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Best Cheap Christmas Gifts for 2021

The holidays can get expensive if you're not careful, but we're here to tell you great gifts don't have to be pricey.

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Most of us have been there: Time is short, money’s tight and the holidays are fast approaching. The good news is, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our list of smart, thoughtful Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank.

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Google Play Gift Cardvia amazon

Gift Cards

Gift cards are an obvious cheap idea because you can name your amount. The gift card page on Amazon is rife with suggestions for where to buy them.

Get one for the Apple App store, Google Play, your favorite local restaurant, a sporting goods store or a service like Uber or Lyft. With Uber, they can purchase a ride or some food through Uber Eats.

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Buy Nothingvia the buy nothing project

Something From the Buy Nothing Project

There’s nothing cheaper than free. Per its web site, the Buy Nothing Project “offers people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.”

Download their app to start searching for quality things people are giving away in your area.

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Personalized Playlist

Create a personalized playlist from a streaming service such as on iTunes or Spotify. (Be sure to ask which service they’re using first.) Or, go old school and make them a mix CD they can listen to in the car on their way to work. Include songs that remind you of times spent together, some new tunes you think they’d enjoy, or a nice mix of both.

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via amazon

Assortment of Air Plants

Air plants are hardy bromeliad plants from Central and South America that don’t require soil to grow. Just soak them in water for 20 minutes once a week and let them dry out. They require indirect but bright light. Use them in containers, globes, terrariums, displays and vertical gardens, or as party favors for weddings or events.

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Echo Dotvia amazon

Echo Dot

Who couldn’t use a personal assistant? At only $25 (and maybe less on special sale days), Amazon’s Echo Dot is the perfect way to bring Alexa into your home. Get answers to just about anything, order food, supplies, listen to music or get the weather simply by uttering the wake word, “Alexa.”

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C.H. Hanson Stud Finder

We can’t hype these things enough. Nor can we underestimate the need for a good, quality stud finder. You’ll need one for myriad projects around the house, not just hanging pictures.

Trust us: Just buy this one from C.H. Hanson. You won’t regret it — and the 27,000 mostly positive Amazon reviews bolster our opinion. For less than $8, you can’t go wrong!

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Anker Soundcore P2 earbudsvia amazon

Anker Soundcore Earbuds

Everyone can use a nice pair of earbuds. These Soundcore Life P2 earbuds are among our favorites.

At only $45, they offer amazing sound, bluetooth connectivity, and the ability to talk and answer calls or listen to your favorite jams. Anker continues to pump out amazing products and these earbuds are no exception. Read some of the more than 88,000 Amazon reviews and judge for yourself.

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Anker USB C to USB A Charging Cablesvia amazon

Anker Powerline+ USB C to USB A Fast Charging Cable

You can’t ever have too many charging cables. We’re going back to our love for Anker products with the USB C to USB A Fast Charging Cable.

With USB C quickly becoming the go-to charging standard, there never seem to be enough ways to plug them in. If you’re like us and still have a bunch of older USB A chargers or vehicle ports, this cable won’t let you down. The braided construction won’t break or fray after a few uses. We plug ours into a power bank when we’re out and about.

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Magazine Subscription

This is the perfect time to introduce your loved one to a magazine you think they would enjoy, and of course we know of a great one! One year of Family Handyman is just $10!

The lucky recipient will get expert advice on everything from DIY plumbing and electrical to DIY tips, kitchen and bathroom remodels, car care and gardening. It’s also a great option for any new homeowner on your gift list. Here’s how long Family Handyman has been doing its thing!

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Magnetic Wristband

The magnetic wristband is another great affordable yet useful gift idea. The wristband helps keep screws, drill bits, nuts and nails at hand so you won’t have to go back and forth to the tool box. Here are 20 more gifts under $20 DIYers will love.

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Shay Tilander
Shay Tilander is a senior editor at Family Handyman. When he's not enjoying family time with his wife and three boys, he loves tinkering with projects and geeking out on electronics.

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