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Thoughtful gifts for under $20: go beyond the Gift Card

Updated on March 18, 2014

Ideas for Christmas, Birthdays, Mother's or Father's Day, or Anniversaries

Welcome to the site for Everything Economical and Thoughtful Gifts to make your life easier! These days, it seems like everyone is trying to be thriftier and save money. Christmas can be a difficult time, but it's still possible to have a good one on a budget.

There are lots of gifts you can give that are thoughtful, frugal and don't require that much effort for busy people. Here are my top picks to help you be the person that gives that thoughtful gift that people actually like. So have no fear or stress about buying your next birthday, Christmas or Anniversary present. There's something here that is sure to please everyone, man or woman, young or old. And you can even order it online from Amazon at this sight, to save you even more time. It will be delivered straight to your door!

Candles: a thrifty, but appreciated gift for any occasion

Richland Votive Candles White Unscented 10 Hour Burn Set of 72
Richland Votive Candles White Unscented 10 Hour Burn Set of 72

An excellent gift for those that appreciate a nice atmosphere at their house. These candles are long-lasting and smell delicious!

 

Coffee Beans: the perfect gift for the coffee fanatic

Cafe Altura Whole Bean Organic Coffee, Sumatran Dark Roast, 2 Pound
Cafe Altura Whole Bean Organic Coffee, Sumatran Dark Roast, 2 Pound

This is the perfect gift for the coffee lover that you know.

 

Toblerone Mini Gift Box

Toblerone Mini Chocolates Gift Box 9.7oz.
Toblerone Mini Chocolates Gift Box 9.7oz.

The ultimate gift for the chocolate lover!

 

A Picture Frame with a meaningful picture - A gift that will be on display for years

Malden International Designs Linear Classic Wood Picture Frame, 8x10, Walnut
Malden International Designs Linear Classic Wood Picture Frame, 8x10, Walnut

This is an excellent, thoughtful cheap gift. Just find a nice picture that you have of you and the friend or family member.

 

An Indoor Herb Garden

Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds - Grow Cooking Herbs- Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage, More
Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds - Grow Cooking Herbs- Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage, More

Give them this pack of 12 seeds, along with some small pots and soil. This will be a welcome addition to any cook's kitchen window sill.

 

Gourmet Popcorn

West Bend Gourmet Popcorn Trio
West Bend Gourmet Popcorn Trio

A delicious snack in a nice, decorative box.

 

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Chinese Checkers: a classic game that everyone loves

XC5865WD10 Artisan Deluxe Wooden Chinese Checkers
XC5865WD10 Artisan Deluxe Wooden Chinese Checkers

An excellent gift for a family. This is a classic game.

 

Pepper and Salt Grinder

iTouchless Automatic Stainless Steel Pepper Mill and Salt Grinder
iTouchless Automatic Stainless Steel Pepper Mill and Salt Grinder

Have you noticed that a friend or family member is using pre-ground pepper or salt? Get them the gourmet version so they can grind their own. So much more delicious.

 

$20 Amazon Gift Card - Delievered via email

$10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card (Email Delivery) -- Enter your promotional code at checkout to claim your Kindle special offer $10 discount
$10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card (Email Delivery) -- Enter your promotional code at checkout to claim your Kindle special offer $10 discount

Need a gift for the person with everything? Get them an Amazon Gift Card so they can choose whatever they'd like.

 

$20 Itunes Gift Card - for the media lover

Amazon.com $20 Gift Card (0141)
Amazon.com $20 Gift Card (0141)

The ultimate gift for the music lover that you know. They can pick the hot new release to add to their collection. Or do you know someone with an Ipad or Iphone? They can find a few new apps that they want.

 

What's your idea for a thoughtful, economical gift?

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      This is a terrific gift list! You can get a thoughtful gift for under twenty bucks!

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      It helps to really know the person - I shoot for something that has a personal touch

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      make your own herbal tea blends and wrap bundles of them by hand

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Anything from Bath and Body Works. Great stuff!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      I like to get nice picture frames. Tey will always be used, and you can get a real nice one for $10. or cheaper. Nice lens

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      A book - IF you can find one for under $20 these days!