It’s already November! Somehow this year has just flown by and it’s practically the holiday season. Budget-minded people know it’s best to start Christmas and other holiday shopping early so it’s easy to snag deals and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones at the perfect (affordable!) price. This year I’m going to do a series of gift guides highlighting gift ideas in specific budget ranges. That way no matter how much you want to spend, you can find cool, fun, and practical gift ideas.
For this general guide for stocking stuffers under $20, I looked for a variety of gifts for all age ranges and uses. I found fun and goofy gifts as well as practical gifts that any giftee will appreciate. This list is especially helpful if you need to buy a present for that co-worker you don’t know very well whose name you drew in the office gift exchange or that pre-teen cousin you only see at family events.
Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Drinking water is a healthier and cheaper alternative to drinking sodas or flavored sparkling water. But some people don’t like the taste of tap water or find plain water too boring. This fruit infuser water bottle is the perfect solution to this. It allows anyone to easily create delicious infused water and enjoy it on the go. It’s perfect for the office, the gym, or just enjoying something delicious at home.
My favorite infused water is combining lemon with mint. It’s refreshing and delicious in summer. You can also add sugar, honey, or artificial sweeteners for a little extra sweetness.
Bullet Shaped Shot Glasses
This is a great gift for any guy or gal who enjoys a nice shot. It’s also really fun for Secret Santa, White Elephant, and other gift exchanges where you don’t know who the recipient will be. This set of four shot glasses features a bullet shape that is revealed when you pour colored liquor inside. Each glass holds 1.5 oz and this perfect to display on a home bar or enjoy a shot of whiskey.
Unicorn Print Infinity Scarf
Scarves make a fantastic Holiday gift. Cold weather means people are looking to bundle up, plus these whimsical infinity scarves are cut enough to wear as an accessory no matter the weather. The design by Lina & Lily is called “Everyone Loves Unicorns” and I couldn’t agree more. The nice thing about this design is that it’s subtle enough to wear in day-to-day scenarios but still has the extra fun of a unicorn print.
Comes in dark red, mint green, gray, and navy blue.
Check out more unicorn gift ideas.
Aromatherapy Bath Bomb Set
Bath and beauty items always make a great gift, especially ones that are meant for pampering like these bath bombs. Handmade by Laura Botanicals, this set of 12 bath bombs are made from cocoa butter and infused with essential oils and botanicals to create a lovely aromatherapy experience.
There are twelve different scents to choose from. Since each order is custom made you can either select 12 of the same, mix and match, a sampler, or any combination of scents you desire. And the gift receiver will absolutely appreciate this delicious smelling stocking stuffer,
R2D2 USB Wall Charger
This is an excellent stocking stuffer for any Star Wars fan–it’s fun and practical! This little Death Star is a USB wall charger. Just plug it in and you can charge up to two devices at once. This works with any kind of device with a USB charging cable, like iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets.
If you have a Dad (or Mom!), in-law, or co-worker who’s always tinkering with machinery or working on some DIY project at home, this is the perfect stocking stuffer for them. This wristband has magnets embedded in the material to easily hold screen, nails, bolts, or even small metal tools. This helps keep tiny things easily in hand while they’re busy handling tools or climbing ladders. This is a practical stocking stuffer that DIYers will love.
Sriracha Hot Sauce Coffee Mug
Coffee mugs are a classic holiday gift, especially for co-workers. This officially licensed mug features the familiar rooster logo from bottles Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce. The large 20 oz. mug also has a green handle, which matches the bottle and happens to be Christmas colors as well! This is a must-give gift for hot sauce lovers.
If you have some extra money in your gift budget, include some of their favorite coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and they’ll really appreciate this gift.
Check out more Sriracha stocking stuffers under $15.
This is a fun gift for the person on your list who always stumps you. This Money Duck is a bar of soap that contains money inside. Yep, you read that right. Each duck contains a bill of either $1, $5, $10, $20, or $50. The catch is they won’t know how much money is inside until they use all of the soap. This gift makes a great gag gift for Secret Santa and White Elephant gift exchanges, plus it has a nice pearberry scent so it’s a useful gift, too.
While odds are it will have a smaller bill in it, you’ll really be the Christmas winner if you happen to give one with the $50 bill inside.
A Little Box of… Gift Sets
These little gift boxes are so cool and something you can’t find in stores. Made by Etsy seller Flytrap, they have a variety of “A little box of…” gifts. These boxes each feature 52 cards on a specific theme, with plenty of options for everyone on your gift list. The concept is that each card will give you an idea each week based on them. So the Data Night box has ideas for dates, the Creativity box has creative challenges, the health box has ideas for exercise and improving health.
These little boxes of cards are perfectly sized for a stocking and they’re a gift that will keep giving every week for the next year.
Flameless LED Candles with Remote
This box may be technically too big to fit in some stockings, but I had to share this. Candles are often given at Christmas, but some people can’t use candles because of building rules or health issues. These flameless LED candles are an excellent alternative. They create the ambiance of candlelight without the risk of fire. Plus they come with a remote control so you can set them from anywhere.
Still need to gift ideas for some of the people on your list? Check out these articles for more creative and practical gift ideas:
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