The Best 25 Affordable Ideas for Holiday Gifts That Will Bring on the Spirit of the Season

Ideas for Holiday Gifts

If you’re like me, you have quite a few people to shop for this holiday season. But with the current world situation, your budget might be tighter than usual. If you’ve always celebrated this magical time of year, I’m hoping you’re eager to spread the holiday cheer, once again. Bringing joy to your loved ones, by giving thoughtful gifts, is one of the best parts of the holidays. It nourishes our hearts. Sure, it can be stressful finding the perfect gifts that fit within your budget. So, if you’re looking for affordable ideas for holiday gifts this year, then you’re in the right place!

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I’ve compiled a list of 25 affordable gifts ranging from under $10 to $100. and an assortment of freebies. That means you’re sure to find the perfect gift – whatever your price range. By spreading the joy this season (without breaking the bank) we can end a difficult year with a sentiment full of promise. Here’s my selection of ideas for holiday gifts in 2020:

Under $10

The following ideas for holiday gifts will suit any budget while still delighting the receiver:

American Picnic Glass Food Storage Container with Lid

This Pyrex decorated food storage container with its bright red lid is ideal for storing away food in a fun way. The cute and stylish look is an exclusive limited edition option only available for a short time.

Go Bananas Glass Food Storage Container with Lid

Similarly, this charming Pyrex decorated food storage container with its bright yellow lid and cute monkey images will make anyone smile. This durable container is also an exclusive limited edition making it a lovely unique gift.

Ideas for Holiday Gifts
Furever Dog Glass Food Storage Container with Lid

Your dog-loving friends would love this cute Pyrex decorated food storage container with puppy images and a black lid. Best of all, Pyrex ensures that the containers are long-lasting which means your gift will be enjoyed for years.

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Under $25

The following ideas for holiday gifts are a bit pricier but still really affordable:

Weekly Meal Planner Pad

The MomAgenda weekly meal planner pad has a new and improved easy-to-use design which helps make meal planning a breeze. This is the perfect gift for any friend who constantly wonders what to make for dinner each night.

Meal Planning Bundle

Step it up further by gifting the MomAgenda Meal Planning Bundle, which includes the Weekly Meal Planner Pad but also the Grocery List Pad – a great combo. This bundle is great for anyone who needs help mastering meal planning.

Ideas for Holiday Gifts
Damen 3-Piece Knife Set

This stylish yet practical Chicago Cutlery knife set is a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to cook. The construction of these knives makes them perfect for most kitchen tasks and includes a chef knife, utility knife, and paring knife.

Terrazzo Verde 6-Pack Appetizer Plates

This stunning collection of plates from Corelle have an Italian-inspired pattern making it a lovely gift for anyone with a passion for Italia. Best of all, the plates form part of Corelle Signature Dinnerware Collection so can easily be mixed and matched with other sets.

Holiday Berries 4-Pack Appetizer Plates

The beautiful berry and leaf wreath patterns on these plates are sure to get anyone into the holiday spirit, which is what makes them a wonderful holiday gift. Even though they are holiday-themed they can easily be paired with other dinnerware sets at any time of the year.

Ideas for Holiday Gifts

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Under $50

The following ideas for holiday gifts are quality products that are more expensive but definitely gifts that will be appreciated:

Coordinates Small Dip Tray Set

Shopping for someone who loves to entertain? Then this versatile serving set is the gift for them. This dip tray set will be their go-to for a stylish presentation of tasty treats while they host guests in the future.

Walnut Tradition 3-Piece Knife Set

A stylish Chicago Cutlery 3-piece knife set with walnut handles and stainless steel blades will please anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. The set includes a chef knife, a boning knife, and a paring knife.

Essentials 5-Piece Knife Set

This classic Chicago Cutlery 5-piece knife set is suitable for a range of kitchen tasks, which makes it best suited to those who love to cook. The set includes a chef knife, partoku, serrated utility knife, a paring knife, and a 4-slot wooden block.

Sherpa Plaid Throw

This Martha Stewart Collection Sherpa Plaid Throw is an unbelievably thoughtful gift for anyone who loves a cozy home. Give the gift of warmth this winter with this beautiful throw that has the softest texture.

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Under $75

Sometimes you want to spoil the loved ones in your life which means considering these ideas for holiday gifts this year:

5 Cup Food Chopper

A KitchenAid 5 Cup Food Chopper is a super gift for just about anyone in your life. With a range of unique features such as chop, mix, puree, whisk and stir options and even a drizzle basin, this gift will be appreciated.

Waterford Pink Giftology Heart Ring Holder

This stunning ring holder is carved from exquisite Waterford crystal in the shape of a heart as a lovely reminder of love. A perfect gift for a special person in your life or even your significant other.

Ideas for Holiday Gifts
Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle

Give the gift of Jo Malone London’s signature fragrance with this candle. Anyone would love a scent that hints at a fresh Caribbean Sea breeze in their home. The candle comes in a beautiful box that is ready to present as a gift.

