25 perfect last-minute gifts under $20
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Still shopping? No shame in that game. The holidays are still several days away, and many sites are running free or standard shipping for the next few critical holiday shopping days.
Whether you're hunting on Amazon or checking out Anthropologie, there are lots of great last-minute gifts you can get for less than $20. From lip gloss to kitchenware to weird gifts you never would have considered, check out our recommendations for 25 perfect last-minute gifts you can grab for less than $20.
1. For the Leslie Knope in your life: A mini-waffle maker
This mini-waffle maker from Dash has more than 5,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, and once you catch a glimpse of its cute little exterior, you'll understand why. This small appliance makes one adorable 4-inch waffle at a time, but can be used to prep just about any breakfast item you can think of, from hash browns to delicious sandwiches.
2. For the one with the impressive sock collection: A set of cozy socks
If your giftee loves socks, this set of five wool pairs makes an incredible gift. These socks are warm, colorful, and soft—all adjectives that should describe every pair of socks ever made. Reviewers say the socks are thick, making them ideal for colder temperatures. Your giftee can pair them with winter boots or proudly wear them around the house.
3. For the jetsetter: A luggage scale
If you've got someone on your list spends a great deal of time at the airport, buying them their own luggage scale could be the gift that keeps on giving. Our favorite luggage scale is the Dr. Meter Luggage Scale, which you can get on Amazon for less than $10. This particular digital scale is lightweight, accurate, affordable, and easy to use.
4. For the egg aficionado: Dash egg cooker
We love the Dash Egg Cooker. This affordable kitchen appliance cooks up to six eggs at one time, providing your egg-loving giftee with a half-dozen perfectly cooked eggs in almost no time. Our staff can't use it enough, but if that's not still not convincing, take it from the 10,000 Amazon reviewers who gave this appliance 5 stars.
5. For the one who can't get enough of Baby Yoda: The Child Popsocket
"Star Wars" fans rejoice—you can finally get Baby Yoda merch, and among our favorite items you can grab is a Baby Yoda Popsocket. I actually bought this for myself and cannot stress how fabulous it is to be greeted by the Child every morning. I've already purchased another for my brother's girlfriend and I know several other people on my list who definitely need one too, so snag this one while it's still under $20.
6. For the tea lover: Our favorite tea infuser
Great news—our favorite tea infuser happens to come in the shape of an adorable manatee, which makes it doubly giftable this holiday season. We found that the Manatea infuser grips tightly to the side of the mug, cleans easily, and does a great job evenly steeping tea. Buy one to gift and one for yourself, because we both know once you get it, you'll just stare at it and wish you'd bought yourself one.
7. For the music lover: Music playing cards
These music playing cards from Uncommon Goods make a great gift for any musician or music-lover on your list. They feature artistic renderings of some of the greatest musicians to live, including Jimi Hendrix, BB King, and Dolly Parton. And you can get them for just $10 on Uncommon Goods.
8. For the one who can't live without coffee: This 'Sloffee' mug
If you know someone who literally can't function without their morning coffee, get them a mug with their true spirit animal—a sloth. This adorable mug from Society6 comes in 11 or 15 ounces and makes an adorable addition to your giftee's mug collection. Plus they'll chuckle and think, "Yeah, that's me," every time they look at it.
9. For the one who wants to relax: Innogear Essential Oil Diffuser
This Innogear Essential Oil Diffuser is our favorite essential oil diffuser on the market. It lasts anywhere from seven to 11 hours without needing a refill, plus it has up to seven lights you can change depending on your mood. We loved that the diffuser could lock, which prevented liquids from spilling out. Plus, the Innogear has nearly 12,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.
10. For the one who overthinks everything: An adorable laptop sticker
Laptop stickers are very cool—so grab your giftee a sassy sticker from Society6. I'm partial to this one that says, "Hold on, let me overthink this," but the site has a collection of hundreds of custom stickers to choose from.
11. For the eco-conscious one: Hummingbird glass straws
It's time to save the turtles—help your giftee embrace reusable straws and pick them up a set of our favorite glass straws. Our tester found that these straws were gorgeous, functional, and durable, making them perfect for the person on your list who insists on iced coffee in January.
12. For the one who's always losing things: Tile Mate
We tested the Tile Mate and absolutely loved it—this tiny device attaches to your keys (or whatever else you constantly lose) and pairs with your smartphone, allowing you to ping your Tile when it gets lost. It's an amazing gift for the friend who constantly complains about losing things. Plus, it's tiny, so it also makes an incredible stocking stuffer.
