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Sometimes we don’t have the budget to buy a big gift, but small gestures can make an impact. Even a little something that lets the recipient know you care can brighten their day. Cards make a great gift, but if you’ve been in any greeting card aisle lately, you know they often cost more than the gift you are planning to give. That’s why we dug into useful and thoughtful gifts under $5.
We found a good number of cheap gift ideas and learned some tips along the way. For example, you can shop the Target Dollar spot and find small seasonal gifts for $3 – $5. This section usually has stuff like signs and throw pillows. You can also check out the Dollar Store to find pretty notebooks or activity books for kids. Michaels and Joann are always running sales or offering coupons, so you can check either of those places for cheaper projects, sweet candles, and home decor gifts.
For more inspo, here are gifts $5 and under that are sure to make anyone’s day. Note that prices will fluctuate as we get closer to the holidays. And for more savings, text DEALS to 57299 and be the first to know about the hottest deals each day.
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Gift Subscriptions Under $5
Request a free Harry’s Shave Club starter kit — just pay $3 for shipping. The kit includes the following: a weighted, ergonomic handle; a 5-blade razor cartridge; a 2-ounce shave gel; and a travel blade cover.
Choose from four flavors of SkinnyMe chocolate. Each bag contains 30 pieces of individually wrapped chocolate that are only 45 – 50 calories per serving. The same size bag is sold for close to $30 on Amazon.
For ages 3 – 7, these children’s books ($5, I Can Read Book Club) revolve around characters like Frog and Toad, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter, Amelia Bedelia, and more. You’re essentially paying $1 per book for your first month when you use code READ5FOR5. Eventually, this subscription will cost $24.95 a month, but you can cancel it at any time.
With your membership, you’ll get unlimited access to instructional drawing and painting videos, techniques, and expert tips with 24/7 access to instructors. All Artist’s Academy classes are conducted virtually.
Succulent Studios is a monthly succulent delivery service. For the introductory offer, you’ll receive three surprise succulent plants. Every month afterward, you’ll receive two succulents in biodegradable pots that are all ready to be planted.
Choose one from three sets to try for free for 30 days — pay just $3 for shipping.
Clothing Gifts Under $5
7. Zhentor Elastic No Tie Shoelaces Pair in Black — $5.29, Shipped from Amazon
Available in over a dozen colors, these polyester laces come with a metal capsule lock. Shoelace length is 47 inches.
8. Reebok Women’s Tank Top — $4.50 at Walmart
9. Avia Women’s Joggers — $5 at Walmart
10. Slipper Socks — $3.50 at Walmart
Best Toy Gifts Under $5
11. Bright Starts Rattle — $2.39, Shipped From Amazon
We’ve seen this rattle go for as low as 47% off, plus Amazon has occasionally offered coupon listings to save an extra 5%. Reviewers like that it’s easy to hold for baby and easy to clean for parents.
12. Slinky — $3.59, Shipped from Amazon
The great thing about this toy is that it grows with your kid from 5 years old to adult. Watch for Amazon to offer coupons on it on top of holiday sales.
13. Fisher Price Puppy’s Remote — $4.99 on Amazon
14. Color Changing Stress Ball — $3.44 at Walmart
This 40-page sticker book is filled with over a thousand stickers designs like colorful letters, monsters, donuts, ice cream, tacos, rainbows, tropical plants, space objects, puppies, kittens, emojis, unicorns, and more.
16. 5 Surprise Mini Brands Capsule — $4.97 at Walmart
Related: 11 Best Toys Under $10 That Your Kids Will Actually Play With
Beauty Gifts Under $5
17. ChapStick Holiday Tree Lip Balm, 4 ct — $4.99 at Target
When you use your Target RedCard, you can save an extra 5% on this popular lip balm tree.
18. Lip Smacker Lippy Pal Lip Balm — $4.99, Shipped From Amazon
Thousands sold on KCL last December, and at this price, they’ll be hard to pass up again.
19. Conair Pro Round Nylon Bristle Hair Brush — $3.10, Shipped From Amazon
55,000 reviewers love this brush, which is designed for all hair types and lengths. Ball-tipped wire bristles in the cushion base reach deep into your hair without the annoying discomfort of snagging to slow you down.
20. Eos Flavorlab Lip Balm Set in Mango Melonade — $4.99 at Target
Lip balm in fun flavors is an easy “just because” gift. We love that this is a 2-pack. It makes the price twice as nice!
21. Goody Ouchless Hair Ties, 60 ct — $2.16 on Amazon
Home and Tech Gifts Under $5
22. Dice — $1.99, Shipped From Amazon
Over six thousand reviewers say this a great 10-pack of dice, perfect for Bunco, Yahtzee, or replacing lost dice.
23. Stainless Steel Straws — $3.99, Shipped From Amazon
This 8-piece stainless flex straw set is 10.5″ long and fits perfectly into Yeti or most other brands with lidded tumblers.
24. Mainstays Twist Jar Single Wick Scented Candle – In The Zone — $3.22 at Walmart
This lidded glass jar candle is a perfect gift for any occasion. With eight different designs and scents available for just over $3, you could buy several and keep them on hand for the next time you want to say “thank you” or “happy birthday.”
25. Stoneware Monogram Mug — Just $3.80 at Target
There’s no such thing as too many mugs. Target has this monogram mug in a wide variety of color options. Choose store pickup or head in stores to get this deal ASAP.
Related: We also have gifts under $25 if you want some more inspo.