Discover the best cheap Christmas gifts to buy in 2022, whether you're shopping for friends, coworkers, or family members.
The holidays are just around the corner, and although it's a joyous time of year, it can become quite expensive with holiday gifting. Luckily, a thoughtful and impressive gift doesn't have to break the bank or be stressful.
Not sure where to start? No worries. We've put together a list of cheap yet high-quality gifts your giftee will love and cherish forever. From an essential oil diffuser that'll leave their home smelling amazing to a houseplant for the plant-lover in your life, here are 36 Christmas gifts with a price tag under $20. From thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for coworkers to great Christmas gifts for friends, our guide covers every type of giftee.
Best Cheap Christmas Gifts Under $20
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RRP: $15.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Add some relaxation and sweet scents to their home with the Urpower 2nd Generation Essential Oil Diffuser, which has many of the elements of the best essential oil diffusers, at a fraction of the price. This diffuser is small but mighty and nicely saturates small to medium size rooms. The Urpower has a six-hour run time, seven LED color-changing lights, and an automatic shutoff.
RRP: $19.99 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
For less than $20, they can turn their regular TV into a smart one with an Amazon Fire Stick. With hundreds of apps to download, movies to stream at the touch of a button, and a built-in Alexa voice remote to search and launch their favorite content, your giftee won't be able to put down their fire stick. The portable media streaming device plugs into any TV's HDMI. So, whether they're in a hotel room or at home, they can sit back and watch all their favorite shows. This will be appreciated by all giftees, whether you're looking for a Christmas gift for men, or the perfect family Christmas gift.
RRP: $16.59 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
A perfect gift for any vegetarians and vegans in your life, this book is packed with inspiration and delicious vegan recipes. Internet personality Tabitha Brown is known for sharing words of wisdom and tasty vegan recipes and her top-rated book details her own journey in a candid, down-to-earth way. It's a fairly spiritual read, drawing on Brown's own experience, so if your giftee is more interested in the recipe element, it may be worth gifting them one of the best cookbooks instead.
RRP: $16.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Traditional wine openers can be a hassle and tricky to use, but the Circle Joy Electric Wine Opener makes popping open a bottle of wine a breeze. This electric corkscrew wine opener is battery operated and easily unscrews the cork with a touch of a button. The wine enthusiast in your life will appreciate this sleek and modern wine opener.
RRP: $19.95 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Gift some greenery to the green-fingered person in your life with this fittonia white plant. Any discerning plant lover will cherish this timeless and thoughtful gift as they watch it grow and flourish in their home. I
RRP: $17.99 | Delivery: Shipping varies depending on location
The trendy mushroom lamps from the 1970s have made a comeback with more funky patterns and designs. Our favorite is the TOKABO lamp which is a modern take on the classic vintage mushroom lamp. This minimalist lamp is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who likes this retro style and will keep their home on trend with its unique shape and lighting.
RRP: $20.00 | Delivery: 2-7 day shipping
The Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush is a cult favorite - and a perfect Christmas gift for the women in your life - with its long-lasting and extremely pigmented formula. This trendy blush comes in 11 shades and matte and dewy finishes, giving beauty lovers the chance to find the perfect blush that compliments their skin type. The shades are gorgeous, and the packaging is like eye candy with its lip gloss-like applicator and gold cap. It feels and looks like a luxury product, but at a snip of the price. A
RRP: $15.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
There is nothing worse than a cup of hot tea or coffee that gets cold within minutes. Make that a thing of the past with this coffee mug warmer which will save your giftee trips to the microwave or kettle to reheat their beverage. The mug warmer has two high-temperature controls, and with its automatic shut-off at eight hours, your giftee can enjoy sipping on their coffee throughout the whole day. A great Christmas gift for dads, if you're struggling to find something for the man who has everything.
RRP: $19.38 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
No one wants to do floor workouts on the hard ground. The AmazonBasics Extra Thick Yoga Mat is the perfect gift for those into yoga, stretching, or floor workouts. This mat has a thickness of 1⁄2 inches that’s perfect for extra elbow, hips, and knee cushion. For less than $20, it's a steal.
RRP: $13.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Upgrade their basic coffee routine to include delicious specialty lattes with this handheld milk frother. The PowerLix Milk Frother is battery-operated and froths your drink within seconds. This stainless steel gadget can be used for more than coffee, such as eggs, cocktails, matcha, tea, and more. We can't think of a better gift for coffee lovers for under $15.
RRP: $14.00 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Whether the Baggu bag is used as a cute tote to store groceries in or to show off its vibrant and funky patterns around town, your giftee will do their part for the environment in style. The Standard Baggu comes in over 40 prints and colors, is made of recycled fabric, and best of all can hold up to 50 pounds. One of our favorite sustainable Christmas gifts.
