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Holiday gifts: $20 or less

10 inexpensive gifts that everyone on your list will love.

By Amy Valm

Holiday gifts: $20 or less

Holiday gifts: $20 or less

A gift for everyone

Whether you're buying for your niece or nephew, or a Secret Santa gift exchange, here's a list of holiday gifts that won't break the bank.

From fun mugs to headphones, these are awesome finds all for under $20!

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: MariaPavlova/iStockphoto

Smells like Christmas

This natural soy blend candle mimics the sent of a fresh Christmas tree. Perfect for those who have artificial trees or who just can't get enough of that magical scent.

Balsam and Cedar Boxed Candle, $16



Where to Buy? Indigo

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Indigo

For the beauty junkie

Beauty boxes have been gaining popularity as a means to try new products before committing. For a small monthly fee, receive boxes filled with deluxe-sized, high-grade goodies. You can cancel your subscription at any time, making the gift of a one-month subscription, a lot of fun for the receiver.

Perfect for busy moms who lack shopping time and product-obsessed friends.

Top Box monthly subscription, $12 for four deluxe samples.

Loose Button is a little more than $20, comes quarterly and contains 7-8 deluxe samples.
Where to Buy? Top Box

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Top Box

Life scents

Demeter Fragrances are known for their true-to-life scents. Their holiday collection includes eggnog, sugar plum and Christmas in New York (which smells like a delicious Christmas candle). Other scents include everything from bubble gum to dirt. Yes, dirt.

Demeter 1 oz Cologne Spray, $20 online or $15 in stores.
Where to Buy? Select Loblaw Banner Stores

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Demeter Fragrance

Mason jar travel mug

Mason jars are cheap and easy to obtain, why not turn yours into a travel mug with this BPA-free lid? Reducing, reusing and recycling is always hip.

Cuppow lid, $12
Where to Buy? Drake General Store

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Drake General Store

Old school toy

This tin wind-up pays homage to toys of days gone by. Great for children and big kids at heart.

Schylling Wind-Up Robot, $12

Where to Buy? Holt Renfrew

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Holt Renfrew

Geek alert

The oddities-lover on your list will surly cherish this retro-inspired mug.

Rubik's Cube Mug, $13


Where to Buy? Think Geek

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Think Geek

Too-cute storybook

Give the newest edition of the popular Olivia franchise this Christmas. The latest book finds the world's most imaginative pig in an endearing tale about being proud of who you are in a cookie-cutter world.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, $20


Where to Buy? Indigo

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Indigo

Luscious lips

Protect lips from winter winds with this cute lip-treat trio. Gift them all or disperse them amongst your list.

Rose Bud Tin Set, $16


Where to Buy? Urban Outfitters

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Urban Outfitters

Time capsule

Chronicle your child's life with this three-year journal. Questions appear at the top of every page asking things like "Describe your perfect secret hideout" or "What colour of the rainbow do you feel like today and why?"

A perfect way for parents to make memories with their children while promoting a love of writing (we wordy-types can't help but love that).

Q&A A Day For Kids: A Three Year Journal, $20
Where to Buy? Anthropologie

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Anthropologie

Cool sounds

For the young gal or lad on your list, these funky headphones — which also act as speakers — are an awesome gift. They come in two fun colours, peach/pink and blue/black, too!

J+- 2-in-1 Headphone and Portable Speaker Combo, $19
Where to Buy? Real Canadian Superstore

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Loblaws

More great gifts!

Holiday gifts: $20 or lessPhoto: Geoffrey ross

This article was originally published on Nov 19, 2012
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