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$10 (or less) gifts for everyone on your list

Sheri Reed
Nov. 20, 2018

Gift-giving is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But while it’s fun to make a list and check it twice, it can also end up being, well… super expensive. Just for you, the editors here at Care.com have put together a list of unique gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this year. And get this: All our gift picks are $10 or less. Take a look and let the budget-friendly shopping begin.

$10 gifts for babies

Baby moccasins

Baby moccasins ($8, Target)

If you have a baby fashion icon on your gift list, don’t miss these soft-soled, faux leather moccasins. These sweet slip-ons make a great gift or stocking stuffer for little ones.

Fox lovey

Franny the Fox lovey, pacifier & teether holder ($10, Target)

This foxy comfort lovey for babies doubles as a pacifier holder, too. It’s both cuddly and convenient. Comes with one silicone pacifier that’s dishwasher and sterilizer safe.

Colorful striped onesie

The stripe babysuit ($10, Primary.com)

These happy-making stripes will look great on baby. Available in eight stripey colorways, as well as 24 solids ($8 each) in sizes 0-24 months.

$10 gifts for toddlers


MULA abacus ($10, IKEA)

Here’s a great learning toy for the toddler on your gift list. This wooden abacus with colorful beads helps tots practice colors and math as well as develop fine motor skills and logical thinking. Plus, it makes for an awesome statement piece in any kids room. Ages 3+

Bath toys

Dinosaur squirting bath toys ($10 for 12, Amazon)

Make bathtime fun for toddlers by gifting this pack of a dozen squeezable, squirtable dinosaur bath toys. Submerge the little cuties, squeeze to fill and then squirt away! Ages 3+

Wooden letters

Wood individual letters ($5 each, Custom Storybooks)

Toddlers love things that GO, and these hard maple wooden letters on wheels are no exception. Push them, pull them or connect several together with the simple and safe magnets to make a fun name or letter train. Ages 3+

$10 gifts for big kids

Storage box

Colorz pencil/storage box ($10, ZIPIT)

Instead of adding another toy to your favorite big kid’s room, why not give them a cool way to stay organized? This colorful, zippered storage case is perfect for school supplies, art and craft supplies, tech accessories, or any small personal items. Best part: It’s machine washable! Choose from six modern patterns.

Scratch art notes

Scratch Art box of rainbow mini notes ($8, Melissa & Doug)

These scratch art notes make a great gift for the creatively inclined and also double as indoor fun for the rainy or snowy months. Each kit comes with 125 mini notes, a wooden stylus used to scratch and reveal colors underneath, and a handy storage box.


Classic Jenga Game ($10, Best Buy)

Jenga is a fun game with wooden blocks that will have kids building and unbuilding, as well as honing their fine motor dexterity and structural engineering brains. Everyone in the family can enjoy this gift. Ages 6+

$10 gifts for tweens/teens

Mini karaoke

Mini karaoke ($10, west elm)

Turn any afternoon into a fun karaoke session with this mini microphone that works with most smartphones, laptops and tablets. Just plug it in and let the crooning begin.

Money maze puzzle

Money maze puzzle box ($10, Amazon)

It’s a money bank and a brain teaser puzzle all in one. Insert a few bucks to get their savings started and then task them with solving a maze in order to open it up.

Music playing cards

Music playing cards ($10, Uncommon Goods)

Any young music historian will love this deck. Cards feature talents like Beyonce, Prince, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury, Britney Spears, David Bowie, Madonna, Kurt Cobain and many more.

$10 gifts for her

Foot & hand masks

Foot mask and hand mask ($5 each, Sephora)

Give the gift of self care this season by gifting this luxurious combo of foot and hand masks. The single-use socks are infused with almond extract to soften rough, dry feet and heels, and the disposable gloves are infused with nourishing avocado extract to soothe and nourish dry hands.

