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15 gifts under $30 anyone will love

Stuck trying to figure out what to get those distant relatives and coworkers on your list? We can help.

Gifts like letter boards and salt lamps are perfect when you're stuck on what to get someone. Credit: Felt Like Sharing / Light You

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Your weird aunt. Your boss. The friend you’re not that close with who insists on exchanging presents. The random coworker you drew in the office gift exchange.

There are some people in life you either don't know well enough or would just rather not buy holiday gifts for. Yet somehow you find yourself shopping for them every year, at a loss for what to buy. Instead of getting them another candle or a boring gift card, why not get them something unique and interesting this year?

Everything on this list is under $30, but they're so nice we don't think your recipient will notice. Be careful, though—if you get them one of these 15 cool gifts, they’re going to want to keep the gift-giving tradition alive for years to come!

1. A soothing salt lamp

Himayalan Salt Lamp
Credit: Light You

Supposedly, these lamps have several health benefits.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are polarizing—you either think they’re really cool or really stupid. Regardless of your personal thoughts on them, you have to admit they make a good gift. They’re unique, quirky, and often inexpensive, and some people believe they can counteract the negative effects of all the electronics in our lives (but we recently found out that's not true). So to that end, it’s kind of a thoughtful present, no?

Get the Light You Himalayan Salt Lamp on Amazon for $13.95

2. The least expensive Echo

Echo Dot 3rd Gen
Credit: Amazon

The Echo Dot is more affordable than ever... hint, hint.

It’s no secret we love Amazon’s line of Echo devices, and you can give the gift of smart tech—without breaking the bank—with the Echo Dot. The upgraded version has better speakers as well as all the same voice-control features, and it's on sale for the holidays, a whopping $20 less than usual.

Get the Echo Dot (3nd Gen) on Amazon for $29.99

3. Super cute cat mugs

Cat Mugs
Credit: Teagas

These novelty mugs are just really adorable.

Anyone who likes cats typically talks about cats enough that you'll know they will like this gift. You’ll get two adorable cat-shaped mugs, as well as matching stirring spoons. They're cute, functional, and under $20.

Get the Teagas Cat Coffee Mugs on Amazon for $17.99

4. A decorative letter board

Letter Board
Credit: Felt Like Sharing

These multi-functional boards are all the rage this year.

Letter boards are having a moment right now, so you can’t go wrong giving one as a gift. People use them to display snarky quotes (me), take baby pictures, commemorate special moments, and much more. Plus, this particular option comes in a whole bunch of cool colors.

Get the Gray Felt Letter Board on Amazon for $20.99

5. The ultimate office gift

Norpro Cup Warmer
Credit: Norpro

No more cold coffee in the office!

Have you ever watched a coworker pour themselves a cup of coffee only to get called into a meeting before they can take a sip? When they get back, the coffee is cold—so sad! That’s why a mug warmer, like this top-rated one from Norpro, makes a great office gift. It'll keep their coffee warm through even the longest meetings or whatever other distractions come their way.

Get the Norpro Decorative Cup Warmer on Amazon for $14.95

6. A homemade hanging terrarium

Credit: Deco Glass

Create a stunning little garden for your recipient.

You get extra points if you make a gift by hand, so why not put together a cute little terrarium? Just order one of these adorable glass containers and several plants, put them inside, and call it a day! Easy, yet thoughtful.

7. Every coffee lover’s dream

Credit: MistoBox

As long as they like coffee, they'll like this present.

As long as your recipient likes coffee, this will be a hit. MistoBox is our favorite coffee subscription service, and you can gift one, three, or six boxes for the holidays, depending on how generous you’re feeling.

Get a MistoBox Gift Subscription starting at $20 for 1 month

8. An itty-bitty waffle maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Credit: Dash

Miniature foods are always a good idea.

Waffles are always an appropriate gift, if you ask me. This mini waffle maker combines two amazing things—cute gadgets and breakfast foods—for a gift that’s sure to be a hit no matter who you give it to.

Get the Dash Mini Waffle Maker on Amazon for $9.99

9. A kids toy that will entertain adults

Hexbug Spider
Credit: HEXBUG

This robotic spider is surprisingly fun to play with.

I recently bought one of these for my 4-year-old cousin, and it’s tough to say who was more entertained by it, me or him. It’s endlessly entertaining to make this little robot spider crawl around, and I’m wagering it would be a good gift for anyone who likes electronics.

Get the HEXBUG Spider from Target for $24.99

10. A top-rated cookbook from everyone’s favorite HGTV star

Magnolia Table Cookbook
Credit: Magnolia

Anyone who likes cooking will like this popular cookbook.

Cookbooks are another great sweet and functional holiday gift. If you’re having trouble choosing just one, you can’t go wrong with Magnolia Table, which was written by HGTV star Joanna Gaines. It gets rave reviews online and the theme is “recipes for gathering,” which is almost too appropriate for the holidays.

Get Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering on Amazon for $18.19

11. A gift they won't expect to wow them

WizGear Car Magnet
Credit: WizGear

Everyone could use a phone mount for their car.

Not only is it unsafe to futz around with your phone while driving, it’s now also illegal in several states. Give your recipient the gift of safety this year with a highly-rated magnetic phone mount for the car! This little gadget from WizGear can mount to any smooth surface, and then you just put the corresponding magnet in your phone case. It might not look like much, but it will be one of the best things they get this year.

Get the WizGear Universal Flat Stick On Dashboard Magnetic Car Mount on Amazon for $6.99

12. Oprah’s favorite desk journal

Eccolo Desk Journal
Credit: Eccolo

Oprah loves this journal, and so will your recipient.

Let’s be real: A lot of the items on Oprah’s list of her "Favorite Things" are really expensive (and we think some really aren't worth it). However, one cute Oprah-approved gift is this motivational desk journal, which encourages you to be bold! Who couldn’t use a little positive mojo in their live?

Get the Eccolo World Traveler Desk Size Journal on Amazon for $20.99

13. A badass drinking glass

BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass
Credit: BenShot

You can't deny this is cool.

If you’re shopping for a rough-and-tumble guy or gal, they’re sure to love the BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass, which has a real copper bullet embedded in the side. Reviewers rave about the quality of this product, with many writing that it makes for an unbeatable gift.

Get The Original BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass on Amazon for $19.99

Codenames Game
Credit: Czech Games

Who doesn't love a good board game?

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with board games, which are an often under appreciated pastime in our digital world. One affordable and extremely fun game that makes a great gift is Codenames—its group play makes it perfect for families or avid entertainers.

Get Codenames on Amazon for $14.88

15. A pencil that you can plant

Plantable Pencils
Credit: Sprout

These pencils are kind of weird, but definitely cool.

There’s a lot of weird stuff on the internet, including these pencils that you can plant. Sprout's plantable pencils have seeds in the capsule on the end, so when you’re finished using them, you can plant them and an herb will grow. Random, but cool, don’t you think?

Get Sprout plantable graphite pencils on Amazon for $14.95

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