You don’t have to blow your savings on a good gift. In fact, you can buy a genuinely practical gift for just under $20. Here are 20 of our favorite affordable gifts, with enough variety for any giftee.
A Custom Coffee Mug
Coffee mugs are incredibly personal items, especially when they’re printed with custom photos and messages. It turns out that you can print a custom mug through Amazon for just under $20. Just upload a fun picture, type some snarky text, and that’s that, you’re the best gift-giver on the planet.
Personalized Add Your Custom Text and Photo White Ceramic 11 Oz Coffee Mug Customizable Gift For Him, For Her, For Boys, For Girls, For Husband, For Wife, For Men, For Women (WHITE)
Amazon sells customizable coffee mugs. This is a no-brainier gift that costs less than $20. Go for it.
A RAVPower Portable Power Bank
Power banks are a great go-to cheap gift. But you don’t have to buy one of those crappy power banks that’s shaped like a tube of lipstick. The RAVPower 10,000mAh portable battery is an impressive, affordable power bank with two USB ports. It features a 12-watt charging speed, which is pretty nice for this price, and it’s small enough to fit in a bag or a backpack.
Portable Charger RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank Dual USB Ports Battery Pack Ultra Slim Total 3.4A iSmart Output Charger Light External Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone Samsung Galaxy and More
A 10,000mAh portable battery with two 12-watt charging ports? Now that's a good, cheap gift.
A Shiny Safety Razor
Safety razors are great for close shaves. They’re stylish, classy, they last forever, and they’re technically cheaper than multi-blade razors (because generic double-sided blades are dirt cheap).
The Weishi safety razor is a durable piece of metal with a neat design and an easy-to-use butterfly opening mechanism. It’s a good cheap gift that could get some actual use for years.
Weishi Nostalgic Long Handle Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor
The Weishi safety razor is super affordable and features an attractive and easy to use design.
A Yootech Wireless Charger
“Wireless chargers are like, super expensive, right?” That’s what your giftee will think when they unwrap the Yootech wireless charger. It’s a super affordable, super-thin Qi-Certified wireless charger that pumps out 10-watts of charging power. In other words, it’s a steal. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a power brick (but it does come with two USB cables).
Yootech Wireless Charger,Qi-Certified 10W Max Fast Wireless Charging Pad Compatible with iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS MAX/XR/XS/X/8,Samsung Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S9, AirPods Pro(With 2 USB C Cable)
The Yootech wireless charger is Qi-Certified and fast as the dickens, but it's cheap enough to serve as a stocking stuffer.
More CARTMAN Tools Than You’d Expect for Under $20
Tools are the penultimate “I didn’t know what to get you” gift. They come in nice boxes, they’re nice to have around, and you can never have enough of them. If you’re going to buy a toolset as a gift, then you might as well get the CARTMAN 39-piece set. It’s got a little bit of everything (hammer, drivers, a box cutter), it’s super cheap, and it comes with a nice little box.
CARTMAN Orange 39-Piece Tool Set - General Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case
Wait, a 39-piece toolset for less than an Andrew Jackson? That's one of the best gifts I've ever seen.
A Potential Murder Weapon
The TF TAKEFLIGHT tactical self-defense pen is like something out of a James Bond movie. It’s a survival multi-tool (and a writing utensil) with a built-in glass breaker, an aircraft-grade aluminum body, and a replaceable ink cart. The blunt glass breaker is, presumably, the part of this pen that you use as a self-defense tool.
Jokes aside, this is a well-built pen that’s easy to use even if you’re wearing gloves. It’d make a great gift for anyone who does handiwork or likes to play dress up.
Tactical Pen Self Defense Tool - Survival Multitool + Window Glass Breaker for Police, Military, SWAT, EDC | Smooth Writing Black Ballpoint, Gift Boxed with Extra Refills (Black)
The TF TAKEFLIGHT self-defense pen is a great little tool that's easy to use while wearing gloves.
The GreenPan Ceramic Frying Pan
Ceramic frying pans look and feel super fancy. They’re usually pretty expensive, but you can buy a 7-inch GreenPan ceramic frying pan for just under $20. It’s a solid, inexpensive gift that’ll actually get some real use.
