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

Oct. 14, 2019

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 (or less) gifts for babies

Modern teethers

Image via Anthropologie

These fun, rain-or-shine, cloud-shaped teethers are crafted from soft silicone and include bubble-wrap-like poppers to help develop baby's hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe. 

Where to buy: Rain or Shine Teether ($10 each, Anthropologie)

Baby slippers

Image via Target

If you have a fashionable baby on your gift list, don’t miss these cute and comfy bear-faced slippers. These sweet slip-ons make a great gift or stocking stuffer for little ones.

Where to buy: Constructed Bear Bootie Slippers ($10, Target)

Cozy and colorful onesie

Image via Primary

These happy-making colors will look great on baby and the long sleeves will keep them cozy in the cool-weather months. They’re available in 13 gorgeous solids in sizes newborn-24 months.

Where to buy: The Long Sleeve Babysuit ($9.50, Primary)

$10 (or less) gifts for toddlers


Image via 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+

Where to buy: MULA Abacus ($10, IKEA)

Bath toys

Image via Fat Brain Toys

Make bathtime fun and educational for toddlers by gifting this cog bath toy set. Little hands can learn how set up gears just right so that they spin altogether when water is poured over them.  Ages 1+

Where to buy: Boon Cogs Water Gear Bath Toy ($10, Fat Brain Toys)

Wooden letters

Image via Fat Brain Toys

Toddlers love things that GO, and these 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+

Where to buy: Spell-Your-Name Alphabet Railroad ($4 each, Fat Brain Toys)

$10 (or less) gifts for big kids

Storage box

Image via 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 four modern patterns.

Where to buy: Colorz Pencil/Storage Box ($10, ZIPIT)

Scratch art notes

Image via 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.

Where to buy: Scratch Art Box of Rainbow Mini Notes ($8, Melissa & Doug)


Image via Walmart

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+

Where to buy: Classic Jenga Game ($7, Walmart)

$10 (or less) gifts for tweens/teens

Mini karaoke

Image via Barnes & Noble

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.

Where to buy: Mini Karaoke Microphone ($9, Barnes & Noble)

Money maze puzzle

Image via 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.

Where to buy: Money Maze Puzzle Box ($10, Amazon)

$10 (or less) gifts for her

Hand and foot masks

Images via Sephora

Give the gift of self-care this season by gifting this luxurious combo of hand and foot masks. The disposable gloves, available in four formulas, are infused with nourishing ingredients to soothe and moisturize dry hands. The single-use socks, available in two formulas, help soften rough, dry feet and heels.

Where to buy: Hand Mask and Foot Mask ($5 each, Sephora)

Cosmetic case

Image via Target

“Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines rarely gets it wrong when it comes to great style, and this adorable striped, canvas cosmetic case from her Hearth & Hand collection is just more proof of that. Zip closure keeps cosmetics, cards, cash, coins and other personal items all in one place.

Where to buy: Round Cosmetic Case ($7, Target)

$10 (or less) gifts for him

Permanent match

Image via Outdoor Pocket

He’ll never get lost in the woods 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.

Where to buy: The Permanent Match ($10, Outdoor Pocket)

Tech wallet

Image via Kikkerland

He's always got his phone, but he'd love to unload that bulky wallet. Here's a solution you can gift him. This peel-and-stick wallet can be attached to any phone or tablet for easy storage of an ID, credit or transit card. 

Where to buy: Safe Slot Tech Pocket ($10, Kikkerland)

$10 (or less) gifts for seniors/grandparents

No-tie shoelaces

Image via Amazon

Your favorite senior has much better, cooler things to do than tie their shoelaces day after day. That's why these no-tie alternatives can make a great gift. Available in tons of terrific colors.

Where to buy: HOMAR No-Tie Shoelaces ($8, Amazon)

Motion sensor toilet night light

Image via 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.

Where to buy: Automatic Motion Sensor Toilet Night Light ($7, Amazon)

$10 (or less) gifts for caregivers/teachers

“Why You’re So Awesome” book    

Image via Knock, Knock

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 or sitter. Finally, take the time to tell them how awesome they really are.

Where to buy: “Why You’re So Awesome” Book ($10, Knock, Knock)

Metallic Sharpies

Image via Jerry's Artarama

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

Where to buy: Sharpie Metallic Markers ($7 for 3-pack, Jerry's Artarama)

Scented candle

Image via Mrs. Meyers

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 basil, lavender, lemon verbena, geranium, honeysuckle, Iowa pine, peppermint and orange clove scents.

Where to buy: Meyer’s Scented Candle ($10 for large size, Mrs. Meyers)

$10 gifts for dogs

Dog bandana

Image via Etsy

Whether your pup dresses to the nines every day or simply wants to show off on Tuesdays at the dog park, they'll look amazing decked out in this 100% cotton bandana. Lots of sizes for every dog!

Where to buy: Pet Bandana With Arrows ($9+, RuffHippie/Etsy)

Dog water bottle and dispenser

Image via 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!

Where to buy: Gulpy Water Dispenser ($8 for 20 oz., Amazon)

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