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    35 Under-$20 Gift Exchange Gifts Anyone Would Love To Receive

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    1. A set of two dino tea infusers plus a tea sampler box to strike the perfect balance between cute and sophisticated.,

    Get the dinos for $12.95 and the tea for $7.60, both on Amazon. (And I know, ugh, it's $.55 over...sorry!)

    2. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book, which will appeal to both fans of the show AND anyone who loves burgers...which in my experience, is most people. (Will also appeal to pun-lovers, but that's...not most people.)

    It's packed with creative recipes from the show, like the "New Bacon-ings Burger", the "Poutine on the Ritz Burger", and the "Sweet Home Avocado Burger."

    Promising review: "This cookbook is better than it has any right to beef. It's not only a gouda read, but it has egg-celent recipes. It's a great topic piece at patties, too. Make sure you pickle this up, you'll relish it for years to cumin." —David

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96.

    3. A sloth mug so cute I dare anyone to say one bad thing about it — the sloth literally *hugs* whatever beverage they're entrusted with to keep it nice and warm.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    4. A 100 movies scratch-off poster that turns the regular old Friday night "oh, let's just stay in and watch a movie" into a journey to be accomplished.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15. (Which leaves you a little extra $$ to spend on a box of microwave popcorn to go with it!) Also available for $15: 100 books, 100 kids books, and 100 cocktails.

    5. A set of four mini donut soaps and six french fry soaps — they look so realistic you'll just might have to remind people not to try and take a bite.

    AubreyEApothecary / Etsy

    Get them from AubreyEApothecary on Etsy: the four donuts for $10.50 and the six french fries for $7.75.

    6. A luxe minis gift set any beauty-lovers in the group are basically guaranteed to want.


    The primer and black mascara will work for pretty much anyone, and most people will love the deep beige lipcolor, too.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $20.

    7. An artsy pack of dog playing cards with an original illustration on each and every card, for those after-dinner poker games that have more bark than bite.

    The Grommet

    Get them from The Grommet for $12.50 (also available with cats for $12.50).

    8. A couch coaster-meets-cupholder to enable the laziest weekend afternoons, because they won't even have to reach over to the coffee or side table to enjoy another sip.

    The Grommet,

    Plus, it works on basically any sofa with a wide-enough armrest.

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95 (four colors available).

    9. A little screaming goat who's fairly straightforward — simply press on him, and he lets out a bleaty yell basically guaranteed to make your coworkers laugh., Urban Outfitters

    Promising reviews: "Used this as a white elephant for a Christmas party. It was fought over and stolen many times. It's so funny and cute. Great deal for the price." —Jami

    "It has to be tiny. I bought for white elephant gift just received it. Box is tiny! I put post it note next to it for comparison. I'm sure it was in details so it's my fault but be sure to read measurements. Box is sealed and in good condition so I hope it goes over well. **** UPDATE**** Super popular at Christmas party. Was stolen twice and two others want to order their own goat!!" —loralovesamazon

    Get it on Amazon for $7.35, Barnes & Noble for $6.16, or Urban Outfitters for $9.95.

    10. A box full of ten of the bestselling British candy bars, for a sweet little taste of life across the pond.

    Promising review: "Seriously, these candy bars are amazing! My personal favorite so far was the Starbar — peanut butter, caramel, rice crispy pieces, chocolate... What's not to love, really? Why the heck don't they sell these in America, dammit?! I threw mine in the fridge as soon as I got them. I pull one out about a couple of minutes before I eat it, so it's still cool and doesn't melt all over the place." —So & So So & So

    Get it on Amazon for $12.77.

    11. A set of ten hydrating face masks perfect for post-holiday de-stressing, especially when paired with a hot bath and a $9 bottle of wine (or a re-gifted mug for their cup of tea!)

    Each mask addresses a different skin concern, from hydrating and brightening to pore minimizing and firming.

    Promising review: "10/10, will buy these again. These masks do a super good job of hydrating and moisturizing the skin. I pop one on for 12 minutes, peel it off, and use my fingers to tap in the remaining essence. If you tap in the remaining essence left in the package, your skin will absorb the essence more quickly and it won't have a sticky feel. Just super soft skin!" —Amazon Customer

    Get the set of 10 on Amazon for $10.47.

    12. Or a set of 10 tennis-ball-sized bath bombs that'll let whoever ends up winning them spend many relaxing hours fizzing the evening away, all while moisturizing their skin.

    Promising review: "AMAZING! There is no other way to describe this product. They smell great! The colors are vibrant! They made my skin feel soft and moisturized. Also, I received a bar of handmade soap as a bonus gift! I will definitely be ordering again." —Lynn

    Get them on Amazon for $20.87.

