43 Under-$20 Gifts That Will Make You This Holiday's Hero

And, you know, not destroy your wallet.

December  5, 2019
Photo by Rocky Luten

Is it impossible to find a gift that’s useful, design-worthy, and inexpensive—but not a cheap tchotchke that will get tossed in next month’s decluttering? It seems so, especially when the Holidays creep up on you, and somehow, no matter how much you plan ahead, time is never on your side.

Thankfully, beautiful, practical, wallet-friendly gifts do exist, and we’ve done the digging to find them for you. Each of these 43 gift ideas ring in under $20—somewhere between the cost of a greeting card and a bottle of good wine, but last much longer—and often come with free, fast shipping. Keep this list handy for knockout gifts on a budget, whatever the occasion. You’re welcome.

1. Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet (Amazon)

You can’t go wrong with gifting a cast-iron pan. This one will last a lifetime, at a surprisingly low price. If you ask us, it’s one of the best things you can buy on Amazon.

2. Iris Hantverk Almond Butter Soap on a Rope (CB2)

Nostalgic soap on a rope gets a Swedish upgrade.

3. Japanese-Style Flower Frog (Amazon)

For the amateur florist, this palm-sized tool is the trick to creating irreverent, wild flower arrangements.

4. Bee’s Wrap Reusable Bread Wrap (Food52)

Give the eco-conscious (or carb-loving) person in your life a sustainable way to keep bread fresh.

5. Book Darts (Schoolhouse)

These little brass book darts will save your place—and their charming tin box means no wrapping needed.

6. Cotton-Linen Tassel Tablecloth (Amazon)

This whimsical cotton and linen tablecloth hits two design trends: tassels and checks.

7. Coastal Farmed Sea Salt (Food52)

Another find that needs no wrapping? A one-pound bag of sea salt, harvested and sun-dried in Maine.

8. Lavender Minimalist Soy Candle by Brooklyn Candle Studio (Amazon)

This candle = relaxation in a jar.

9. Kikkerland Retro Alarm Clock (Amazon)

For the chronic oversleeper: a charming alarm clock to make waking up a little easier.

10. Stainless Steel Ice Pack (Food52)

A sleek, reusable stainless steel ice pack will delight hikers, campers, and outdoorsy types (beach-goers and picnickers too).

11. Maranello Caffe Pour-Over Coffee Dripper (Amazon)

Meet the winning gift idea for any coffee obsessive.

12. Marseille Liquid Olive Oil Black Soap (Food52)

This luxe but hard-working French-made soap can be used for just about everything.

13. Bees Knees Cocktail Kit (Amazon)

A gift sure to win over any aspiring mixologist. Just add gin.

14. Mini Stainless Steel Watering Can (Amazon)

For the plant parent in your life, consider a practical but elegant (and small space-friendly) watering can.

15. Canvas Grocery Shopping Bag (Amazon)

A sturdy canvas market bag makes a green (and good-looking) gift. Bonus: Inside compartments ensure bottles won’t spill on the way home.

16. Vintage Silver-Plated Spreader (Food52)

A vintage silver-plated spreader makes a one-of-a-kind gift. Optional: Tuck in a jar of jam.

17. Wilton Non-Stick Donut Baking Pans (Amazon)

For the baker looking to up their game: a set of donut-making pans.

18. Leatherman 7 (Leatherman)

Here’s a small but mighty gift idea: a tiny, multi-talented gadget by Leatherman. This one has a box wrench, screwdriver, box opener, and bottle opener, all in the size of a tortilla chip.

19. Muse Bath Apothecary Essential Oils Room Ritual Mist (Amazon)

A bottle of essential oil spray will freshen any room (and it costs under $10).

20. Celia White Vase (CB2)

Add a spray of flowers to this vase for a lovely housewarming gift.

21. Wood and Acrylic Block Picture Frame (Urban Outfitters)

A grab-bag idea that everyone will want? A trendy wood-block picture frame.

22. Smart Plugs (Amazon)

Giving a smart plug—which transforms a regular appliance into a “smart” one, operable from your phone—means giving the gift of starting the coffee from your phone, without getting out of bed.

23. Cotton Cushion Covers (H&M Home)

These graphic-patterned cushion covers ring in at $5.99 each. Buy a pair and tie them up in ribbon.

24. Bedside Night Water Carafe with Tumbler (Amazon)

This glass bedside carafe makes an effortlessly chic bridal shower gift.

25. Terracotta Plant Waterers (Amazon)

What to give the couple who leaves town every weekend? This set of four terracotta plant waterers will keep their houseplants happy and hydrated.

26. Gold-Edged Ecru Coasters (Food52)

These gold-edged coasters are a festive gift for any host.

27. AmazonBasics Stemless Wine Glasses (Amazon)

For an A++ gift, spring for a bottle of wine to go alongside these surprisingly affordable stemless glasses.

28. Men’s Compact Zipper Dopp Kit (Target)

A cheap gift for a man in your life (or any frequent flier): a dapper dopp kit.

29. Faux Sheepskin (Amazon)

This faux sheepskin looks great thrown over a chair or at the end of a bed—and is available via Amazon Prime.

30. Beige Porcelain Pot (Muji)

A petite porcelain teapot from Japanese outfit Muji would look darling in any kitchen.

31. Tidawave Net Shopping Bag (Amazon)

Gift these net carry-all bags and as a bonus, fill with fresh fruits, bread, and flowers.

32. Stackable Popsicle Molds (MoMA Design Store)

For kids and kids at heart: This set of four popsicle molds stacks to save space in the freezer.

33. Glass Wall Vases (Amazon)

A set of glass wall-mounted vases make an elegant gift for just about anybody.

34. Room Spray (Urban Outfitters)

A travel-friendly spray that allows you to carry your favorite scent to rooms and bedsheets wherever you go.

35. Wire Basket With Copper Handle (Target)

You can never have too many wire baskets. Plus, we love the modern styling of this one.

36. Pierre Poivre N.7 Seasoning Blend (La Boite)

This eight-pepper blend can be used to season anything from salmon and grilled steaks to oven-roasted vegetables.

37. Fredericks & Mae Paper Games (Amazon)

This fresh spin on classic paper and pencil games includes five fun two-player games.

38. Rinse-Free Hand Wash (Nordstrom)

Aesop’s rinse-free hand wash refreshes and cleanses without the water.

39. Succulent Decoration (IKEA)

Everyone loves a succulent, especially a succulent they cannot kill.

40. Small Whiskey Rocks (Crate & Barrel)

Soapstone beverage cubes keep drinks cool without watering them down—and look pretty neat doing it.

41. Compact Mirror (Crate & Barrel)

A compact mirror to slip into a pocket, purse, or desk. In a cool vegan leather sleeve.

42. Llama trinket dish (West Elm)

A trinket dish perfect for knickknacks of all shapes. Plus, who doesn’t love llamas.

43. Personalized water bottle (Etsy)

So they can hydrate in style, and potentially, never lose a bottle again.

Have a great under-$20 gift idea? Let us know in the comments.

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