20 great gift ideas under $20

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.

Buy for $15

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.

Buy for $17

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.

Buy for $18

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.

Buy for $20

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.

Buy for $20

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.

Buy for $20

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!

Buy for $20

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.

Buy for $17

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.

Buy for $18

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.

Buy for $13

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.

Buy for $20

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.

Buy for $19

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.

Buy for $17

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.

Buy for $19

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.

Buy for $15

Ultimate Catch Phrase Party Game

I’ve never not had a good time playing this game.

Buy for $12

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.

Buy for $10

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.

Buy for $18

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.

Buy for $8

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.

Buy for $17

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.

Buy for $14

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