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2021 has been a unique year in almost every way to say the least, and the holidays are no exception. Not only will our travel plans be different, our regular gift-spending budget may not be as high as usual. That doesn’t mean your gifts have to be any less fabulous, though! There are a ton of amazing products you can pick up right now for as low as $30—or less.
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Whether you’re a sentimental gifter with a penchant for the personal (might we suggest this charming song lyric print?) or a practical-minded one who prefers something they'll use for years to come (this cordless wine opener is just the thing), Reviewed has you covered with a slew of awesome options, all of which are sure to make your wallet happy, too. We've tested products throughout the year and narrowed them and other highly-rated items down to the 30 best gifts you can get for under $30 this year.
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1. For the traditionalist: Personalized Mantle Christmas ornament
With the gift of a personalized ornament, you’ll be giving your recipient more than just a decoration for their Christmas tree—you’ll be giving them a memory worth cherishing. We love this highly-rated, hand-painted pick from Gifts for You Now, which can be customized free of charge with room for up to six names and the year. It even comes with a satin ribbon for hanging!
2. For the audiophile: These budget-friendly buds
The AirPods Pro ($189) may be the best wireless earbuds for iPhones on the market, but if your giftee is the type to lose things, these far more budget-friendly JLab Go Air true wireless earbuds are the way to go. A similar pair topped our list of the best wireless earbuds under $100 for the custom fit (both pairs come with multiple sizes of silicone ear tips), good sound and long battery life. This pair is currently 45% off when you check the coupon code beneath the price.
3. For the homebody: Asakuki 100mL essential oil diffuser
There’s no better way to make your home more inviting than with through scent. Homebodies will adore this top-notch essential oil diffuser, which will fill the air with sweet, energizing or soothing smells, depending on your giftee’s favorite essential oils. We loved the Asakuki 100mL essential oil diffuser in our testing for its portability, quiet operation, aesthetically pleasing design and even stream of mist.
4. For the budget fashionista: Coach corner-zip wristlet
For the fashion-forward friend who’s always dressed to the nines, you can’t go wrong with a chic and timeless gift from Coach Outlet. Case in point? This coated canvas corner zip wristlet, which is printed with the brand’s classic signature logo and has a gorgeous leather trim that gives it an über-luxe feel. Available in several colors, it has an attached wrist strap and slots for two credit cards inside—and it's just a little over $30.
5. For the wine connoisseur: Oster cordless electric wine opener
A gift is only as great as the use they’ll get out of it, and one pick you can be sure will be in heavy rotation is this cordless electric wine opener from Oster. To no surprise, this kitchen gadget, which boasts an impressive 19,700-plus reviews, was a hot seller over Black Friday. It’s got a foil cutter to easily get rid of bottle seals and claims to remove corks in less than 30 seconds—something we found to be true in testing. According to the company, it can also handle up to 30 bottles on a single six-to-eight hour charge. It comes with a recharging base and all in all, it worked for us like a charm.
6. For the tea guru: Fred & Friends Manatea tea infuser
You’ll instantly brighten someone’s day with the gift of this darling manatea tea infuser. We dubbed this pick the best on the market for its adorable and “wonderfully functional” design. It held on tightly in the mug, even when sipping at a 90-degree angle, and was plenty easy to clean, with small enough holes that didn't allow tea leaves to escape. It's made of a dishwasher- and microwave-safe silicone material and has a collective thumbs-up it's earned from more than 1,800 Amazon shoppers and one of our tech writers.
7. For the Romy to your Michele: Personalized best friend mug
Want to let your partner-in-crime know how much you appreciate them? Hit them with this sweet mug depicting two pals, which you can customize with names, skin tones, hair color and even cocktails choices. You can also select from an 11- or 15-ounce mug and a white or black handle.
8. For the self-care devotee: Finishing Touch vibrating facial roller
Rose quartz and jade rollers are all the rage, and according to L.A.-based medical dermatologist Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, they may help to make skin look less red and inflamed. This vibrating version from Finishing Touch, which is meant to stimulate circulation, will go above and beyond to give your giftee a touch of luxe—just ask the more than 7,600 Amazon shoppers who adore it.
9. For the one who’s always stressed: Earth Therapeutics comfort wrap
If 2021 has taken its toll on a loved one, you can help them unwind with this handy wrap, which can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer to comfort, soothe pain and ease stress. With a fleece exterior and Earthy clay beads inside, it's scented with calming chamomile and lavender to help your giftee slip into a deep state of relaxation. More than 200 Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers have given it a go, with one buyer writing that it stays warm just long enough to help them drift off to sleep.
