20 Under $20: Affordable Gift Ideas

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20 Under $20: Affordable Gift Ideas
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Of course Santa is generous this time of year: There are elves to build his gifts, that North Pole flat is definitely rent controlled, and with a flying sled he can save on shipping. The rest of us need to shop for gifts while trying to avoid making 'get out of bankruptcy' a New Year's resolution. Check out our favorite gifts for less than $20, so that the holiday season can keep you in good spirits, instead of overdraft protection.

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Who hasn't resorted to gifting a bottle of wine? It's the best option for hard-to-shop-for relatives, or officemates you don't know that well. This year, stick one of these astrologic bottle stops in with your gift and turn a bottle of wine into a personalized present. ($19.95, Kitson)

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Photo: © Kitson


Philosophy's Gingerbread Man has been a holiday staple since the spicy scrub topped a list of Oprah's favorite things, and now the feel-good brand is getting gingerbread girls in on the action. This two-piece collection is a yummy blend of seasonal scents for the bathtub and beyond. ($19.95, Philosophy)

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Winter can be rough, literally. Lips get chapped and skin dries up, which is why Bliss Spa has stuffed two skin savers into one petite package. This gift set includes a moisturizing hand cream and silky lip treatment to banish cold weather beauty woes. ($11, Bliss)

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For the friend who calls in an interior decorator to professionally deck her halls, Bloomingdales has created a set of four New York inspired ornaments that are as pretty as the scenes they depict. Who doesn't want to think of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park and Lexington Ave store windows when they look at their tree? ($17.49, Bloomingdales)

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The authority on male grooming has taken the stress out of finding a gift for him this holiday. Lavender-scented oil, cream, and aftershave round out this travel-sized set, along with a barbershop style shave brush. ($10, Sephora)

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Photo: © Sephora


Christian Dior championed ladylike elegance. No one can put a price on his invaluable advice to those women who want to walk gracefully, tie a scarf like a French woman, or pick the perfect party outfit. But it looks like someone did, and that price is less than $20. Tres chic. ($17.49, Shopbop.com)

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Get a holiday manicure that sounds as delicious as it looks. CND's two-piece nail collection includes a deep purple shade perfect for family parties, and a glitzy bottle of out-on-the-town pink. ($10, Nail Supplies)

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Traditionally, oranges get stuffed in holiday stockings, but we'd prefer a citrus-scented bath bomb. Stick a few of these five dollar Santas in a festive basket and give someone the gift of dreamy relaxation. ($5.95, Lush)

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Photo: © Lush Cosmetics


Smashbox's highly pigmented eyeliners are covetable year round, and now the mega-brand has released a 5-pencil set (that's a $62 value) for less than an Andrew Jackson. Unlike flakey alternatives, this set is nourished with jojoba oil and perfectly sized for a girl on-the-go. ($18, Smashbox)

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If you want to get rid of those dancing sugarplums, take one whiff of this relaxing oil blend. It'll clear your head and sooth you into a stress-free sleep. Even one less thing to worry about: the packaging is so cute there's no need to wrap it! ($17, Aromatherapy Associates)

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Photo: © Aromatherapy Associates


Just like the holidays, this limited addition set will be gone before you know it. Complete with a do-all mascara and two specialized lash curlers, the 24K collection is a steal. ($14, eyes lips face)

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The only thing better than a nourishing pair of Shea Butter moisturizers is when they're packaged in an authentic bogolan prints. L'Occitane's holiday duo is perfection on the inside and out. ($19, L'Occitane)

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Photo: © L'Occitane


This shimmery silver brush set is so fab you might want to keep it for yourself! But tis better to give than to receive, and you'll be giving a super chic carryall complete with travel case and mirror. ($12.99, Target)

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Pacifica's soy candles are so scrumptious, with natural soy and fragrant oils. This season, the luxe brand has crafted a chocolate-mint version of their signature wicks. It's all the goodness of crisp holiday candy without any of the post-nosh guilt. ($6, Pacifica)

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For beauty addicts everywhere, Urban Outfitters is stocking adorable Anna Sui products. The chic bottles alone would be a great gift, so the trendy polish shade in this mannequin-shaped vile is a serious bonus. ($15, Urban Outfitters)

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Photo: © Urban Outfitters


Philosophy has done it again with this berry-scented duo. The 3-in-1 Tinsel Town gel pairs perfectly with the high-shine gloss, but be sure to include a warning with this delicious smelling gift. No one wants self-inflicted bite marks for the holidays. ($12, Philosophy)

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Stila's lip glazes are a cross between flavorful glosses and colorful lipsticks. Give the gift of supple, sweet shine and a hint of color with this 3-piece beauty set. Did we mention it's just over ten bucks? ($12, Beauty.com)

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No one wants fruitcake for the holidays, but fruit and nut lip butters? Yes, please. In a festive candy wrapper package, the scents of mango and coconut will transport you to an island vacation even as it snows. ($10, The Body Shop.com)

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Photo: © The Body Shop


Give the gift of a full-on makeover by wrapping up one little tube. Sephora's brush wand is aptly named, because this is magical. Whether you're in need of a liner touch-up, some gloss application, or a smoky eye on the go, this single stick has every tool you need to get the look. ($10, Sephora)

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Photo: © Sephora


To own anything Chloe for just $12 is a holiday miracle. To own two things from Chloe for that low price... We challenge St. Nick to do better. Don't decide between the chic original scent or the soft ladylike "Love Chloe," just work 'em both! ($12, Amazon)

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