You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a thoughtful gift. To prove it, here are 42 Christmas gift ideas under $15.

Christmas gift ideas under $15

Are you struggling with your Christmas list–and budget–this year?

It’s common around the holidays to worry that you won’t be able to meet expectations or that you won’t be able to find something inexpensive and thoughtful.

However, it is possible to find great gifts for cheap. We have a list of 42 Christmas gift ideas under $15, sure to help you take care of everyone on your list.

Funny Christmas Gifts

Looking for a quirky gift for the person who has everything? Maybe you just need a cool White Elephant or Secret Santa present. Try one of these gifts:

  1. Cards Against Humanity Packs ($5.00 – $10.00) — Look for small packs of themed cards for lovers of the game. You can find various themed packs related to science fiction, design, and more.

Bonus: Look for other expansion packs for quirky games like What Do You Meme? and Exploding Kittens. These are usually under $15.00 and you can help someone expand a game they already love.

  1. Death Star Ice Sphere Mold ($7.79) — This crazy ice mold is perfect for the geek in your life.
  2. Puzzle Brain Teaser Box ($9.50) — Instead of just handing over a gift card or cash, put your gift in this box with a secret compartment. The giftee will have to figure out how to open it to get at the real gift.
  3. Horror Trivia ($10.18) — For the horror aficionado in your life. Look for other reasonably-priced trivia games on different themes to account for different tastes.

Useful Christmas Gifts

Sometimes a useful gift is just what’s needed. Look for gifts that can soothe or serve a purpose. With a useful gift, you’re remembered every time the recipient uses what you gave them.

  1. Conair Beard and Mustache Trimmer ($12.99) – The perfect gift for any boyfriend, father or male coworker that you notice with facial hair, this beard and mustache trimmer comes from a reliable source, Conair. This gift does require 3 AAA batteries, which are not included.
  2. Silver Springs Relaxation Fountain ($12.99) — Anyone who lives in a noisy area, wants help relaxing, or could use a little space for self-care will appreciate this fountain, which creates soothing sounds with water.
  3. Dog Water Bottle for Walking ($9.99) — Perfect for the pet lover in your life. This useful gadget allows you to keep your best friend hydrated while walking or traveling.
  4. Photo Mousepad ($6.00) – A personalized photo mouse pad is a great holiday gift option for someone who’s always working on the computer.
  5. Conair Smart Travel Umbrella ($10.82) – For those in rainy areas, a travel umbrella in the car is a must-have. This Conair umbrella is sturdy, but compact enough to slide behind the car’s front seat.
  6. Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Key Ring Multi-Tool ($9.99) – For the person who never wants to be without a screwdriver or utility knife, this key ring multi tool offers a variety of useful functions.
  7. Grid Electronics Organizer Board ($11.99) — We all have so many cords now that it’s no surprise when everything becomes a tangled mess in a bag or even just in a corner. This unique gift can help the recipient organize all those cords and have them readily accessible whenever they’re needed.
  8. AMIR for iPhone Lens ($14.99) — This three-in-one HD lens goes over the iPhone camera to provide wide angle pictures. Perfect for the budding iPhone photographer who wants to expand their abilities.

Christmas Gifts for the Home

Great-looking gifts for display bring joy to the recipient and add character to a home. Try these gifts meant to brighten any living space.

  1. Wood Photo Frame Shadowbox ($11.99) — This simple gift goes with almost any decor. Plus, there are plenty of photo frames that are visually interesting, including a Geometric Wire Frame. Do a little looking for a funky take on photo frames.
  2. Hanging Tear Drop Oil Warmer ($6.33) – This beautiful oil warmer uses tea light candles to warm an oil of choice, which will scent the whole home.  Add a synergistic aromatherapy blend like this one for the perfect holiday gift.
  3. Wood Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments ($8.00) — For the Christmas lover. These ornaments add a unique touch to any tree, and the recipient will think of you each year when they get out the holiday trimmings.
  4. Two Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shakers ($7.79) – These adorable salt and pepper shakers are a fun gift for any gardener or cook on your list. You might also be able to find other novelty salt and pepper shakers to reflect the recipient’s taste.
  5. Creamy Ceramic Fragrance Candle Wax Warmer ($10.99) — Beautiful and it smells good, too! Get a pack of scented wax for the recipient to use to get started.
  6. Whirly Hanging Candleholder ($4.95) – This blown glass candle holder is a gorgeous statement piece. Give a few so that your giftee can create a beautiful, floating candle vignette.

