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55 Inexpensive Holiday Gifts That Look Like They Cost ~Way~ More

It’s our little secret, k?

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Along with sweet memories and mugs full of piping hot cocoa, the holiday season can also come with headaches (or, if you're me, constant panic) and an unhappy wallet. Seeing as a single bottle of fancy moisturizer or pair of cute sneakers can easily cost upwards of a hundred bucks, most of the items on pretty much anyone’s wish list aren’t usually budget-friendly.

So if you’re searching for a lil something for someone who loves luxurious gifts (because, like, who doesn’t?!), but you don’t have a ton of extra money to blow on presents (because, like, who does?!), we’ve got your back. It’s hard to shop for all the loved ones in your life when you’ve got a lot of them and not a lot of $$$ to spend on prezzies, but it can absolutely be done—and these gift ideas are proof of that. Your presents can and will look expensive on the cheap, folks. We’ve scoured the internet for the absolute best gift ideas for anyone and found ones that won’t decimate your budget. (You’re welcome!). Whether you’re searching for gifts for your mom, your sister, or your best friend, there are 55 affordable options below that’ll turn you into the best gift-giver ever this season.

For anyone who’s a self-identified (or in-denial) procrastinator, though, make sure you get ahead of the shipping delays we’re expecting this year! Having to pay extra cash for last-minute delivery (that may or may not even arrive on time) kinda defeats the purpose of all these cool, inexpensive prezzies.

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This Reusable Tote
Standard Baggu

Help your giftee limit their use of single plastic with this veryy cute reusable tote. The smiley face print is just too, too good.

This Chic Candle
Boy Smells

For the person who loves the smell of a fresh bouquet, snag them this pretty candle that'll look amazing on their nightstand.

These Wireless Headphones
Wireless Headphones

Who said chic wireless headphones have to cost a ton? This pair is under $30 and is perf for any music lover.

These Sunnies
"Dream On" Sunglasses

You can't go wrong with a pair of trendy sunnies. They'll pair these with every outfit for sure.

This Card Game
Bad Choices: The Have You Ever? Game

This fun game comes with an added "After Dark" pack, so your giftee can break out the booze and play late into the night.

This All-Occasions Card Set
Mixed Florals Essentials Card Box
Rifle Paper Co.

Not only is this card box cute on its own, but it actually houses different cards for any occasion—from birthdays to thank you notes.

This Nighttime Routine
Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Sunday Riley

If they’re obsessed with skincare, grab ’em this night oil they can wear while they’re snoozing! Its goal is to increase skin plumpness and alleviate redness.

This Striped Planter
Kaya Shorty Ceramic Planter

For any plant parents on your list, this adorable striped planter is a must. And if you’re really feeling generous, you can add in a little succulent or other green bb too.

These Simple Syrups
Flavored Simple Syrup Set

Whether they’re always creating new cocktails or like to experiment with their morning latte, this set of simple syrups is sure to be a welcome addition to their kitchen.

This Pretty Claw Clip
Cloud Claw in Pink

A gorgeous claw clip like this one is basically a functional piece of art. And for under $30, you can snag one for everyone this year.

This Glittery Phone Case
Champagne Glitter iPhone Case
Chic Geeks

Just like shoes and bags, one can never have too many phone cases. Gift this glittery number to the person on your list who’s always scrolling through TikTok.

This Fuzzy Bag
Soft Shopper

They can use this fuzzy shopper to carry around all their essentials or use it as a makeshift pillow on long road trips. It’s a win-win either way!

These Truffle Hot Sauces
Bundle Pack

For the at-home chef or foodie, this pair of truffle-infused hot sauces is the perfect present. They can put it on anything for an added layer of flavor.

this sculptural mug
Muse Gala Porcelain Mug
Jonathan Adler

This Jonathan Adler mug looks way more ~luxe~ than its $24 price tag suggests and gets the *aesthetic* just right. The recipient of this gift is def going to think you spent a whole lot more than you did.

these gold hoops
Gretchen Hoops
Petit Moments

Trust me when I say, you can never have too many gold hoops. Take it from someone who seems to have a million hoops, but never any that match. Gift this pair to your BFF or sis. They’ll thank you later. 

this makeup mirror
Magnifying Makeup Mirror With Lights

One of the biggest discoveries of my adult life is how unnecessarily expensive mirrors are, but not this one. Not only does it have solid ratings on Amazon, but it is also portable, can light up, and has a suction cup so you can move it around how you need it.

this wine aerator
Rabbit Wine Aerator and Pourer, 1.1 x 1.1 x 5.2 inches, Clear/Stainless Steel

