15 holiday gifts under $20 that don't suck

Nov 18 2017, 6:52 am

The holiday season is here, people!

It’s a time to be merry and filled with glee as you’ve got an exciting task ahead – gift shopping. We all want to be this year’s best gift giver, and if we can do it without breaking the bank? Bonus.

Shake things up this year by getting someone a hilarious, functional holiday present that shows them you ‘get them’, weirdness and all.

With that being said, we’ve found 15 unconventional gift ideas for the people you heart most in your life.


Dog selfie stick

Price: $12.99

Everyone has that one friend who fills their Instagram feed with pictures of their dog. Let’s face it, it’s not going to stop. So instead of fighting it, help them snap that perfect dog selfie. Now all you have to do is sit back and let the pictures roll in.

Toaster grilled cheese bags

Price: $9.99

So grilled cheese bags are a thing. The genius engineering behind these bad boys lets you make the ultimate toasted cheese sandwich anywhere, at any time. Think about it, endless grilled cheese sandwiches at the office, at home, and pretty much any location that has electricity. Insider’s tip: It’s the best gift to get your friend so you can invite yourself over to their house to make a divine toastie. Winning.

Mini karaoke machine

Price: $12.50

Everyone has that one friend who can’t get enough karaoke, and this is the perfect gift for them. They can find their perfect pitch wherever and whenever with this mini karaoke microphone. All they have to do is download the app to start belting out.

A new car (membership)

Price: $5

So you may not have thought about it before, but there’s a way to give the gift of a new car for under 20 bucks! Evo Car Share is offering some seriously good holiday deals that make for some easy peasy gift giving. If your giftee is new to Evo, spend just $5 on a Evo Car Share Membership and get them 75 driving minutes (over $65 value). If they’re already a member, get them 25 minutes for just $10. Driving. Made. Easy.

Air plant

Tillandsia ionantha air plant/Daves Air Plant Corner

Price: $7.00

This small Tillandsia Ionantha air plant, AKA ‘Peanut’, is the perfect holiday gift for that friend or family member who can’t even keep a cactus alive. This cute little plant is death-proof, and as a natural air purifier, it simply lives off the air. Now if that’s not low maintenance, we don’t know what is.

Beard oil and comb

Beard oil and comb/Inglorious Fuzz

Price: $9.99

Everyone has that lumberjack wannabe friend who thinks they’re the next Tom Selleck. While they may have the style down they need some elixir to tame the beast above or around their lips. This oil is 100% organic, comes in neat packaging and it provides relief from itchiness so you don’t have to sit through any beard scratching sessions.

Home weather forecaster

Price: $16.99

This looks like something straight out of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And when you’re living in Raincouver, this could really come in handy. Give your buddy their very own home weather forecaster. The crystallization in this bottle will change according to different weather. Warning: This item is not meant for muggles.

Dog egg mold

Dog egg mold/Well.ca

Price: $12.98

Regardless of how someone likes their eggs in the morning, this handy pup-shaped egg frame will just make breakfast a million times better. All they have to do is place the mold in the frying pan, crack two eggs in the rings, and wait for mealtime to be funny side up.

Sriracha to-go bottle keychain

Price: $8.00

This gift is perfect for that one friend who is always asking the server for a side of hot sauce. You might as well turn up the heat and get yourself one while you’re at it because let’s face it… everything tastes better with a little Sriracha on it.

Doughnut mug

Price: $12.99

You dough-not have to buy your tea/doughnut loving buddy a boring gift this season. Get them a cool doughnut-shaped mug instead. Who says beverage holders can’t have holes in the middle?

Quick study

Price: $19.95

This is one for the student in your life who’ll need to do a spot of speed reading after the holiday to catch up on what they should have been doing last semester. All they need is a quick spritz of this Saje essential oils blend to help optimize mental focus and concentration. Yep, you can say ‘you’re welcome’ when they get straight A’s.

Avocado grower

Price: $19.95

Everyone knows brunching on avocado toast can break the bank. Now you can take the pain and expense out of your friend’s life by buying them their very own avocado grower. With this, they can actually grow their own avocado tree! All they have to do is peel the avocado pit, put it in the AvoSeedo and presto! It needs minimal attention so your peeps will love it.

Paint-your-own iPhone 6 case

Paint your own iPhone case/MoMA Design Store

Price: $12

Since a phone is a personal device, it should be unique to its owner, right? Get this gift for your artsy friend so they can channel their inner Picasso when they paint an iPhone 6 case. It comes with six non-toxic acrylic paints and a paintbrush, and a white canvas (case), of course.

Skinny Mini Drinks Holder

Price: $19.50

This stainless steel flask is the perfect way for your friend to carry their beverages of choice around with them. It has a 007 James Bond feel to it with a chic, slim design they can easily pop into their purse or pocket. And since it’s double-walled and vacuum insulated, it keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours and cold drinks cold for up to 12. Yesss, they can put coffee or wine inside.

Prank candles

Price: $14.99

Everyone has at least one friend who can’t get enough of scented candles. And these little beauties take candles to the new level. They start off smelling like apple pie and then bam… cue smell of beans. Everyone has to give at least one prank gift this season, right?

You really don’t have to break the bank this year when it comes to playing Santa.

Plus, if you really feel like treating yo’self or your beau, grab 125 Evo driving minutes for only $40 (that’s over 20% off). You could even stock up early and use that Evo to go Christmas shopping. 

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