Food Christmas Gifts Ideas

Who doesn’t love food? These great gifts can help the gourmand in your life enjoy more food and drink.

  1. French Press Coffee Maker ($12.90) — Perfect for taking your time on a lazy morning. Add a bag of gourmet roast or of Crio Bru, and your recipient will be in heaven.
  2. Chia Gourmet Herb Garden ($10.95) — Grow herbs indoor to add fresh flavor to every meal, no matter the time of year.
  3. Gourmet Himalayan Sea Salt Sampler ($14.99) — Different colors of salt to add a unique touch to the recipients cooking.
  4. Amish Country Popcorn ($11.99) — This gift is popcorn in a whole new light. The perfect gift for someone looking to add a little extra to movie night.
  5. Ferrero Collection Fine Chocolates ($10.19) — These assorted chocolates offer something for every type of chocolate lover.

Stylish Christmas Gifts Ideas For Him and Her

Your recipients can enjoy a touch of style with the following gifts that can delight, even while serving a useful purpose.

  1. Fedora ($13.99) — This unisex hat is perfect for anyone, even if they don’t know they want a hat yet!
  2. Women’s Finger Touch Screen Gloves ($10.99) — No more freezing hands. It’s also possible to find something similar for men ($9.95).
  3. Winter Thick Scarf Wrap ($9.99) — Keep warm with this scarf wrap, meant for both women and men.

Sentimental Christmas Gifts Ideas

Personalized and beautiful gifts that bring you to mind every time the recipient looks at them.

  1. Photo Books (starting at $13.98) — Create personal books with memories to share.
  2. Gallery Calendar Mouse Pad (starting at $12.99) — A cool calendar with gallery pictures to share memories.
  3. Photo Mugs (starting at $12.99) — Create a personalized mug with a charming picture of a loved one.

Christmas Books to Give As Gifts

Share the gift of a good book. The right words can hearten anyone who’s feeling down.

  1. True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection (from $7.15) – Who doesn’t love a good animal story? This National Geographic photojournalism book is great for the pet lover in your life.
  2. Prosper: Create the Life You Really Want (from $7.99) – This interesting volume gives tips on achieving the life you really want–outside of just financial peace of mind. It’s a great gift for anyone looking to take the next step, or someone who’s at a career or educational crossroads.
  3. Just One Pot: Over 320 Simple and Delicious Recipes, from Hearty Stews to Tasty Tangines (from $12.00) – This book from the editors of Reader’s Digest is a great option for any cook who enjoys simple, yes tasty, recipes.
  4. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (from $8.77) — Delightful inside jokes complete with cocktail recipes.
  5. Coloring Flower Mandalas ($5.69) — The perfect gift for a creative soul.
  6. Magazine Subscription (under $8.00) — It’s the gift that keeps on giving every month.

Christmas Gifts for Kids Ideas

Check out these gifts for the children in your life. These are sure to bring a smile Christmas morning.

  1. Ape in a Cape: An Alphabet of Odd Animals ($8.99) – This gorgeously-illustrated Caldecott Medal winner is a great book for young kids just learning their ABC’s.
  2. Journey ($13.19) – Voted one of the best kids’ books of 2013, Journey follows a girl on a journey through the world, and on a journey through friendship.
  3. Sense and Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer ($8.49) – This board book is part of the wonderful BabyLit series, which retells stories of classic literature with fun, interesting themes for little ones. Check out the whole series if you’re looking for baby gifts for a kid with literary parents.
  4. Grip-Rite 100 Rubber Basketball ($9.99) – Encourage active play with this high-quality, real basketball. It’s a great gift for girls or boys – especially if it comes with the promise of plenty of games of HORSE with a loved one!
  5. Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium ($12.50) — This science kit has stickers that glow in the dark on top of being a way for kids to grow their own habitats.
  6. MasterChef Junior Cookbook ($13.59) — Inspire the budding cook in your child.
  7. LED Bike Wheel Lights ($13.99) — A fun way for kids to spiff up their bikes and increase their visibility. Plus, it comes with batteries!

There you have it–42 gift ideas for friends, family, teachers, co-workers and kids. Remember, it’s not about how much money you spend, it really is the thought that counts.

Topics: Smart Spending

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