If you know someone who loves their cheap boxed wine, get them this aerator to make it taste just like the expensive stuff.

this succulent in a box
Jewel Garden Succulent Plant
Lula's Garden

Why give them flowers when you could gift them the cutest little succulent? Each succulent is locally grown and hand planted in Los Angeles. The best part? These plants require minimal care, so they’re super hard to kill. (That includes even the most forgetful of people.)

this statement hat
Felt Fedora Hat
ASOS Design

Embrace winter neutrals with this pretty beige fedora hat. Typically, hats like this will cost ya a pretty penny, but for just under 30 bucks, you can gift your fashionista friend this one that looks like it’s worth a lot more. 

this coffee cup warmer
Mug Warmer

If a fancy schmancy self-heating coffee mug isn't in the budget, this mug heating pad is the next best thing.

These Hilar Cards
Better-Than-Another-Seasons-Greetings Cards

One of the most inexpensive gift options out there? A funny card. And if you wanna add $5 or so for someone to grab a coffee, you can do that too.

this catchall tray
Ceramic Catchall Tray
Mark & Graham

If someone doesn’t gift you this ceramic catchall tray for the holidays, get it for yourself with your initial on it. At such a good price, you might as well treat yourself too.

these fuzzy socks
Cozy Chenille Sock

Does it get any softer than these plush socks? No, no it does not. And when it comes to inexpensive gifts, it doesn’t get any better than this either.

this mini flat-iron
Mini Healthy Heat Ceramic Styling Iron + Bag

You’ll ask yourself how you ever lived without a mini straightener once you have one. This one is the perfect size to slip right in your handbag, and with 100 percent ceramic plates, it doesn’t skimp on quality.

this mini fridge
Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer
Now 29% off

Whether they love to have snacks at the ready or need a cool place to store their beauty products, this mini fridge will definitely get use.

this handy keychain
Door Opener — Rose Gold

They’ll be so glad they have this cute and clever keychain when it comes time to press any button or open any door in public without actually touching anything.  

This designer dupe
The Alpha Throw: On Repeat

Okay, $78 is not friendly on the wallet, I’ll admit it. However, and I emphasize, however, this customizable blanket has ~quite~ a similar vibe as its more expensive cousin. *cough cough Hermès, who?!*

these reusable makeup wipes
The Original Mini MakeUp Eraser
Makeup Eraser

If you know someone who just can’t kick their makeup wipe habit (as they should!!), replace their disposable pack with these reusable wipes that easily remove every trace of makeup.

this coffee table book
Art: The Definitive Visual Guide Coffee Table Book

Colorful coffee table books are trending, but they always seem to cost a fortune. Well, my friend, say hello to this equally colorful, equally fun option—oh, and did I forget to mention it’s almost half the price?

these cocktail cubes
Luxe Bubbles Citrus Mimosa Sugar Cube Set

Take your pick between arcadia orange, grapefruit, or lemon flavored mimosa, then toss one of these sugar cubes in a glass for an instant cocktail. All that’s left to do is add the alcohol!

this shimmery body scrub
Shimmer Scrub
Frank Body
Frank Body

This shimmery body scrub will leave the prettiest glow behind, and the sugar, salt, and coffee grinds will remove anything that dulls their sparkle.

this luxe glitter gloss
LUST: Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath makeup does not run cheap. But you can join in on the fun at a more affordable price with this gold glitter gloss. Heck, even Emily Ratajkowski agrees, considering it’s one of her faves.

this stackable ring
Hammered Gold Ring, Skinny Stacking Ring

A 14k gold-fill ring for $15 sounds like a myth, but I’m here to tell you it’s true, and it’s right here. Get a couple of ’em if you like the stacked look, or keep it dainty and simple with just one.

this jade gua sha
Jade Gua Sha
Beauty By Earth

If you inhabited the TikTok space last year, you likely know what a gua sha is. In case you missed out, a gua sha is a traditional technique used in Chinese medicine that involves rubbing the skin with a stone to improve circulation—giving a more defined and glowy look. Aka the ultimate self-care gift. 

A mini flower waffle maker
Mini Waffle Maker

Editor’s note: This waffle maker is my ultimate must-have. Chances are if we’ve met, I tried to convince you to buy one of your own. My mom gifted me this very waffle maker on Christmas of 2020, and I probably use it 5 to 7 days a week. So, obvs you need to give this to someone special in your life. Take it from me.

this fun puzzle
Disco Queen
Piecework Puzzles

I think I did more than a hundred puzzles in the past year and a half, so I’ve developed quite an affinity for them. If your gift recipient hasn’t got sick of ’em yet, this adorable disco puzzle could be just the thing to snag for them. 

