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34 Gift Ideas Under $5 That'll Still Impress Them

The best holiday gifts you can find on a budget.

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Even if you absolutely adore shopping for loved ones around the holidays, sticking to a budget is key — nobody wants you to overextend yourself for a gift. But small presents can make a big impact, particularly when they're personal, playful and actually useful. Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers for the family or affordable gifts for coworkers and friends, there are some great gifting options out there for $5 or less.

Yep, the following gift ideas all cost under $5, and they include personalized presents that are practical and unique. We found beautiful Etsy gifts, gifts for cool teens and even some funny gag gifts, too.

If you enjoyed these cheap Christmas gifts and want even more ideas, we also have budget-friendly ideas under $10, under $20 and under $30. These affordable Christmas gifts make inexpensive stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, too.

For more Christmas ideas, check out the Good Housekeeping 2021 Holiday Guide for holiday decor ideas, Christmas games and activities, holiday recipes and popular gift ideas.

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GIFT For Her
Geometric Triangle Hair Clip
amazon
SOSUO amazon.com
$4.95

This dainty and unique hair accessory comes in silver and gold finishes. 

BEAUTY GIFT
Clear Lip Lacquer
e.l.f.
e.l.f. amazon.com
$7.42

Glossy lips are still the look du jour, making clear lip lacquer a must-have for beauty lovers. This e.l.f. lipgloss comes in 7 shades and has over 13,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — and only costs $3.

RELATED: 10 Best Makeup Gift Sets for Your Favorite Beauty Lovers

Bohemia Beaded Bracelet
oyefly
OYEFLY amazon.com
$4.49

This gender-neutral beaded bracelet will look right at home on someone who loves earthy-designs. 

GIFT FOR FOODIES
Sea Salt Flakes
Maldon
Maldon amazon.com
$5.79

Okay, so this one is just a smidge above $5, but is totally worth it. These pyramid-shaped crystals are great for finishing everything from roasts to toasts and cookies. The foodie in your life will thank you.

Heart Cork Coasters
kate aspen
Kate Aspen amazon.com
$1.99

This way, the kids won't have a reason not use a coaster next time. These are cute, minimal and make a great family gift

Stainless Steel Straws
vehhe
VEHHE amazon.com
$6.99
$3.99 (43% off)

More and more people are trying to use reusable straws but don't actually have them on hand when they're out and about. This pack comes with two straight straws, two bent, one cleaning brush and a pouch to keep everything in.

Personalized Gift for Cheap
Initial Leaf Bracelet
wankehandmade
GuwaDesign etsy.com
$2.99

You can get away with scoring a personalized present for cheap by finding something special with your friend's initial on it. This gold plated bracelet comes with a dainty leaf for a minimalist look.

GIFT FOR TEENS
Star-Shaped Vlogging Ring Light
Brilliant Ideas
Brilliant Ideas urbanoutfitters.com
$4.99

Have a budding vlogger or TikTok star in your life? This cute desk accessory combines a ring light with a phone mount to match their star power.

GIFT FOR TWEENS
Unicorn Lippy Pal Lip Balm
lip smacker
Lip Smacker amazon.com
$3.95
$3.29 (17% off)

These adorable lip balms from Lip Smacker (yes, that Lip Smacker) smell delicious. Choose from a range of cute designs, including a unicorn, fox, panda and bunny.

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR HIM
Stainless Steel Survival Pocket Tool
v cool livat
$4.29

He doesn't have to just be a beer lover to enjoy this gift. The bottle opener also acts as a screw driver, saw blade, and can opener.

Shaped Silicone AirPods Case
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com
$4.99

They'll have a whale of a good time with this cute silicone AirPods case. There's also a pig option for $1.99! 

CUTE FOR KIDS
Personalized Crayon Names
HoneyLavenderBows etsy.com
$5.00

Design a creative nameplate (made of actual crayons) in any color combination you can dream up.

"I've Got This" Notepad
Carson Dellosa Education amazon.com
$3.49

Cute desk decor and stationery can be motivating. They'll appreciate this notepad that keeps their goals and accomplishments all in one spot.

