Having a huge friend group or family is never a bad thing ... until gifting occasions roll around. Of course you want to get everyone something they'll love, but sometimes that isn't financially possible. Rethink your gift-spending budget this year and consider one of these 30 cheap gift ideas that look way more expensive than they really are. That way, you'll get everyone a gift they enjoy, without having to break your budget.
From sentimental photo books, to a luxe tea sampler, and even a cute crossbody bag that can be worn pretty much everywhere, we selected plenty of great options that are the best of both worlds: thoughtful and affordable. Best of all, with all of the money you save, you can even treat yourself to something special. Here are our top cheap gifts under $20 that your recipients (and your wallet) will love.
Step up their spa night with this super-cheap gift idea. TONYMOLY's single-use sheet masks are touted for their nice scent and fresh feel, and they aren't super messy to deal with. This honey version is moisturizing and great for sensitive skin.
These trendy traceless hair ties won’t leave marks in her hair like traditional elastics will, but it’ll hold her hair up just as well. Her strands will stay perfectly intact, so she can avoid using damaging hot tools the next morning. They come in an array of colors, so you can choose what you think she would like best.
This lavender-scented bath bomb is just the cheap gift that your most high-strung friend needs to chill the F down. And the fun doesn't stop once it fizzes away! It contains a small surprise inside, so you're getting two gifts for the price of one!
With a 4.8-star rating and over 6,500 rave reviews, this note set is a no-fail cheap gift for the most forgetful shopper you know. Those with more specialized diets can take advantage of keto and vegetarian versions, checking off as many grocery items as they wish.
This adorable hair accessory will snazz up boring strands with a knotted velvet top and a surface spotted with pearls. We love the classic vibes of this jewel-toned green, but there are plenty of available colors that'll fit your friend's preferred aesthetic.
This is a great cheap gift idea for the friend who's trying to make greener choices with their daily drink purchases. This colorful set of six silicone straws comes with its own cleaning brush and carrying pouch.
This cult-favorite facial spray is an outrageously popular cheap gift idea for a reason: It hydrates and refreshes tired skin, instantly giving it a fresh and dewy glow. It also is a nice little pick-me-up during an afternoon slump. Just spritz for a burst of energy!
Sure, you could buy a $50 luxury candle somewhere, but this one smells just as good for a fraction of the price. Plus, it's made with soy wax, so you don't have to worry about any chemicals burning into the air. This basil-scented one is great year-round, and it's hard to beat the price at under $10.
A cheap gift that looks way more expensive than it really is, this modern, concrete vase pairs well with a single stem. It's available in two sizes and three shapes. If they aren't much of a flower person, this would also making an amazing propagation vase.
We love countertop organizers that also happen to be adorable. This petite lotus-shaped container sits prettily by their bathroom sink, holding up to 30 cotton swabs at a time. The cover keeps them from getting dusty or gross, which is a must in bathrooms.
This sloth-shaped infuser will be a hit with anyone who steeps loose-leaf tea on the daily. If sloths aren't their thing, you could also opt for a hedgehog, chicken, or koala. They can stash one of these at their work desk and the other in their tea cupboard at home!
If you have a serious tea lover on your hands, set them up for sophisticated sipping with a variety pack of VAHDAM's most popular single-origin and in-house blends. Flavors like sweet cinnamon and turmeric spice will make them feel warm and cozy inside, but the set also has classic flavors like earl gray.
From Go Fish to Gin Rummy, these movies-themed playing cards will make every game even more fun. Each of the included 52 cards features a different movie director or star, so while you won't find a King of Diamonds in the deck, you will find Alfred Hitchcock and Spike Lee.
Your favorite hostess will flip out over this party-perfect set of six coasters. They'll keep tables free of unsightly water stains, and they stack up like a cactus to add an extra festive touch to any celebration. And, if they aren't great at plant parenting, this is a touch of green without the responsibility.
You never know when someone will need a wine opener, pair of scissors, or screwdriver, so why not gift them those and 12 other tools? This multitool has 14 different functions, making it a useful and cheap gift. It's a great choice for the outdoorsy person in your life or for anyone who likes to be preemptively prepared.
Their size is perfect, their designs are cute, and they even fold up to fit in a bag for spur-of-the-moment use. They're super lightweight, so there's no worrying about adding weight to an already heavy load of groceries. BAGGU is a practical gift for eco-friendly recipients who just can't refuse a spontaneous Target run (or the under-$5 section)!
If you want a gift that will guarantee a smile every single day, then this calendar is it. Based on the viral Instagram and Twitter accounts @WeRateDogs, each day features a different pup, accompanied by a silly rating of why he or she is such a great doggo.
Your favorite adventure-seeker will get a kick out of this interactive, scratch-off poster. It features 100 must-try activities that are probably already on their figurative bucket list, and every time they do one, they can mark it by scratching it off.
Furry friends deserve a gift under the tree, too! This option comes at a cheap price, but it won't only make your pup happy, it'll also help save the bees. Project Hive Pet Company donates 1% of every purchase to help plant wildflowers, restoring vital habitat for the declining bee population.
The toy also has a spot to put treats in, so it's a great puzzle for furry friends to figure out.
Tech gifts can get absurdly expensive, but the PopSocket is a cheap gift and affordable phone accessory that'll please them while keeping extra pennies in your pocket.
It grips onto the back of their device for easier holding and handling, so selfies and streaming can become more seamless, and a refillable lip balm inside ensures that their mouth always stays moisturized.
This unbelievable five-piece shave set offers plenty of value for the price. Your soon-to-be clean-shaven recipient will enjoy several full-sized essentials, including a rich shave gel, razor handle, and a three-pack of razor cartridges — all for just $15!
The plant parents in your life will always appreciate another planter, especially when it's as chic as this woven jute one. This gift comes with two hanging planters, perfect for trailing plants like pothos or philodendrons. If you're feeling extra generous, you could even add a live plant — Amazon sells those, too!
Who said that cheap gifts can't be sentimental? This customizable mini photo book is a gift they'll cherish for years to come, and it won't cost you a fortune. It'll look great on a coffee table or shelf, and chances are they'll be sharing it with all their friends.
Add some zen to their space with this Himalayan salt lamp. Not only does it add a nice warm glow to any room, but they can dim the lamp to their liking, helping set the ambiance in any room. Himalayan salt can also help balance the ions in the air, which can apparently help you sleep better at night.
This under-$20 kitchen appliance may seem tiny, but it'll totally change up their breakfast routine. From savory chicken and waffles to equally indulgent sweet treats, the options are truly endless. We're obsessed with this cute leopard print, too — they might even want to keep it out on the counter!
This handy crossbody bag embraces both style and function with several built-in card slots and an expandable pocket to hold a phone, lipstick, keys, and sunnies.
You'll stay super-organized thanks to all of the compartments. It also comes in 15 colors, so there's no shortage of options.
If they're lucky enough to have snagged an iPhone 13 before the holidays, then they'll appreciate this camera lens protector. This plastic piece attaches to their iPhone's camera, protecting the lenses from scratches and dust. Because it's clear, it won't obstruct any shots or the flash, and it won't class with any case they choose to put on their phone either.