Amazon is the first place many people start their search for a holiday gift, birthday gift, or “just because” payday splurge. Prices are generally lower than at the mall, and it’s often more convenient to shop for gifts from your laptop than in a crowded department store. Amazon is also a good resource for people who are looking for offbeat and unusual gifts, the kind of gifts you can’t find at your local stores. If you’re looking for a gift that’s under $20, kind of cool and unexpected, and available to order online with rush shipping, this post is here to help. We’ve highlighted some very cool, very cheap gifts you can get on Amazon. Our gift guide includes ideas for both kids and adults.
1. Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer
As we head into sweater weather, this useful gift is a great option for those who like to give practical presents. This battery-powered device shave fuzz, lint, and pills off sweaters, and works on a variety of fabric types. Make sure to pick up some AA batteries, since this device does require two of them, and it does not come with batteries included.
Price: $12.99 and up, depending on color selected
2. ZeroUV Futuristic Wrap Around Sunglasses
Looking for a funny gag gift, office party gift, or stocking stuffer? These unusual sunglasses are perfect for anyone who likes unusual fashion accessories, or for anyone who likes to cosplay as Geordi LaForge. Not sold on these wacky sunglasses? Browse more funny sunglasses here.
3. Raisevern Unisex Breakfast Tee
This photo-printed shirt is perfect for anyone who thinks that breakfast is the best meal of the day. It’s a unisex design that works equally well for men or women. These shirts are made in Asia, so it’s recommended that you order a size or two up from your normal size, since these run a bit small. We also like this company’s funky pizza printed shirt.
Price: $9.20 – $13.99, depending on size selected
4. The British Library’s 2017 Antique Maps Wall Calendar
Looking for a cool birthday gift for a history buff or cartographer? This wall calendar features beautiful renderings of the most lovely antique maps from the British Library’s extensive collection of antique documents. Featuring old maps made by historic luminaries like Gerardus Mercator, Abraham Ortelius, and Olaus Magnusa, this is a fun gift idea for anyone who is passionate about geography, art, or politics.
Shopping for someone who prefers books? You can browse more titles from the British Library here. One title we particularly recommend is The Look of Love: Romantic Illustration through the Ages.
5. Lavender Salt Scrub
Salt scrub is a great gift to give someone who needs a little pampering. This salt scrub helps to slough off rough skin, all with the calming scent of lavender. This product contains no unnatural preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial dyes, chemicals, synthetic ingredients, animal ingredients, parabens, or fillers. For $18, this is a solid gift for a friend, family member, or co-worker. It can be paired with cocoa body butter to further smooth and enhance skin.
6. Kikkerland 50 Year Calendar Paperweight
This simple paperweight makes a nice stocking stuffer or business gift. The paperweight’s calculator lets you predict the day of the week for any future date, up to 50 years from now. Give this gift by itself, or paired with some of Kikkerland’s other fun office products. We recommend their fun and funky pencils, or their tabletop storm glass paperweight.
7. The Cat Ladies Pet Grass Kit
Need a gift for a cat lover? This pet grass kit is a thoughtful holiday idea. The kit contains everything you need to grow lush cat grass in about a week. Pet grass is actually a natural hairball remedy for cats, since it is high in fiber and folic acid. This blend of pet grass includes wheat, oats, rye, barley, and flax. This formula is designed to be gentle on the stomach, and not cause vomiting in cats.
Price: $16.97 (32 percent off MSRP)
8. Fun Express Nose Pencil Sharpeners
This weird, offbeat pencil sharpener is a fun gift for kids, students, or adults who like gross-out humor. They would make a fun gag gift. If you need a gift with more impact, bundle the pencil sharpeners with one of Knock Knock’s funny notepads.
Price: $5.93 for a set of 12
9. Lyons 25-Note Xylophone
Looking for an affordable gift for the kids in your life? This miniature xylophone with case is a portable gift that can help a child learn music. Studying music has been linked to increased performance in math and other subjects. This is a wholesome, educational gift that’s perfect for kids aged three and up.
Want to see more musical gift ideas? Browse more kid-friendly music gifts here. If you need to find more gifts for the people on your holiday shopping list, you may also be interested in our guide to the best gifts for your aunt.
Price: $19.99 (49 percent off MSRP)
10. Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey from Pristine Australian Rainforests
Shopping for someone who likes to try foods from around the world? This unique honey is made in Tasmania, and perfect for anyone who likes gourmet foods. Leatherwood honey is some of the most unique tasting honey in the world, with a uniquely spicy taste that sets it apart from other products. Leatherwood honey is produced from the nectar of the leatherwood Eucryphia lucida flower. This honey is incredibly rare, since Leatherwood trees don’t generally start producing flowers until after they reach 75 years of age, and the trees that produce the most flowers are between 175 to 210 years old. If you’re shopping for someone who appreciates rare gourmet treats, this is a creative gift idea that will definitely go over well.
Want more creative gift ideas for people who love the finer things? Browse our guide to the best gifts for foodies.
Price: $22.79 for 750 grams
Need more help finding great gifts? Visit our Gifts page to find more of our thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You may also be interested in our mega gift guides where we recommend over 100 great gifts for women and gifts for men.