Soft tank

Soft v-neck tank ($3, Amazon)

This cotton blend, V-neck tank is soft and pretty and makes a perfectly simple gift for her. Comes in one size. Available in pink (shown), black, grey and white.

Leather coin purse

Leather coin purse ($10, Target)

“Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines rarely gets it wrong when it comes to great style, and this gorgeous cognac leather coin purse from her Hearth & Hand collection is just more proof of that. Zip closure protects cards, cash, coins and other personal items.

$10 gifts for him

Permanent match

The Permanent Match ($10, Outdoor Pocket)

He’ll never go without a light when you gift him this stainless steel match that can be lit over 15,000 times (in wind, rain or humidity!) Just fill with lighter fluid, strike it on the side and it’s lit.

Cable clips

Cable clips ($9, Amazon)

Help the computer geek in your life finally get his cables and cords in order with these cable clip organizers. Just peel and stick wherever you need to keep phone chargers, USB cables and power, gaming console, ethernet or HDMI cords kept in place and looking clutter-free.

Wall-mounted bottle opener

Wall-mounted bottle opener ($10, Etsy/SouthTexasHomeDecor)

No more digging through the junk drawer for the bottle opener. He can finally have an opener on whatever wall he deems most convenient! Choose from 29 colors and a choice of solid or distressed look.

$10 gifts for seniors/grandparents

Rib-knit cap

Rib-knit hat ($10, H&M)

Keep your favorite person cozy and stylish, too, when you gift this soft, 100 percent cotton knit cap. Available in light gray melange (shown), black and dark blue.

Custom photo book

Customizable softcover photo book ($10, Parabo Press)

Your favorite photographic memories always make the perfect gift. Choose 32 beloved shots to be printed on premium matte pages inside this softcover photo book. Choose from 5.5” and 8” square.

Motion sensor toilet night light

Automatic motion sensor toilet night light ($6, Amazon)

Where has this sweet gadget been all our lives? It’s an automatic LED light that detects when you approach the toilet in the dark — and lights the way for you. No more bright lights in the middle of the night. Lock it on your favorite color (red, yellow, azure, green, blue, purple, pink or white) or set it to rotate between the colors every 15 seconds.

$10 gifts for caregivers/teachers

“Why You’re So Awesome” book

“Why You’re So Awesome” book ($10, Urban Outfitters)

This fun, fill-in-the-blank book makes a great gift for the ones who do so very much in your daily life. Have your kids fill one out their favorite teacher or fill one out out as a family for the nanny. Finally, take the time to tell them how awesome they really are.

Metallic Sharpies

Metallic Sharpies ($6 for 3-pack, Barnes & Noble)

Anyone who works with kids (or adults for that matter) can find creative ways to use this set of sparkly metallic markers in bronze, silver and gold. They’re fun for making cards, crafts, signage and more.

Scented candle

Meyer’s scented candle ($10 for large size, Bed, Bath & Beyond)

For the child care provider or teacher who enjoys a lovely, clean scent, consider the gift of a Mrs. Meyer’s jar candle. They’re made from naturally derived ingredients, essential oils and soy wax and come in lavender, geranium, basil and lemon verbena scents.

$10 gifts for pets

Passport dog toy

Passport dog toy ($8, Anthropologie)

Whether your pup travels on the regular or simply has a case of dog park wanderlust, she can have fun playing with this plush passport toy that’s equipped with dual squeakers. A fun gift for jetsetting pet lovers!

Treat-dispensing dog toy

Treat-dispensing challenge ball ($9, Chewy)

Keep your dog busy and engaged with this treat-dispensing chew toy. Pop in his favorite treat and let him get to work on his reward. Comes with three adjustable levels of difficulty.

Dog water bottle and dispenser

Gulpy water bottle ($9, Amazon)

This is the ultimate utilitarian gift for dog owners. They’ll be able to carry fresh water and a convenient “bowl” for their pooch wherever they go. Plus, it’s lightweight and leak-proof too!


Excellent suggestions!! Thank you!

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