There are many reasons you might be looking for inexpensive Christmas gifts, and they seldom have anything to do with you being just a tightwad (but if you are we won't judge you, we promise!). Perhaps you're fed up with the commercialism that surrounds a holiday that's supposed to be about joy and giving.
Maybe you and your family and friends have begun to embrace the "anti-clutter" movement, and you're realizing that everyone has enough stuff. Minimalism is in, and so are small thoughtful gestures. Maybe your reason for looking for inexpensive Christmas gifts is that you want other people to be comfortable giving you an inexpensive gift.
If you're being sensitive to other people in this way, that says a lot about who you are as a person. Furthermore, some groups and families who exchange gifts set a spending limit so that the gift-giving is equal and not stressful for people who have less money to spend.
On the other hand, maybe you're just plain broke, whether it's the economy that's affecting people all over the country, or you're a struggling college student. Whatever your reason for trying to find inexpensive Christmas gifts, you can rest assured that it's possible to give a thoughtful gift that's inexpensive but not cheap, which we all know are two different things.
Because inexpensive Christmas gifts can be so varied in their size, function, and price, you can expect to see prices ranging from a few dollars up to $$$, so there's something for every budget.
Comparison Of The Best Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
Tips For Finding The Best Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
Finding cheap Christmas gifts is easy. But there are some things you need to consider before taking the leap.
Determine The Needs Of The person You Are Shopping For
First of all, ask yourself what the needs are of the person you're shopping for. If this person has been living in on their own for many years, they likely don't need a toaster. However, if you happen to be in their home and notice that their toaster is from the 1970s, they'd probably be delighted with a new one.
It is equally important to think about this person's lifestyle. If they don't cook, a cast iron skillet or waffle iron may be impractical, but the Fasta Pasta bowl on our list might be perfect.
Think About Things They Wouldn't Buy For Themselves
Next, ask yourself if there are things that people on your gift list would love to have but would hesitate to buy for themselves. Most people tend to do for others and neglect themselves, especially if they have limited funds. For example, we have the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker on this list.
Perhaps someone on your gift list is content to keep boiling eggs in a pan, but as a person who has the egg cooker, I can tell you that it's life-altering! Therefore, this might be a good gift for them that they'd never even think to buy for themselves.
What Are Your Giftee's Hobbies And Interests?
Think about the interests or hobbies of the person you're shopping for. Are they indoor types who love books and tech gizmos? Alternatively, maybe they're outdoorsy types who can always use a good waterproof speaker.
How We Found The Best Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
We did extensive research on the best inexpensive Christmas gifts and thoroughly read articles that have tips for finding inexpensive but thoughtful gifts. Then we went to Amazon and identified the very best inexpensive Christmas gifts we could find.
Nothing on this list is rated less than 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Customers appreciate these products, and they all have a lot of reviews.
Top 10 Inexpensive Christmas Gifts For Women
These gifts are great ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts for women. However, that's not to say that some of the items in this category won't appeal to men. If you think a gentleman on your list would love some of these inexpensive Christmas gifts, go for it!
1. Calligraphic monogrammed mug
Are the people on your gift list coffee or tea drinkers? If they are, they'll love these lovely customized mugs. You can have put on them whatever words you want. Plus, they have a small selection of cute graphics you can add. This gift costs between $ and $$ plus shipping. This item isn't eligible for Amazon Prime, so be sure to order in advance.
2. Soulmates Socks
The Soulmates Socks are deliberately mismatched. As a matter of fact, the company's motto is that "Life's too short for matching socks." We agree, and if you buy these delightful little socks for a lady on your list, she will probably give you a huge happy hug. They cost between $ and $$.
3. Pooch Selfie: The Original Dog Selfie Stick
If the person you're shopping for loves taking selfies with their pets, they'll love the Pooch Selfie stick. Your pet will have their attention focused on the ball. Therefore, they'll be looking into the camera while their humans snap an Instagram-worthy selfie.
4. The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo
The popular Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo preserves the natural lanolin oil in fabrics, keeping the yarns soft. It's highly concentrated, and this one 16-ounce bottle lasts for up to 32 washes. This product costs between $ and $$.
5. The Gratitude Journal For Women
This beautiful little journal will remind its recipient to get up every day and find gratitude. The Gratitude Journal for Women uses positive prompts, insightful quotes, and five-minute entries that encourage the art and joy of journaling. It costs between $ and $$.
6. OXO Good Grips Heat Resistant Silicone Travel Mat
If someone on your gift list uses devices that curl or straighten their hair, they've experienced the dilemma of where to put the dang hot thing down. This cute little pink travel mat solves that problem. Help them save their countertops. It costs between $ and $$.
7. Urban Kangaroo DIY Mini Lip Balm Making Kit
If you have a DIY-er on your list, she'll love this fun little DIY lip balm kit that allows her to make her own customized lip balm. It costs between $ and $$.