10. For the one with wanderlust: Homesick Road Trip candle
Know someone who’s feeling antsy from being at home for so long? We’ve got just the cure. Bring the open road to them in the form of this soy wax blend candle from Homesick that was designed to capture the scent—and the spirit—of the freeway. With top notes of leather to emulate that new car smell plus lime and marine, mid notes of fresh air and cedarwood and base notes of amber and jasmine, adventure's sure to await from the moment this candle is lit. According to the company, it has a burn time of 60 to 80 hours and its natural blend means it’s non-toxic, with no lead, plastics, parabens, synthetic dyes or phthalates. Right now, it's $34, just over that $30 budget ceiling.
11. For the lounge-lover: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic socks
Barefoot Dreams is well-known for its cozy-chic products: between its ever-popular CozyChic cardigan and its celebrity-loved throw, the brand is all about luxurious bliss. You can give your giftee that same high-quality comfort for a fraction of the cost with these well-reviewed socks, which come in four different colors and are beloved by more than 2,300 Amazon shoppers for their soft, blanket-like feel.
12. For the book aficionado: Kindle Unlimited subscription
Make sure your favorite reader is never without some great material with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. With this gift, they’ll get access to more than—get this—one million book titles, thousands of audiobooks and a slew of magazines for half a year—all for the shockingly low sale price of $4.99 for 4 months. After the trial is up, simply cancel or keep the party going all year long at its usual $9.99 per month.
13. For the one who’s always cold: The Big One oversized plush throw
There’s a reason this cozy, oversized throw has more than 5,000 Kohl’s shoppers singing its praises. It’s machine washable, lightweight, and, according to buyers, it’s super soft to boot. With more than 160 fun prints to choose from, it's sure to match any room in your house, and it measures 60-inches by 72-inches to cover you from head to toe. Right now, you can also get it on sale for $9.99. What’s not to love?
14. For the one with the green thumb: Hoya Heart plant
Liven up your loved one’s life with a little greenery in the form of this heart-shaped Hoya plant from The Sill—a Reviewed-approved plant delivery service. Pet-friendly and low-maintenance (it only needs to be watered every three to four weeks), this tropical, succulent vine is one that just about anyone can take care of, provided there’s a bit of sunlight—or even indirect sunlight!—to be found. It arrives pre-potted in a mini ceramic planter in a color palette of your choosing for $32, or you can save $18 and just order the plant in a plastic pot for just $14.
15. For the one who’s always on their feet: Conair pedicure foot spa
Whether your giftee is a nurse, a waitress or just someone who’s constantly on their feet, it’s safe to say their tootsies could probably use a little TLC. Enter: The Conair pedicure foot spa, a.k.a. our best value pick for top-of-the-line foot baths. While it didn’t heat quite as well as our top pick, the Ivation foot spa massager, we liked the Conair’s performance for just over one-third of the price. The frictionless bumps on the bottom made it a breeze to clean with a paper towel, as did its removable splash guard. It’s also got a vibrating massage function for an added spa-like experience.
16. For the adventurer: LifeStraw personal water filter
If your giftee has a thirst for adventure, help them quench it—safely—with this personal water filtration gadget. With claims to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and filter up to 0.2 microns, this little tool is super handy to have when on a hike, camping adventure or RV-trip. Reviewed readers and Amazon shoppers alike go bananas for this thing any time that it’s on sale, and thanks to you, your favorite explorer will get to see firsthand what all the fuss is about.
17. For the film buff: 100 Movies scratch-off poster
They’ll never have to argue about which movie to watch on a Saturday night (or let’s face it—any night) again thanks to this clever movie poster gift. Arriving on wood-free glossy paper, this poster is riddled with classic flicks from the likes of Steven Spielberg (Jaws, The Goonies), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining). It also spans tons of genres—all your gift recipient will have to do is scratch off a square to make a selection. See a partial list of included titles and directors here.
18. For the eco-enthusiast: The FinalStraw
If your giftee is mindful of mother nature, they'll adore The FinalStraw. This Kickstarter/Shark Tank product brought to life is the best reusable straw we’ve ever tried. It’s made of stainless steel for durability but has a silicone tubing inside that allows it to fold up for storage inside its included case—a feature we also found to make for a more comfortable drinking experience. It attaches to your recipient's keychain, so they'll always have it at-the-ready, and it even comes with a cleaning brush to make sure it stays fresh. Best of all? Your giftee won’t be needlessly tossing plastic away for a sip ever again.
19. For the apple of your eye: Song lyric art
If you really want to tug at their heartstrings this year, check out this personalized song lyric digital print. Customizable with a title, name, anniversary date, a song title and words, this best-selling creation will instantly bring him or her back to the special moments you’ve shared together while listening to a favorite tune. You can choose from four pre-set sizes or create your own custom size. You will want to note that this item will arrive as a digital download to be printed by you at home or at a printing shop, like the UPS Store.
