in the shape of the infamous villain’s trademark helmet. The mold is BPA-free, and it helps turn a simple on-the-rocks drink into a Sith-worthy beverage.


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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