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2020 has been a unique year in almost every way to say the least, and the holidays are no exception. Not only will our travel plans be different, our regular gift-spending budget may not be as high as usual. That doesn’t mean your gifts have to be any less fabulous, though! There are a ton of amazing products you can pick up right now for as low as $30—or less.
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Whether you’re a sentimental gifter with a penchant for the personal, like you’ll get with this charming song lyric print, or a practical-minded one with this spa-worthy foot bath—Reviewed has you covered with a slew of awesome options, all of which are sure to make your wallet happy, too. We’ve tested products throughout the year and narrowed them and other highly-rated items down to the 30 best gifts you can get for under $30 this year.
Those seeking an original gift that will stand out from the pack need look no further than this customizable reel viewer. Not only does this retro pick harken back to the days of yore, it comes with a code for a made-to-order, seven-image reel that you can redeem on the site after purchase. Uncommon Goods buyers certainly seem to love it—it’s got a 4.8-star review from more than 400 customers. You will want to pick this one up early as it takes roughly five days from the time of photo submission to ship your reel.
A gift is only as great as the use they’ll get out of it, and one pick you can be sure will be in heavy rotation is this cordless electric wine opener from Oster. To no surprise, this kitchen gadget, which boasts an impressive 16,000-plus reviews, was a hot seller over Amazon’s recent Prime Day. It’s got a foil cutter to easily get rid of bottle seals and claims to remove corks in less than 30 seconds. According to the company, it can also handle up to 30 bottles on a single six-to-eight hour charge. It comes with a recharging base and shoppers say it “works like a charm”—as long as you take the time to read the manual.
For the fashion-forward friend who’s always dressed to the nines, you can’t go wrong with a chic and timeless zip wristlet from Coach. This coated canvas option, which has plenty of great reviews on Amazon, is printed with the brand’s classic signature logo and has a gorgeous leather trim that gives it an über-luxe feel. It has an attached wrist strap and slots for two credit cards inside. While it’s budget-friendly enough at $25, those who prefer an all-leather look can check out this crossgrain option, which is going for even less at $23.40.
You’ll instantly brighten someone’s day with the gift of this darlingmanatea tea infuser. We dubbed this pick the best on the market for its adorable and “wonderfully functional” design. It held on tightly in the mug, even when sipping at a 90-degree angle, and was plenty easy to clean, with small enough holes that don’t allow tea leaves to escape. It’s made of a dishwasher- and microwave-safe silicone material and has a collective thumbs-up it’s earned from more than 1,600 Amazon shoppers.
Want to let your partner-in-crime know how much you appreciate them? Hit them with this sweet mug depicting two pals, which you can customize with names, skin tones, hair color and even cocktails choices. You can also select between an 11- or 15-ounce mug and a white or black handle.
With the gift of a personalized ornament, you’ll be giving your recipient more than just a decoration for their tree—you’ll be giving a memory worth cherishing. We love this highly-rated, hand-painted pick from Gifts for You Now, which can be customized free of charge with room for up to six names and the year. It even comes with a satin ribbon for hanging.
Not all beard trimmers are created equal, and the last thing you want to do is skimp on a shoddy model that will result in nicks and cuts. Luckily, this affordable Philips Norelco option has blades that are plenty sharp and won’t catch, even on more coarse hair (we should know: We put it to the test.) It comes with a plethora of clipper attachments and boasts a 60-minute battery life to boot.
Know someone who’s feeling antsy from being at home for so long? We’ve got just the cure. Bring the open road to them in the form of this soy wax blend candle from Homesick that was designed to capture the scent—and the spirit—of the freeway. With top notes of leather to emulate that new car smell plus lime and marine, mid notes of fresh air and cedarwood and base notes of amber and jasmine, adventure will await from the moment this candle is lighted. According to the company, this candle has a burn time of 60 to 80 hours and its natural blend means it’s non-toxic, with no lead, plastics, parabens, synthetic dyes or phthalates.
Barefoot Dreams is well-known for its cozy-chic products: between its ever-popular CozyChic cardigan and its celebrity-loved throw, the brand is all about luxurious bliss. You can give your giftee that same high-quality comfort for a fraction of the cost with these well-reviewed socks, which come in three different colors and are beloved by more than 250 Nordstrom shoppers for their soft, blanket-like feel.
