24 Festive Holiday Gifts for $20 & Under

Got a huge list of family and friends to shop for this year? If you’re looking to not break the bank this holiday season, our list of gifts for $20 and under is here to save the day. From creative crayons and jelly creation kits to soothing bath bombs for moms, our list of gift ideas has a little something for everyone—on the cheap.

For Kids

Laser Pegs Light Up Creatures in Mini T-Rex

For the builder in the group, these dino-tastic sets from Laser Pegs are the perfect addition under the tree or in a stocking. There's a Light-Up Mini Pterodactyl as well as our fave, this Mini Light-Up T-Rex.  

Shop here, $7.99

photo: Snap Ships

Snap Ships Locust K.L.A.W. Stealth Craft

This year's hot building toy is also uber-affordable: Snap Ships offers several cool space-age looking building toys ready for battle, most of them under $10. Our editor tried to hide the Locust from her kid but he found it and gave it a glowingly "awesome!" review. 

Shop here, $9.12

Break In Alcatraz

This relatively challenging game is full of puzzles and clues to solve in order to break in to island prison of Alcatraz. Great for ages 10 & up and younger kids with some assistance. Can be played by as few as 1 player and as many as 6, too, which makes it a versatile gift. 

Shop here, $14.99


Custom Kids Name Crayons

Colorful crayons take on a new shape with these custom name crayons. Handmade and perfectly personal, these fit nicely under the tree or in a stocking.

Available at etsy.com $17.77

Rainbow Unicorn Tattoos

Safe and non-toxic, Tattly's tattoos last two to four days! Each pack comes with two sheets of tattoos that are designed by renowned artists and designers and truly make temporary tats an art form.

Available at tattly.com, $10

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021

Gear up for 2021 with National Geographic's Kids Almanac. The new installment is loaded with attractions, explorer profiles and animal stories that are perfect for little learners.

Available at amazon.com, $18.47

Rainbow Jellies Surprise Creation Kit

One of Target's hot toys this year, Rainbow Jellies Surprise Creation Kit lets you craft your own jelly in just 45 minutes. Each set comes with 25 surprises and tons of inspo.

Available at Target, $19.99

Splash Park Puzzle

Bright colors and diversity come together in this fun Splash Park puzzle for kiddos four and up. The jumbo-sized pieces are great for hand/eye coordination, help with cognitive development and are just plain fun.

Available at amazon.com, $18.95

Funko Pop Harry Potter Snow Globes

Collectors will love Harry Potter Mystery Mini Snow Globes. Each one comes packaged in blind packaging for a true mystery snow globe that all feature your fave Harry Potter characters.

Available at amazon.com, $9.99

Super Smalls Everyday Sparkle Gem Stickers

We can all use a little bit of sparkle! Super Smalls comes with four pages of 3-D stickers that will jazz up anything and everything. The colorful collection is a great stocking stuffer and perfect for kids three and up.

Available at supersmalls.com, $12

The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs

America's Test Kitchen's newest cookbook for young chefs makes the perfect gift for budding bakers. Littles will learn the basics of making their own store-bought ingredients using simple recipes that make time in the kitchen fun.

Available at amazon.com, $17.77

Dog Crimes

Perfect for pup lovers Think Fun Media's new game is packed with logic and critical thinking. It comes with 40 beginner-to-expert game challenges and is great for kiddos eight and up.

Available at amazon.com, $14,99

Bluey & Family

This four-pack includes the title character Bluey, an adorable blue heeler, and her family: Bingo, Bandit and Chilli. Their arms and torso's move, and are ready for hours of pretend play. 

Available at target.com, $14.99

For Parents

Wandering Bear Coffee

Wandering Bear's Extra Strong Organic Coffee means you can make your fave cold brew at home! Great for French press and drip machines too, a one-pound bag works great for coffee lovers who love a java that packs a punch.

Available at wanderingbear.com, $15.99

Tiny Arcade Q*Bert

This miniature little arcade game is the pocket-sized escape from reality we need this year. The Screen size is 1.5 inches with an overall cabinet size of 3.75 x 1.75 x 1.75. You can even snap it on a keychain for on-the-go fun.

Shop it here, $18.30

Comes also in Tetris, Pac Man, Frogger, Pole Position and more

Thistle Farms Bath Bombs

Give the gift of relaxation, but so much more with a Thistle Farms bath bomb. Not only is each one made with essential oils and Epsom salts, but when you buy from Thistle Farms, you are helping to support healing for women who are victims of addiction, prostitution and trafficking.

Available at thistlefarms.com, $8

E. Frances Paper Little Notes

Whether it's writing lunchbox notes, words of encouragement or just a reminder, E. Frances' Paper Little Notes make a great gift for parents. The bite-sized box comes with 85 colorful cards with designs front and back.

Available at efrancespaper.com, $14

SOPHi Nail Polish

From the makers of Piggy Paint comes a line of "adult" colors. Cruelty and chemical free, vegan and virtually odorless, this lineup of water-based colors is vibrant and a perfect stocking stuffer!

Available at sophinailpolish.com and Target, $7,99 each, $13.99 for collection of two

Curve AirPod Case

AirPod owners know how easy it is to lose that slick, white holder! Native Union adds some grip with this curve case that comes in rose, black and navy and comes in at a steal of a price.

Available at nordstrom.com, $19.99

1 lb. Bag of Zum Signature Soap

Great for hostesses, neighbors, teachers and friends, Zum Signature Soaps are here for the holidays. The goat's milk soap takes months to make, with each layer made up of a different type of soap, making this a thoughtful and creative gift.

Available at indigowild.com, $19.95

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

Give the gift of green this holiday. The self-watering Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden is not only a great way to bring life into an indoor space, but you can also choose between Organic Geneovese Basil, Organic Cilantro, Non-GMO Common Mint, Organic Greek Oregano, Organic Flat Leaf Parsley and Organic Sage when purchasing.

Available at uncommongoods.com, $20

Marble Minimergency Kit

Don't lose your marbles! This minimergency kit is great for the ladies in your life. Each one comes with beauty and personal care essentials that include tiny versions of deodorant, hairspray, bandaids and more.

Available at pinchprovisions.com, $19 and also in a Hemergency version for men, $30

Succulent Socks

There's no arguing with a person who loves succulents! This five pack of crew socks make a great stocking stuffer or gift topper for the plant lover in your life.

Available at amazon.com, $8.99

Au Natural Skinfood Discovery Kit

Au Natural's Skinfood Discovery Kit is not only good for your skin but for the environment, too. The sustainable packaging is endlessly refillable, and the products contain no chemicals, parabens or preservatives.

Available at aunaturalskinfood.com, $19.95

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of retailers

Featured image: Juliana Malta via Unsplash

Editor’s Note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.  


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