GreenPan Rio 7" Ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan, Black
The GreenPan ceramic frying pan makes for a luxurious, cheap gift that'll actually get some use.
A 24-Pack of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
The road to the human heart is paved with food. And it just so happens that chocolate is the best food. So skip the big gifts and aim straight for the heart with a box of 24 fancy Ferrero Rocher chocolates. This particular box of chocolates comes with hazelnut, dark chocolate, and coconut flavors. Hey, you may as well buy one for yourself too.
Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Milk Chocolates, 24 Count, Assorted Coconut Candy and Chocolate Collection Gift Box, Perfect Easter Egg and Basket Stuffers, 9.1 Oz
Ferrero Rocher's 24-pack of assorted chocolates is the ultimate cheap gift.
Some Fuzzy, Funky Socks
If you want to give your giftee something that they’ll use right away, then consider buying them a 6-pack of fuzzy socks. They’re cute, they’re soft, and they’ll keep your giftee’s feet warm. Really, what else could someone ask for?
Cozy 6 Pairs Winter Fuzzy Warm Thick Ski Snow Boot Socks, Dark Colors, Size 9.0
Fuzzy socks are a luxury beyond compare. They're cute, they keep feet warm, and they make for cheap gifts.
An Expensive-Looking Kitchen Knife
Humans are curious things. They like to keep crappy old knives around their house and absolutely refuse to buy anything better. But when they happen to get a knife as a gift, they’re elated. They say, “oh man, I’ve wanted to buy a new knife for the past five years!”
Let’s lean into that. If a regular knife makes for an impressive gift, then just think what a fancy looking knife can do. The Soufull Japanese Gyutou knife looks incredible—it has this wavy pattern on the blade and comes in a nice box, right? Super cool, huh? But it costs less than $15. What an ingenious gift.
Soufull Chef Knife 8 inches Japanese Stainless Steel Gyutou Knife Professional Kitchen Knife with Ergonomic Handle (chef knife)
Kitchen knives make for great gifts, especially when they look expensive but cost less than $20.
Those HotHands Hand Warmers
As a gift buyer, sometimes you have to settle for the rudiments. HotHands hand warmer packs are essential for the cold months, and a pack of 20 goes for just under $15. In a way, you’re giving somebody the gift of warm hands for almost a month of their life. You should be proud of that.
HotHands Hand Warmers - Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers - Up to 10 Hours of Heat - 20 Pair Value Pack
HotHands hand warmers make for the perfect cheap gift. They're easy to use, they're extremely cheap, and they're essential during the cold months.
A Set of Exercise Bands
Fit Simplify exercise bands are a great little gift for anyone who likes to stay in shape. They’re cheap, small, and each set comes with five bands with different resistance levels. That means your giftee can fit their bands into just about any workout routine, or slowly build their way up to a set of nice, heavy bands.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands with Instruction Guide, Carry Bag, EBook and Online Workout Videos, Set of 5
Exercise bands are cheap, small, and great for just about any workout routine.
Potentially Life-Threatening Coffee
Coffee drinkers enjoy bombarding their bodies with semi-lethal doses of caffeine. Seeing as the best gifts are made to appeal to someone’s interests, you might as well get your coffee drinking friend a bag of Death Wish ground coffee. It’s a super-strong dark roast with a warning label. Apparently, drinking twice as much caffeine in the morning is dangerous.
Death Wish Coffee Company Ground Coffee, 16 oz
Twice as much caffeine? Sounds like a coffee drinker's dream.
A Budget DeWALT Driver Set
In the world of gifts, tools are always a safe option. It’s not the most creative gift, but everyone can appreciate a 45-piece DeWALT driver set. If they don’t appreciate it now, then they’ll appreciate it when they have to fix something and just happen to have that super nice driver set you bought them.
DEWALT Screwdriver Bit Set with Tough Case, 45-Piece (DW2166)
Everybody can appreciate a 45-piece driver set, and they'll think you spent a lot more than $15 on it.
