10 Great Holiday Gifts that Cost Less than $30

The holidays are right around the corner, and it's time to start shopping for gifts. We know you want to get something for all your friends and family without breaking the bank. Don't worry, we've got you covered. We scoured the internet to find 10 amazing gifts for under $30 that anyone would love to receive. From cozy accessories to clever gadgets, this list has a little something for everyone. The holidays are for celebrating together, not racking up debt, so stick to a budget and use this guide to make the season bright without the high price tag.

1. Power banks

A portable charger is a lifesaver for anyone constantly on their phone. Look for a slim 10000mAh power bank that can charge most phones at least twice. Around $20.

2. Bluetooth Earbuds

Cord-free earbuds make listening to music or podcasts so much more enjoyable. You'll find solid Bluetooth options with great sound for under $30. Some even have built-in mics for calls.

3. Smartwatch

A budget-friendly smartwatch lets them track steps, see notifications, control music, and more right from their wrist. Several reputable brands offer basic models for $25–$30 that work with Android and iOS.

4. Streaming Device

For binge-watching their favorite shows, a streaming stick is ideal. The Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku Express offer thousands of streaming channels for around $30. They simply plug into an HDMI port on the TV.

5. Phone Camera Lens Kit

For aspiring social media influencers, a clip-on lens kit will up their Instagram game. Wide-angle, macro, and fisheye lenses attach to most phones and cost between $20 and $30.

6. Candles

You can't go wrong with candles for a homebody. Scented candles in calming fragrances like lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine will help them unwind. Or go for unscented beeswax or soy candles for a natural glow. Either way, a set of lovely candles will make a perfect, inexpensive gift.

7. Warm socks or slippers

Help keep their tootsies toasty with a pair of warm wool socks, soft slippers, or fuzzy house shoes. Flannel-lined slippers or shearling moccasins are especially comforting.

8. Herbal tea

A variety of delicious herbal teas will delight any homebody. Mint, chamomile, rooibos, and peppermint are all calming choices. Pair the tea with a cute tea infuser or tea mug for a complete, cozy gift.

9. Audiobooks or podcasts

For a friend who loves curling up on the couch with a good story, an audiobook is ideal. You can find many bestselling audiobooks for under $30. Or for a podcast fan, a subscription to their favorite show is a thoughtful gift.

10. Gym adventure

A rock climbing or bouldering pass at your local gym is a great option for around $20–$30. They can spend a day pushing their limits and getting a workout while having an adventure. Many gyms offer day passes or trial memberships, perfect for a gift.


So there you have it: 10 gifts for under $30 that should please even your pickiest friends this holiday season. Any one of these options proves you put thought into finding something special for them without breaking the bank.

Remember, the holidays are about connecting with loved ones, not how much you spend. Focus on the little details that show you care. Wrap the gift, include a handwritten note, and offer to spend time together—those personal touches mean the most. Your friends will surely appreciate whatever you choose because it comes from you.

Now get out there and have fun gifting! The holidays will be here before you know it. But there is no need to stress. With this guide, you've got gifting under control and budget. Your friends are lucky to have someone like you who puts thought into finding the perfect, affordable present. Happy holidays!

Contributed by Debby Star