19 Impressive Gifts No One Will Believe Cost $10 or Less

Updated 11/26/19

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Few things in life are more beautiful than an excellent gift that costs you $10 or less. Because digging up that special something for that special someone is hard at any price point. The vast expanse of potential gift ideas spreads out in front of you, as you rack your brain for all those gift-friendly fun facts you took note of during the last 12 months. 

What does this person want? What do they need? At times, these questions feel impossible to answer. So when that solution comes to you—when you finally dream up that perfect gift idea—excitement is sure to follow. And when that perfect gift idea is up for grabs at a killer price point, there’s little to do but revel in the sheer magic you’ve stumbled upon.

Many may suggest that great gifts are impossible to find at budget-friendly prices, but this approach to gift-giving is myopic, at best. Sure, a larger budget means a wider array of interesting items to choose from. But the landscape of under-$10 holiday gifts is surprisingly vast and varied—not to mention, loaded with genuinely interesting and wonderful items. And your options aren’t limited to low-budget stocking stuffers, either. Books, candles, planters—items you’d pay a full $50 for—abound at the $10 price point, and more out-of-the-box options do, too. 

Sure, a larger budget means a wider array of interesting items to choose from. But the landscape of under-$10 holiday gifts is surprisingly vast and varied—not to mention, loaded with genuinely interesting and wonderful items.

So whether you’re looking to save or splurge, you may be surprised at how easy it is to find that incredible gift you’ve been dreaming of for a mere $10 or less. In other words? Sheer magic awaits.

pocket astrology
Anthropologie Pocket Astrology $10
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This pocket astrology book is perfect for the amateur numerologist in your life, or for the loved one who can’t help but check their horoscopes every day. Small but mighty, this book is sure to slip into your loved one’s pocket—or at the very least, their handbag.

soap petals
Word Market Wild Flowers Soap Petals $10
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Give your loved one the gift of absolute indulgence this holiday season—in the form of these excessively adorable floral bath soaps. They can sprinkle the petals in their bathtub one by one, or plop whole flowers in. Either way, the result is sure to be both lovely and photogenic.

wine wipes
Anthropologie Pinch Provisions Wine Wipes $8
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This wine wipe kit may not have been designed with gift-giving in mind, but it might as well have been. Each time your loved one enjoys a whopping glass of red, they can swipe one of these over their smiles, and those perilous tooth stains will be gone.

bath bomb
Urban Outfitters Adorn Pyramid Bath Bomb $8
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Bath bombs are no-fail gifts fit for any occasion, but this pyramid-shaped beauty feels a little more special than the average spherical fizzy. Opt for the fragrance blend (or color combo) your loved one will appreciate most, and invite them to send you a video of this massive bath bomb submerged in water.

snowglobe picture frame
Urban Outfitters Small Snow Globe Picture Frame $6
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This adorable gift combines the inherent charm of both snow globes and picture frames to create a gift that’s personal and fun all at once. Slip your favorite photo into your loved one’s snow globe, or let them choose which one to display. Either way, this trinket is sure to earn a place on their nightstand.

black playing cards
CB2 All Black Playing Cards $10
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Playing cards are a worthy addition to any home, because there will always come a time when you need them. Maybe it’ll be for a drinking game. Maybe it’ll be for a regular old card game. Or maybe it’ll be for something else entirely. But a day will come when your loved one will go looking, and when they do, they’ll be thankful they have this sleek set.

zodiac soap
Anthropologie Zodiac Bar Soap $9
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In our astrology-obsessed world, it should come as no surprise that literally everything has undergone some kind of zodiac-themed makeover. Though it seems strange to include soap among the list of items that have received the astrology treatment, the execution on these Zodiac Bar Soaps is just too cute to pass up.

boob tray
Urban Outfitters Boob Ceramic Catch-All Dish $8
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Catch-all trays are basically always a good idea, and this dainty ceramic dish is available at a surprisingly affordable price point. Give your loved one the gift of organization in a decidedly cheeky way this holiday season for a mere $8, with a little help from this adorable tray.

candle
Urban Outfitters Color Drip Candlestick Set $4
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Candlesticks may seem like a strange thing to buy—why not opt for a full-on candle? But these are absolutely dripping with gift-giving potential. Fun, pretty, and interesting enough to start a conversation: Those are the hallmarks of a good gift. And for just $4, they’re a veritable steal.

mug
West Elm Pastel Speckle Mug $10
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Mugs offer an easy way to give someone a gift that’s pretty and useful—while still feeling true to their personality. The trick lies in finding ceramic pieces that look genuinely elegant, rather than obviously cheap. These delightful mugs fit the bill, and they’re sure to leave your loved one’s morning coffee ritual feeling a little more fun.

candle
World Market Spiritual Aroma Mini Filled Travel Candle $6
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These travel-friendly candles may be small, but they boast 50-hour burn times. Invite your loved one to throw them in their bag and light them whenever they need to feel a little more at home.

matches
Free People Simper Goods Wish Big Matches $4
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It may seem strange to gift a loved one matches, but this Simpler Goods packaging is so pretty the gift is worth it for the box alone. More seriously, though, matches can make the already-romantic act of lighting a candle feel a little more special. So it’s not that you’re merely giving them matches—you’re giving them an excuse to get lost in fantasy each time they pull out their favorite candle.

planter
World Market Dusty Rose Handmade Ceramic Planter, Small $8
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The idea of scoring a pretty ceramic planter for a mere $7.99 sounds too good to be true, but thanks to World Market, it isn’t. Buy your loved one a beautiful pot, fit to hold even the prettiest plant, and let them take it from there. 

coasters
CB2 Indigo Coasters, Set of 4 $10
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Cute coasters are endlessly underrated. They’re always practical, but never quite necessary enough to top our wishlists. Constantly deprioritized in favor of other must-haves, coasters make for excellent gifts. And this sleek set of four looks particularly excellent at just $9.95.

cheese knives
World Market Cheese Knives, Set Of 3 $8
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Cheese knives are a surefire way to elevate any wine and cheese spread—especially cheese knives as hearty and sophisticated as these. Gift these to the loved one who’s always crafting charcuterie platters. Whether you supplement the gift with a cheese board and cheese markers, or leave this gift as is, these cheese knives are sure to delight.

zodiac dishes
Urban Outfitters Zodiac Catch-All Dish $8
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These ceramic catch-all dishes nod to astrology without veering too on-the-nose. The constellations will be obscured ever-so slightly each time a new trinket is placed in the dish, rendering this practical piece a fluid work of art that changes every time it’s used.

shot glass mold
World Market Shot Glass Shaped Ice Cube Mold $10
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The loved one who never has enough shot glasses will surely appreciate these ice cube molds, which can be used to create a limitless number of shot glasses that double as plain old ice cubes once you’re done with them. Whether your loved one uses them to host parties or simply whips them out every now and then, they’re sure to come in handy.

nail therapy
Anthropologie Kocostar Nail Therapy $4
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Sheet masks are tried-and-true favorites, but face masks can feel a little over done. Opt for a more unique approach by gifting your loved one a nail-centric spot mask, instead. (It’s basically an at-home mani-pedi in a bag.)

candle
Anthropologie Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candle $10
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Jar candles in small sizes are relatively rare—almost as rare as jar candles listed for a mere $10. Thanks to Anthropologie, you can stock up on affordable fragrant goodness that looks way more affordable than it is. Honestly, you could buy enough candles to cross off everyone on your list.

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