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31 Gifts Under $5 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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Whether you’re trying to honor Secret Santa rules, or it’s just not in-budget to spend more, sometimes $5 is all you need to spend to make someone’s day. A small gift for a holiday, birthday, or just because will certainly be appreciated — and cheap doesn’t have to mean “careless.” We’ve rounded up more than 31 exceptionally thoughtful gifts under $5 (some practical, some not so much) that you can give while staying on budget. Everything below is from Amazon and will, as of December 20, arrive by Christmas, in case you need a few last-minute gifts.

For your absentminded tween who can’t be trusted with real gold just yet.

An essential oil for your diffuser (that you can also add to your hair-care routine).

For your roommate who’s dyed their hair a few times this year.

For your husband who insists on cutting the grass himself.

Piper Perabo’s favorite travel incense for your friend who needs a little zen.

Since this is a set of two, you can drop one pair in your mom’s stocking and the other in your kid sister’s.

For your couple friends who just had a new baby. Along with anyone who visits, they’ll be washing their hands frequently, so this hand soap from clean baby brand Pipette will definitely be appreciated.

For your anxious bestie stressed about Omicron. While they isolate, they can unwind with these fragrant bath salts.

Give this to your roommate whose Maldon mysteriously keeps disappearing.

Silk Eye Sleep Mask
$6

For the person who started taking naps during the day while working from home. ​​

This AirPod-case cover also comes with a carabiner and strap, so you can secure it on the go.

For your friend who wants their lip gloss to pop like Brandy’s.