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31 Surprisingly Cheap Gifts That Are Rather Thoughtful

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1. A bucket list journal to fill out with all the things they want to do (or even do with *you*), whether they're fun, serious, or just plain silly.

The faux leather cover of the book plus the internal pages
Amazon

There's space for what the thing is, what they need to do to make it happen, and then journaling space to record the memory when they actually *do the thing*.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Promising review: "Such a great bucket list book. It has a front few pages to write small bucket list plans and then the pages after are more in depth. Definitely worth the buy!!" —Devolew

2. A pretty rhinestone spinner ring they can give a twirl whenever they feel stressed or anxious — not only is it pretty (and looks like a regular ring) but it'll also make them think of you. ❤️

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Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight colors and styles, and in packs of two).

Promising review: " I LOVE these rings (I got the two pack, silver and rose gold). They're gorgeous, they sparkle beautifully in the sunlight, they fit well, and the spinning is so satisfying — it spins very smoothly, and can go on for quite a while. I've been wearing the silver one daily for almost two months, and there's no sign of fading either on the metal or in the rhinestones. It looks as new as the day I bought it. I used to carry a fidget cube around, but this is much more discreet, prettier, and since I can just wear it all day I'm never stuck without something to play with. Highly recommend!" —Michelle

3. A softcover book personalized with your favorite photos of them and your best times together they can page through whenever they feel like taking a stroll down memory lane. And since you're in control, you can only choose the best photos of yourself 😉.

Artifact Uprising

Get it from Artifact Uprising for $20+ (available in three sizes, six colors, five themes, and three foil colors for the text).

Just upload your photos right on the site — it's super easy and fully customizable! If you go with the longest shipping time, it'll be delivered within 14 days.

4. And/or a pair of socks you can customize with your pet's (or their pet's!) face, because who *wouldn't* want them?! That's it, your holiday shopping is complete.

A reviewer's dog and the dog's face making a pattern on the customized socks
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Just select "customize now" and upload your photo — they'll do the rest. They ship within 10 days, so get cracking!

Get them from Amazon for $24 (available in three sizes: youth, small (Men's 4-7/Women's 5-9), and large (Men's 8-12/Women's 10+) and 10 colors).

Promising review: "Easy to do and came in time for Christmas! I messaged vendor worried they wouldn't get here in time and they took the time to look into where my socks were in production and were very kind. They turned out great and everyone I showed loved them!" —Breanna T

5. A minimalist Broad City print of Abby and Ilana that'll put an (actual) smile on their face every time they see it on their wall. Talk about a true work of art.

A print with Abby and Ilana making fake smiles with their middle fingers
The Film Artist

Get it from The Film Artist on Etsy for $11+ (available in six sizes).

Promising review: "This was bought as a gift for the bf, while secretly being a gift for me also! Love the minimalist artwork, printed on high quality paper. Shipped quickly with no issue." —Ashley Baxter

The Film Artist is a feminist Etsy shop making women-centric prints and posters of film and TV characters and real-life icons.

6. A gold scratch-off map for any travel enthusiast who doesn't just want a boring old *regular* wall map. For an even more personal touch, get it framed and mark the spots you'd like to go together. And then they're done, they can scratch off the coating to reveal a brightly colored underneath to mark off where they've been.

The white and gold map
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

Promising review: "Bought this as a gift for a friend who's traveled all over the world. It came packaged in a vintage-y cute tube and was delivered rather quickly. It was a little larger than I'd thought, but I think my friend was pleased with it. Will update if I find out more after my friend has used it." —Omega

You can get an easy magnetic hanging frame for this size map for $19.54.

7. A personal library kit librarians in the making, anyone with an ever-more-extensive collection of books, or for generous book-lenders who definitely want to get their novels back. Using that stamp is *so* satisfying.

The kit
Amazon

It comes with 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a date stamp and inkpad, and a pencil.

Get it from Amazon for $17.93. Need refills? You can get some from Amazon for $10.95.

Promising review: "I'm always trying to find interesting gifts for my tween daughter that encourage reading and don't involve screens. This was a HUGE hit. We've already bought the refill pack as well as another complete set for her best friend so they can trade books back and forth. They are having so much fun with it." —Liz

8. The Complete Whiskey Course, a tasting school (with 10 classes!) in book form for the burgeoning whiskey lover in your life — and even if you don't like the brown stuff yourself, it'll be fun to do together.

The cover of the book
Sterling Epicure

This book covers what whiskey is, how it's made in different regions, how to start choosing and collecting bottles, and of course, a guide to doing your own tasting complete with glossary and food pairings.

