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The perfect stocking stuffers

Updated 11/09/18

While the act of giving during the holidays often brings so much joy, it’s a tradition that also tends to take a toll on your bank account. The list of who to shop for continues to grow as you meet new friends, gain more co-workers, get closer to your friends’ S.O.’s, or even have a few little ones of your own. Unfortunately, as your list of loved ones grows, so must your gifting budget, and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire holiday bonus.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to be generous and spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank. For those on your list who you don’t feel the need to splurge on, there are a ton of thrifty ways to show you care. It might take some digging, but you can find some totally gift-worthy items from quality brands at a low cost. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this ultimate guide full of gifts under $5.

Scented Candle in Glass Holder
H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder $6 $4

A scented candle always comes to mind when you’re looking for a simple gift that just about everyone can enjoy. This lovely scent from H&M would be a delight to unwrap.

Poketo Skiing Holiday Card $5

Pop a printed photo in this unique holiday card for a thoughtful (and cost-efficient) gift.

Madewell The Reusable Canvas Tote $5

For the eco-friendly crusader, give this cute reusable tote. They’ll feel chic every time they bring it to the grocery store.

Porcelain Plate with Motif
H&M Porcelain Plate With Motif $3

This petit trinket dish makes a lovely offering for the holidays. It’s a simple decoration perfect for complementing any décor.

IKEA Potted Plant, Dragon Tree, 1 Stem $3

Houseplants simply never go out of style. Give this small vibrant one to your friend or relative with a green thumb.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Stoneware Mug $4

For the coffee (or cocoa) drinker in your life, give them this classic mug to sip their favorite warm and cozy beverage out of. They’ll think of you every time they use it.

IKEA Side Plate, Dark Turquoise $3

Help a friend stock their kitchen cabinets with this plate. The moody blue design makes the dish look much more expensive than it is.

Dritz Copper Iron-On Letters 3/4 in Black $5

For your crafty, DIY-loving pal, give them iron-on letters so they can work their magic. You’ll provide the materials, and they’ll make one-of-a-kind tees and accessories for you both.

Small Glass Vase
H&M Small Glass Vase $4

This glass vase makes a lovely, understated gift. The minimal item will look luxe in any room.

Eye Mask Green Tea 0.21 oz/ 6.21 mL
Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask $5

Give the gift of self-care with this brightening eye mask. Buy another for yourself, and plan a home spa day.

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