Looking for Christmas gifts under $10 can be a bit of a challenge, so we’ve compiled a list of 40 of the best gifts around that cost next to nothing but won’t disappoint either you or the person you’re buying for. From kitchen gadgets to gardening goods, and even ways to keep hands clean and virus-free, these items are the gifts they never knew they needed, but won’t be able to do without.
Reforesting Tree Kits
The planet needs more trees, but most people feel helpless about what to do to help. This reforesting tree kit includes the seeds, growing medium, and biodegradable pot needed to plant a Blue Spruce, Loblolly Pine, or American Sycamore tree, while each sale results in a donation to reforestation projects.
What I Love About You by Me Book
Let your other half know why they’re so special with this sweet little Christmas gift. What I Love About You contains fill-in-the-blanks pages that are headed by a prompt, and which build into a sentimental journal of what they mean to you, in your own handwriting.
F in Exams
Exams are a serious business, but it doesn’t hurt to look on the lighter side of testing with this funny book. Packed with 250 real-life answers to actual exam questions, ‘F in Exams’ shows the hilarious and often genius replies given to some of academia’s most head-scratching problems.
Some people take astrology very seriously, while others like to take a lighter approach. These soaps are available for every star sign, and come printed with some of their more questionable personality traits, like Pisces’ tendency for delusions, or Gemini’s well-known ability to be like a real-life Jekyll and Hyde.
Plantable Wish Cards
Whether it’s for a group activity or for just one person, this pack of 12 cards will see their dreams flourish and bloom. Embedded with seeds, each card is designed to have a dream or wish written on it, and then planted for a garden full of annual and perennial wildflowers.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the office, these shark attack socks came along! Super fun to wear under formal attire, they are also perfect for casual Fridays. Made from cotton, polyester, and Spandex, they fit men’s shoe size 6.5 – 12, and women’s size 10+.
Bike Chain Bottle Opener
Made from a recycled bike chain, this bottle opener is a must-have stocking stuffer for any keen cyclist. Flexible in design, it also features a tiny bike graphic to explain that it’s recycled, and is a great item to have in the man cave or home bar.
Whether they like making banoffee, banana sandwiches, or prefer topping their cereal with slices, this banana slicer will make it six times easier. Designed for one-handed use, this gadget will produce half a dozen same-size banana slices with one action, and eliminates the need for chopping boards and knives.
Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags
It’s lucky that the Holidays fall in winter, because these grilled cheese toaster bags make fab Christmas gifts. One of the best cold-weather foods there is, cheese toasties can be made without mess or fuss by placing them in one of the three bags included, and popping them in the toaster.
Reusable Mason Jar Drink Lids
Planet-conscious people will make great use of this reusable mason jar drink lid. The perfect thing for enjoying smoothies, hot drinks, or any other kind of drink, this lid comes in two sizes to fit most mason jars, and can be used comfortably with or without a straw.
Men's Guitars Socks
A fun gift for any music lover, these socks are covered in an all-over guitar design and come in one size to fit men’s shoe size 8 to 13. Made from a nylon and cotton blend, these socks also contain Spandex for a comfortable fit that won’t fall down.
F for Effort Book
This book should be titled ‘A+ for Effort’, because some of the answers are absolutely ingenious. Bringing 250 of the most creative answers to problems K-12 students just can’t solve, this book makes a fun Christmas gift for teachers, and for students who might feel bad about failing their exams.
Baby Astrology Board Books
Books for children always make great gifts, and many of them are under $10 which makes them super affordable, too. This beautifully illustrated one is aimed at babies and tots to introduce them in a sweet way to the character traits that they’re born with according to their zodiac sign.
Music Playing Cards
Music lovers will have a blast with this set of awesome playing cards. Featuring some of the greatest musical artists from both the past and the present, this deck includes the likes of Prince, Elvis, and Freddie Mercury, right up to Taylor Swift and Bjork.
What I Love About Mom By Me Book
If you’re looking for a touching gift for your mother this Christmas but are on a tight budget, this book will be absolutely priceless. Each page features a ‘fill-in-the-blank’ prompt about various scenarios that build into a beautiful book of all the reasons why you love her so much.
Rinse-Free Hand Wash
Washing hands often can play havoc with the skin but what can one do when hygiene is so important? This rinse-free hand wash makes a gentle alternative. Tough on germs but kind to hands, this formula is available in two botanical options, and contains 62% alcohol in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Inspirational Women Trivia
Test (and improve) their knowledge of some of history’s most trailblazing women with this set of fun trivia cards. With 80 questions in all, this game includes three levels of difficulty – easy (50/50), medium (multiple choice), and hard (player has to come up with the right answer by themselves).
Eggs can be tricky to cook, but not with the right tools. This handy egg spatula makes light work of scrambled and fried eggs, and turns even the most inexperienced of cooks into a champion omelette maker. It even comes with a built-in rest to avoid those eggy drips.
Hydration Tracking Water Bottle
Help them keep track of their water intake with this clever water bottle. Much cheaper than an electronic device, and easier to use than an app, this bottle features 4 dots, each of which appears every time the bottle is filled – once all 4 appear, they’ve reached their daily recommended amount.
