Shopping for the people we love can be a fun endeavor – but it can also be difficult at times. Because of that, you may be trying to sort out what is best when you’re shopping for little gifts that let them know you’re thinking of them.

Gifts under $20 may not seem like much, but it can be really meaningful if you give a gift that they may not have been expecting in the first place. So, how do you know what the best small gifts are? What sorts of things do you want to try and add to the mix? Here’s a look at some things you can consider the next time you want to let someone know how much you care.

1. Fun Custom Mugs

We’ve all seen them – the fun mugs that have hilarious quotes on them, or that have funny pictures that remind them of you (or vice versa). Gift your loved one personalized coffee mugs with a name or with their name initial. Everyone deserves to have at least one fun mug, if not multiple, so they’re always a fun gift.

Shop around for something customized or find something for them while you’re traveling. There are all sorts of fun mugs for sale at gift shops and on the internet. Both options let them know that you’re thinking of them, and it’s something that they’ll likely use fairly regularly, as well.

2. Tea Towels

Tea towels are a cute addition to any kitchen. They can be used for décor, and they can have all sorts of patterns. Plus, they’re a reusable option that they can keep handy if they need to clean up a mess at some point in time.

For someone in your life who loves cooking and spending time in the kitchen, a custom made tea towel will be a welcome addition to the kitchen. They look great and are functional, which is a win/win.

3. Do-It-Yourself Date Night Gift

Date night is fun – but sometimes, they can cost a whole lot of cash. Because of that, you may want to consider putting together something fun and simple that they can use for their date night or night out.

For example, you could treat them with a movie night in – get them a RedBox gift card (or your Netflix password), a box of microwave popcorn, and a candy treat that they enjoy. Then, they can enjoy a movie or TV series on the couch with their spouse or their best friend.

4. Comfortable Socks

If you enjoy wearing socks (not everyone does), then it’s likely that you have a favorite pair of socks that you wear whenever they’re clean. Maybe they’re a comfy pair of wooly socks, or toe socks, or just socks with a fun design.

So, why not provide that same comfort to someone you love? Get them a pair of fun, comfortable socks that they’ll want to wear whenever they can. It’s an inexpensive gift and there are tons of choices. You can even find options where you can add their pet’s face to the socks!

5. Plants with Adorable Pots

Plants may seem like a strange gift on their own, but they don’t have to be. Finding a plant with a cute pot that says something sweet can be a really fun gift for a friend or family member. You can pot a plant yourself or buy it already potted.

Are you concerned that your loved one won’t be able to keep your plant alive? That’s a common issue – and there are solutions there, too. Consider buying them a succulent or another hardy plant that can stand up to neglect.

6. An Assortment of their Favorite Treat

What’s their favorite snack? From popcorn to trail mix, there are all sorts of variety packs that you can find to give to someone you love. Food is one of the most reliable ways to someone’s heart, and anyone can appreciate extra snacks.

There are a number of ways to give this gift, too. You can go out there and make a gift basket yourself. You can also get online and find places that have gift baskets with that include that very special treat. However you wish to do it, you’ll be sure to bring a smile to their face.

There are all sorts of ways to let people know that you care about them, and it’s important to put some time and effort into those things. And even though it doesn’t always need to be something you spend money on, little gifts can be an easy way to make that happen.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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