RRP: $20.00 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Bring everyone together and end Christmas evening with a fun card game. The Scandinavian word, hygge means "a feeling of coziness and togetherness." The card game includes over 300 deep-thought questions, leaving everyone feeling closer than they came. This gift doubles up as a family-friendly Christmas party game, too.
Best Cheap Christmas Gifts Under $15
RRP: $12.78 | Delivery: 8-10 day shipping
Nothing is better than a sentimental gift representing your relationship with your giftee. This personalized glass music plaque is a perfect Christmas gift for parents, a significant other or anyone dear to you. You can add a photo of the two of you or just of your loved one and the title of a song that’s significant to them.
RRP: $14.00 | Delivery: 3-6 day shipping
The Staple Slouch Socks are cozy and perfect for keeping warm and toasty in the winter. These Free People chunky knit socks come in seven colors and can be worn around the house for lounging or styled with winter boots or sneakers. All ages love socks, so this set would make an equally good Christmas gift for grandparents as it would for the little ones in your life.
RRP: $10.90 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping
Costing just $10, this 30ml perfume is long-lasting and smells far more luxurious than its affordable price tag would suggest. The Zara Gardenia Perfume is great for those who prefer floral and sweet fragrance notes, but the retailer has a wide collection of scents at a similar price tag. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea for mom, your significant other, or a friend, this is a sweet gift they will love and *actually* use.
RRP: $10.00 | Delivery: 3-6 day shipping
Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa this Christmas with Mason’s 18-ounce alphabet mug. This perfect personalized gift will look great in any kitchen with its simple and modern design. The stackable stoneware mugs are available in letters A-W. This is also a great Christmas gift idea for coworkers so they can sip their morning coffee in style.
RRP: $11.00 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
What better gift to give than something they can use on Christmas morning to make breakfast? This mini heart-shaped waffle maker is perfect for small spaces or just to have as a cute kitchen gadget. The dual-sided non-stick machine is easy to use, with no flipping or long waiting. Just plug in, pour, cover, and enjoy the delicious heart-shaped waffles. This is also a sweet gift for couples.
RRP: $11.40 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Whether they're an anthophile or a gardener in training, they can never have enough plant knowledge. Say goodbye to searching how to take care of a specific plant online, and hello to the "How to Raise a Plant" book. Two plant experts spill all the beans on choosing your plants, where to place them in your home, and how to keep them flourishing. If this book isn't quite right for them, check out our comprehensive guide on the best gift for gardeners.
RRP: $10.00 | Delivery: 4-15 shipping days
Whether they want to take a piece of home with them to their new city or want to show some state love, they will appreciate this state-shaped magnet. You can customize the magnet with no extra cost by adding an engraved heart to mark their favorite city. A truly unique Christmas gift idea.
RRP: $15.00 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Help them start their day feeling rejuvenated and moisturized with this 4-piece hydrating skincare set. The e.l.f. Skin Hit Kit is made of hemp-derived cannabis Sativa seed oil products that consist of facial oil, moisturizer, face cream, and lip balm. These vegan and cruelty-free skin products will be a great gift for all skin types, and if your giftee isn’t a big fan of scents, no worries. All of the products are unscented. If you're looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift for your mother in law, you can't go wrong with this set.
RRP: $13.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
This three-piece chiller wine set is the perfect gift for a wine enthusiast who may love having a few ice cubes in their glass but hates watered-down wine. The set includes a stainless steel cooler stick to keep the wine at its best temperature, a decanting aerator, and a drip-free pourer. Whether they're outside on a summer picnic or in their home, they can enjoy a chilled glass of your favorite wine whenever they want.
RRP: $10.00 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
The Letterfolk Hike Passport Journal is the perfect gift for the hiker who finds joy in crossing off parks from their hiking list, making it one of the best gifts for hikers. This journal allows you to record special moments from each hike. The journal has 20 entry pages and eight checklist pages. And no need to wait until you get home, this journal is small enough to carry in your pockets, allowing you to write in the present.
RRP: $7.00 | Delivery: 5-7 day shipping
Whether shopping for a coworker or a best friend, you can never go wrong with gifting a candle, especially one with aesthetically pleasing packaging. This fresh-scent candle can be burned during all seasons, with notes of citrus fruits, grounding oakmoss, and warm musk. And once the wax is gone, the minimalist jar can be repurposed for whatever their heart desires. Who said the best scented candles need to cost the world?
RRP: $14.95 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Sipping on your favorite wine while relaxing in a nice bubble bath is the perfect way to end a long day. This plastic suction cup holder securely grips to glass, mirror, and glazed tile surfaces. Your giftee can move happy hour right to their shower with the SipCaddy Shower Beer and Bath Wine Holder.