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

Promising review: "Anyone with the slightest interest in whiskies should get this book......and you'll be an instant expert. This publication is an outstanding achievement for the whiskies world at large! Amazing quality inside an out. The binding and paper stock scream high-end, while the contents of the whiskies courses contained within seal the deal. But don't be scared, this is truly a book for all whiskies enthusiasts; new to the world, or a bit long in the tooth, there's something in there for everyone! Quite impressive in its breadth and depth of content, though not in the least unexpected from a man who has been living and breathing the whiskies world for so long. Make no mistake, this book will stand as the new defacto whiskies resource for ages to come!" —Jason O'Donnell

9. An etched rocks glass personalized with their favorite city in map form, whether they're homesick or falling in love with a new place, that'll make for a chic bar cart statement *and* warm their heart.

Three of the glasses in los angeles, chicago, and NYC designs
Uncommon Goods

They're dishwasher-safe too.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 31 cities).

10. An electric crepe-maker to ensure the lightest, thinnest crepes outside of Paris. Whether they haven't been to the city of lights yet or go every year — or just are a big fan of Emily in Paris, this makes for a really thoughtful gift they'll actually use all the time.

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Here's how it works: Just dip the maker in the tray when it's filled with batter and remove for a perfect crepe with ease — they won't have to deal with the stove at all.

Get it from Amazon for $27.99

Promising review: "I have always loved crepes, but never knew how to make them. This pan is so simple and easy to use that it takes all the guess work out of making crepes, and the dipping tray keeps everything. It does take a few tries to get the hang of dipping and flipping, but once you get started, you'll be rolling out crepes by the minute. A genius design for the beginning crepe-r." —SoutherStorm

11. A set of fancy-looking coasters shaped like each of Jane Austen's six completed novels to dress up their living room while maintaining their furniture (and their brand). Or just to show how well you listen when they go off about the merits of the 1995 P&P miniseries vs the 2005 film.

The six coasters in different covers to look like leather-bound books
Amazon

They look like books, but are actually made from a mouse-pad-like material so they absorb condensation and won't scratch furniture.

Get the set of six from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "I was concerned when I read a review saying the colors were dull, but I decided to trust another review that said the colors were more soft and earthy. That is exactly the tone I wanted and that is, indeed, the lovely tone/color of the coasters. The designs are beautiful! The coasters did have a plastic smell when I first opened the box, but with some airing, the smell has dissipated." —Hilltop Thinker

12. And/or a Pride and Prejudice-themed, Earl Grey-scented candle (with a miniature Pemberley and lake on top of the candle???? the genius) that's basically like the comfort food of candles. But warning, this little bb might be too cute to burn.

The candle tin
JD and Kate Industries

The house is modeled after Lyme Park (the house used in the 1995 miniseries), but I can guarantee any P&P lover, not just the miniseries fans, will love this. When I tell you I can recite the 2005 version word for word and sing along to the entire beautiful score......................

Get it from JD and Kate Industries on Etsy for $24.

JD and Kate Industries is a Missouri-based Etsy shop making all kinds of funky book-themed (and other things-themed) candles.

13. A beautiful blank genealogy chart so they can trace their family trees for a custom piece of wall art. If you do the legwork and fill it out for the recipient, even better.

The semicircular chart printed on antique-looking paper
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in a colorful version).

Promising review: "Chart is nice quality. I filled it out, put it in a nice frame and hung it in the hallway. It looks great, and is a nice conversation piece. I love seeing my husband's and my lineage at a glance!" —Shizarla13

If you're interested in learning even more about your family history, you can also give a 23andMe DNA testing kit. Just mail in a saliva sample, and you'll get results delivered in six to eight weeks!

14. A recipe book for collecting and preserving all their fam's favorite dishes from all time — Grandma Gladys's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies? Check. Uncle Kevin's signature chili? You bet. Mom's dry-as-toast pot roast? Maybe we can leave that one out.

The Our Family Recipes Journal
Amazon

It's broken down into sections for all sorts of recipes, from apps to sides to soups to desserts — plus space for the recipe, who it came from, and why it's special. It even has measurement equivalents, substitution suggestions, kitchen tips, a glossary of cooking terms, and more printed inside.

Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

Promising review: "I looked for ages for a good blank cookbook. The quality and price are amazing and I LOVE the style: modern but not so trendy that it'll go out of style. This is something I want to fill in and pass along to my kids." —Brittany Cole

15. A butterfly claw clip (in a pretty white, pink, or tortoiseshell acrylic) for a 2020 twist on a '90s kid classic. These are larger than the original version, and are sure to make any recipient's heart ~flutter~.

The clips, which are a larger version of 90s style clips
Jane Dottie

Get them from Jane Dottie for $15 each (available in three colors).