8. Erin Condren Travel Petite Planner
One of the most popular names in productivity planners, Erin Condren, has a line of small journals and booklets that complement their bigger planner or serve as stand-alone gifts on their own. This little petite planner will delight anyone who receives it. It costs between $ and $$.
9. Asutra Weighted Silk Eye Pillow
People who buy the Asutra weighted 100 percent silk eye pillow rave about it and say that it's a game changer. The wonderful scent of organic lavender lulls the sleepy one into a peaceful slumber. It costs between $ and $$.
10. Comfort Spaces - Glimmersoft Plush Hooded Angel Throw Wrap
The ladies on your list who love to feel pampered and cozy will love this wrap from Comfort Spaces. It's silky smooth and cozy with Sherpa trim and measures 50 inches by 72 inches. It costs between $$ and $$$.
Top 10 Inexpensive Christmas Gifts For Men
Although the gifts in this section are gifts that have traditionally appealed to men, many women would enjoy them, too. For your convenience, we've separated them out, but by all means, buy what people would like, regardless of gender.
1. World's Softest Socks
This brand of socks is one of the most popular sock brands in the U.S. They claim to be the World's Softest Socks, and I don't know if they are, but I sure do love mine. Furthermore, if Amazon reviews are any indication, other people love theirs, too. Therefore, you can't go wrong with these socks as one of the best inexpensive Christmas gifts. They cost between $ and $$ per pair.
2. Moleskine Notebook
Moleskine notebooks are a classic. These beautiful little notebooks can serve as a journal, planner, expense tracker, or whatever else anyone wants to use it for. Moleskine journals cost between $ and $$.
3. Darn Tough Vermont Hiker Micro Crew Socks
This sock is one of the most popular socks on Amazon. Darn Tough socks are made with a performance fit and have moisture wicking. Therefore, present these socks as a gift and be held in the highest esteem for years to come. These socks cost between $ and $$ per pair.
4. Good Measure Cocktail Recipe Glass
This awesome GOOD MEASURE cocktail recipe glass from Fred & Friends, covered in recipes for some of the most popular all-time classic whiskey cocktails. If your friends love their whiskey, this is the perfect gift for them, and it only costs between $ and $$.
5. RAK Magnetic Wristband With Strong Magnets For Holding Screws, Nails, Drill Bits
The guys on your list will love this magnetic wristband from RAK so much that they'll want to be wearing it as a fashion accessory, all day every day. Perfect for anyone who works with worrisome little screws, bolts, etc...to keep things handy when you're trying to get a job done.
6. Pizza Socks Box In Pepperoni
This little pizza socks in a pizza box are so adorable, and Amazon reviewers agree. These socks have an unbelievable rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and they cost between $ and $$. They're guaranteed to please almost as much as an actual pizza.
7. Guardman 11-In-1 Beer Opener Survival Credit Card Tool
Women have purses, and we can carry lots of stuff in them. Men can carry a murse (man purse), but we rarely see men actually carrying one. Therefore, most men have to rely on their wallets. Well, now they can have a little tool in their wallet that will almost help them survive the zombie apocalypse.
This cool little multi-tool card from GUARDMAN has 11 tools all in one card, including a can opener, screwdriver, sharp edge, ruler, bottle opener, butterfly wrench, four-position wrench, saw blade, direction auxiliary indication, two-position wrench, and a lanyard hole. Whew. That's a lot of tool in a gizmo the size of a credit card. It costs between $ and $$.
8. Luxury Men's Touchscreen Winter Italian Nappa Leather Dress Driving Gloves
These beautiful luxury gloves by Elma aren't the least expensive item on our list, but for the quality, you can't beat the price. They're made of beautiful Nappa leather and have a luxurious cashmere lining. They cost between $ and $$.
9. Radiate Portable Campfire
- Radiate Portable Campfire! Designed to be sleek & portable with 3-5 hours of burn time
- Easy to light & reusable portable campfire for camping, beach, and backyard
- Non-toxic recycled soy wax. No smoky smell & low soot. No Embers!
- Environmentally friendly & recycled paper briquettes
- Waterproof, Windproof, Shelf life of 30+ Years!
The Radiate Portable Campfire lets folks have a campfire wherever they go. Outside on the deck, by the lake, you name it. The guys on your list will love this delightful gift. It costs between $ to $$, depending on how many you buy. Furthermore, packs of four cost $$$, and bam, you've got gifts for four guys.
10. The Manual To Manhood: How To Cook The Perfect Steak, Change A Tire, Impress A Girl & 99 Other Skills You Need To Survive
OK just look at the title of that book. Doesn't every guy in the world need it? It's rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and costs between $ and $$.
Top 15 Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Everyone Will Love
Who wouldn't love the gifts in this section? These will appeal to all of your friends and family, depending on their interests and needs.
