Looking for cheap but thoughtful Christmas gifts ideas this year, so you can embrace the holiday spirit of giving without breaking the bank?
As Christmas is around the corner, giving presents will be on your mind and maybe even stressing you out for many reasons. What do I buy? How much do I spend? How do I show I care while staying within a budget? and How do I avoid the gift cards again?…
Before your stress spirals out of control, my friend, here is a little help for your festive season – 25 Cheap but thoughtful Christmas Gifts Ideas. In fact, they are perfect for any occasion needing a gift.
Nothing on the list is above £20!!!
For me buying a gift for someone is only half of the equation of gift-giving. The other part is the thought process of coming up with the right gift for the right person.
So here are 5 rules I go by, when it comes to cheap but thoughtful Christmas gift ideas:
- Add a little luxury. Buy something you know the person would love but is just a little too expensive for everyday purchase.
- Don’t buy what they already have! This makes complete sense when written down but how many times does this happen?
- Think about what the person really enjoys and relate the gift to that.
- Don’t buy cheap tat!
- Avoid humorous gifts. They stay humorous for a very short period, then what do you do with it?
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1. A New Gin
After the gin industry has boomed, there are literally hundreds to choose from. Play it safe with a classic dry, or depending on their taste go for something a little different. They are also generally on offers on the higher end gins, bringing them in the price range.
Plymouth (£20) – the gin first used to make the martini! A true classic.
2. Scrabble Frame
A friend of ours bought us this gift many years ago and it has been something that always gives us a smile.
3. Lego Figure Frame
Embraced the superhero of someone in your life with these Lego figure frames. Guaranteed wall space. This Deadpool version is great, but make sure you have the relationship to send this particular one. Or the classic Princess Leia and Han Solo for the anniversary.
(Ok, these 2 slightly went over the £20 mark, but trust me, they are worth it)
4. Happy Socks
I first bought these for my husband as he was an early adopter of colourful socks. These days all the family have them. I don’t know what it is, but they do make you happy!
5. Italian Cut Glass
My husband bought these exact glasses, based on the look and the fact they matched his expensive whiskey glasses. The expectations were low due to the price, but when they arrived we both loved them, and they are now our go to glass for GnT’s. The best part?
They are dishwasher safe!
6. Magnetic Tool Wristband
Annoyingly marketed as a tool for men (so must have been marketed by a tool :-/ ) but this handy invention is a must for those who love DIY and a gadget at the same time.
7. Bike Tool
You would be amazed how many times you need one of these, for making adjustments to the kids’ bikes, or even fixing your friends pedal when it drops off. This is a quality item from the renowned Swedish tool make Bacho.
8. Star Wars Patent Prints
We have several Star Wars lovers in the family. They all love these patent prints that even pass my test of artwork that can go up. These retro line drawings of the machines are uber cool.
9. Face Roller Massager and Gua Sha Beauty Tool
Welcome to the latest crave for skin care – Gua sha. This affordable system will help to reduce puffiness around the eyes, improve blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, relax facial muscles and release stress.
10. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The gift that’s good for the planet, stylish and if the person actually uses it, saves them money as they reduce the bottled water they buy. Chilli’s is the go to brand for quality, size options, and funky designs. (Look for an alternative)
11. Mini Diffuser
The modern version of the oil burner tea light candle thing you had years ago. This up to date tech version is a great addition for the bedroom. I add a little lavender oil to help me sleep at night.
12. Face Packs
Theses are perfect for a little home spa indulgence. There are hundreds of options, but if you are willing and trust me… Go for these snail face masks from Korea. The Korean’s take face products very seriously. You will love the results.
13. Bluetooth Eyemask
Why not help someone in your life to have a perfect night’s sleep with this bluetooth eyemask? Yep, you heard me right. With this clever device, they can now incorporate relaxing music or meditation apps to help them drift off – without annoying their partners 🙂
14. Scented Candle
Ok here it’s all about quality and not size. Quality candles are just a different league. I love NEST candles.
15. Moleskine Notebook
These things are so popular and the only thing my husband will use. Consider the paper style for different users. Lined for the writers, plain for the artists, grid for the more technical. There are loads of special editions or themed versions to make it even more personal.
16. Lamy Mechanical Pencil
So many people write in pen, but there is something about using a pencil. Any artists, designer, or technical person will appreciate this stylish gift.
How often do you look for the latest offer in the supermarket, spending £6-10 on a bottle.
Well for a little more you can get truly fantastic wines. It’s commonly said a £20 wine is leagues above the £6-10 bracket, and then you need to spend above £200 to get to the next league. These options from the world-famous Berry Brothers & Rudd of London should impress!
18. Olive Oil & Balsamic Set
Nothing better than a quality set of cold-pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar to go with crusty bread for dipping.
19. BBQ Sauce
Liven up any meats with these award winning sauces.
20. Pass The Pigs
This is such a fun and underrated game that all the family can play. It even helps with improving maths, and small enough to take anywhere. We love it. Our kids even talk to the pigs to try and get the pigs to bring home the bacon!
Socially distanced version – where 4 players get a set of pigs 🙂
21. Paul & Joe Nail Polish Remover
The difference here is, this won’t be tucked in a drawer. This looks so good it will get a place on your vanity or make up area.
22. Luxury Lip Balm
Know someone with constantly chapped lips? This has been my go-to lip balm for years. A little tube goes a long way.
23. Indoor Plant
Perfect addition to any home, bringing the outside in, and purifying the air in the house.
24. Charging Dock
Do you know someone with a kitchen corner full of charging cables for all the family devices? Of course you do.
Well, here is a clever solution to help tidy that corner!
25. Makeup Brushes Cleaner
Every beauty guru on youtube says that you gotta clean your makeup brushes often but who has time for that? Treat your girlfriends to this time-saving gadget to clean those dirty brushes in no time.
Final thought on 25 Cheap but thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas Under £20 
So here you have it, 25 cheap but thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for this holiday season. Remember, giving gifts is not just about buying, it’s about making an effort into thinking what the person enjoys and needs.
A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but when you can put a smile on someone’s face with the right gift, that, is truly the joy of gifting.
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