60 Cheap Gifts (That Actually Look Expensive) for Everyone on Your List
The problem: You want to treat everyone you know to the finer things in life this holiday season (because hey, they deserve it!), but your bank account doesn’t exactly allow for that at the moment. The solution? This list of gifts that are guaranteed to make it look like you totally balled out this year, without hurting your wallet. Here, 60 cheap gifts that look way more expensive than they actually are. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.
1. Halucci Plush Slippers
These trendy crisscross strap slippers are so plush, you’d never guess they were a $24 Amazon find. As soon as your sister slips them on, she’ll fall in love with the way the cushy memory foam insole feels. Go ahead, get yourself a pair, too—you know you want to.
2. The Drop Dina Tie-Dye Sweatpants
As you probably learned earlier this year, tie-dye sweats can cost a pretty penny. But thankfully, this muted pair of pink joggers from Amazon’s The Drop collection comes in under $50. The inclusive size range makes them a great gift for just about any tie-dye lover on your list.
Available in sizes XXS to 3X.
3. Madewell Coin Pearl Earrings
According to PureWow fashion director Dena Silver, every woman should own a pair of untraditional pearl earrings by the time she’s 40. Gift your best friend this best-selling pair featuring freshwater coin pearls so she’s ahead of the game.
4. Legendary Whitetails Men’s Buck Camp Flannel Shirt
When it comes to a winter wardrobe, there’s no such thing as too many flannels. So, you might as well help your partner beef up his collection. Legendary Whitetails’ cozy version is so popular, it’s earned over 9,000 five-star reviews and some shades are currently backordered. Reviewers say it’s warm, soft and comfortable but our faovrite detail is the corduroy lining on the collar and cuffs.
Available in sizes S to 5XL.
5. Bombas Men’s All-Purpose Performance Calf Socks
Socks are usually considered a pretty lame gift, but hand these to your teenage nephew and he’ll be stoked, we promise. Ever since Bombas debuted on Shark Tank a few years ago, their socks have been selling like crazy. Considering this calf-length pair is breathable, sweat-wicking and has special stay-up technology, we have a feeling his threadbare Nike socks will be going in the trash shortly after he unboxes these.
6. Everlane The Organic Cotton Waffle Henley
This 100 percent organic cotton henley plays well with both loungewear and real clothes (AKA jeans), so she can wear it every day of the week if she wants to. Don’t be surprised if you see your work wife wearing it on almost every Zoom meeting after you send it to her—it’s that comfy.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
7. iChunhua Baby Fleece Jacket
Just imagine how cute your cousin’s toddler will look all zipped up in this. Between the soft, fuzzy material and cute bear ears, she’ll want to keep it on at all times. And luckily, it’s machine washable so her parents can give it a quick wash during her afternoon nap.
Available in sizes 2T to 6T.
8. Slip Silk Face Covering
With a chic 100 percent mulberry silk outer layer, this definitely isn’t your typical face mask. It features adjustable ear straps and an adjustable nose wire so the wearer can customize the fit. And don’t worry about it being too thin—the 100 percent cotton lining adds an additional layer of protection.
9. Patagonia Fisherman Beanie
Patagonia gear is known for its high quality…and accompanying high price tags, so your brother is sure to be impressed when he finds this beanie under the tree. Whether he wants to wear it for hiking, snowman building or just the trudge to and from his car in the snow, it’ll keep his head and ears nice and toasty. Just beware that some say it runs on the smaller side.
10. Harley Reading Glasses
Bundle these with one of Reese Witherspoon’s latest book club picks and you have the ideal gift for your MIL. She’s always misplacing her readers, so this statement pair will surely come in handy.
11. Allure Beauty Box
At $23 a month, you can treat your little sis to two months of this subscription box without breaking your $50 budget. Each shipment contains a combo of full size and mini beauty products that are hand selected by Allure’s editors. And considering each box is worth over $100, you’ll essentially be gifting her $200 worth of makeup and skincare for just $46. (Just don’t forget to cancel the subscription to avoid racking up a major bill.)
12. Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver Generation II
Your best friend has been talking about getting a hair waver forever, she just can’t justify spending almost $60 on that BondiBoost one that’s all over Instagram. Instead, surprise her with this more reasonably priced Bed Head version. Over 9,000 five-star reviewers say it creates body, volume and loose beachy waves that rival the blowout she’s always requesting at Drybar.
13. Drunk Elephant Time to Wake Up Vitamin C + Hydration Serum Duo
Drunk Elephant isn’t exactly the cheapest skincare brand on the market, which is probably why your budget-conscious cousin tends to steer clear of it. Stick this brightening and hydrating mini serum duo in her stocking and you’ll definitely make her holiday a little brighter.