1. Anker Elite USB Charger
A USB charger is a USB charger, right? Not so much. The fact is, the majority of us have become accustomed to mediocre USB chargers, namely the ones that came with our phones. However, the Anker Elite charger promises more than that and has the Amazon reviews to back it up. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Oh, and there's this: it only costs between $ and $$.
2. Chilly Mama Baking Soda Fridge And Freezer Odor Absorber And Freshener Holder
The fridge is a potentially smelly place. But with the Chilly Mama, all of that can be behind us. You just fill her with baking soda and sit back while Chilly Mama does the work for you. This popular little gift costs between $ and $$.
3. Customized Mugs
Have you ever been rocking along in your car or in the shower and thought of an awesome quote you'd like to see on a coffee mug? Well, we have the perfect gift idea for you. This mug by Printualist lets you customize the message on your mug.
It costs between $ and $$ plus shipping. This gift isn't available from Amazon Prime, so be sure to order in advance so that you get it in time for Christmas.
4. TENTA Kitchen Foldable Silicone Trivets
Have you ever been cooking and have a hot pan in your hand while rabidly looking around for a trivet? Well, you can just assume that your friends and family have had the same problem. However, with these handy little foldable silicone trivets from TENTA Kitchen, the problem is solved. They cost between $ and $$ for a package of five.
5. Knock Knock To Accomplish Sticky Notes Pad
Everyone has stuff they need to get done. Therefore, a good little checklist comes in handy. This one from Knock Knock is great because it breaks tasks down into different categories: to remember, to do, to buy, to ponder, to delegate, and to put off. Every category is its own stick notes pad. This practical little gift costs between $ and $$.
6. Fred Koi Toy Light-Up Bath Goldfish
If your inexpensive gift ideas lean towards fun and a little bit silly, you might enjoy giving the Fred & Friends KOI TOY light-up goldfish for bathtime or swimming pool fun. KOI TOY costs between $ and $$.
7. BambooWorx Sushi Making Kit
If your friends and family love sushi and cooking, this sushi making kit from BAMBOOWORK is exactly what they need. It includes two rolling mats, a rice spoon, and a rice spreader. This product costs between $ and $$.
8. InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils can benefit everyone, and this little diffuser from InnoGear is sure to please even the most discerning gift recipient. It has seven color mood lights, and they can all be rotated between bright and dim. This nifty little diffuser costs between $ and $$.
9. Honksky Universal Flexible Thumb Smartphone Stand Holder
This cute smartphone holder is surprisingly popular for such a little guy! With an Amazon rating of 4.4 out of five stars and more than 650 reviews, it's a hot item. Furthermore, it comes in eight different colors and only costs between $ and $$.
10. Wine Folly: The Essential Guide To Wine
If you have wine drinkers on your list, they'll love Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. This book has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and would also be a great gift for someone who is just starting to learn about wine. It costs between $ and $$.
11. The Wine Glass Marker
These popular markers for your wine glasses have a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with more than 500 reviews. For the wine enthusiast on your list, the Wine Glass Markers are the perfect gift. They cost between $ and $$.
12. OXO Good Grips 3-In-1 Avocado Slicer
Do you have an avocado lover on your gift list? Who doesn't, right? This avocado slicer from OXO is hugely popular, with more than 2,900 reviews on Amazon. It costs between $ and $$.
13. Numi Organic World Of Tea Variety Gift Set
Tea lovers on your Christmas gift list will love this tea variety gift set from Numi Organic Tea. It has five teabags each of Aged Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend, Golden Chai, Jasmine Green, Mate Lemon, Rooibos, Gunpowder Green, Chamomile Lemon, and Moroccan Mint. This beautiful little gift costs between $$ and $$$.
14. Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker
While even seasoned chefs would love to receive this delightful little pasta cooker, it's also very handy for singles or couples to pull together a quick lunch or dinner. The Fasta Pasta is hugely popular on Amazon, with more than 2,500 reviews and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It costs between $ and $$.
15. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
Boiling eggs is so easy, isn't it? Except when you don't boil them long enough, or you want a soft boiled egg and end up with a hard-boiled egg. Well, for between $ and $$, you can help your boiled-egg-loving friend fix that little problem.
The Dash egg cooker is extremely popular on Amazon, with more than 8,800 reviews and a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. It's one of those things that you didn't know you needed until you got it. Then, you wonder in astonishment how you ever lived without it.
Inexpensive Doesn't Have To Be Cheap
When it comes to gift giving, it really is the thought that counts. If you're buying gifts for quality people, they'll appreciate a $ gift that you've put a lot of thought into. Furthermore, inexpensive never has to be cheap.
It's even useful to buy a few of these inexpensive Christmas gifts to have in the closet for when you need a quick gift at the last minute. Just wind up those creative juices, and you'll have no trouble finding the best inexpensive Christmas gifts.
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