8 best handy last-minute Christmas gifts under $20

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We’re getting down to the wire on gift shopping, and surely plenty of budgets are already stretched to the breaking point–especially in a year fraught with economic despair.

To help you get over those two humps before the big day, we scoured the ‘net looking for practical, affordable gifts that will please all sorts of people in your life and cost you less than $20. Whether it’s an outdoorsy type who needs soap on the go or someone who loves beauty gadgets, read on to find the cheap, last-minute present they need.

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Multitool 15 in 1 Camping Gear, FARI Stainless Steel Handy Survival Multi Tool Gifts for Men and Dad with Claw Hammer Knife Saw Plier Screwdrivers Bottle Opener Durable Sheath

With 15 functions including claw hammer, knife blade, bottle opener, wire cutter, and multiple screwdrivers, this tool is great to gift anyone who likes on-the-go convenience. A stainless steel frame makes it sturdy and useful, but its lightweight construction means it won’t weigh you down while carrying in your pocket or bag.


Sasquatch Soap 100% Natural Skin Care Bar. Scented with Essential Oils.One 4 oz Bar in a Handy Travel Gift Tin. Great For Bigfoot, Camping, Outdoors Lovers.

Sasquath Soap

Hand washing is obviously vital, but it’s not always convenient to find a reliable source of moisturizing, nice-smelling soap to get the job done. Sasquatch Soap’s Natural Skin Care Bar is the ideal travel mate that comes packaged in a tin for easy portability, and reviewers rave about the woody scent.

“Smells like a cedar tree,” one user states plainly. “If you like that like I do, this is for you.” Others rave about buying this for the fun factor of owning soap with a hairy cryptid on the label but claim the novelty product proved itself worthy in just one use.

Sasquatch Soap

Flawless Ice Roller

Reduce pores, make your skin glow, and loosen tight facial muscles with just one tool? Sign us up. This convenient roller assists in self massage so it feels like you’re getting a cooling facial from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of the price. Gift to the stressed beauty guru in your life and help them melt away their tense jaw and forehead muscles.

Flawless by Finishing Touch

Ombre Gem PocketBac Holder

Hand sanitizer, like soap, is one of 2020’s hottest commodities. Keeping it handy is vital, but there’s no reason it can’t be cute as well! A sparkly, glam carrier makes it easy to keep track of the stuff while adding a bit of bling to your look. Gift this to someone in your life who loves to shine, and throw in one of these 5-packs of sanitizer in delicious Vanilla Coconut to round out the gift while staying under your $20 budget. 

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Public Goods Lavender & Vanilla Scented Candle

A good, richly scented candle is worth its weight in golden wax, and this one by Public Goods is vegan, BPA free, dye and lead free, and never tested on animals. For just under $6, grab a bundle of them and keep on hand to gift throughout the year to anyone who loves the relaxing glow of a candle that smells like heaven in a jar.

Public Goods

Wisdom - Bright And Woodsy Beard Oil

Can You Handlebar’s cult fave beard oils are known for their ability to soften and tame even the gnarliest scruff, and with a scent that claims to be “masculine, but not overpowering,” you can’t go wrong in giving this to anyone in your life who grooming help. While this hits our $20 budget for this list, round out a larger gift with the company’s beard oil brush to give the gift of a “clean hands" application while combing out any tangles. 

Can You Handlebar

Polysteel 400 Stormproof 440 Lumen Focusing LED Flashlight, 2-Pack

Polysteel 400 Stormproof 440 Lumen Focusing LED Flashlight, 2-Pack

Flashlights are a household necessity for everyone, and this two pack is storm proof, drop proof, and crush proof, making them great for long term storage in case of a rainy day. A 688 foot max beam distance and up to 29 hours of runtime are two handy features of this buyer favorite, and you even get two sets of AAA batteries included–a true Christmas miracle.


NPW 6-Pack Drinking Buddies Drink Markers

Looking for a gift to please someone who loves to host parties and needs help keeping guests’ drinks separate? These silly glass markers hang from the rim of any cocktail and touch a nostalgic nerve by resembling the hunky cake toppers that were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. Stick these in a gift bag with a simple set of wine glasses such as these and you’ve got yourself a charming present that still rings in well under $20. 

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