Silicone Reusable Drinking Straws
Choosing a reusable straw can be something of a dilemma, because while stainless steel ones look pretty, save the oceans, and last for ever, they don’t suit everyone because they’re so solid. These silicone ones are the answer! Soft, bendy, and BPA-free, there are six colorful straws in a pack.
Glow in the Dark Unicorn Putty
You might not be able to buy a unicorn for under $10, but you can buy this Enchanting Unicorn Thinking Putty, and that’s the next best thing. Made with silicone and infused with glitter, mystical colors, and a sprinkling of magic, it’s a wonderful fidget aid for those who love fantasy.
Mini Creature 3D Kits
Have you ever seen a Christmas gift any cuter than these? With a sloth, a narwhal, and a llama on offer, these little animals come in the form of a kit that needs to be assembled before it can be admired. Made from recycled cardboard, rice-based inks, and organic, non-toxic glue.
Tinned sweetcorn just never tastes as good as corn cooked on the cob, but removing the kernels can be a bit of a nightmare. Enter this remarkable corn stripper. Incorporating a curved blade so it fits around the cob, this device also protects fingers with the large yellow handle.
Small kitchens have limited space for bulky electric gadgets, especially ones they might not use every day. This handheld spiralizer is easy to clean and comes with a removable finger guard so every last piece of the carrot, zucchini, or other vegetable can be made into a pretty ribbon.
Fruit Infusing Ice Balls
A clever way to add fruits or herbs to cold drinks, this ice mold set will make a much-used Christmas gift. Ideal for cocktails or just an eye-catching ice and a slice, this set of 4 molds can be opened to add botanicals, and then filled with water via the flip top.
Book Club Kit
Book clubs are music to the ears of lovers of literature, and with this pocket-sized kit they will have the tools to start their own. The fun tin includes prompts to get the conversation started, a timer to stop it going on too long, and a booklet of author-inspired cocktails.
Literary Temporary Tattoos
Fans of the classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes will be able to wear their (literary) heart on their sleeve with these temporary tattoos. Depicting lines from five different books, these easy to apply tats last up to 3 days, and each set contains six well known quotes.
Men's Llama Socks
If you thought socks were a little boring to receive as gifts, this pair might make you change your mind. With fairly sensible coloring so they’re suitable for work, these socks hide a cute, funny design once you get past the ankle – a pair of rather surprised looking llamas.
100 First Words for Little Geeks
Parents of baby geeks will look fondly on as their little bundles of joy utter their first word, because with this book it’s more likely to be ‘cyborg’ or ‘wormhole’. This board book contains 100 words for little nerds that are geared towards sci-fi movies and popular geeky culture.
Flavor Infusing Grilling Wraps
These wraps are an interesting way to cook and present food at a fancy barbeque. Made from Pacific cedar and alder wood, these wraps become pliable when soaked for 10 minutes, and will impart a delicious smoky flavor to vegetables and meat, as well as cheeses and tofu.
Library Card Socks
Bright and cheerful, these socks will bring a touch of nostalgia to anyone who remembers the days of library lending before it all became digital. Designed to look like empty library cards, these socks add a splash of color to any bookworm’s outfit, and a nod to the good old days.
Recycled Record Bottle Opener
Music lovers can raise a toast to the past with one of these unique recycled record bottle openers. Made from real vinyl records, these openers also feature a robust stainless steel base which is bonded to the vinyl for a genuine one-off Christmas gift that costs less than $10.
Red Wine Stain Remover
This gift may be small but it could end up saving someone an absolute fortune on professional cleaning and replacement of carpets and couches. Made with biodegradable ingredients, this spray can safely remove red wine stains as well as coffee and juice spills, and comes in a fun wine-themed bottle.
Do Your Part Hand Soap
Rosie the riveter didn’t mind getting her hands dirty during the war, so it’s only fitting that she’s featured on this Do Your Part hand soap. This time the enemy is a virus, but 20 seconds of washing with this shea butter and cocoa butter soap will make the germs surrender.
Fidgety musicians can put their nervous energy to good use with a pair of drumstick pencils. Made from wood, these #2 pencils come with a sharpened lead at one end for writing and drawing, but a quick flip of the implements turns them into drumsticks they can use on any surface.
Food Hugger Set
Cut vegetables and fruits never last long, even in the fridge, and they usually end up wasted. Save them from landfill with a set of silicone food huggers. With 4 sizes included, these handy huggers will cover the cut end of fresh produce to keep them as good as new.
Writer Playing Cards
Add a literary slant to game night with a deck of writer playing cards. Each card displays a stunning portrait of one of literature’s great authors, while the deck is divided into mid-century, modern, contemporary, and post-modern eras, with the likes of George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and J K Rowling.
Avocadoes are delicious and nutritious, but even the most avid of eaters would struggle to consume a whole one. Keep the other half safe and stop it from going brown with this set of 2 avocado huggers. Made from silicone, they can be used with or without the pit.
Cosmic Space Scratch Art Kit
Give the kids something relaxing to do after a busy Christmas day with a Cosmic Space Scratch Art Kit. There are 4 pictures included, and as the top is scratched off using the wooden tool provided, the colorful space-themed pictures will be revealed underneath in stunning, glittery, metallic detail.
Spicy food fans will be able to have a new taste experience with Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha. A tasty fusion of Thai and Korean flavors, this handmade, small batch sauce can be added to virtually any food (or drink) to give it a sweet but spicy kick.