Best Cheap Christmas Gifts Under $10
RRP: $7.99 | Delivery: Shipping days vary depending on location
You can never have too many throw blankets. Whether it’s for decor or to snuggle in, they’ll enjoy adding this neutral-color cozy blanket to their home. For only $7.99, you’ll add warmth and joy to their Christmas.
RRP: $6.98 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
Nothing screams relaxation more than a scalp massager that’s able to get to the roots. Hair wash days can be long and tiresome, but with this manual hair scalp massager, those exhausting wash days will turn into stress-free and self-care days. This soft bristle brush works for all hair types and makes the perfect pampering gift.
RRP: $8.25 | Delivery: 2-8 day shipping
Spice up bath time with a colorful and minty bath bomb. Whether it’s a Christmas gift for someone you just befriended or your spouse of 25 years, everyone can use a relaxing bath filled with fun colors and essential oils. The Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb is made of peppermint, grapefruit, and cedarwood oil that has relaxing and stimulating benefits.
RRP: $9.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping
This ceramic trinket box is a simple yet thoughtful gift for the person in your life who loves everything astrology-related. They’ll not only love having a small storage box to hold their small knick-knacks but its subdued colors and cute design will look great on any dresser. Along with the zodiac sign exterior, inside are sweet adjectives that describe their sign. One of the best zodiac gift ideas we've come across within this price range.
RRP: $6.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
A perfect gift for an eco-conscious friend who enjoys making iced coffees or smoothies at home, this pack of stainless steel metal straws includes straight and bent straws and two long cleaning brushes. The pack also comes with a cute portable bag to store the metal straws in for whenever they’re on the go.
RRP: $9.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
From the Christmas tree to the bedroom, they can add lights to their wall with these LED clip string lights. These sweet lights will add warmth and coziness to any room while showcasing their memorable pictures. If you're wondering what to get a teenager for Christmas, you can't really go wrong with this fun string of lights.
RRP: $8.95 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Whether they just moved into a new place or added cookware to their Christmas list, the Lodge Mini Cast Iron Skillet is an $8 durable skillet they’ll have for years. This skillet may be small, but it’s not too small to make frittatas and individual desserts.
RRP: $8.47 | Delivery: 5-12 day shipping
Pets are like members of the family, and gifting one of these engraved pet keyrings to the dog or cat-obsessed owner will lighten up their Christmas. You can customize the wooden keyring with an engraved picture of their fur baby’s cute face on one side and add a personalized message on the other for less than a dollar. A fantastic budget Christmas gift for dog lovers.
RRP: $8.49 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Bundle up with cute accessories this holiday season with a winter hat. A nice quality beanie is a staple that should be in everyone’s winter wardrobe. Whether they’re having a bad hair day or want to add a stylish touch to their outfit, this H&M cotton beanie pairs well with most outfits with its neutral color and will be a part of their wardrobe for many winters.
RRP: $9.98 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
These gold drop earrings will be the statement piece for all their outfits. Whether it's the pop they need for a casual and simple outfit or the addition to their glamorous look, these earrings will definitely turn heads. The dangling earrings come in two shapes and colors. There's a time and place for real gold jewelry, but some of the best jewelry gifts can be cheap and cheerful.
RRP: $9.10 | Delivery: 5-7 day shipping
There's nothing wrong with a little color, and this Morphe palette has just that. With seven solid pigmented shades and one tie-dye shade, this mini-palette is perfect for a bold and fun eye look. According to Morphe, when gifting the 9Q Love Matters Artistry Palette, you’ll also be gifting to The Trevor Project, where 100% of the net proceeds goes to providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ young people under 25.
RRP: $8.99 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping
A simple and dainty initial necklace is the perfect personalized gift for someone who loves jewelry and lightweight pieces. The Momol pendant is a personal favorite of mine. With many accidental wears in the shower and wearing it almost every day, the necklace has yet to turn colors. Whether it’s your initial or theirs, they’ll love wearing this necklace with any outfit.
What are some cheap but thoughtful gift ideas?
Christmas is about spreading holiday cheer and making new special memories with those closest to you. But shopping for gifts they’ll actually enjoy, or don't already have, can be tough. Although a gift card to their favorite store is easy and safe, a sentimental gift representing an inside joke, their personal interest, and their needs will go far further.
Thoughtful gifts allow you to show your giftee just how much you know them. Whether it's a $10 pack of dill pickle chapsticks (opens in new tab) to represent their love for pickles or a $13 magnetic matching bracelet (opens in new tab) to symbolize your love no matter the distance, thoughtful gifts don’t have to break the bank. They'll appreciate your meaningful gifts and cherish them forever.