    13. A super-functional multitool decked out in all the colors of the rainbow for something both beautiful and practical.


    It has six sizes of hex keys, a flat head, a star head, and a phillips head — meaning it's a perfect replacement for the random collection of screwdrivers in their junk drawer.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    14. A moon lamp sure to enchant all ages — especially if you demonstrate its glow in the moment. Dim the overhead lights, then ask whoever unwraps it to turn it on.

    Just charge it before you wrap it, and it'll be good to ~glow~! Many people use it as a nightlight: it charges for up to three hours, so it can glow for up to 10 hours. Oh, and if you tap it, you can change the color of the light from yellow to white (and back again).

    Promising review: "My son loves this. He needed a nightlight to keep on in his room, and this really fit the bill! It sits on the tabletop, and gives off enough light to see but not enough to disrupt his sleep." —Ryan

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A Disney notebook designed to look like one of the iconic VHS tapes so many people watched over and over as kids.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    My friend/coworker Heather has one, and it's SO cute y'all. Although it's not as big as the old VHS tapes (and it is, y'know, a notebook), the cover's exactly the same as the VHS case I grew up with — including the back! And when you open the front and back covers, it looks like the inside of the case and the tape. Ahh I can't get over it!! (You can click or tap on the photos above to make 'em bigger.)

    Get them from ShopDisney for $14.95 each: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, A Goofy Movie, or The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Or for $15.99: Peter Pan or Dumbo.

    16. A pair of socks and six boxes of Bertie Botts guaranteed to go fast in any room with at least one Harry Potter fan.,

    Get them on Amazon: the socks are $7.99 (three colors) and six boxes of the Every-Flavor Beans are $11.49.

    And if you're otherwise looking for good Potter merch, check out: 41 Gifts For The Person Who Is Probably Reading "Harry Potter" Right Now

    17. Or a cozy tapestry blanket emblazoned with the crest of Godric Gryffindor, perfect for snuggling under for yet another re-read.

    Psst, if you have no idea what that's more Harry Potter.

    Get it on Amazon for $20.79.

    18. A pair of oven mitts that make pulling hot dishes out of the oven completely bear-able.

    Get them on Amazon for $20.

    19. A bathroom guest book because the best parts of any gift exchange are the moments when every single person's laughing, and this most definitely will make that happen.

    PLUS it's hilarious inside: each page invites guests to check off a song that describes their bathroom visit, contribute a little doodle, fill out a report card about the bathroom they're in, among other random things!

    Promising review: "I bought this book as a dirty Santa gift for my office party. Of course, the hostess with the mostest was the one that opened it, which only made the moment that much sweeter. We all passed it around and had a good laugh over the ridiculous entries you can fill out. I've been in bathrooms where these are actually used and it's definitely something you never forget. Just make sure you have a pen and some hand sanitizer nearby." —Kimberly Gula

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A rechargeable LED ring light that clips right on your smartphone to upgrade selfies, food photos, and any other pics you take close-up.,

    You charge it with a USB, and it has three different light settings so you can always adjust it to the perfect level.

    Promising review: "I ordered this light two weeks ago, and for the price I was surprised with how good the product was. There are three brightness settings, and it's very easy to use. It comes with a charger, and it lasts long throughout the day. Highly recommend for better photos! It gives a natural light effect." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $17.99.

    21. A fuzzy grey throw blanket so incredibly soft everyone who touches is it will say "oooh" and "ahhh" and then immediately want it for themselves.

    And yep, it's machine washable!

    Promising review: "LOVE IT! The blanket is super soft and warm. I washed it as directed (cold water, separate on gentle cycle + low heat dry) and it did not lint up like other blankets I have used. I mostly use this blanket for when I'm sitting at my desk doing homework/studying. It's great to keep your legs warm or wrap yourself up like a burrito and keep your upper body warm. Definitely would recommend!" —D.H.

    Get it on Amazon for $14.81 (8 colors).

    22. A set of four Polaroid-frame coasters they'll be able to customize with their favorite photos. It's the gifting triple-whammy: decorative, functional, and personal.

    If yours happens to be a friends or family exchange, you could totally put at least one or two good group photos in before you wrap 'em!

    Get a pack of four on Amazon: in gold for $16 or white for $12.

    23. A pair of taco socks and a taco enamel pin (on a cute card!) because tacos are the best kind of food, don't even try and argue with me.