Jane Dottie is a Black woman-owned shop based in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to scrunchies made from remnant fabrics, they also sell vintage and secondhand items, and donate a portion of the proceeds to help women in need.

16. A pair of cozy slipper socks with a sherpa lining and non-slip soles, because making sure someone is cozy and warm (and that they haven't fallen on the ground) is one of the nicest things you can do. (Plus these were one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2017!)

Feed in the buffalo plaid socks cuffed to show the sherpa lining
Amazon

Thank you, Oprah, for making me suddenly buy these on a super-cold winter's day in 2018. My feet, which are consistently freezing, have been warmer than ever since. They have non-slip bottoms, which are important for my clumsy self, and they really get the job done. Sometimes they are the *only* thing that can get (and keep) my feet warm. I bought the 'llama pink' pattern, but there are TONS to choose from.

Get them from Amazon for $18.46+ (available in two sizes: adult regular and adult large and 69 colors and patterns)

Promising review: "My wife's feet are always cold. She has worn alpaca slippers to bed for years. Then I saw these Pudus and decided to try them. They are superior to anything we've ever found. They are snug and the warmest socks/slippers ever. The rubbery stuff on the bottom serves as a non-slip surface without being solid like a shoe sole. They are simply perfect for lounging and sleeping." —Richard Mann

Psst: Looking for the lists of Oprah's Fave Things from this year? I've super got you covered: we rounded up Oprah's Favorite Things Under $50 in 2019 and Oprah's Favorite Things in 2019 that are over $50, but still super cool to check out!

17. A desk nameplate to show total and utter support for their career. All they need to do is take a peek at this beauty, and they'll definitely get those reports done on deadline.

The wood-grain name plate that says "I'm kind of a Big Deal"
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $16.85.

Promising review: "I got this for a coworker who is always saying what a big deal he is (as a joke). He loves it and it got a laugh from everyone in the office. It also looks REALLY nice! I was expecting something that looked cheap, to be completely honest, but it's great quality!" —CyndiH95

18. A zodiac trinket dish with the giftee's specific sign emblazoned in gold on the top, plus their ~traits~ on the inside. Now they won't lose their rings when Mercury is in retrograde AGAIN.

The cream-colored dish with lid, and inside is "Libra charming, diplomatic, idealistic"
Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in all 12 zodiac signs).

19. Or a book dedicated to their sign if they text you a screenshot of their CoStar daily horoscope each and every day (@ my group text). How can they be so vague and yet such a personal attack?!

The books, with foil titles of the zodiac signs plus colorful illustration representing the sign, each book in a different color
Hardie Grant Books

They've got info about the sign relative to careers, romance, self-care, communication, and more. Plus, how beautiful are these covers?

Get them from Amazon for $11.99 each or from Bookshop for $11.03 each (to support local bookstores).

20. An 18-karat gold-plated customizable necklace with letters dangling from the delicate chain to spell out their name (or anything you'd like, really) for a perfectly thoughtful and personalized gift that'll make them think you've been planning it for months.

Model wearing the necklace with spaced out letter that read Macey
Amazon

Just click "customize now" and enter the word you'd like (maximum 10 letters). And you can adjust the length of the necklace from 13-16 inches!

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in silver, gold (+$2), and rose gold (+$3) and lengths from 14"-22" — also available in 11 other styles).

Promising review: "Super cute and fast delivery. I got this personalized for a friends birthday w her name and I cannot stress how cute this turned out to be!!! It’s something more personal since you can customize it, and it’s also affordable which is always a plus! This is going to become my go to gift." —Marium

21. A Kellerman's motel-style keychain straight out of Dirty Dancing for your forever dance parter or for the Jessica Day in your life who also watches this movie after every breakup.

The rhombus keychain with "Kellerman's mountain house Catskills NY" on one side and "I carried a watermelon" on the other
Twisted Egos

Get it from Twisted Egos on Etsy for $8.

Twisted Egos is an LGBTQ+-owned Etsy store based in West Hollywood making pop culture–themed masks, keychains, pins, and more.

22. A beaded friendship bracelet for your "ride or die" — and at this price, you're basically obligated to get one for yourself. Matching is key!

Nordstrom, Little Words Project

Get the blue one from Nordstrom for $20+ (available in three colors/styles) or the pink one from Little Words Project for $30 (available in two sizes).

Little Words Project is a woman-owned brand making word bracelets (you can customize your own too!) inspired by values of kindness, self-love, and inclusivity.

23. An oh-so pretty celestial journal (hello, gold foil stars) to inspire short and sweet daily reflections. There are only a few lines per day, so they'll have to use them well!

