While this year has certainly been a drag, the good news is that gift-giving is still very much alive and well—especially since we haven't been able to show our love and appreciation for each other in person. If you're looking for holiday gifts on a budget, allow us to present to you 20 gifts under $20, ahead, that are cute, affordable, and meaningful. (Yes, it's possible.) Thanks us later.
Breathe. A simple mantra we can all use these days placed on a gorgeous 8" x 10" print from writer, artist, and musician Morgan Harper Nichols.
Better days are coming! Give them something to look forward to with Papier's customizable 2021 calendar featuring photos of your favorite memories together.
Sometimes the best gifts come in the form of a heartfelt note on a beautiful card from eco-friendly stationary brand, Aya Paper Co.
Tell her to dive into Rupi Kaur's Home Body—the poet, author, and illustrator's latest collection of poetry—as a reminder of just how beautiful and powerful she truly is.
Not me romanticizing the early days of quarantine! This ice cream sandwich puzzle is the only thing that feels right these days.
Yes, this pick is slightly over $20, but completely worth it. Hedley & Bennett is featuring the work of up-and-coming artists on its best-selling "Wake Up & Fight" masks. Here, a mask illustrated by Shirien Damra, a Palestinian illustrator and designer based in Chicago, whose artwork has frequently been reposted on Instagram in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's murders.
Those who have the privilege of working from home will enjoy burning this limited-edition mini candle from Voluspa as a source of comfort during the fourth Zoom meeting of the day. It looks perfect on any coffee table and, you know, actually smells good.
Consider making a donation on their behalf to the NAACP to help fight against racial injustice. No amount is too small, and it may encourage them to make monthly donations of their own.
If they can't stop posting about their Spotify Wrapped playlist, gift them a custom music album cover plaque of their top-played song as proof that they made it through 2020. Or, you know, you can just stick to a custom plaque of their favorite song of all time.
If you've read Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, you'll probably want to share his brilliance with someone special in your life. For those who haven't read it yet, think about purchasing two copies—one for yourself and one for a family member or friend.
Independent bookstores are struggling right now. Purchasing a McNally Jackson tote for the book lover in your life is a great way to help keep bookstores alive without the pressure of picking out the perfect book for them.
"I'll tell you how I'm doing. Not well, bitch!" Be the good friend you are and get The Real Housewives of New York-obsessed person in your life this 16-page, hand-illustrated coloring book. It'll help pass the time on the weekends for those of us who are still quarantining.
Poker game or therapy session? Speaking of passing the time, level up your playing card game with this pretty 52-card deck from Morgan Harper Nichols that includes words of affirmation.
Considering she probably hasn't been to the gym since March, she'll appreciate this cute set of resistance bands for her Zoom workouts.
The Earth needs our help right now. A great first step to living a more sustainable lifestyle is by using reusable straws, like these metallic stainless bent ones. They're chic enough for that post-pandemic cocktail party they'll have too.
Inspire them to carve out time for self-care with Frank Body's coffee scrub. Blended with coffee, cold-pressed sweet almond oil, and vitamin E, the exfoliator will leave their skin glowing and help alleviate any lingering breakouts and scars.
Gift this minimalist ceramic cup as a pencil holder, flower vase, or a makeup brush holder. It can serve as a much-needed home for their endless hair ties too.
At the end of the day, there's nothing a swipe of Pat McGrath's bold rouge lipstick can't fix. The tube itself is practically a work of art.