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50 Thoughtful Gifts Under $30 That Your Loved Ones Can Actually Use

All of these ideas could also work for your Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange.

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Yuletide excitement brings inevitable stress on your wallet — especially if you have lots of loved ones on your Christmas list. Fortunately, there are tons of creative and budget-friendly presents out there (crisis averted!). To get a jump on your holiday shopping, take a look at this hand-picked list of gifts under $30. You're bound to find a fun yet thoughtful present for the most important people in your life: your significant other, best friend, kids, parents, to name a few.

These gift ideas are carefully selected by shopping pros (a.k.a. us), so you can feel good knowing that you're giving something that actually lives up to the hype. The options are endless, everything from food-filled presents to top-rated beauty products and beyond. If you’re on the hunt for the person who's top New Year’s Resolution is to lower their carbon footprint, this list has plenty of eco-friendly options perfect for them. Need to find something for the on-the-pulse-of-gadget-trends partner? A multi-device charging station and tangle-free earphone tool are your best bet.

Plus, if you're working with a slightly lower budget this year, be sure to take a peek at the picks that come in under $20 — some go as low as $10 or $5. Further proof that you don’t have to break to get a thoughtful gift for your nearest and dearest — it’s a win-win, right?

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An Affordable Way to Give Tech
Wireless 3-in-1 Charger
Sixmas amazon.com

This charging station is the perfect find for your gadget-loving relatives. Sleek and slim, but it packs a punch: They can charge their iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch in one spot (just be sure that their devices are compatible first).  

RELATED: The Best Tech Gifts You Can Buy in 2021

Pizza Socks
Rainbow Socks amazon.com

A hot slice of pizza, while amazing and all, won't last beyond Christmas day. Luckily, this box of six well-decorated sock slices will. 

A Cute Gift for Kids and Parents Alike
Blanket Hoodie

These warm, wearable sweatshirts are perfect for snuggling up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Plus, there are three colors to choose from.

Night Light Bluetooth Speaker
Elecstars amazon.com

Part night light, part speaker: This bedside gadget flashes six bright colors, plays music on command and offers a subtle glow come nighttime. 

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Movie buffs can scratch off the movies they watched to reveal a popular scene, catch phrase or symbol from the movie. 

Works for Him or Her
"Sucker For The Environment" Tote
HeikoClothing etsy.com

Running errands is more stylish — and eco-friendly — with this sustainably-sourced tote.

Great Option for Couples
The Self-Exploration Journal: A New Question Every Day
Zen Mirrors amazon.com

Encourage them to think beyond the everyday with this journal, which prompts them a new question all 365 days of the year. 

RELATED: The Best Cheap Christmas Gifts You Can Buy 

"Out to Lunch" Tote
Kate Spade New York amazon.com

Eating "aldesko" is more stylish with a sweetly-spotted insulated lunch bag. 

Cold Beer Coats
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Keep their beer cold with these adorable puffer coats. An added bonus: Bundling up their favorite brew will even keep their hands warm. 

RELATED: The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers 

Portable Campfire
Radiate amazon.com

This portable campfire gives him more than three hours of burn time at the campsite without wasting any time hunting for twigs and logs. That means he can focus his time and energy on making a hearty feast ... of s'mores and roasted marshmallows. 

Gear Ties (Pack of 4)
Nite Ize amazon.com

Keep anything from earphones to office supplies tangle-free with these nifty little gear ties.

Name Earrings
CaitlynMinimalist etsy.com

A dainty accessory like this one can be worn every day and would be something she'd treasure forever. Pick between sterling silver, gold or rose gold. 

A Cool Gadget for Coffee Lovers
Handheld Milk Frother
Zulay Kitchen amazon.com

Let’s face it, their daily coffee shop cappuccino will burn out their wallet after some time. This handy milk frother will give them barista-level lattes and cappuccinos in no time. 

Unique Gift Idea for Your Coworkers
'The Office' Mug
MugsAndPins etsy.com

Mix and match personalized photos of your work BFFs on these coffee mugs, inspired by the one Kelly gave Andy in The Office

Resin Flower Pot

Her living room is a haven for succulents and cacti alike, which means it's about time she adds another plant baby to the bunch. Fill this cute pot with a low-maintenance plant to add to her collection.

A Year of Mindfulness: A 52-Week Guided Journal
$13.49 (10% off)

Make 2022 their most mindful year yet with this 52-week guided journal. Each weekly spread prompts them to answer key questions about their thoughts, feelings and behavior to help them bring added peace and purpose to their life.

Cityscape Ring
CaitlynMinimalist etsy.com

These unique, custom-made rings can be made to represent any city. The perfect gift for someone who loves travel, or who just wants to represent their hometown on their hands.

Portable Cereal Cup
CRUNCHCUP amazon.com

Know someone who loves cereal? This handy cup makes it easy for them to enjoy breakfast on the go.

Wine Soaps
uncommon goods

These soaps smell good, look gorgeous, and instantly bring you the relaxing benefits that a nice glass of wine would.

The Child Device Holder
Cable Guys urbanoutfitters.com

Give him a cool place to display his video game controller when he's not trying to beat the next level.

Nylon Rucksack
PINCNEL amazon.com
$26.29 (27% off)

Great for the person always on-the-go, this nylon and leather backpack is the perfect size to store all of her daily essentials. While this two-toned beauty isn't big enough to fit her laptop, its six pockets will keep all of her books, beauty products and accessories organized.

Beauty Bakerie Organic Blending Eggs
Beauty Bakerie ulta.com

Help your friends stay on top of their beauty routine with a fresh set of blending sponges. This carton comes with six — enough to last her all year long.

