Holiday Gift Guide: Under $30

Christmas gift ideas on a budget!

Want to get your friends and family some amazing gifts without decimating your savings? Look no further. Here’s a gift guide for all that keeps cost under $30 per item. Go nuts.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur: $10.70

For poetry lovers. Rupi Kaur’s sophomore poetry book is an uplifting celebration of love in all its forms, making it a perfect way to show someone how much you care about them. You can find this gift on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, or pretty much anywhere you buy books.

Shake Shack gift card: $20-$30


For junk food junkies! Give your friend or loved one the gift of comfort food this holiday with this card. With the new Shake Shack location at Astor Place, this gift would be super convenient for a fellow student. This should also last them a while — a single burger costs less than $5.

A vinyl of their favorite album: $10-$30

Everyone has a favorite album. Giving your friend or loved one a vinyl is always a thoughtful gift you can customize for each person, and there are plenty of record stores in the village to shop around in. If they happen to like more recent music, Urban Outfitters tends to carry more contemporary vinyls.

Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss: $19

The perfect gift for beauty junkies/fashion fanatics/Rihanna stans/anyone who likes sparkly makeup. Fenty is definitely one of the hottest beauty companies out there right now and this lip gloss is gorgeous. It is a bit pricey for just a tube of gloss, but it’s special enough to be worth the holiday splurge.

Two tickets to a concert: $20-$30

This gift is great for music fans, and concert tickets are particularly good because you can share the experience together. A lot of the smaller venues in New York City like Baby’s All Right and Trans Pecos have fun shows that are way cheap so they won’t empty your bank account.

Candles and incense: $9-$20

For any of your loved ones that like lighting things on fire. The best nag champa incense goes for about $9, a bunch of taper candles go for about $7 and a coffee-scented candle from Anthropologie goes for about $20. You can mix and match, or just buy one. Whatever you get, they’re perfect for keeping rooms cozy during the winter months.

Earbuds: $29

This is perfect for anyone that constantly loses — or breaks — their earbuds. Which, honestly, means everyone. It is one of the pricier gifts, but it’s something your loved one can use every day. Not many other gifts have that kind of utility, and whenever they use it, they will think of you.

Electric teapot: $18

Who doesn’t love a steamy, hot pot of tea? Give your family and friends the gift of warmth this season. Though this gift also works on its own, it pairs perfectly with a box of their favorite tea or mug.

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