20. For the budding artisté: 100 Animals adult coloring book
Help them unleash their creative side with this awesome coloring book by Jade Summer. Each animal outline comes with intricate patterns that will provide hours of entertainment. If your artsy friend doesn't have any markers handy, check out this beautiful Ohuhu 60-marker set for $15 that thousands of Amazon reviewers love (some even compare them to these iconic Copic markers!). Even if they've never held a crayon in their life, this coloring book makes it easy and relaxing to fill in the charming artwork until they fall asleep.
21. For the binge-watcher: Cuisinart pop and serve popcorn maker
With colder months looming ahead and plenty of binge-worthy shows to fill the hours, this high-performance popcorn maker will be just what the doctor ordered. We named it the very best in a test of 10 different models because it regularly produced the most savory popcorn of any maker in the bunch. The secret? Its wide, flat bottom, which prevented kernels from piling up on top of each other for even cooking. As an added bonus, it collapses down for use as a serving bowl and has small handles that will help your giftee avoid burning their mitts.
22. For your bearded mate: Philips Norelco MG370 multigroom all-in-one series 3000 beard trimmer
Not all beard trimmers are created equal, and the last thing you want to do is skimp on a shoddy model that will result in nicks and cuts. Luckily, this affordable Philips Norelco option has blades that are plenty sharp and won’t catch, even on more coarse hair (we should know: We put it to the test.) It comes with a plethora of clipper attachments and boasts a 60-minute battery life to boot.
23. For the beauty junky: Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay Mask
With 4.6 stars from almost 60,000 reviewers, the Aztec Secret Indian Healing clay mask is a great gift for those who love to pamper their skin. If they're not familiar with clay masks, the clay pulls out the nasty gunk hiding in your pores. The best part about this mask is its simple ingredients list: bentonite clay. That's it. No weird preservatives or additives to irritate the skin. Your recipient will surely adore this mask, but you might end up inviting yourself over for skincare sessions, too.
24. For your favorite little one: Personalized story book
Storytime just got a whole lot more fun. For just under $30, you can make your favorite little one their very own hardcover book featuring them as the hero or heroine. Just enter your child’s name, surname, pet's name or other details, and they’ll be drawn into their very own adventure of choice. While there aren’t many reviews to speak of, Shutterfly is our most-trusted online photo printing service for the high-quality we received on our orders. Plus, you can review the book before publication, and only pay if you’re satisfied with the results.
25. For the coffee mega-fiend: Zojirushi stainless-steel mug
There’s nothing worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee on a chilly day. Make sure your loved one’s java stays nice and piping hot with this superior Zojirushi stainless-steel mug, which nailed our heat retention tests. This little beauty worked so well, in fact, it actually increased our coffee’s temp by six degrees and kept it warm overnight. No wonder it’s our favorite travel mug!
26. For the glam girl: Alaska Bear natural silk pillowcase
We’ve all heard that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can work wonders for hair and your skin, and while it may not do exactly what it claims, depending on your giftee's skin and hair type, it will feel extra nice against the face and reduce bacteria, regardless. “The main benefit to sleeping on a silk pillowcase is less bacteria and particles trapped in the fabric that can lead to irritation and acne,” Allison Britt Kimmins, a Philadelphia-based dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, recently told Reviewed. Our favorite? The budget-conscious Alaska Bear natural silk pillowcase, which is sure to be a hit with your favorite glam girl, too. Check the coupon box beneath the price to save 10%.
27. For the marathon sprinter: Run Ink marathon poster
Help the runner in your life commemorate their biggest achievements with one of these cute Run Ink prints. Depicting famous marathon routes, these non-framed pieces will not only make for a cool piece of art but will also be a sweet reminder that you're always rooting for your favorite sprinter when it comes to their most cherished endeavors, too.
28. For the friend who lives in a rainy climate: Totes bubble umbrella
A reliable umbrella is a must if you live in a place where it downpours all the time, and we’ve got one your giftee will certainly appreciate if ever they're caught in a storm: The Totes bubble umbrella. Its unique shape will keep your loved one nice and dry no matter the weather and its slim, clear design mean they won’t be running into people on the sidewalk. They’ll also be shielded from strong gusts of wind, giving them complete, wraparound protection.
29. For the one who can’t stay away from the gym: Mpow Flame waterproof Bluetooth earphones
A good set of resistance bands is one of the best investments for home workouts, no matter how small your space and budget are. This set from Whatafit comes with handles, ankle straps, and a door anchor for a full body workout you can carry in a backpack. If your fit friend never seems to stay in one place, they will love this affordable resistance bands set.
30. For the hobbyist: Mr. Root Beer home brewing kit
Give the gift of a new hobby—and a delicious beverage—with this root beer-making kit, which will produce 2 gallons of root beer. They'll get all the essentials required for the task, including a bottle of root beer extract, 2 packets of flavor crystals, 1 packet of root beer yeast, no-rinse cleanser and four 1-liter bottles to store the delicious drink. With near-perfect reviews from more than 1,000 Amazon shoppers, this is one gift your recipient will surely be glad to receive.
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