Make sure your favorite reader is never without some great material with this stellar deal on a two-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited. With this gift, they’ll get access to more than—get this—one million book titles, thousands of audiobooks and a slew of magazines for half a year—all for the shockingly low sale price of $4.99. After the six months are up, simply cancel or keep the party going all year long at its usual $9.99 per month.
There’s a reason this cozy, oversized throw has nearly 5,000 Kohl’s shoppers singing its praises. It’s machine washable, lightweight, and, according to buyers, it’s super soft to boot. With more than 40 fun prints to choose from, it’s sure to match any room in your house, and it measures 60-inches by 72-inches to cover you from head to toe. What’s not to love?
Liven up your loved one’s life with a little greenery in the form of this heart-shaped Hoya plant from The Sill—a Reviewed-approved plant delivery service. Pet-friendly and low-maintenance (it only needs to be watered every three to four weeks), this tropical, succulent vine is one that just about anyone can take care of, provided there’s a bit of sunlight—or even indirect sunlight—to be found. It arrives pre-potted in a mini ceramic planter in a color palette of your choosing.
Whether your giftee is a nurse, a waitress or someone else who’s constantly on their feet, it’s safe to say their feet could probably use a little TLC. Enter: The Conair pedicure foot spa, a.k.a. our best value pick for top-of-the-line foot baths. While it didn’t heat quite as well as our top pick, the Ivation foot spa massager, we liked the Conair’s performance for just over one-third of the price. The frictionless bumps on the bottom made it a breeze to clean with a paper towel, as did its removable splash guard. It’s also got a vibrating massage function for an added spa-like experience.
If your giftee has a thirst for adventure, help them quench it—safely—with this personal water filtration gadget. With claims to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and filter up to 0.2 microns, this little tool is super handy to have when on a hike, camping adventure or RV-trip. Reviewed readers and Amazon shoppers alike go bananas for this thing any time that it’s on sale, and thanks to you, your favorite explorer will get to see firsthand what all the fuss is about.
They’ll never have to argue about which movie to watch on a Saturday night (or let’s face it—any night) again thanks to this clever movie poster gift. Arriving on a wood-free glossy paper, this poster is riddled with movie classics from the likes of Steven Spielberg (Jaws, The Goonies), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining). It also spans tons of genres—all your gift recipient will have to do is scratch off a square to make a selection. See a partial list of included titles and directors here.
If your giftee is mindful of mother nature, they will adore The FinalStraw. This Kickstarter and Shark Tank product brought-to-life is the best reusable straw we’ve ever used. It’s made of stainless-steel for durability but has a silicone tubing inside that allows it to fold up for storage inside its included case. This also makes the drinking experience more comfortable than other stainless-steel models. It attaches to your recipient’s keychain, so they’ll always have it at-the-ready, and it even comes with a cleaning brush to make sure it stays fresh. Best of all? Your giftee won’t be needlessly tossing plastic away for a sip ever again.
If you really want to tug at their heartstrings this year, check out this personalized song lyric digital print. Customizable with a title, name, anniversary date, a song title and words, this best-selling creation will instantly bring him or her back to the special moments you’ve shared together while listening to a favorite tune. You can choose from four pre-set sizes or create your own custom size. You will want to note that this item will arrive as a digital download to be printed by you at home or at a printing shop, like the UPS Store.
Help them unleash their creative side with this all-encompassing Inspiration art kit from Crayola. Packed to the gills with 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 40 washable marker and 15 sheets of paper, this handled case comes complete with everything they’ll need to color and draw to their heart’s content. You’ll also be giving yourself the gift of time, as it’s sure to provide kids ages 5 and up with hours of uninterrupted fun.
With colder months looming ahead and plenty of new binge-worthy shows on the horizon to fill the hours, this high-performance popcorn maker will be just what the doctor ordered. We named it the very best in a test of 10 different models because it regularly produced the most savory popcorn of any maker in the bunch. The secret? Its wide, flat bottom, which prevented kernels from piling up on top of each other for even cooking. As an added bonus, it collapses down for use as a serving bowl and has small handles that will help you avoid burning your mitts.