Microwavable Bacon Grill
Prep Solutions amazon.com

Thanks to this handy tool, they can make perfectly crispy bacon in their microwave — yes, microwave!

Moon Cycle Art Print
NonilyStudio etsy.com

If they have a more minimalist style, they'll appreciate the simplicity of this boho-inspired art print. All you have to do is print it out after purchasing.

Custom Tea Blending Kit
BeauTeaStudio etsy.com

This kit comes with two base teas – earl grey and mint tea, to name some favorites — along with an assortment florals and dried fruit to customize your cup to your palette.

Chocolate Cookies Gift Basket
Barnett's Fine Biscotti amazon.com

For all the chocolate lovers out there, these non-dairy gourmet cookies come in 12 decadent flavors.

The Ultimate Bar Book
Chronicle Books amazon.com
$15.69 (21% off)

Let them show off their bartending expertise with this guide to making over 1,000 classic cocktails. 

Tastes Like Luxury
Whole Coffee Bean Gift Set
Red Bay Coffee amazon.com

There’s no denying your coffee-obsessed friends will drool over this pack of Red Bay Coffee's three best-selling blends: Motherland, Carver's Dream and East Fourteenth.

Geometric Blush Brass Earrings
lace and pearls jewelry
Laceandpearlsjewelry etsy.com

These dainty earrings were handmade (as were all the other pieces from this Etsy shop). They make a unique gift idea for the woman in your life who has everything.

Dancers in Black Art Print
EmmaMakeStudio etsy.com

If she's a dancer, she might really appreciate this artsy illustration that captures the beauty of dance. You can instantly print the download on your own after purchasing.

State Scented Candle
Homesick bloomingdales.com

Each of these soy wax candles is scented to evoke a special state, making them a perfect find for someone who just moved away or is really proud of the place they call home. 

Happy Illustration Notepad

Whatever their week looks like, this trusty planner pad will help them keep track of all of their appointments, meetings and tasks. Plus, the abstract pattern makes for a functional yet adorable desk accessory.

The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette
juvia's place
Juvia's Place ulta.com

Inspired by lively costumes used in festivals, these colors create the perfect bold look for a night out.  

Knit Throw Blanket

Throws are a fun item to gift because they're decorative, functional, and often need to be replaced. These throws come in multiple colors and cost just a little over $20.

The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book: 110+ Recipes for Young Bakers
Food Network Magazine amazon.com
$15.93 (20% off)

They already know their way around the kitchen, but now they'll have 100+ recipes to bake the most delicious cookies, cakes and other sweet treats. That makes it a win for their family and friends, too! 

Self-Care Over Everything Mug
black girl healing shop
blackgirlhealingshop etsy.com

This ceramic mug just gets it. She'll love sipping from it on lazy weekends.

Gold Zodiac Necklace
laalee etsy.com

If she's obsessed with reading her horoscope every day, this zodiac necklace will mean so much to her. You can choose between gold filled, rose gold filled and sterling silver.

Minimalist Leather Slim Wallet
Travelambo amazon.com

Perfect for the minimalist who thinks carrying cash is so 2005, this pocket-friendly wallet has five slots to hold cards, IDs, and any rogue dollar bills.  

Mini Essential Oil Diffuser
OliveTech amazon.com

If he practices self-care, he can use this mini device as an essential oil diffuser or as a humidifier. 

Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils
Crayola amazon.com
$10.84 (16% off)

Your friend who loves to color will appreciate that this set comes with 50 shades. Perfect for their adult coloring books, no?

Amazon Gift Card
Amazon amazon.com

If you're still stuck, you seriously can't go wrong with an Amazon gift card — because you can get anything on there!

Expert Cocktail Shaker Home Bar Set
FINEDINE amazon.com
$7.99 (47% off)

For the hostess with the mostess, this cocktail shaker set include a 14-piece stainless steel kit with shaking tins, a flat bottle opener, double bar jigger, shot glasses, strainer and six pour spouts.

2020 Mercana Cabernet Sauvignon
Winc winc.com

The supreme gift for any cheese board aficionado in your life, this floral, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with charcuterie, chocolate, anything really.

Camille Long Stem Wine Glasses
crate and barrel
Crate and Barrel crateandbarrel.com

Channel your inner Olivia Pope with these incredibly chic wine glasses. Best paired with a bottle of her favorite red or white. 

Kate Spade New York ID Clip
kate spade amazon.com

For the friend who just lost her driver's license for the fifth time this month: This gift isn't just cute, it's game-changing.

Pearl Headbands
Makone amazon.com

Help them stay on top of the latest accessory trend with this six-pack of velvet and faux pearl headbands. Amazon reviewers even gave this variety pack a perfect five-star rating because they are soft, comfortable and totally Insta-worthy.

Smart Plug
Amazon amazon.com

Even the not-so-tech-savvy can use this gadget. Once they stick this smart plug in an outlet, they can connect it with Alexa to schedule and control lights, fans, appliances and more. 

Masks and Cleansing Pads Set
anthropologie anthropologie.com

Bring the spa to your girlfriend with this variety pack of rest and relaxation masks. 

Pocket Wine Aerator
eparé amazon.com

With the push a button, Eparé's pocket wine aerator will swirl oxygen into her glass of wine, enhancing the flavor and finish in just 15 seconds.

Lip Cushion Tinted Lip Luminizer
Em Cosmetics
Em Cosmetics emcosmetics.com

This lip balm works double duty: The hyaluronic acid and vitamin E hydrate your lips while the glossy tints add a touch of color.

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