This laptop sleeve
Baby Blue Retro Flowers Laptop Sleeve

If you’re anything like me, you drop *everything*. And that, unfortunately, my friends, includes my laptop. If you have somebody on your list that’s just as clumsy, consider buying this cute baby blue retro flower laptop sleeve.

this fun cookbook
Ice Tray Treats Book
Now 22% off

If you know someone with a serious sweet tooth but not the baking skills to back it up, get them this cookbook full of no-bake recipes—and throw in a cheap ice tray to go with it!

this chic comb
No. 3 Comb in Toile

A hair comb this pretty is functional and makes for fancy decor when you display it. A two-for-one deal!

this tie-dye flask
Liquor Canteen 8oz | Tie-Dye Swirl (Aqua)

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever used a flask before, but that’s probably because I’ve never owned one that was as cool as this  insulated one with a tie-dye silicone cover.

this yellow tumbler
The Hydrator — Reusable Tumbler

You’ve heard it a million times: Drink! Your! Water! Hey, hydration ain’t no joke, and skincare company VERSED knows that’s the truth. 

these eye masks
Star Eye Mask 5-Pack
KNC Beauty

Give the gift of gold—eye masks, that is. These not only look cute, but they also work to hydrate and plump the under-eye area, and who wouldn’t want that?

this silk sleep mask
Silk Eye Mask — Lavender
Yanser Strict Selection

You’ve got your loved one a purple silk pillowcase, they’re def going to need a purple silk sleep mask to match. 

this superfood mask
Papaya Bright Exfoliating Face Mask

If your loved one is a skincare aficionado and hasn’t yet been introduced to Golde, this papaya mask is the gift for them. Made from a whole bunch of superfoods, their skin will be left soft and bright after using this mask. 

this orange print
Oranges Art Print
Love Mezay

The artist behind this fun orange print creates a ton of really sleek and minimalistic pieces that are all available on her Etsy page, Love Mezay. Starting at only $10, you can download and print this image out. Present it with a cheap frame, like this one from Amazon, wrap it up real cute, and you’ve got yourself a pretty adorable gift on the low low. P.S. If you’re not up for framing it yourself, this print is also available as a poster for between $31 and $57 or as a canvas for between $70 and $150.

this face mist
Honeysuckle Rose Hydrating Mist
Pholk Beauty

For the ones obsessed with hydrating, refreshing face mist, this honeysuckle rose one will be right up their alley. 

this sippable wine bottle

Imagine this: your glass of wine is always full. IDK about you, but that is certainly a dream of mine. Well, friends, with this handy device and tumbler, you’ll have bottomless wine whenever you want it. Nope, I’m not kidding. 

these workout bands
Bala Bangle Classic 1 Lb.
Bala Bangles

Is your workout buddy on your gift list? These one-pound bangles allow for a full range of motion while exercising. This is a present that you want but probably would never buy for yourself. But aren’t those the best kind?

this journal
Scallop Spine Notebook

You can’t go wrong with a journal. This one is extra-special with customizable initials—making the gift totally personal. 

this lip mask
Lip Sleeping Mask

This cult-favorite lip mask leaves lips feeling moisturized and soft. Take it from someone who suffers from constantly chapped lips—this mask is my savior. 

this candy bento box
Hampton Water 3 Piece Bento Box®

Sure, you can drink your alcohol, but did you know you can snack on it too?! A few genius people came up with this glorious idea, and I, for one, am a big fan of the outcome.

this face roller
Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller
Skin Gym

De-puff and soothe your skin with a cooling face roller that’s so easy to incorporate into any beauty routine. Just a couple minutes of rolling the stone over your face will make you feel so calm.

this bath soak
Coconut Milk Bath Soak
Herbivore Botanicals

Transform your bathroom into the most luxurious spa with a heavenly bath soak that not only smells amazing but also makes your skin so dang soft.

these comfy house slippers
Parachute Home Cozy Bootie
Parachute Home

No matter who you give these fuzzy house shoes to, it’ll be hard to convince them that they shouldn’t wear them outside as actual booties. They’re not gonna want to take them off, trust.

this fabric shaver
Pilo Rechargeable Fabric Shaver & Lint Remover for Pilling

Anyone who can’t part with their favorite pants, sweaters, and coats—no matter how pilled they are—will greatly appreciate this portable fabric shaver.

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