16 clever gifts under $10 everyone will love
Some useful, some just hilarious.
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Have you ever gone shopping with every intention to purchase a gift for someone, and suddenly you look down to notice your cart is full of things...for yourself?! How did this happen? With all the holiday deals out there, it is hard not to shop for ourselves. We’ve all been there—picking out gifts for other people and then realizing we want all of that stuff too.
The following things are so affordable, you can purchase one as a gift and one for yourself—without feeling guilty or breaking the bank. The items on this list are unique—some silly, some practical—and will immediately make you think of that special person in your life that you’d gift them to.
Our staff recommended their favorite gifts under $10 that they have either given or received. These gifts are sure to make you the star of the office Yankee swap, the hero your family white elephant gift exchange, and a boss of stocking stuffing.
1. This genius smartphone accessory
“Popsockets make great stocking stuffers. I'm really in love with them. They're adorable, and they come in all kinds of designs, including your own. They provide a better grip on your phone, give you a place to wrap your earbuds, and help you take better selfies.” - Cindy Bailen
2. The almighty “Handicorn”
“Unsure why, but I own this. Can confirm they are amazing finger puppets.” - Samantha Matt
3. A new charging cable
“If you own an iPhone—or know someone who does—then you can never have too many charging cables. I've used these cables from Anker for years and they've never let me down. Also, they come in a bunch of different colors and an 18-month warranty.” - Jeremy Stamas
4. This nostalgic 90s mug
“This thing makes me want a fountain soda and jelly shoes and Blockbuster.” - Jessica Teich
5. A motion-sensor light for your toilet
“We bought one of these as a joke a few years ago, but we actually wound up loving it! It hooks onto the basin of your toilet bowl and a sensor on the outside triggers the light when you get close. Not only can you choose from a handful of colors (avoid red and yellow—they're creepy in a toilet bowl), but you don't need to blind yourself (or worry about missing the target, boys) when nature calls in the middle of the night. This one has 5 brightness levels and 16 colors, and nearly 2k positive reviews!” - Samantha Gordon
6. Secret Aardvark hot sauce
“If you're a hot sauce fan, there's almost no way you won't fall in love with this stuff. It's sort of a hybrid between a basic habanero tex-mex hot sauce and a Caribbean-style sauce. I put it on just about everything, but it's especially good on pizza and eggs.” - Michael Desjardin
7. This adorable LED cat lamp
“Honestly, I don’t even care that this lamp is a night light for children under the age of 10. It is adorable, and the colorful LED lights create an awesome ambiance in my room. Although this gift is slightly over $10, it is most definitely worth the extra $4. I want this in my stocking this year and every year (maybe I can create a cool light show in my home).” - Patricia Camerota
8. See’s gourmet lollipops
“I haven't bought these myself, but I love getting these See's Lollipops in my stocking every holiday season. They're really delicious and last quick a while, and are overall just a great treat to get.” - Kyle Hamilton
9. Sephora's monthly subscription box
“Perfect for any beauty junkie, this beauty subscription box includes five best-selling makeup, skincare, and hair care samples, plus a bonus gift each month. Each box is curated using the answers in your Sephora profile. It's well worth the $10 (which includes shipping!).” - Jessica Teich
10. This natural air purifying bag
“Don't lie, we all know someone in our life that's smelly. Whether it's because of their job, hygiene, or location, the Moso Air Purifying Bag is an amazing all-natural solution.” - Jon Chan
11. The Cubebot
“I'd recommend Cubebot as a stocking stuffer. This dude makes a great desk toy!” - Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo
12. This hilarious “Nessie” ladle
“I cook a lot of soups and sauces, so these silly ladles are definitely on my wishlist. What more could you want from a piece of everyday cookware? They are funny, colorful, and under $10. Please, someone, if you are reading this, put a Nessie ladle in my stocking.” - Patricia Camerota
13. A tuning fork for musicians
“This one's a bit specific to musicians, but it's a great purchase. While digital/battery-powered tuners are great, the good ones can be $50 or more. If you're looking to simplify the tuning process and train your ears while you're at it, a tuning fork is the way to go. This one is the cost of a couple coffees, but it's sturdy, simple, and will clearly sound a standard 440 Hz A note after striking it.” - Lee Neikirk
14. This top-rated lip stain set from Sephora
“$12 for four mini Sephora Cream Lip Stains (our #3 pick for matte liquid lipsticks)? So worth it. This best-selling Sephora formula feels light and creamy on application and has great pigmentation. You definitely won’t need a second coat or touch ups through the day.” - Jessica Teich
15. A delicious gourmet mustard
“I’m going to be pretty general here—but my answer is always food. I like the idea of sharing a special, affordable luxury with someone—something they might never buy for themselves. If you’re giving food as a gift, might as well get something that lasts. That’s why I like mustard so much, especially this fancy Dijon for under $10.” - Keith Barry
16. Socks that represent your favorite team
“As a die-hard sports fan, I deck myself out literally from head to toe in my team's apparel. There's always a pair of socks with my favorite team's logo on them in my stocking, and if I need to order a gift for a friend in a pinch, I turn to these. I mean—who doesn't need another pair of socks?” - Connor Whooley
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