Affordable Christmas Presents Under $20

5 Affordable Christmas Presents Under $20 That Your Friends Will Love

For the broke college student who wants to celebrate on a budget.


'Tis the season for spending! If you love gifting on Christmas but don't love depleting your bank account, then you understand that the search for affordable presents can seem like an endless hunt for the perfect deal. Finding presents that are both inexpensive and useful is a goal that we all strive for on each shopping trip. After scrolling through the clearance section of your besties' favorite online stores, your efforts could leave you empty-handed when you remember that shipping is an additional cost.

Don't fret about splurging when you can buy everyone on your shopping list a present for under $20! Whether you and your friends are having a secret Santa gift exchange, or you are simply looking to purchase presents for your loved ones, these gift ideas are sure to please!

$16 Soap & Glory Bath Gift Set

Soap & Glory Pink Credibles Giftset | Ulta Beauty

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If your friend is known for her perfectly curated collection of self-care products, then this is the gift for her! Not only is the packaging of these products unique to add to her display, the scent is one that she will want to use every day. This gift will give you the most "bang for your buck" because the products inside are quality items that make for a useful present.

$13.50 Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Gift Set

Warm Vanilla Sugar Dachshund Mini Gift Set | Bath & Body Works

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When in doubt, play it safe and head to Bath and Bodyworks for a classic gift set that everyone will wish they had received! The wide variety of fragrances that are reasonably priced provide the best affordable gift options for your group of friends. Gifting these sets offer a personal touch to your present because you get to pick out the scents based on your friends' favorite aromas.

$12.99 Formula 10.0.06 Face Mask Collection

Formula 10.0.6 Divide & Conquer 6pc Multi Masking Sampler Kit | Ulta Beauty

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At this point, nearly everyone and their mother has gotten hooked on weekly facials. Instead of spending tons of money on one tiny jar of a fancy mud mask, pick up this set from Ulta. This gift is a great option for your friends that are skin care junkies because there multiple formulas targeted for a variety of skin concerns. At just under $13, this gift is an affordable essential that will provide your friends with the greatest gift a girl could ask for: glowing skin!

$12.99 Swiss Miss Cookies & Cocoa Milk Chocolate Gift Set 

Swiss Miss® Cookies & Cocoa Milk Chocolate Gift Set

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This is perfect for the picky friend that you have no idea what to buy for. No one can turn down a warm cup of cocoa and cookies on a chilly winter day! This gift is also great for all the foodies out there who can't imagine their ideal holiday season without their favorite sweets.

$15 Too Faced Christmas Cracker

Too Faced Online Only Christmas Cracker | Ulta Beauty

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In addition to beautiful packaging that offers the element of surprise, this Too Faced duo will also provide your friend with some much-needed makeup essentials. No girl can have enough lip gloss and mascara, and this metallic shade makes for the perfect seasonal color to flaunt at holiday parties.

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Why I Don't Like Christmas

Holiday's in general stress me out but I think Christmas is the worst because there are so many expectations.

Let's start off with when I was five I was told Santa doesn't exist. I was perfectly okay with it because honestly, Santa scared me. I was terrified of Santa but we weren't a holiday type of family either, so it didn't matter. Santa was a stranger and even as a kid I was antisocial. I didn't want him touching me when we went for pictures so I'd throw tantrums, until my mom gave up. Don't get me wrong, we celebrated: my mom, me, and my brother did all the normal stuff but it was just meh. When I was a kid, it was a pain because I wanted to stay home with my new toys but we had to go show off what we all got, in a silent contest.. Presents, pretty dresses, and the best part, food: even now the food makes up for the dread I feel over the holiday. We did what we did and that was that, but as I grow older I find myself more annoyed every Christmas. I'm officially the family Grinch and I don't mind it.. I just don't care anymore.

The first reason I don't like Christmas is the obnoxious, annoying music. I mean honestly. It plays 24/7, the day after Thanksgiving all the way through January. When I'm at work, it plays incessantly and the same songs over and over and over. I hate pretending to like the music just so I don't have to hear people try to tell me how wrong I am or how about this song? It's awkward. So what? I don't like Christmas music, get over it.

The money is frustrating, as well. I have to work more (and deal with that music) to be able to afford the costly presents. I buy things for people at random times throughout the year. I don't need a holiday to show people I love them. The stress of making money while trying to be a full-time student and pay my normal bills, is frustrating and exhausting. It makes people, and myself, crazy. We stress out so badly over the money, what to get, do I have time? I can only imagine it must be harder for parents to dump all that cash on presents. I can't fathom that level of stress.

Buying presents for people we don't even like, is another reason I don't like Christmas. I know what people will say, "you don't have to," but honestly I do. Even I'm not that big of an asshole. It'd be purely mean to hand everyone you like presents and not give that ONE person a present. No, you buy them a shitty, cheap present and move on. I can't stand the two-faced ways and yet I find myself participating. Christmas brings out the worst in people, myself included.

I decorate, I go to the holiday parties, even though I hate being in crowds...or near people. I hate dressing up when I could be warm and comfortable in my sweats at home. I hate making chitchat that I honestly, don't care about and will promptly forget. I hate men hitting on me, even when I tell them to back off. I hate feeling like I'm on display. But I go along with everything, so not to ruin everyone else's fun and cheer.

Holiday's in general stress me out but I think Christmas is the worst because there are so many expectations. I mean all really. I'm just not equip for holidays...or people. I'll be here happily dressing my dogs in cute sweaters waiting for Christmas to be over.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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