14. Vikings Blade Luxury Shaving Brush
Sure, using his hands to apply shaving cream works fine. But you know your partner likes to feel a little pampered, so why not get him a shaving brush. Now, he’ll be able to really lather up and enjoy the shaving process.
15. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
Considering it delivers a salon-worthy blowout at home, we’re not surprised this blow dryer brush has racked up over 500 five-star reviews on Bed Bath & Beyond. Right now, it’s 30 percent off—but your mom never has to know you got it for a steal.
16. Foreo Luna Play Plus
Foreo’s popular Luna 3 and Luna 3 Mini facial cleansing devices cost upwards of $150, which is enough to make us want to stick with the most basic tools (we’re talking about our hands). Or at least it was, until we discovered the Foreo Luna Play. It utilizes the same technology to clean your skin and clear your pores as the larger devices, but this compact version costs just $49. The only downside? It’s not rechargeable. Once you get the estimated 400 uses out of it, you’ll have to replace the AAA battery.
17. Clinique Post Shave Soother
Have a teen who’s still new to the whole shaving thing? Then he probably gets some nasty razor burn from time to time. Stick this soothing after-shave treatment in his stocking so he has it on hand the next time those angry red bumps appear.
18. Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit
Ever since PureWow beauty director Jenny Jin added Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask to her shower routine, her hair has never felt softer. This gift set includes a full-size bottle of that genius formula, plus samples of the classic Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask and the Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask, making it the ideal gift for any haircare-obsessed friend in your life.
19. AmeiTech Makeup Organizer
As any fan of The Container Store knows, getting organized can get expensive, fast. Thankfully, that’s not the case when it comes to this rotating makeup organizer. The sturdy acrylic design costs just $27 and has enough room to house your entire makeup collection. It even has adjustable shelves and a convenient top tray to store smaller items.
20. Kitsch Leopard Satin Pillowcase
A 100 percent silk pillowcase will set you back at least $50, but this satin lookalike costs less than half of that. Reviewers say this leopard-printed pillowcase is so smooth and soft, it works just as well as the luxe option. In other words, you’ll wake up without a frizzy hair or face crease in sight.
21. ThePrintableConcept Zodiac Art Print
If your sister-in-law is super into astrology, get her one these zodiac sign art prints. An eight- by 10-inch version costs $24. Put it in this $13 frame so she can hang it as soon as she gets home. The whole gift amounts to $37, if you wanted to do the math.
22. Anthropologie Lustered Shot Glasses (Set of 4)
One thing the hostess with the mostess in your life probably doesn’t already own? Pretty shot glasses. So, she’ll be dying to break out this iridescent set as soon as she’s allowed to throw a proper party (one without social distancing rules).
23. Philodendron Heartleaf
Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned plant parent or a notorious plant killer, the philodendron is a great choice. This green is notorious for being low maintenance and forgiving, so you don’t have to dote on them (or water them all that much). As long as it’s placed in a bright enough spot, this plant will quickly start growing vines, creating a pretty cascading effect. And thanks to Bloomscape, you can have it shipped straight to your recipient's door.
24. Anthropologie USB Candle Lighter
Your cool cousin has probably seen this type of candle lighter on TikTok. Instead of relying on lighter fluid, they use a special flameless technology that just requires battery power. Once they’re out of charge, just stick the cord into your computer’s USB port. So easy.
25. S’Well Calcutta Gold Wine Chiller
This stainless-steel bucket is a dream bar cart accessory because it’s basically a S’Well bottle for your wine. The triple walled insulation works to keep everything from sauvignon blanc to cabernet chilled for up to 24 hours. They’ll never have to sip lukewarm vino again.
26. Anthropologie Gradient Vase
Heading to a holiday party? Bring this vase filled with festive flowers as a token of your appreciation and you’ll definitely win over the host. Because of the shape, it’s best for tall stems, so be sure to pick your bouquet accordingly.
27. Gray Malin: Italy Coffee Table Book
Photographer Gray Malin is known for his stunning beachscape photos, and this book is chock full of ‘em. Your favorite Italophile will have a blast flipping through snaps from the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and beyond.
28. Voluspa Baltic Amber Glass Candle
Housed in a fancy embossed glass jar, this Voluspa candle looks like it’d set you back quite a bit. But the standard size (which is 18 ounces) is priced fairly at $30 and offers 100 hours of burn time. The Baltic amber scent is warm and calming with notes of sandalwood, vanilla orchid and amber resin.
29. Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker with Reusable Tumbler and Coffee Filter
We all have that one friend who’s never spotted without an iced coffee in hand—even when it’s freezing outside. We can’t say we understand it, but we’ll support the habit by giving her this new single serve iced coffee maker from Mr. Coffee. All she has to do is pour water into the base, drop a scoop of coffee into the filter, open the drip-stop, fill the included tumbler with ice and place it underneath the spout and then hit start. Her drink will be ready to go in just a few minutes.
30. Supkitdin Personal Mini Blender
This compact blender is like a Nutribullet—without the Nutribullet price tag. Just load your ingredients into the included tumbler and attach the blade top. Within a minute you’ll have a single serve drink at the ready. Swap the blending top for the to-go lid and you’re all set. Almost 100 five-star reviewers say it’s great quality for the price.
31. Bala Bangles ½ Pound Wrist and Ankle Weights
Exercise equipment doesn’t come cheap (especially if it’s cute) and Bala Bangles are no exception. Most pairs of these wrist and ankle weights retail for over $50, but the ½ pound set is just $40. Come on, you know your BFF has been dying to get her hands on a pair.
32. Homebody Full Spectrum of Possibilities Pearlescent CBD Bath Soak
Infused with 50 milligrams of full spectrum CBD, this bath soak is basically a cross between a bath bomb and bath salts. Drop about ¼ of the packet into the bath and watch the water turn into a pearlescent rainbow of colors. Once you climb in, the CBD will melt away all your tension and stress. Well, most of it.
33. Oak and Reed Marbleized Yoga Block
While most people are still practicing yoga at home, we’re guessing your vinyasa-loving uncle could use a yoga block for support in some of his poses. With a couple of these, he’ll be one step closer to creating a makeshift yoga studio in his living room. And the marbleized pattern is so soothing, he might even start bringing it to class once his favorite place opens again.
34. Smile Makers The Surfer Vibrator
Shopping for a special someone? Consider getting her this best-selling three speed vibrator from Smile Makers. Like all of the brand’s products, it was designed with the help of gynecologists and sexologists with women in mind.
35. Mobot Firecracker 2-in-1 Foam Roller Water Bottle
Ever since we saw Lucy Hale carrying one of these 18-ounce water bottles to the gym, we’ve desperately wanted one of our own. The bottle’s exterior can be used as a foam roller thanks to the special grooves designed to release tension and treat soreness. Use it to roll out your neck, legs or upper back while you’re on the go.
36. MonetBeauty Ice Globes for Facials (Set of 2)
Run these facial massage tools along your temples, jawline and neck to release any stress you might be feeling. It’s ideal for at-home facials that can be done without leaving the couch. Store them in the freezer when they’re not in use for an even more calming effect.
37. Florensi Meditation Cushion
Your father-in-law is always talking about how he wants to start meditating, but he can never stick with it for more than a few days. Give him a little motivation by putting this meditation cushion under the tree. It’ll give him a comfy place to sit, and seeing it in the corner of his room each morning will make him way more likely to open up the Headspace app.
38. Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask
Have a friend who won’t shut up about how much she loves her weighted blanket? Get her this plush weighted eye mask to go with it. It applies nine ounces of soothing pressure to fight migraines and relieve anxiety.
39. SPIbelt Running Belt
The expandable pouch looks pretty slim and minimal when empty, but can actually stretch to hold a phone, keys and even a travel bottle of hand sanitizer with ease. They’ll be able to zip the essentials in and hit the road.
40. Bodha Smokeless Incense
Choose between the Calm, Ground and Refresh scents of this smokeless incense. All three variations are crafted in Japan using essential oils and fine organic wood for a gentle fragrance that won’t overwhelm even the smallest spaces.
41. JBL Go 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
JBL’s speakers are known for great sound quality and long battery life. Smaller than your phone, this one is easy to throw in a bag and take on the go. It offers five hours of play time when fully charged, and it’s even waterproof, so your nephew can use it for a shower jam sesh.
42. Elago Leather Airpods Case
How many times has your niece complained about losing her Airpods in the abyss that is her tote bag? This cute little genuine leather case should help. She can clip it to her bag so she never has to go rifling for her headphones again.
43. Wyze Cam 1080p Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera
Your dad is always saying he wishes he could see what the dogs do when he’s not home. He can connect this smart camera to his phone for a live stream of the living room—even when he’s out running errands. It’s racked up over 50,000 five-star reviews which makes it an instant winner in our book.
44. Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player
Mom and Dad have been talking about getting rid of cable for years, but they never actually follow through. Set them up with this Roku streaming device that’s simple enough for first-time users. It’ll allow them to watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube TV and more. So yeah, they won’t miss their cable plan...or the bill.