Silicone Face Mask Brush Set
opiqcey
Opiqcey amazon.com
$5.20
$4.09 (21% off)

In case you were thinking of gifting her a Best of Beauty face scrub, throw in these silicone brushes reviewers swear by.

I'm Real Lavender Sheet Mask
tonymoly
TONYMOLY amazon.com
$3.00

In as little as 2o minutes, enriched lavender essences will hydrate their skin for a healthy, plumped look.

GIFT FOR BOOK LOVERS
Shoot for the Moon Beaded Bookmark
amazon.com
$2.95

Because e-readers aren't for everyone. Gift your favorite bookworm this inspiration marker, and they'll think of you every time they flip a page. 

Color Drip Candlestick Set
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com
$4.00

For the playful, artsy and Halloween-loving among us, there are these colorful drip candlesticks. 

Mountain Lake Art Print
nonily studio
NonilyStudio etsy.com
$7.99

It's kind of hard to believe that this abstract art piece costs only $5. You can purchase it in different sizes and download it instantly once you make your order.

RELATED: 20 Creative Gifts for Artists That Are Inspiring and Useful

Cuban Link Chain Bracelet
sosuo
SOSUO amazon.com
$4.58
$3.99 (13% off)

This gold-plated bracelet can be enjoyed by anyone! Its luminous finish makes it look more expensive.

Vintage Suitcase Luggage Tag
Kate Aspen amazon.com
$7.75

Ideal for the jetsetter in your life who has their next big trip planned for 2022, the vintage-inspired tag is super unique, which helps when they're picking up their luggage from baggage claim. 

Michelle Obama Quote Wall Art
etsy
MinMac etsy.com
$5.00

You can download this sweet graphic print right at home, and gift it to your BFF (or anyone else who could use this reminder from Queen Michelle). 

Felix Folding Storage Crate
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com
$5.00

Everyone could use more organization in their life. This adorable little catch-all looks like a mini version of the super trendy plastic milk crates you see all over Instagram.

Sewers' Gift Print
householdwords
HouseHoldWords etsy.com
$3.74

If a new sewing machine isn't within budget, this printable still shows how much you appreciate her craft.

Color Block Photo Holder
WoodenObjectsCo etsy.com
$4.90

A meaningful photo is a great gift, but put it on a photo stand to make it the perfect present.

Fidget Sensory Stress Bubble Toy
Qetrabone
QETRABONE amazon.com
$3.99

These fidget toys have been all over TikTok and mimic the experience of popping bubblewrap. They make a great gift for young kids, teens and the fidgety among us. 

Color-Changing Nee-Doh
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com
$5.00

Another great stress reliever, these colorful nee-doh balls will brighten up their work space.

Gift For Toddlers
Stack Up Cup Toys
The First Years amazon.com
$6.00

These BPA-free stacking cups have numbers on the bottom to help your favorite toddler get started with counting. 

Select Teabags
Taylors of Harrogate
Taylors of Harrogate amazon.com
$4.78

If they love to sip tea every day, why not get them a box of their favorite blend from Taylors of Harrogate?

Facial Cleansing Towelette Singles
Neutrogena
Neutrogena amazon.com
$2.59

These makeup remover singles are life-changing. She can take them on a flight, to the gym to work — anywhere.  

4K HDMI Cable
Rommisie
Rommisie amazon.com
$4.97

Everyone has at least once in their lives found themselves in need of another HDMI cable. They'll thank you later.

Mermaid Recycled Bag
Amazon
Stephen Joseph
$3.50

Made from 80% recycled plastic bottles, this bag is so cute, they'll ditch the plastic bags in a heartbeat. 

Cosmetic Bag
Deanfun
$7.99

Available in a ton of patterns, this cosmetic bag will hold lipstick, eye shadow and anything else they need while on the go. 

The Golden Girls Mad Libs: World's Greatest Word Game
Mad Libs
$4.99

There are 21 pages with fill-in-the-blanks that will have any Golden Girl fan rolling with laughter. 

RELATED: The Best 'Golden Girls' Gifts to Thank Your BFF for Being a Friend This Christmas

Ankle Compression Running Socks
Crucial Compression
$4.95

Yep, they are super practical, but with over 1,500 5-star ratings on Amazon, they're sure to be appreciated. 

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