10 Under-$20 Gifts That People Will *Actually* Want

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No matter who you're shopping for, or the occasion, finding the perfect gift can be a difficult task. Especially if you're looking for a thoughtful yet budget-friendly option that the lucky recipient will appreciate.

From puzzles to bud vases and beyond, there are tons of options out there that are under $20 yet still make for great gifts. While you shop, just be sure to consider each gift's style, size, and functionality to ensure you're finding the perfect pick.

Here, the best gifts under $20.

Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac

Seeing Stars

Whether your loved one reads their horoscope every day and or is just getting into astrology, they're sure to appreciate a copy of "Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac." The book is sold individually for each sign and offers a deep dive into its inner workings.

From communication styles to career advice, the 112-page book is a go-to guide for all things sun, moon, and stars. Plus, each hardcover book has a vibrant cover that can double as a decorative accent on a coffee table or shelf.

Effortless Composition Marble Print Frame

Marble Print Frame

If you're looking for a more personalized pick, you can't go wrong with a picture frame. No matter the occasion, anyone can appreciate having a stylish frame, like Effortless Composition's Marble Print design, to show off some of their favorite memories.

The 8x6-inch frame features a printed marble motif in neutral tones, so it'll work well with various design aesthetics. Not sure where to place it in your home? With every Effortless Composition purchase, you'll get one free email session with their interior stylish who will offer personalized tips on how to style your new piece.

ClayHiveCo Ceramic Bud Vase

Ceramic Bud Vase

For a gift that's sure to brighten someone's day, consider a decorative piece like ClayHiveCo's Ceramic Bud Vase. The mini vessel is offered in a variety of vibrant color combinations that are sure to stun in any space.

The handmade vase is offered in 36 colors, from bold blue to cheery yellow, and is approximately 3x3 inches, although sizes vary between each piece. In addition to acting as a traditional vase for florals, the vase is a gorgeous piece of décor on its own, and can even act as a diffuser if you add a few reeds. In other words, you'll get three gifts for the price of one.

Anthropologie Gilded Garden Trinket Dish

Gilded Garden Trinket Dish

A trinket dish is one of those little details in a home that always comes in handy. Luckily, there are tons of stylish options out there, like Anthropologie's Gilded Garden Trinket Dish, that will sit pretty in your space, whether it's on a nightstand or a mantle.

The dish is offered in three color and style combinations—pink dahlia, grey chrysanthemum, and blue crocus—each of which is made of stoneware. From keys to jewelry and everything in between, the budget-friendly gift is the perfect place to store odds and ends around a home.

Urban Outfitters Vase Shaped Candle

Vase Shaped Candle

Candles make for great gifts, but choosing a scent for someone else can be difficult. Unscented designs, like the Urban Outfitters Vase Shaped Candle, make for great alternatives as they offer the decorative element without the commitment of a fragrance.

The 6.7-ounce candle has a vase-like silhouette and is offered in a neutral beige tone that will pair well with other décor someone may have. The candle can be used as just a decorative accent though it has a two-hour burn time if you want to light it.

If you're shopping for the plant parent in your life, be sure to consider Modern Sprout's Seed Popper Kit. Whether you're a gardening pro or just getting started, the budget-friendly set includes all of the essentials for a successful harvest at home.

The set is offered in three themes—Cocktail, Wellness, and Wildflower—each of which includes four seed balls, recyclable kraft paper, and how-to instructions. Inspired by traditional English crackers, the popper packs make for great stocking stuffers as well.

There's nothing quite like the gift of quality time, and sometimes that comes in the form of game night. Whether it's a round of Poker or Go Fish, the Fredericks and Mae Playing Cards set is the perfect way to kickstart the evening.

The set includes 52 playing cards that come together to form a rainbow spectrum. Though they're sure to brighten up any gaming situation, they also come with a black, reusable box that makes it easy to transport and store.

Rifle Paper Co. Floral Heart Enamel Keychain

Floral Heart Enamel Keychain

If you're looking for a small yet practical gift, a keychain is certainly worth considering. Whether you're attending a housewarming party or your best friend just got a new car, designs like Rifle Paper Co.'s Floral Heart Enamel Keychain are sure to be appreciated.

The brass keychain has a 1-inch keyring and polished enamel with a glossy finish. Plus, the heart-shaped keychain is printed with a multicolor floral motif that'll be easy to find in a handbag.

Areaware Disco Ball Puzzle

Disco Ball Puzzle

If you want to give the gift of a screen-free activity, puzzles are a great way to go. Especially if it's Areaware's Disco Ball Puzzle, which is mini in size and can be completed in 20 minutes or less. The set includes over 70 pieces, each of which come together to form a colorful 8x8-inch disco ball design. The puzzle includes a box for easy storage, but you can even have the completed design framed as a unique decorative piece for your home.

Calary Candle Accessory Set

The candle-obsessed person in your life will be thankful for Calary's Candle Accessory Set. The three-piece kit comes with all of the essentials to keep their favorite home fragrances in good shape and burning strong.

The set includes a candle snuffer, wick trimmer, and wick dipper in either champagne gold or rose gold. No matter the finish, you can style the trio in your home on a tray alongside your favorite candle as a decorative element between uses.

What to Look For in a Gift Under $20


Just because an item is budget-friendly doesn't mean it can't be an item the lucky recipient would love to receive. While choosing a gift, consider if there's any way to add a personal touch. From zodiac signs to someone's favorite colors, there are always little ways to ensure the gift is a style someone will appreciate.


While you're shopping for a budget-friendly gift, be sure to consider the size of the item. If the gift is for a gift exchange at work or is meant to be a stocking stuffer, you'll want to make sure the item is small enough to fit on someone's desk or inside a stocking.


Functionality is a key component to consider when shopping for a budget-friendly gift, so be sure to think about the recipient's interests and design style. For example, if someone is particular about their home fragrances, be mindful of choosing candles or other scented items. With that in mind, you'll be able to find thoughtful gifts they'll actually be able to use in their home.

Why Trust MyDomaine?

Jamie Weissman is an associate commerce editor for MyDomaine. She joined the team in October 2020. From furniture to decorative accents, she's written about a variety of home products and knows what makes a product great. To make this list, she considered each pick's size, style, and functionality.

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