45. JLab Go Air Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
$30 for wireless headphones seems too good to be true. But these babies hold five hours of play time and their charger holds 15 extra hours, ensuring they never unexpectedly die. They’re small, easy to pair with your phone and stay in place while you exercise. According to reviewers, the sound quality is pretty good, but the touch controls can be overly sensitive at times.
46. Manords Universal Phone Holder for Car
Convince your partner to stick this phone mount to his dashboard, and he’ll never make you hold his phone and read him the Google Maps direction again. It’s a win-win. The stable mount adjusts to fit any smartphone—iPhone or Android—and can be swiveled around, extended and tilted to fit his preferences.
47. Beis The Laptop Sleeve
This faux leather sleeve from Beis is way chicer than the flower-printed laptop case your sister’s been using since her freshman year of college. The padded faux suede interior features a slip pocket for small essentials like notecards, and two pen slots. Once she starts toting it to work, she’ll wonder how she ever lived without it.
48. Sonix Brown Tort Portable Charger
If your boss is going to be whipping out a portable charger all the time, it may as well be a pretty one. This tortoiseshell design is classic and holds 24 hours of additional battery life. It’s super slim and lightweight, too.
49. Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave Stand
Wireless chargers are great...until you realize you have to leave your phone sitting flat on them while you wait for your battery to get juiced up. This charger stand solves that problem by propping your phone up so you can actually see the screen or answer messages while it charges. P.S., it can double as a phone stand while you FaceTime.
50. Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker
Whether he wants to attach it to his keys or put it in his wallet, your dad can use this little gadget to help him find the everyday items he’s always misplacing. All he has to do is download the coordinating Tile app to see where it is on the map. If it’s within the 200 feet Bluetooth range, he can also make the Tile start ringing ‘til he locates his keys in between the couch cushions.
Food and Drinks
51. Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch
This blend of single malt whiskies tastes equally good neat, on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail, so it’s a pretty safe hostess gift. And just think how great it’ll look perched atop your neighbors’ bar cart.
52. Harry & David Signature Holiday Truffles
Who doesn’t like getting a fancy box of truffles for the holidays? Uh, no one we know. This 24-piece box contains dark chocolate cherry, white chocolate coffee, milk chocolate almond, dark chocolate raspberry, plain dark chocolate and plain milk chocolate varieties—all with a rich, creamy center.
53. Milk Bar Dozen Assorted Cookie Tin
Whether you’re sending these to a former NYC resident who misses Milk Bar, or a cookie fiend who’s always game to try something new, this 12-piece assortment of the bakery’s best-selling cookies is sure to please. “These were originally given to me as a gift. [I] liked them so much, I ordered them for someone special and they loved them, too,” writes one happy customer.
54. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
If you’re shopping for a foodie, you can’t go wrong getting them Ina Garten’s latest cookbook. Released in early October, it features 85 recipes for comfort food just in time for hibernation season.
55. Stonewall Kitchen One Batch Breakfast
As the name suggests, this kit includes enough pancake mix for one batch, plus a jar of wild Maine blueberry jam, a small bottle of maple syrup, a bag of morning coffee and a whisk. Basically, this’ll be the most fought over gift at the White Elephant party.
56. Laduree Paris L’incontournable Box of 12 Macarons
Your niece who binged Emily in Paris is going to be all over this elegant gift. And not just to post them on Instagram stories. When she finally bites into one, she’ll be so happy; reviewers say these rival the macarons they’ve eaten in Paris.
57. Wolferman’s Bakery Christmas Cheer Tote
Wolferman’s Bakery makes gifting even easier, by delivering everything in a festive Christmas tote bag. Inside, they’ll find two packages of English muffins, raspberry-filled cutout shortbread cookies, yogurt-covered snowflake pretzels, a cinnamon roll and a jar of triple berry preserves.
58. Mistobox Coffee Subscription
We’re pretty sure every coffee lover’s dream is to have extra beans mysteriously appear on their doorstep just as they’re running low. Make that dream a reality by signing the coffee lover in your life up for this coffee subscription. Each month, they’ll receive a new and different bag of coffee from one of the U.S.’s top roasting companies.
59. Hickory Farms Happy Holidays Signature Flavors Gift Basket
Have a charcuterie board lover on your hands? This top-rated holiday basket from Hickory Farms offers an assortment of the brand’s best-selling meats, cheeses and crackers. This year, they’ll build their most epic board yet.
60. The Cocktail Box Co. Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit
This pocket-sized tin is packed with everything you need to mix up three killer Moscow mules (minus the vodka and a glass). It even comes with a linen coaster to set your cocktail on when you’re done.