Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

64 cool gifts under $15 for adults, and they don’t feel like stocking stuffers.

 

While we do love shopping, we definitely adhere to the school of “it’s the thought that counts” above all. And just because you’re looking to spend $15 or less — or even nothing at all — on a holiday gift for someone you care about, doesn’t mean it can’t be something awesome. So we’ve found a whopping 60 gifts under $15  that we think are pretty darn great at any price.

NOTE: Prices and items here have been updated for 2021
– For the most up-to-date guide, we’ve got 50+ cool gifts for kids under $15 in 2021 –
– You can also find 50+ more fabulous gifts for adults under $15, and 60+ cool gifts for kids under $15 in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide – 

Whether you need a small gift for teachers, coaches, your hair cutter, the class parent, your neighbors, or anyone at all, we hope they help make the season both bright and affordable. And while we have the big stores covered, plenty of these gift ideas support small makers and indie shops who can always use a bump around the holidays.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate and your purchases help support us at no additional cost to you, so thank you! Discount codes in this guide expired 12/31/16.

Gold Reindeer Print at Goodnight Owl Designs : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Gold Reindeer Print

Such a pretty print they can put out each year around the holidays. (Note the print linked is a bit different than the one shown here)

$10, Itsy Berry

Personalized Vintage Spoons at Sweet Mint Handmade : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Ice Cream Spoons

Jar of favorite ice cream topping optional — but recommended. Also works with cocoa.

$13.49, Le Breux

Talkin' All That Jazz Puzzle: cool gifts for adults under $15

Talkin’ All That Jazz 1000-Piece Puzzle

From Mandi Madsen’s cool small business dedicated to creating more diverse puzzles.

$14.99 on sale, Uncommon Goods

Gifts for adults under $15: Love Pillow Cover

Love Pillow Cover

We could stare at this on our sofa all year long.

$14.99, Simple Chics Creations 

Princess Leia READ socks: cool gifts under $15

Princess Leia READ Socks

It’s our only hope.

$12, Out of Print

Vision Wristbands at Human Rights Campaign Shop : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Vision Wristbands

Really cool looking gender-neutral bracelets for a most outstanding cause.

$9.99-12, Human Rights Campaign Shop

Men's Rolled-Cuff Beanie at Old Navy : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Men’s Beanie

The gift of warm ears.

$8.99+, Old Navy

Single-Serve Smoothie Blender at Target : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Single-Serve Smoothie Blender

We use ours all the time! Mmm…fresh smoothies. Amazing gift under $15.

$15, Target

Personalized tea-towel: Amazing gifts under $15

Personalized Monogrammed Tea Towel

Use it to wrap up a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies and you’ve got a very thoughtful gift.

$12.95, Designs by DawnLynn

Gifts under $10: Holiday stud earrings homemade by Farah Brigante of Naaz Designs

Holiday Stud Earrings

Absolutely adorable gift under $15 for adults — or kids — from prolific indie jewelry designer and art director, Farah Brigante.

$10, Naaz Designs

Crosley Alarm Clock : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Crosley Alarm Clock

We love the idea of an old fashioned alarm waking us up as a contrast to all the digital ringing from our phones.

$13.99, Amazon

Lenox Mercury Glass Holiday Votives : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Lenox Glass Holiday Votives

Pop in a tiny tea light and a good wish for a peaceful, warm new year.

$9.25, Amazon

Hand stitched embroidery hoop ornaments: Cool gifts for adults under $15

Handmade Embroidery Hoop Art Ornaments

Check the shop for so many more adorable gifts for adults under $15

$10, Ink and Thread Crafts

Swiss Army Classic Knife at REI : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Swiss Army Classic Knife

Terrific price for a must-have for any prepared scout.

$14.98 on sale, REI

Hot Chocolate Mix with a Hint of Mint at Penzey's Spices : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Hot Chocolate Mix with a Hint of Mint

We love this wonderful little spice company with a big heart that’s a favorite of serious cooks everywhere. Lots of great spices to choose from, but the mint hot chocolate mix is so seasonally perfect.

$6.49+, Penzey’s Spices

Mazel Tov Server at The Jewish Museum : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mazel Tov Server

Good luck and cake. Two things we need more of! (Unfortunately this is no longer available, but find lots of wonderful gifts that help support the Jewish Museum.)

$8.95, The Jewish Museum

 Robert Delaunay Endless Rhythm modern art tote: gifts under $15

Robert Delaunay Modern Art Tote

Fun gift idea from Loqui for a fan of modern art.

$15.99, Amazon

Set of Holiday Cookie Cutters at Williams-Sonoma : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Set of Holiday Cookie Cutters

Wrap them with a big red bow and include some pretty sanding sugar for a thoughtful gift for a baker.

$8.95, Williams-Sonoma

FIX Noble Fir Moisturizing Lotion at Hand in Hand Soap : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

FIX Noble Fir Moisturizing Lotion

A beautiful gift that gives back at a really beautiful price.

$14, Hand in Hand Soap

Magnetic Chess Game : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Magnetic Travel Chess Game

So you can checkmate on the go.

$14.81 on sale, Amazon

Pinhole Press Itty Bitty photo book

Tiny Custom Photo Book

Small book, huge impact.
Also, be sure to see our comparison of our 9 favorite custom photo book services.

$12.99, Pinhole Press

Handmade Afro Studs from Melanated on Etsy: Wonderful gifts under $15

Handmade Afro Studs

Comes in Melanin and Mocha.