13. For the one who needs a new mug: This gorgeous monogrammed mug
This cult-favorite mug from Anthropologie makes a gorgeous addition to your giftee's collection, whether they store it in the cupboard or proudly display it on their office desk. It comes in every letter, and particularly makes a great gift for newlyweds who now share a last name.
14. For the one with a green thumb: A plant from The Sill
Whether your giftee was born with with a green thumb or they struggle to keep even fake plants alive, products from The Sill make great gifts. The company claims its plants are made for those of us who don't quite know what we're doing when it comes to gardening, and when we tested, we discovered they made pretty good plants for people who often forget they own them.
15. For the coffee lover: A cold brew coffee maker
This amazing little cold brew coffee maker is the best one we've tested. It made a delicious cup of coffee, was easy to use, and is pretty gorgeous to boot. And if you have someone on your list who can't seem to give up their iced coffee even when it's sleeting out, this small appliance makes a great gift.
16. For the one who loves dogs more than people: This adorable dog plate
You know exactly who we're taking about—you've got that friend who can't go anywhere without their dog, whose home is already adorned with decor professing their puppy love. Add another beautiful item to their collection by picking up this gorgeous dog plate from Anthropologie, which comes in a variety of different styles showcasing an array of breeds.
17. For the one who is thrilled the '90s are back: Velvet scrunchies
I wish I could go back and warn my '90s-self that scrunchies would become cool again, because I would have an incredible collection of Spice Girls and Britney Spears scrunchies that would be just as cool today. But I can't, so I'm instead relying on retailers that are making their own new scrunchies—including Urban Outfitters, which sells this set of 10 velvet, silk, and satin scrunchies for just $18.
18. For the one whose head is always cold: Carhartt hat
A high-quality winter hat can go a long way, especially one that has more than 6,500 5-star reviews on Amazon. This Carhartt beanie comes in 26 colors and patterns, making it perfect for just about any outfit or occasion. Reviewers say the hat is warm, high-quality, and great for heads of just about any size.
19. For the avid concert goer: A ticket diary
Many concert goers love to keep their stubs and fondly reminisce about their favorite shows. Save their mirror frame and get them a dedicated journal to house their concert tickets, like this one from Uncommon Goods. This diary has room for 118 ticket stubs, along with some blank lines where your giftee can write any additional notes about their experience.
20. For the home chef: Our favorite citrus squeezer
Know what's fun? Fresh fruit juice. Know what's not fun? Wringing your hands over a poor-quality juicer and swearing you'll just buy lemon juice next time. Save your giftee the hassle and get them our favorite citrus squeezer, the Chef'n Fresh Force Citrus Juicer. It has more than 1,300 5-star reviews on Amazon. When we tested, we found that it was easy to use, stored easily, and wasn't messy (which is incredibly important when you're working with messy fruits).
21. For the one who loves board games: Codenames
Board games make great gifts regardless of your giftee's age. Whether they're bringing it to their next party or playing it with the kids, opt for a board game that's sure to get their brain juices flowing. Our staff loves Codenames, an incredibly fun game that has more than 2,500 5-star reviews on Amazon. It works well for two people or up to 20 people.
22. For the one who craves PSL: Mini pumpkin spice candle
The Capri Blue candle is one of our all time favorites—you'll find it on our gift guide for women, gift guide for moms, and even gift guide for new homeowners. The full-sized candle will cost up to $30, but the mini-version is available for just over $10. It's gorgeous as both a stocking stuffer or a small gift under the tree—just don't expect your giftee to wait long before lighting it up.
23. For the one who loves holidays: This holiday-themed soap bar
Anthropologie sells an adorable set of holiday-themed soap bars that are perfect for bringing as a hostess gift to your next holiday party. You can choose from 13 patterns, ranging from "Happy Challah-days" to "Ugly Sweater Weather." The packaging is just as much of a gift as the soap itself, so make sure your giftee opens with care.
24. For the one who can't remember what day it is: A day calendar
Every year, my mother-in-law gives my husband a day-by-day calendar and it's always his favorite gift. For those who love counting down dates with a rippable calendar, this makes a great gift. You can get these types of calendars in a variety of designs, but I'm partial to anything with cats, like this Cats Page-A-Day calendar on Amazon.
25. For the one who is serious about coffee: Death Wish coffee
As you can imagine from its name, Death Wish coffee is not for the faint of heart. It's incredibly rich and delicious coffee, and if you are used to drinking loads of caffeine, it makes a great addition to your morning routine. This cult-favorite coffee—which is literally the world's strongest coffee—has nearly 15,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, so if you've got a coffee fanatic on your list, this brew makes a great gift.
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