$10 (or less) gift ideas for everyone on your list

Oct. 11, 2020

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, we have put together a list of unique but affordable 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

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These fun, rain-or-shine 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. Ages 3+ months.

Where to buy: Hello, Sunshine or Looks Like Rain Teether ($10 each, doddle & co)

Security blanket

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If you have a baby on your gift list, this soft and cuddly panda-faced security blanket can make a great present. This sweet lovie has easy-to-grab knotted legs, and of course, it's machine washable.

Where to buy: Cloud Island Security Blanket Panda ($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 25 gorgeous solids in sizes newborn-24 months.

Where to buy: The Long Sleeve Babysuit ($10, Primary)

$10 (or less) gifts for toddlers


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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

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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 Gears Bath Toys ($8-$10, Amazon)

Super-soft masks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends face masks for kids age 2 and up. These brightly colored, super-soft 100% cotton ones make great gifts, at least until there's a vaccine.  Ages 2+.

Where to buy: Mask 3-Pack ($8, Primary) 

$10 (or less) gifts for big kids

Storage box

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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

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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)

Unicorn ball game

Image via Rainbow Resource Center

This magical popper sends soft, foam rainbow balls sailing for up to 20 feet. And all you have to do is squeeze and wait for the *POP*. Everyone in the family can enjoy this gift. Ages 5+.

Where to buy: Unicorn Popper ($9, Rainbow Resource Center)

$10 (or less) gifts for tweens/teens

Mini karaoke

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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)

Mini Pictionary

Image via Urban Outfitters

Most tweens and teens are up for a good competition. Well, now they can not only challenge their friends to a game of Pictionary — but to a game of the World's Smallest Pictionary.  

Where to buy: World’s Smallest Pictionary ($9, Urban Outfitters)

$10 (or less) gifts for college students

Glass straws

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Whether they use them for iced coffee or green smoothies, these stylish glass straws will get tons of use in the college dorm or apartment. 

Where to buy: Hydrate! Reusable Glass Straw Set ($10, Sephora)

Mini waffle maker

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Any student on a tight budget will love this single-serve waffle maker. Just two and a half minutes to golden brown waffles for breakfast (or lunch or dinner...).

Where to buy: Dash Mini Waffle Maker ($10, Crate & Barrel)

$10 (or less) gifts for her

Hand and foot masks

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Give the gift of self-care this season by gifting a luxurious combo of hand and foot masks. The disposable gloves, available in two formulas, are infused with natural-origin ingredients to hydrate and nourish dry hands. The single-use socks, available in two formulas, help soothe dry skin and wake up tired feet.

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

Lidded tumbler

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Everyone should have a great-looking, on-the-go cup. This double-walled, vacuum-insulated tumbler keeps beverages cold or hot for hours, and it's pretty to look at, too. 

Where to buy:  OCS Designs Stainless Steel Tumbler ($10, Target)

$10 (or less) gifts for him

Hanger rack

He’ll never misplace his windbreaker or gym bag again when you gift him this wood and metal hanger rack that can be installed right inside the door or closet. 

Where to buy: Hanger Rack in Metal and Wood ($10, H&M)

Tech wallet

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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

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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

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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    

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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

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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, Staples)

Sticky note set


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The perfect gift for all the busy people and planners on your gift list. This set will work in any kind of workspace. 

Where to buy: Jotblock Sticky Note Set ($7, three by three)

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 pets

Rechargeable cat toy

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This moving, flopping fish cat toy will keep kittens and frisky cats super entertained, especially since it can be charged over and over via USB (no batteries needed). The toy comes with catnip and a USB charging cable. 

Where to buy: Malier USB-Rechargeable Cat Toy Fish ($9, Amazon)

Portable water bottle and dispenser

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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: Petkit Portable Dog Water Dispenser & Drinking Bowl ($10 for 300 ml, Amazon)

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