$12, Melanated Apparel Co

Primula Stovetop Espresso Maker : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Classic Italian Stovetop Espresso Maker

Just add a grinder and a couple of cups.

$14.49 on sale, Target

Beard & Body Handmade Soap at Honest Amish : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Beard & Body Handmade Soap

How can you resist a gift from a company called Honest Amish? We can’t.

$7.77, Honest Amish

A Very Special Christmas CD : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

A Very Special Christmas MP3

From Christmas in Hollis to the Eurythmics’ Winter Wonderland, it’s a different kind of holiday cheer for your holiday playlist.

$9.49, Amazon

Dirty word Christmas ornament (see it?) : Cool gift under $15 from Pew Pew Lasercraft

“Dirty Word” Snowflake Ornament

See it now? (God, we love this shop.)

$15, Pew Pew Lasercraft

Sarcastic Pencil Set: Great gifts under $15

Sarcastic Pencil Set

Yes, there are grown-ups who still write by hand. 

$9.89, Desktop State

Sensu Stylus at The Grommet : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Galaxy Note Stylus

For your favorite digital artist.

$8.99, Amazon

Rad Women Worldwide : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Rad Women Worldwide

40 amazing women you should know about.

$12.34, Amazon

Philosophy Snow Angel Ornament : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Philosophy Beauty Ornaments

Because sometimes, hotel bath products just don’t cut it. No offense to hotel bath products. Philosophy makes a new one each year. 

$9, Ulta

You are Doing a Freaking Great Job Book : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

You are Doing a Freaking Great Job Book

The ultimate pick-me-up, by favorite humorist/designer Emily McDowell

$7.81, Amazon

Glitter initial keychain: Wonderful gifts under $15

Glitter Initial Keychain

Their name in lights. Or initial in glitter. Close enough.

$12.98, Amazon

Portable Bocce Set : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Portable Bocce Set

Never leave home without it.
(Apologies, prices have gone up since original publication — but not by much!)

$16.95, Amazon

Skull Candy Ink'd Earbuds : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Skull Candy Ink’d Earbuds

Rise up and add the Hamilton Mixtape. Perfect for plane trips too.

$12.99, Target

Gift ideas under $15: Monogrammed mugs by Rifle Paper

Rifle Paper Monogrammed Mug

So it’s very clear whose lukewarm coffee it is.

$10 on sale, Anthropologie

Men's Andy Warhol Graphic Tee : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Men’s Andy Warhol Graphic Tee

This design no longer available but there are others that are pretty rad for a bit over $15.

$19, Uniqlo

Dylan's Personalized Mini Treat Jar : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Browse for sale options under $15 — like a pack of chocolate bars, linked here. 

$10, Dylan’s Candy Bar

Clinique Sparkle & Glow Gift Set : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Sephora Collection Mini Gift Sets

Always so many fun ones to choose from each year. 

$10, Sephora

Mini photo Lightbox at MoMA Shop: Cool gifts under $15

Mini Photo Lightbox

Who says tech gifts have to cost a fortune?

$10 MoMA store

Pura Vida Bracelets make amazing gifts under $15!

Beaded Tassel Bracelets

Wear them alone. Or stacked.

$10, Pura Vida

Will Smith biography on Kindle: Amazing gifts for adult under $15

Will by Mark Manson

The Will Smith biography everyone is talking about

$14.99 on Kindle

Gourmet Dark Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Gourmet Dark Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt

They say dark chocolate is healthy.

$15, Veruca Chocolates

Achiou winter texting gloves: Best gifts under $15

Thermal Touchscreen Texting Gloves

No cold finger texts, tweets, snaps or ‘grams.

$8.15+, Amazon

Choose Joy Candle Supporting St Jude’s Children Hospital : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Candle Supporting St Jude’s Children Hospital

Find something here to love.
(Candle selection varies.)

$14.99, St Jude

Stumptown Hair Bender Whole Bean Coffee : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Stumptown Hair Bender Whole Bean Coffee

Since a coffee IV isn’t really gifty.
(Price has gone up a dollar but still sooooo worth it)

$16, Stumptown Roasters

Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book

If coloring mandalas isn’t your thing, maybe Shea Serrano’s illustrations of LL Cool J and MC Lyte will do the trick?

$12.95, Amazon

Personalized leather bound travel journal: Gifts under $15

Personalized Leather Travel Journal

For stories already written and yet to be told.

$15 on sale, Cover Cafe

Cats Eye Glasses: Gifts under $15

BP Cat’s Eye Sunglasses

Meow.

$7 on sale, Nordstrom

Create Your Own Handmade Christmas Cards, Envelopes, Ornaments : Gifts under $15

Book of Create-Your-Own Christmas Cards, Envelopes, Ornaments

Just add colored pencils. And stamps.

$14, Amazon

Wide Rib Beanie: Gifts under $15

Wide-Rib Beanie

Mmmmm…toasty.

$8 on sale, Nordstrom

Great gifts under $15: Wilson NBA Basketball

Wilson NBA Basketball

Pair of NBA tickets, optional

$14.99, Target

Fancy Matchstick Bottle + Pack of Marshmallows at Skeemshop : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mini Fancy Matchstick Bottle + Pack of Marshmallows

Come on baby, light my fire.

$12, Skeem on Amazon

Personalized Gold Leaf Frame Ornaments : Gifts Under $15 for adults | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Gold Frame Ornaments

This one no longer available, but we found a similar one at the link above.

$6, Stasia Crafts Co

For the most up to date ideas, visit our 2021 list of 50+ cool gifts under $15 for kids and our 2021 guide to gifts for kids under $15

 

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