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

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

Buy this item here.

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

Buy this item here.

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

Buy this item here.

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

Buy this item here.

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

Buy this item here.

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.

Popular Right Now

'That 70's Show' Christmas Episodes, Ranked

Holiday classics ranked for your bingewatch convenience.


Last week, I ranked The Office's Christmas episodes, so this week I'm going to rank the episodes from That 70's Show, my favorite show as a teenager. Still with the highest number being the best because of how this website works.

1. Winter (Season 7)

The show peaked in seasons 5 & 6, so while this episode has some great moments, it just doesn't measure up to the others on this list. Not to mention the Jackie & Hyde drama was a real downer.

2. The Best Christmas Ever (Season 1)

The first season's Christmas episode also has some classic moments, but the comedy just wasn't as strong in the earlier seasons.

3. Hyde's Christmas Rager (Season 3)

The Christmas party at Hyde's place was great, however, the Jackie & Donna plot feels a little lacking compared to some of the other Christmas episode plots.

4. An Eric Foreman Christmas (Season 4)

I tend to skip season 4 because Eric and Donna's breakup was hard on me, but this is a really good Christmas episode. Not to mention, Kelso's Christmas special is everything.

5. Christmas (Season 6)

This episode has everything. Red as Santa, Jackie and Hyde being adorable, the school dance, Eric finally being popular, Donna's bacon, and Fez with the bullies. And the TNT scene. Everything a Christmas special should be.

So there you go. Enjoy your holiday bingewatch!

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

Related Content

Facebook Comments