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Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts Under $20 in 2017

VO: Lisa Yang
Script written by Savannah Sher Are you tight on money this year? We’ve provided a list of the best gifts under $20 this year! For the tea/coffee drinkers in your life, a heat changing mug might be just the thing. Our favorite is this Game Boy mug from Paladone which comes in at $12.99 and transforms from a blank Game Boy screen to a scene of Mario saving Daisy. For the Star Wars fans, princess Leia earmuffs might be an excellent choice! Lead the rebel alliance and look adorable while doing it! If you’re on the craftier side, you can even try making this gift yourself to keep costs down even further. For the green thumbed friends, why not give them a terrarium? There are tons of options in the $10 range on Amazon, which leaves half your budget for buying the plant itself.
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Top 10 Gifts Under $20 -Holiday Gift Guide 2017


The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start shopping! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Gifts Under $20.

For this list, we’re looking at the best presents you can find for under 20 U.S. dollars, whether it’s for yourself or a special someone.

#10: A Heat Changing Mug

As far as novelty gifts go, a mug is a pretty practical option. No matter what kind of lifestyle you lead, having a nice big mug that brings a smile to your face at either your home or office is an easy way to brighten your day. These days, it’s easy to find mugs that use heat changing technology which look one way when cold, and change when the heat is increased. Our favorite is this Game Boy mug from Paladone which comes in at $12.99 and transforms from a blank Game Boy screen to a scene of Mario saving Daisy.


#9: Novelty Socks

Speaking of novelty gifts, another awesome and useful option is socks. Socks may get a bad rap for being pretty much the most boring gift you can give or receive, but these days there are so many fun options out there that you can’t go wrong with picking a quirky pair for your bestie or younger sibling. Do they love Japanese food? How ‘bout some sushi socks? Did they spend their whole bank account on avocado toast last year? Maybe some avocado socks will dull the pain. Since socks are rarely seen in public, you can also feel free to pick some with a slightly edgier message.


#8: Princess Leia Earmuffs

Do you know someone who wishes they could dress up as their favorite Star Wars character on a daily basis, even as the weather gets colder and colder? This is definitely the gift for them! Thinkgeek sells these cozy Princess Leia earmuffs for a cool $19.99, bringing you in just under budget. Lead the rebel alliance and look adorable while doing it! If you’re on the craftier side, you can even try making this gift yourself to keep costs down even further.


#7: “If You Had To” Party Game

Has your crew played so many hours of “Cards Against Humanity” that you know all the cards off by heart? If so, we’ve got the next great party game for you. “If You Had To” is a board game created in the same style as “Cards Against Humanity” but which plays on the classic concept of “Would You Rather” to create a hilarious and sometimes cringe-worthy game. At only $16 from Urban Outfitters, this is guaranteed to give you plenty of bang for your buck.


#6: Fenty Beauty Products

If someone on your list is a hardcore beauty fan, then look no further than Rihanna’s new makeup line to find them the perfect gift. Sold at Sephora, everything in the line is quite affordable and there are even a few items under our $20 price point. One of the most popular Fenty products is Gloss Bomb, a universal one-shade lip gloss that serves to highlight the natural color of your lips. At $18, it’s the perfect luxurious gift with an affordable price tag. Similarly, the colored glosses and lipsticks both come in at $19.


#5: Scented Candle

If you need to buy an affordable hostess gift this holiday season or are shopping for someone you don’t know very well, it’s hard to go wrong with a large scented candle. There are tons of options under $20 at a variety of stores, both online and brick and mortar. Paddywack makes some of our favorites, and their Verbena & Eucalyptus Apothecary Candle is a great year round option. Bath and Body Works offers some warm holiday scents smoked honey woods, cinnamon honey apple, and warm honey and vanilla.


#4: Flavor Infusing Water Bottle

Sadly, we all know now that drinking pre-made juice isn’t exactly good for you because of the high sugar content, so what’s a person to do when they want that fruit fix in their beverage? The latest trend is infusing your water with fruit flavors, which gives you all of the taste benefits of juice without all the extra carbs. Not to mention, it’s a great way to encourage you to get in those eight glasses of water a day. This flavor infusing water bottle from Uncommon Goods is under $20 and is great for the person on your list who is always following the latest health trends.


#3: A Terrarium

For your friend who has a green thumb - or even one who doesn’t- a plant is always a lovely gift to receive. It can add a little life to any room and if you choose something like a succulent or cactus, it’s pretty easy to take care of as well. Plants like that can thrive in terrariums, and considering how popular they are, prices have gone way down. There are tons of options in the $10 range on Amazon, which leaves half your budget for buying the plant itself.


#2: A Book Like “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur

Giving a book as a gift is a thoughtful and personal option that never goes out of style. While brand new hardcovers can typically be pretty pricey, there are some picks that fall easily within our price range this holiday season. One great choice is “The Sun and Her Flowers”, a poetry collection by Rupi Kaur who is known for her earlier collection, “Milk and Honey”. This would be a great gift for a new love interest, since many of the poems have romantic undertones. At around $10, this little book is a total steal.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Gloves



Funko Figures



#1: Mini Waffle Maker

We all know someone who likes everything in miniature, and we can all agree that there’s nothing more adorable than tiny waffles. For the aspiring chef in your life who wants to up their brunch game, this Mini Waffle Maker from Crate and Barrel is the perfect gift. You don’t need an expensive gadget to create the most tasty fluffy waffles. Most kitchen appliances can cost a pretty penny, but this cutie is a shocking $9.99. And can you really put a price on homemade waffles?

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