40 Christmas Gifts Under $20

Our Best 3 Picks

Math Infinity Scarf

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Math Infinity Scarf

A lightweight all-season scarf, available in various colors.

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Polo Classic Watch

1.7", it's battery-powered with special plating and sporty leather.

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Good on a Budget

Wax Melts

Hand-poured and made with pure soy wax — choose from 10 scents.

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Gender Neutral Christmas Gifts Under $20

Olive Wood Nativity Scene

Features 14 nativity pieces hand-carved out of premium olive wood.

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Sari Photo Album

Bound in recycled paper and covered in sari, it holds 40–240 photos.

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Sleep Eye Mask

Made of rebound memory foam, and bonded with heat technology.

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Reindeer Socks

Made of plush microfiber coral fleece for a comfy, sweat-free fit.

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Turkish Trays

Made of a light weight, sturdy metal with an elaborate Turkish motif.

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Cable-knit Chenille Slippers

Machine washable, with soft, warm sherpa lining and a non-slip sole.

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Reflexology Slippers

Features 39 built-in massage buttons for foot acupuncture stimulation.

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Pocky Variety Pack

Features 12 packs of individually packed biscuit sticks in 3 flavors.

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Unique Christmas Gifts Under $20

Modeling Clay

Soft and easy to mold, it comes in white, terra cotta, and stone.

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Incense Variety Pack

A pack of 50 sticks — 25 different scents with 2 sticks of each.

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Henna Kit

Includes 50 g henna powder, 15 ml eucalyptus essential oils, and more.

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Double by Ayako Noda

Manga lovers will enjoy this 176-page drama about 2 young actors.

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Sensu Hanafuda Playing Cards

54 uniquely illustrated poker-size cards; each deck has 12 suits.

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DIY Lip Gloss

Make 5 lip glosses by experimenting with scents, shimmer, and colors.

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Chai Mix

Contains a blend of black loose leaf Assam tea with variety of spices.

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Handwoven Clutch

A handwoven embroidered bag, perfect for makeup, pens, money and more.

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Christmas Gifts For Men Under $20

Scented Candle

Handmade from soy wax with a 25-hr burn time — select from 13 scents.

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Roll-on Perfume

10 ml roll-on with an old book scent, ideal for a book nerd.

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Polo Classic Watch

1.7", it's battery-powered with special plating and sporty leather.

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Personalized Cufflinks

17 x 17 mm and rhodium plated for a shiny look and long-lasting finish.

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Cactus Grow Kit

Features a cacti mix, growing pots, seeds, instructions, and more.

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Headphones

With comfy, cushioned earpads and closed-back design to seal in sound.

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Loose-Fit Shorts

They are lightweight, moisture-wicking, and made of 100% polyester.

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Vintage Military Canteen

A 1960s vintage, 34 oz aluminum water flask with a wooden cover.

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Christmas Gifts For Women Under $20

Wax Melts

Hand-poured and made with pure soy wax — choose from 10 scents.

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DIY Perfume

5 piece sampler set made from high grade perfume oils and botanicals.

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Anklet

A hand-made anklet made from cowrie shells and colored braided cord.

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Murano Necklace

A hand-made pendant using molten glass with bronze powder accents.

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Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

A 320 page mash up rom-com/murder mystery around 4 meddling aunties.

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Luxurious Gift Set

Luxurious Gift Set

A stainless steel tumbler, rose and lavender bath bombs.

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Moroccan Marche Bag

Made of palm leaves and sheep leather, it's eco-friendly and durable.

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Notebook

Cover has 8 Italian-motif options and inner pages come with 3 choices.

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Christmas Gifts For Coworkers Under $20

Math Infinity Scarf

Math Infinity Scarf

A lightweight all-season scarf, available in various colors.

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Personalized Phone Stand

With a choice of 6 stain hues such as briar smoke, barn red, and more.

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Handkerchief

Washable and reusable cotton handkerchiefs sold in sets of 4.

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Knitted Hat

It's hand-knit from acrylic and wool yarn with a faux fur pom-pom.

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Fable — Volume 1

A 128 page fantasy series about fairies and humans of Fabletown.

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Wood grain fountain pen

This wood and metal signature pen comes with 4 free ink cartridges.

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“Gratitude Journal”

103-pg book with prompts to practice mindfulness over a 90-day period.

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Hawaiian Coffee Pack

A sampler pack of delicious, flavor-rich coffee.

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In 2022, Deloitte predicted that Americans would spend $1400 on average during the holiday season. Although it can be an expensive season, it is possible to find great Christmas gifts for under $20, if you’re trying to save where you can.

Choosing the Best Christmas Gifts Under $20

When it comes to choosing the best Christmas gifts under $20, the best approach is to get thoughtful and creative. As lifestyle expert Kimberly Kong puts it, “The best way to save money on Christmas gifts is to be creative with your choices.” Finding unusual gifts that compliment the person’s interests, or gifts that could have sentimental value, is a great way to stick to your budget but still gift something that would be extra meaningful to the receiver.

Another option is to consider items that are both practical and reasonably priced, such as a cozy blanket, a mug with a personalized message, or a set of small but useful kitchen appliances. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a gift that’s thoughtful and useful,” confirms gift expert Lindsay Roberts. By putting thought and effort into your gift choices, you can find meaningful and affordable gifts that will bring joy to your loved ones this Christmas.

How We Identified the Best Christmas Gifts Under $20

We added a section to our gift guide that is specifically aimed at helping you get creative with your gift ideas. As you’ll see, our Unique section contains all sorts of quirky gifts that you won’t typically find under the Christmas tree, which could either cater to a person’s specific interests or even encourage them to explore new interests.

We also added a few generic Christmassy gifts, which would be ideally suited to co-workers or people you’re not too close with but are great for sticking to your $20 budget, such as reindeer socks and a nativity scene. Finally, we added loads of useful gifts that anyone would appreciate, such as slippers, a watch, and food items.

Tips for Buying the Best Christmas Gifts Under $20

  1. Make a list
    Before you start shopping for Christmas gifts under $20, make a list of everyone you want to buy for. Then, next to each of their names, write down what type of gift they will enjoy that would most likely fall within your $20 budget (look for similar items online to gauge their general price range). This will help you stay organized and avoid overspending.
  2. Get creative with your gift ideas
    The best Christmas gifts don’t have to be expensive. In fact, some of the most thoughtful and memorable gifts are those that are creative and unique. Find affordable but meaningful gifts, such as a personalized ornament or a coffee mug with a funny message.
  3. Shop early and shop sales
    To get the best deals on Christmas gifts under $20, it pays to shop early and take advantage of sales. Start looking for gifts as early as possible, so you have time to compare prices and find the best deals. Consider shopping online, where you can often find discounts and promo codes. You can also shop at discount stores, such as dollar stores or clearance sections of retail stores. By being strategic about when and where you shop, you can stretch your budget and still give great gifts this holiday season.