Looking for a white elephant gift, stocking stuffer or just trying to keep costs down? We have you covered. It can be tough sometimes to find a good gift under $20, but we feel we’ve found 20 of them that anyone would be happy to receive.
Note: the list below includes items under $20, as well as those right at $20 (20 great gift ideas at or under $20 doesn’t have quite the same ring). And yes we included sale items, so there’s a chance some of these prices could be higher than originally posted.
100 Things To Do Bucket List Scratch Poster
After a year like 2020, what better gift could you give than the promise of fun and adventure? And for the homebodies out there, we really like their 100 movie scratch list as well.
Anker Nano 20W iPhone Charger
The perfect gift for anyone who just purchased a new iPhone, or a wireless charging pad, or basically anyone who plans to purchase a future smartphone or electronic. The Nano is small, powerful and works with most USB-C devices.
Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee and Tea Maker
Everyone should have a coffee press, even if they never use it. This one from Bodum looks sharp and according to reviews, makes coffee that tastes as good as presses 10x its price. Plus it also makes tea.
Death Wish Coffee Dark Roast Coffee Grounds
Even if you don’t get them the above press, consider getting them some Death Wish coffee. Billed as ‘the world’s strongest coffee,’ it makes for a fun gift, even it ends up just sitting on the self forever.
Wyze Cam 1080p Smart Security Camera
I honestly can’t believe this thing is $20. It streams in full HD, has 2-way audio and night vision, stores clips in the cloud for free, and it works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Stanley Classic Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Thermos
Yeti who? This Stanley thermos is capable of keeping your beverage or soup of choice, hot or cold for up to 24 hours. I also like that it’s super durable, leak proof, and the lid doubles as an 8-ounce cup.
POWERUP 2.0 Electric Motor for Paper Planes
Attach this DIY electric motor to your paper airplane and watch it fly. This is one of those gifts where you probably shouldn’t count on it working 100% on the first try, but hey if it does—fun!
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit Pocket Knife
The thing about pocket knives as gifts is the receiver is either going to toss it in a drawer, never to be seen again, or they’re going to carry it every day and eventually pass it down to the next generation. I like those range of outcomes.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote
This is another one of those things that I can’t believe is under $20. Adds support for virtually every streaming service to any TV, including Apple TV+ and free services like Pluto TV and Tubi.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine or other chemicals and doesn’t require batteries. It’s 2020 ya’ll, everyone needs to be prepared for everything.
OXO Steel Single Wall Cocktail Shaker
Oh man, I really like this as a gift idea. OXO is known for its high-quality bar and kitchen utensils, and this leakproof shaker opens up a world of drink-making possibilities. And if nothing else, it makes a great display piece.
Godlinger Dublin Double Old Fashioned Glasses
These are the types of glasses you break out when an old friend visits, or a major life event occurs, or just when you want to feel like Don Draper from Mad Men. These are real crystal people, and make an incredible gift.
Kasa Smart Multicolored LED Wi-Fi Light Bulb
Pop this thing in your favorite lamp or light fixture, and all of a sudden you can control the mood of the entire room with a single tap or voice command. Works with Alexa and Google Home, and there’s no need for a separate hub.
GearLight High-Powered LED Flashlight
I’m of the belief that you can never have enough flashlights. And this one is a good one: it’s super bright at 1200 lumens, has multiple modes including zoom, and it’s weather-resistant.
LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Kit
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, LEGO kits (sub 500-piece, much more than that gets too tedious) make surprisingly good gifts. They offer a little challenge, entertainment, and once completed they look great on a desk or shelf.
Ultimate Catch Phrase Party Game
I’ve never not had a good time playing this game.
Amazon Echo Flex Mini Smart Speaker
So this tiny little thing has the Alexa assistant built-in, and a USB port that you can use to charge your phone, or plug in accessories such as a night light.
Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker
We all know what a Tile is by now, right? And if not the image should give you some context clues.
Rubik’s Cube 3×3 Puzzle Game
I got one of these as a gift a few years back, and it has become a mainstay on my desk. I use it as more of a fidget spinner than a puzzle I’m actually trying to solve, but every once in a while I Google ‘how to solve a Rubik’s Cube’ and give it the old college try.
Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point Carhartt went from a symbol of rugged outer wear to a fashion icon. Anyway it says these are ‘mens’ beanies but pretty sure any one would dig one of these knit beanies.
Anker PowerWave QI Wireless Charging Stand
I really wanted to avoid the typical cliche ‘tech’ gift guide items, but let’s face it, no one is going to hate getting a wireless charging stand. Especially a highly-rated one like this one.
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