55 Best Gift Exchange Ideas: $20 or Less

Getting a gift is hard to begin with and is made even harder when you don’t know who the recipient is. Gift exchanges present an unusual shopping experience where you’re buying a gift and not exactly sure who it will wind up with. Most gift exchanges set a moderate cap so we’ve put together a great list of gift exchange ideas $20 or less with tons of options for men and women.

Whether you’re doing a gift exchange with friends or co-workers, we’re sure there’s something on this list for you.

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Looking for a unique but inexpensive gift for a gift exchange this holiday season? This post has tons of great options for you to shop. If you need some more guidance, here are a few things you can consider:

Gifts Based on Gender

Do you know if the recipient will be male or female? Great gifts for women that pretty much anyone would love to receive include bath bombs or cozy slippers.  Pretty much any guy would be happy with a cool army man bottle opener or funny cufflinks. Don't know the gender? No problem. A high-end travel coffee mug is something everyone needs in their life. 

Office Gift Exchange 

If your gift exchange is taking place at the office, then inappropriate gifts are probably out the window (unless your coworkers have that type of relationship). Keep things clean with a felt letter board, a cool desk plant, or a useful lunch bag. Whether its a boss, subordinate, or peer you're shopping for, these gifts are a safe bet. 

Inappropriate Gift Exchange Ideas

If the setting is right and you're doing a gift exchange amongst friends, then a little crude humor mixed into the gift exchange is always fun. How about a beer belly fanny pack or a that's bullshit button. Just make sure not to offend anyone or cross any lines. You need to know your audience well if you want to shop for gifts from this category. 

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