Super Fun Non-Toxic Keyboard Cleaning Goo
Crumbs. Dust. Flakes. Follicles. These are the curs which fester ‘neath your giftee’s keyboard. You can’t tell your giftee to clean their disgusting keyboard, but you can trick them into practicing basic office hygiene with the SYOSIN cleaning goo. It seems like a toy, but its actually a low effort solution to all the crap that accumulates in keyboards. Plus, it costs less than $15.
SYOSIN Dust Cleaning Mud,Keyboard Cleaner Universal Sticky Slime for Cleaning Goop Magic Dust Cleaner Gel for Laptops,Car Vents,Printers,Calculators 160G
The SYOSIN cleaning goo is a solid gift. It's like giving someone a clean keyboard, except you only have to spend $10.
A Handy Waiter’s Corkscrew
You can never have enough corkscrews and bottle openers around the house. So, why not give your friends and family a waiter’s corkscrew. As the name implies, these corkscrews as prized by waitstaff around the world for their ability to open wine bottles and beer bottles. It’s like two gifts for the price of one.
Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew by HiCoup - Rosewood Handle All-in-one Corkscrew, Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter, Used By Sommeliers, Waiters and Bartenders Around The World
You can never have enough bottle openers or corkscrews. Buy your friends a waiter's corkscrew and kill two birds with one stone.
The Classic Aromatherapy Diffuser
Everybody can appreciate an aromatherapy diffuser. They’re pretty, they’re easy to use, and they make rooms smell good. The URPOWER diffuser is by far our favorite budget diffuser, and it just happens to cost under $20.
The great thing about these essential oil diffusers is that they have a limited range. Even if your giftee already has a diffuser, they’ll surely appreciate an extra one for their living room, bedroom, bathroom, or whatever room isn’t already under the spell of a diffuser.
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-Off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home (White)
The URPOWER aromatherapy diffuser is affordable, easy to use, and the perfect gift for just about anyone.
A Fancy Looking Tea Sampler
Some people like tea. Others don’t. But in our experience, a fancy looking tea sampler is one of the most flattering gifts on the planet. Even coffee drinking savages will look at the Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box and say, “oh my god, lemon and orange tea sounds so exotic!”
Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box, 48 Count (Pack of 1)
A fancy tea sampler is the fastest way to somebody's heart, whether they're actual tea drinkers or coffee-drinking savages.
Convince Your Giftee to Stop Stealing Forks from Restaurants
It’s fair to assume that your giftee already has some silverware in their kitchen, but they wouldn’t mind having 20 more pieces of cutlery, right? After all, nobody likes to buy cutlery, and this Radley and Stowe silverware set looks classy for its price. Hey, you never know, your friend might be coasting on some ethically dubious stolen silverware. This could be their only way out.
Radley & Stowe 20-Piece Flatware Solid Stainless Steel Silverware Set (Designer Grade with Matte Finish Handle)
For $20, you can buy a friend or family member 20 pieces of classy looking silverware.
A Quaint Throw Blanket
Everybody likes an expensive-looking throw blanket. This BOURINA throw blanket is relatively large (5-feet long), it has pretty tassels, and it prominently features a pattern of geometric weaves. For just under $20, that ain’t too shabby. Plus, the BOURINA blanket comes in just about every color imaginable, so you can get one that matches your giftee’s furniture.
Bourina Throw Blanket Textured Solid Soft for Sofa Couch Decorative Knitted Blanket, 50" x 60",Off White
This 5-foot long throw blanket looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It comes in multiple colors, and it features tassels and a pleasant woven pattern.
BONUS ROUND: A Sexy Jeff Goldblum Sequin Pillowcase
Do you know Jeff Goldblum, that one guy from the movies? Yeah, well, his face makes for a pretty decent sequin pillowcase. This is a great gift for that friend or family member who already has everything they could ever want. They’ll open your gift and say, “wow, this really touches my Jurassic heart,” or “is this Sylvester Stallone?”
JASEN Funny Reversible Sequin Pillows Cover Jeff Decorative Pillow Cover Color Changing Cushion Throw Pillowcase 16x16
It's a sexy Jeff Goldblum pillowcase. And it's sequin. What a world.