    Yellow Owl Workshop, Melanie Riccardi / Yellow Owl Workshop

    Get them from Yellow Owl Workshop for $10 each: women's socks, men's socks, and the enamel pin.

    24. A party game that can be the next activity once you finish the gift exchange: reviewers say it's easy to learn, takes *maximum* 15 minutes to play (and usually 5-10), and most importantly is loads of fun!

    Promising review: "This game is a blast. Our kids can’t wait to play it again. We sat down the other night just to play a round or two and two hours later we were still captivated and playing. We love that it goes fast which allows you to play just one round when you have just a few minutes or to play multiple rounds. The app that comes with it is ingenious as it takes you through the night phase. We appreciated the little comical lines that occasionally come out in the app. Try adding all the characters to all the different games/expansion packs and listen to what the app says. My kids laughed and laughed." —Sheldon Nixon

    Get it on Amazon for $10.43.

    You could also consider Codenames, another popular party game, if your group hasn't played it yet — it's $14.89 on Amazon.

    25. A sequin pillow cover (and insert) with an irresistible sparkly pull — whoever's holding onto it will find it impossible not to draw on it, which will lure the next person to steal it away.

    Make sure to stuff the insert into the cover before you wrap it!

    Promising review: "I cannot wait to give these to my daughters for Christmas! I'm glad I read previous reviews otherwise I might not have realized that these were only pillowcases. The quality was excellent for a great price and I just went to Walmart and purchased $4 pillows in the craft section to fill the cases with. These were well worth the money." —Jaime Hallez

    Get them both on Amazon: the cover for $6.98 and the insert for $7.99.

    26. A motivational (and ~aesthetically pleasing~) notepad and pack of four pencils for those folks who always like to take the New Year by the reigns.

    PaperAvenueShop / Etsy

    Get them from PaperAvenueShop on Etsy: the notepad (which has 50 sheets) for $4.55 and the pencil set for $9.10 (or when you order the pencils, select "pencils and notepad" on the dropdown to get both for $12.13).

    27. A pair of hedgehog or pufferfish dryer buddies so adorable everybody will want to bring their cuteness home.,

    Promising review: "My clothes seem to dry faster with these. I still use half a dryer sheet for anti-static properties. It seems to get more animal hair off my clothes since it agitates the surface while tumbling.

    Edit: Throw them in the washer with a load from time to time if they get smelly. Worked with mine!" —Duracell

    Get them from Amazon: the hedgehogs for $4.98 and the puffer fish for $8.

    28. A trio of hand-poured coconut wax votive candles that instantly make pretty much anybody's bathroom or bedroom feel a little more luxe.


    Get the set of three from Nordstrom for $20.

    29. Or a bacon and bourbon soy candle — it comes in under budget, so you can *also* include a full pound of bacon to go along with it for extra laughs (and deliciousness).

    SilverDollarCandleCo / Etsy

    Get it from SilverDollarCandleCo on Etsy for $14.95.

    30. An on-the-go french press travel mug every coffee snob/lover in the room will instantly gravitate toward, because it makes drinking delicious coffee incredibly simple.

    Get it on Amazon for $17.86.

    31. A drill brush set that makes it incredibly easy to clean up grime from grout, stoves, bathtubs, car rims, and anything that would otherwise require limitless elbow grease.,

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51 and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, so hand scrubbing it was for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." —Terry

    Get them on Amazon for $14.95.

    32. A set of woodland creatures bag clips you can pair with a few bags of favorite snacks for something both tasty and "aww!"-worthy.

    Get them on Amazon for $3.99.

    33. A coloring book packed with a million dogs or a million cats that is sure to get very meow-rry reception, whichever one you choose., Lark Crafts

    Get them on Amazon: the dog version for $9.25 and the cat version for $4.44 (there's also a Christmas cats version for $7.93). And don't forget the colored pencils! You can get a pack of 36 colors for $4.44.

    Or get them from Barnes & Noble: the dog version for $9.25, the cat version for $4.97, an owl version for $4.97, and a set of 30 colored pencils for $7.49.

    34. A Golden Girls chia pet perfect for those who can't stop binge-watching the series now that it's streaming.


    I wouldn't bring this to an exchange where I wasn't sure there were one or two diehard fans of the show, but with the right group...

    Get Sophia from Target for $15.99 or Amazon for $29.98.

    Or get one of the other Golden Girls Chias from Amazon: Rose or Blanche for $19.99 each.

    35. An Amazon gift card for $20 — literally every person loves money they get to decide how to spend.

    Get one, of course, on Amazon.

    Because sometimes *giving* gifts is just as fun as receiving them!

    Boomerang /

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