The journal with a star-like cover print
Chronicle Books

It's gorgeous AND durable, so they'll actually want to use it for the full five years. The pages also also gilded. FANCY! According to one reviewer, the photos don't do it justice.

Get it from Amazon for $10.25 or from Bookshop for $15.59.

24. A gold-trimmed box of their favorite tea blend (have you been paying attention??) that'll make you both feel like you're having high tea at Buckingham Palace. Great for when you guys are catching up on the most recent season of The Crown.

The tin of earl grey with teapot
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Get a box of 20 sachets from Amazon for $11.99 (available in nine flavors).

Promising review: "Great tea! I have bought many other flavor of teas from this company. My all time favorite is Earl Grey so I don't know why I hadn't bought this sooner. Buying from Amazon actually saved me money and I got it a lot sooner than buying direct from company. The tin is great for other uses when you have drank all the tea. Also, I so love the tea in sachets rather than in the paper bags...such a more full bodied flavor." —Cely Smith

25. Stately engraved cufflinks personalized with their initial that'll say "no, I did NOT wait for the 22nd to buy your present, no siree."

The silver tone cufflinks
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in all 26 letters).

Promising review: "I bought these for my fiance as a gift to him on our wedding day. They pictures on Amazon do not do them justice. They are very nice quality and look fantastic! They are not cheap looking and the engraving is perfect. They truly make a wonderful gift." —AngP

26. A Golden Girls blanket in a tropical print inspired by their Miami home for cuddling up with all the coziness they feel when hanging with you — their bestie!

The blanket with a portrait of all four women, the title, and a pink tropical leaf border
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

Promising review: "I LOVE it!!!! It came in a timely matter and you can actually see the picture on both sides. It looks great on my bed and just warm enough during the summer! It makes me smile!!!" —Tammy L Shoemaker

27. A set of jumbo fizzy aromatherapy bath bombs for anyone who want to ~soak~ up some luxury. These'll moisturize their skin and make their next tub soak a little more spa-like. What a way to spend an evening!

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They're each about the size of a tennis ball — and they won't stain their tub, so they won't have to scrub afterwards.

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $31.97.

Promising review: "I have been using bath bombs for years. I've used cheap brands, drugstore brands, luxury brands (Lush, YL) and more. This box gives all bath bombs I've tried a run for the money! The packaging was super cute and totally giftable. I was really impressed at the quality of the bath bomb itself too (I used Heal tonight) and I love that this uses natural essential oils. During this COVID-19 outbreak, I have had a lot of stress and anxiety and have enjoyed a bath nearly every night for the past week. This bomb gave me the most serene experience and they are HUGE! At least double the size of ones I've used before. Comparable to the size of Lush bombs. I will definitely purchase this box again when I run out and honestly it's a great price at a little more than $2 a piece. You really can't beat it!" —Heather H

28. A pair of 14-karat gold-plated padlock dangles, because although they don't *literally* lock onto their lobes, they'll love them so much that they might as well. These are basically the next best thing to an *actual* lock the two of you put on a Parisian bridge.

Small gold hoops with little padlocks hanging from them
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in silver and three other designs).

Promising review: "I love these earrings! I wear them almost every day, I only really take them off if I’m taking a shower. They haven’t tarnished yet!" —BBRebBe

29. A Great British Bake Off-inspired apron if they ~loave~ the idea of getting a handshake from Paul Hollywood and his blue eyes. Then they'll know they've finally ~proofed~ (get it?) their worth.

Model in the red apron with scrollwork and the words star baker at the top
Amazon

"It's uhhhhnderbaaaeeaaaaked." —my brain at all times

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

30. A Fleabag pin for the person who will tell you that your haircut is "French" when it...most certainly is not.

The black and white pin that looks like Fleabag turning looking over her shoulder
Sweet Grenadine

Like Fleabag says, hair *is* everything.

Get it from Sweet Grenadine on Etsy for $8.18.

Sweet Grenadine is a Lille, France-based Etsy shop making shrink plastic pins, paper goods, jewelry and more — including tons of awesome pop culture-inspired pieces.

31. The Little Women Cookbook, the perfect volume for real sisters, wannabe sisters, fans of the book, or anyone who thinks about Jo, Laurie, and Amy and simply bursts into tears (aka me).

The cover of the book with illustrations of the four march girls
Harvard Common Press

From blancmange to plum pudding to ~Hannah's pounded potatoes~ and ~Amy's lemonade~ PLUS anecdotes about Alcott and lovely illustrations, you'll want to share it with your sisters.

Get it from Amazon for $5.14 or from Bookshop for $19.31.

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