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Gifts Under $20 That Are Meaningful and Affordable

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Design By Morgan McMullen

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.

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"Breathe" 8" x 10" Print

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.

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2021 Multi Photo Calendar

Better days are coming! Give them something to look forward to with Papier's customizable 2021 calendar featuring photos of your favorite memories together. 

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4-Pack Card Set
Aya Paper Co.

Sometimes the best gifts come in the form of a heartfelt note on a beautiful card from eco-friendly stationary brand, Aya Paper Co. 

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'Home Body' By Rupi Kaur

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. 

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Rainbow Beanie
Kacey Musgraves

Alexa, play "Rainbow" by Kacey Musgraves. The singer's cute beanies come in three different colors and happen to be a great way to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. That is, after donating to LGBTQ+ groups like GLAAD and the National Center for Transgender Equality

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Ice Cream Sandwich Puzzle

Not me romanticizing the early days of quarantine! This ice cream sandwich puzzle is the only thing that feels right these days.

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Voices of the Harlem Renaissance Stamps

The USPS is still under attack. Purchase a package of stamps for your stationary-loving BFF, or your politically active friend who is sending out letters to Georgia residents reminding them about the critical upcoming Senate runoff races

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The "Wake Up and Fight" Mask Artist Series Mask
Hedley & Bennett

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. 

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Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candle

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.

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NAACP Donation

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. 

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Custom Music Album Cover Plaque

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. 

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'How to Be an Antiracist' By Ibram X. Kendi

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.

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McNally Jackson Tote
McNally Jackson

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. 

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The New York Housewives Coloring Book
Always Fits

"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. 

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Playing Cards By Morgan Harper Nichols

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. 

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Resistance Bands

Considering she probably hasn't been to the gym since March, she'll appreciate this cute set of resistance bands for her Zoom workouts.

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Matte Metallic Stainless Bent Straws
Parachute Home

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. 

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Original Coffee Scrub
Frank Body

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.

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Kaya Solid Ceramic Cups By Justina Blakeney®

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.

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LuxeTrance™ Lipstick
Pat McGrath

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. 

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