If 2020 has taken its toll on a loved one, you can help them unwind with this handy wrap, which can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer to comfort, soothe pain and ease stress. With a fleece exterior and Earthy clay beads inside, it’s scented with calming chamomile and lavender to help your giftee slip into a deep state of relaxation. More than 200 Bed Bath Beyond shoppers have given it a go, with one buyer writing that it stays warm just long enough to help them drift off to sleep.
With no end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on hand and at-the-ready anytime your recipient is out and about. Make sure your favorite teacher is prepared in style with this chic Bath Body Works wearable pocket hand sanitizer holder and ID case. It has a lanyard design, a keyring for your favorite scented Bath Body Works “Pocketbac” and a leopard-printed ID case for your cards to help keep things nice and neat. It’ll be the next best thing to a new wallet.
For the beauty lover in your life, there’s no greater gift than the one that keeps on giving. Enter: Boxycharm. This subscription-based service was our favorite of the beauty delivery bunch because it gives you your money’s worth! Each month, your girlfriend, friend or relative will receive five full-size (yes, full-size!) products from high-end beauty brands, including Fenty Beauty, Glamglow, Milk Makeup and more. It will arrive on time and canceling is easy should you decide not to extend not to extend your gift beyond the monthly period.
Storytime just got a whole lot more fun. For just under $30, you can make your favorite little one their very own hardcover book featuring them as the hero or heroine. Just enter your child’s name, gender, skin tone, hair color, toy and toy’s name, and they’ll be drawn into their very own adventure of choice. While there aren’t many reviews to speak of, Shutterfly is our most-trusted online photo printing service for the high-quality we received on our orders. Plus, you can review the book before publication, and only pay if you’re satisfied with the results.
There’s nothing worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee on a chilly day. Make sure your loved one’s java stays nice and piping hot with this superior Zojirushi stainless-steel mug, which nailed our heat retention tests. This little beauty worked so well, in fact, it actually increased our coffee’s temp by six degrees and kept it warm overnight. No wonder it’s our favorite travel mug.
We’ve all heard that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can work wonders for hair and your skin, and while it may not do exactly what it claims, depending on your giftee’s skin and hair type, it will feel extra nice against the face and reduce bacteria, regardless. “The main benefit to sleeping on a silk pillowcase is less bacteria and particles trapped in the fabric that can lead to irritation and acne,” Allison Britt Kimmins, a Philadelphia-based dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, recently told Reviewed. Our favorite? The budget-conscious Alaska Bear natural silk pillowcase, which is sure to be a hit with your favorite glam girl, too.
Help the runner in your life commemorate their big achievements with one of these cute Run Ink prints. Depicting famous marathon routes, these non-framed pieces will not only make for a cool piece of art, they’re a sweet reminder that you’re always rooting for your favorite sprinter when it comes to their most cherished endeavors, too.
There’s no better way to make your home more inviting than with through scent. Homebodies will adore this top-notch essential oil diffuser, which will fill the air with sweet, energizing or soothing smells, depending on your giftee’s favorite essential oils. We loved the Airomé Serenity, in particular, in our testing for its portability, quiet operation, aesthetically pleasing design and even stream of mist.
Know a great baker? Gift them one of a chef’s most versatile tools: a solid cast-iron skillet. Lodge makes our favorites, and you can scoop up a two-pack of the brand’s miniature, 3.5-inch version for a steal. With these little guys, your recipient will be able to whip up a single-serving dessert, cornbread or even an omelet with ease—particularly since Lodge has designed its handles for comfort. These pans have great nonstick, come pre-seasoned and are no slouches in the cooking department—trust us.
A reliable umbrella is a must if you live in place where it downpours all the time, and we’ve got one your giftee will certainly appreciate if ever they’re caught in a storm: The Totes bubble umbrella. Its unique shape will keep your loved one nice and dry no matter the weather and its slim, clear design means they won’t be running into people on the sidewalk. They’ll also be shielded from strong gusts of wind, giving them complete, wraparound protection.
Who said you had to shell out $200 to get a great pair of headphones for working out? Not us! In fact, there’s a super cheap pair our executive editor TJ Donegan likes even better than the world-famous Apple AirPods: Mpow’s Flame waterproof Bluetooth earphones. There’s no sweat that’s messing these babies up: We submerged them in water for a full 30 minutes, and still, they provided great sound. They may be inexpensive but our tech experts are confident these babies will last your giftee a good long while.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.