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Under $100

There really is no limit to what you’ll spend on the special people in your life, so here are some ideas for holiday gifts if you’re in the mood to splurge a bit:

6 Quart Slow Cooker with Solid Glass Lid

A slow cooker is an incredibly handy kitchen tool and the perfect gift for newlyweds or busy parents. This slow cooker can be easily programmed, which helps to free up valuable time and make delicious meals. A gift that is guaranteed to be appreciated.

Fitbit Inspire 2 Desert Rose Strap Smart Watch

Know a woman who is on a health and fitness journey? Then this is the gift for them. This gorgeous Fitbit smart watch is ideal for anyone who wants to cultivate healthy habits by tracking activity, heart rate, and sleep with a fitness tracker.

Fitbit Inspire 2 Black Strap Smart Watch

Similarly, this Fitbit smart watch is great for any men in your life who are focused on healthy living and getting fit. The sensors automatically record any activity while also recording the heart rate and sleep patterns to give an all-round indication of health and fitness.

Free Gifts

The best things in life aren’t things – which means that sometimes the best gifts we can give, don’t cost a cent. That’s why I’ve added some fun but thoughtful ideas for holiday gifts that you can create instead of buy:

  1. Create a photo tape with fun music. You can find help with free apps online and it’s easier than you think.
  2. Bake holiday cookies, a favorite pie or cook a delicious meal.
  3. Write a beautiful collection of heartfelt messages. For grandparents, ask each family member to write something memorable. (We do that in our family.)
  4. Create your own Jeopardy pop knowledge game for a whole lot of family fun.
  5. Get crafty. Can you make homemade masks, a picture calendar, a natural body scrub?
  6. Do some research and create a family tree.
  7. Scrapbooks are keepers. Put one together for lasting memories.

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Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts

Now that you have this comprehensive selection of ideas for holiday gifts, it’s time to get shopping and moving. The holidays are just around the corner, so use this gift guide to be imaginative and shop online this year!

Which of these gift ideas caught your eye?


Comments 12

  1. These are fabulous gift ideas, Ronni! I can think of quite a few people who would love some of these gifts. My favorites are the Kitchen Aid 5 cup food chopper, the Jo Malone Candle, and the sherpa throw blanket.

    1. Thank you, Diane. I love your choices too. After preparing dinner with the food chopper, can you see yourself sitting comfortably,in a candle lit room, with the throw wrapped around you?

  2. I love these posts, especially from organizers who have the “no extra stuff” mindset. I was just telling my husband that I think I need a new slow cooker. I love those glass storage containers. Glass is definitely back in style when it comes to food storage, and those are so fun:) Happy shopping!

    1. I’m definitely not one for more clutter. But who doesn’t love being showered with a gift(s) at holiday time or for a celebration?
      Some of these might be considered necessary, some for pleasure and others for fun!

  3. Oooh. That reminds me that I once made a Jeopardy game using PowerPoint for a training class at work. I had the main screen on slide one and all the dollar values linked to other slides. I may make one for my family. I just Googled “Jeopardy PowerPoint Template” and a bunch of results came up. That will make it easier. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Wouldn’t it be fun to create a Jeopardy game where family members have to guess the answers to family trivia? I’d have a blast with that!

  4. You’ve made holiday shopping a lot easier for your readers! My favorites are the Corelle terrazzo plates and the meal planning pads. I recently did a series of blog posts on meal planning–those pads are perfect for taking meal planning out of the brain and onto paper. And those terrazzo plates would make a lovely hostess gift. No worries about a guest accidentally breaking one since Corelle is practically indestructible. If I had to choose a third–it would be the decorative Pyrex–it makes storing leftovers all the more fun!

    1. I wanted to offer a fun range of gifts, some are new, with a range of prices. I didn’t choose anything I wouldn’t buy myself.
      I also love the Pyrex containers with fun motifs. And, everything Corelle.

  5. What a fun list of gift ideas, Ronni! I love scented candles, and that lime/basil/mandarin one you featured looks amazing. I can almost smell it. And for “free” gifts, I love the idea of creating a family Jeopardy game. Recently, my older daughter created a personalized Jeopardy game for her sister’s Zoom bridal shower. It was for the bride squad only, so I wasn’t part of it, but I heard about it. They had so much fun. It sounded epic.

    This year will surely be different in so many ways, but it’s nice to begin thinking about the possibilities for the season.

    1. The lime/basil/mandarin scented candle
      IS amazing. All of the scents from Joe Malone are. I never miss an opportunity to purchase one and it’s a great holiday gift for sure.
      Homemade gifts and family fun are always winners.I thought of another one after I wrote the article. A Zoom sing-along!

  6. I appreciate how you included different price ranges without sacrificing quality. This list has some really unique ideas too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Inspiration is so key. There might be something on my list that someone didn’t think of. It can be challenging to find the right gift for someone.
      I wanted to give enough choices, in a wide price range, to appeal to a large audience. This was a fun piece to write.

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