As Christmas approaches, somehow, it can seem like you've got a gift list that's not just longer than your arm; it’s longer than the tinsel dangling on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. There's Secret Santa at work, your old friend from Uni, your other half, your immediate family, and your sister's new boyfriend (eugh)…and before you know it, the gift budget can really start to rack up.
Of course, you want to treat everyone (well, maybe not everyone), but that doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your pocket to do so. With just weeks to go until you're dancing around your living room in your pyjamas and listening to Wham!, it's time to start shopping. So, if you've got lots of people to shop for or you’re just trying to save a few pennies, we hope you find this article helpful.
We’ve found gift ideas for quite possibly every type of personality imaginable. Whether you're buying for a bookworm, travel junkie, caffeine addict, techie, or professional, we've got you covered with our 12 gift ideas for £20 and under.
For the plant fanatic
Disco ball hanging planter - £19
First of all, if you know someone who can keep a house plant alive for longer than two weeks, tell them we say well done. Second, we know that when it comes to house plants, there's no such thing as too many, and this disco ball hanging planter would add a little funk to their foliage. The perfect addition to their home and rapidly expanding plant family.
For the travel junkie
100 places bucket list poster - £13
For someone who's slowly ticking off their travel bucket list, we couldn't think of a more appropriate gift. Comprising 100 pictures of the must-see places across the world (including the Golden Circle in Iceland, the Terracotta Army in China, and Mdina in Malta), travel fanatics can scratch off locations as they globe-trot along, or even use the poster as a source of inspiration for future trips.
For the bookworm
Tea Time Bookshop bestseller book box - £16
Treat the bookworm in your life to a one-off subscription box from Tea Time Bookshop. Perfect for avid readers who love to keep up to date with all the latest titles. Each box comes with everything you need for a cosy night reading by the fire, with a bookmark, a selection of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, and some tasty biscuits. Want to add a little something extra? For up to £5, add a festive tipple.
For someone special
Personalised pop-out photo album in a box - £20
For the special someone in your life, nothing says I love you like a pop-up photo box of some of your most cherished memories. This fun and unique gift will go down a treat and make a beautiful keepsake for many years to come. Get the tissues ready!
For the extrovert
Overrated vs underrated social game - £19
We all have that one friend or family member who can't enjoy any social occasion without pulling out a card game, and if you fill their stocking with this, you're guaranteed to all be playing it before you've even had a chance to tuck into your turkey. Get ready to sit down and laugh till your belly hurts while you judge your opponents’ taste on up to 300 different categories from classic rock bands to avocado toast (which, by the way, we think is totally underrated).
For the chocoholic
Hotel Chocolat drinking chocolate selection - £20
This limited-edition hot chocolate gift set contains 12 delicious and mouth-wateringly good sachets of drinking chocolate, including apple pie, black forest gateau, salted caramel and clementine and peanut butter, as well as all your good old classics. No Velvetiser? No worries. All the lucky recipient of this gift needs to do is heat 220ml of their favourite milk on the hob until it starts to simmer, take off the heat and whisk in their single-serve sachet of chocolate flakes.
For the cocktail king (or queen)
Harvey Nichols Tiki cocktail mug - £20
You've got to be brave to attempt to make a Zombie at home, or even drink it, for that matter. Zombie or not, this is the perfect gift for cocktail lovers who want to take the first step to creating the vibe of a tki bar at home. Now, all that's left is the Hawaiian shirt, some bamboo, rattan furniture and maybe even a water feature.
Kiehl's cuddly coat cleansing spritz - £17
Don't worry. The dog lovers out there won't mind that you're buying for their pooch, and we're pretty sure their furry friend won't either. This boujee spritz will leave their fur looking healthy and shiny and smelling fresh in between grooms.
For the caffeine addict
Pact Coffee Christmas espresso selection box - £17
Perk up your friends with these three fab-brew-lous festive coffees. With delightful hints of milk chocolate, hazelnut, praline, crème de cassis, and Christmas pudding, all expertly roasted to perfection for espresso, what's not to love? Oh, we forgot to mention. They also come in a beautifully designed gift box - bonus.
For the professional
Personalised 2024 diary with vegan leather cover - £16.99
A simple and elegant gift for those who love planning and organisation, with a personalised touch. This 2024 diary comes in a variety of colours and also contains a section for important dates, goal planning, checking and reflection.
For the techie
14-inch portable mobile phone screen magnifier - £16.79
Transform their viewing experience with this super savvy mobile phone screen magnifier. It works just like a projector screen and can magnify the phone screen 4-5 times (bye-bye eye fatigue). Ideal for watching sports or movies in comfort while at home or even on the move, thanks to its lightweight and foldable design. It's also universally compatible with any smartphone, so don't worry if you don't know the exact make and model of their latest phone.
For the craft lover
D.I.Y macrame keyring kit set - £16
For the person who has a new hobby every week, why not gift them this beautiful make-your-own kit that contains everything they need to create a delicate set of macrame keyrings in their favourite colours? You never know. They might even gift you the other one.
*All information and pricing correct as of 31.10.23
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