50+ cool gifts under $15 because who knows WTF is happening with interest rates


Each year, we spend more time putting together our favorite gifts under $15 than nearly any other category because, budgets. Also, we know that sometimes the most affordable gifts can also mean the most. Just ask any parent who still has a hand-scribbled card or coffee mug from their kids.

So for all the hosts, hostesses, aunts and uncles, cousins and neighbors, teachers and friends in your life, wehope you’ll find a wonderful gift under $15 here that doesn’t even feel like a stocking stuffer.  And of course, you should always visit your local boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, and local bookstores where they always have plenty of goodies for you. 

(Psst…be sure to check our list of kids’ gifts under $15. We love some of the kids’ stuff for ourselves!)

50+ cool gifts under $15 because who knows WTF is happening with interest rates




All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion. (We know that's rare.)

There are affiliate links in this guide, which means that some purchases will generate a small commission that helps support our own small woman-owned business, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting us!

All prices accurate at time of publication but subject to change.

Be sure to visit all of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide categories for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15





Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice
by Michelle Obama

If anyone can help us find our voices, it’s her. 

$12.27, Amazon


Jonathan Van Ness Prayer Candle Sticker

Tons of amazing stickers at this store! Buy a bunch of devotional candles in bulk, and DIY for all your cool friends. 

$10.47, The Five15


Fila Heritage Logo Beanie

Grab it at this price!

$14.98 on sale, Nordstrom


Knitted Sweater Mugs + A Pack of Hot Chocolate

Make it the good stuff. Marshmallows optional. 

$11.89 on sale, Knitted Cake for Society 6


$15, Nordstrom


Handmade Wooden Photo Block Holder

You provide the photo. 



The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehesi Coates

Recommended by hundreds of thousands of readers, every critic, and above all, Oprah

$14.99/Kindle or $16.80/Hardcover, Amazon


Latke Server

For what’s arguably the best part of Hanukkah.

$8, Modern Tribe


Set of 25 Mini Ornaments

For decking a tiny tree, or adding some sparkle to a big one.

$9.09 on sale, Nordstrom


Lush Snowflake Body Lotion

Smells like marzipan. 

$10.95, Lush (or trade up to the larger size for $19.95)


Reindeer Name Tea Towel

So many other cute holiday-theme towels here too.

$11.89 on sale, Miss Fotopoulos


“Fight Evil, Read Books” Socks

Maybe to go with…a book?

$12, Out of Print


OK Boomer Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament

They don’t already have one, right? 


Mr. Rogers Funko Pop

Make every day a more beautiful one in your neighborhood.

$10.99, Amazon, or local specialty stores everywhere


Yas Queen Handmade Mini Embroidery Hoop Art

Love everything in this shop! (If this is sold out, find another.)

$14.50, Sirens Song Stitchery


Set of 6 Ear Cuffs

Whoa. Hope that price isn’t a misprint!

$14 on sale, Bauble Bar (regularly $48)


Me: Elton John

The official bio.

$8.80, Amazon


Sephora Stay Polished Nail Set

For all that glitters.

$15, Sephora


Blanket Check Scarf

Lots of nice colors.

$14.97 on sale, AE


Friends Central Perk Coffee

Fancy enough for underemployed 20-somethings who can afford fab West Village 2-bedrooms. 

$10.99, Amazon


Cardi B Mug

I like it. (Couldn’t resist.)

$15, The Trinigee


Rifle Paper Trio of Journals

For one lucky person…or three.

$15, Pottery Barn Teen


You’ve Got This Key Ring

Sometimes, everyone needs a reminder.

$11, Freshie & Zero


$11.99, H&M


Monogram Marble Bottle Stopper

Cool on its own, or to make that bottle of wine a little more special.

$11.40 on sale, Nordstrom


Custom Name or Word Pin

Wow, we want one for everyone on our list!

$12, Jill Makes

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Mini Tea of the Month Club

We can’t all be coffee drinkers, now, can we.

$9/mo Simplicity Teas at Cratejoy

Use code NEW10 for 10% off your first shipment


Custom Name Wish Bracelet

So thoughtful and terrific price at under $15.

$12.50, Leo & Lovey

Save 10% site wide with code COOLMOMPICKS10


Mini Soul Box of Spices

Supporting one of our very favorite small businesses. 

$15.95, Penzey’s


Gaiam Yoga Block

From the side, it’s tricolor. So pretty.

$7.99, Target


$10, Human is Human with 30% donated to the ACLU


More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

For a woman you know who deserves to find her voice, her courage, her place in the world. 

$14.29/hardcover or 12.99/kindle, Amazon


Cheers Around the World Coasters

One more thing that unites us all.

$15 by Braden Studios for Society 6


Love is Love Spatula Supporting the HRC

For making all your holiday cookies with extra love.

$11.96 on sale, Williams-Sonoma, with 50% supporting the Human Rights Campaign


Afro Woman Zip Pouch

Can anyone have too many zip pouches? Not they cannot.

$15, The Trinigee


Google Nest Mini

Okay, so it’s free when you buy the Tile Sticker 8-pack from our partner, Tile, for $99. 
But hey, it’s normally $49. And now it’s not!

Free with purchase of Tile Sticker 8-Pack ($99) through the link above.


Instagram Friendly Soft Photo Album

An excuse to finally get all those photos from your phone to those relatives who are begging for them.

$15 and up, Artifact Uprising


Dylan’s Gold Collection Orange Truffles

Lots of flavors but these look exquisite.

$15., Dylan’s Candy Bar


She Remembers Everything by Roseanne Cash

Grammy-Nominated and simply wonderful. 

$9/49/MP3, $11.37/CD, free streaming, Amazon
(pop it on a flash drive and put a bow on it.)


$14.99, Target


$10, Runway & Rose at Shoptiques


Personalized Wooden Spoons

Perfect for any baker or home cook.

$13.90, Hanging with the Bride on Etsy


Men’s Flannel Pajama Bottoms

So many prints, so little dollars. 

$12.99 on sale, JCPenney (additional discounts may be available on site)


Marble Cheese Board and Slicer

Such a great hostess gift.

$14.96 on sale, Sur La Table


Nubian Eye Shadow Palette

So many gorgeous palettes from one of our favorite POC-owned beauty brands.

$10 on sale, Juvia’s Place


Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Know someone as obsessed with the series as we are? Try the book. 

$7.99 and up/ paperback or Kindle, Amazon


Travel Tech Organizer for Cables

Throw in an extra phone cable or two, while you’re at it. We can never have enough. 

$11.99, Amazon

Be sure to check off the instant coupon button to save 5%


Dog-Lover’s Motel Key Ring

We could give this to nearly everyone on our list.

$8.95, Bullish Co


Hot Sauce of the Month Club

Choose from mild, classic, or you know, insane. 

$13.99/mo, Cratejoy


Calming Affirmation Stones

More ohm in 2020, please.

$15, Uncommon Goods


McSweeney’s Notebook of Nothings

“Pages and pages of substantive white space and illustrations of various kinds of nothing, both tangible and conceptual.”
Plus, it supports McSweeney’s.

$9, McSweeney’s


NPR Logo Webcam/Phone Cam Cover

The sliding sticker covers your phone so no one can see you without you knowing. 
Can you get more 2019 than this?

$12, NPR Online Store


Pop Socket Supporting Girls Inc.

There are tons of “Poptivism” options supporting all kinds of causes. But we kind of like this one. 

$15, Pop Sockets, with 50% going directly to the charity of choice


Artist Quote Totes

Choose from several options; we love this one from Carrie Mae Weems. 

$10, MoMA Store

Members save 10% on all purchases


Send a Cup of Coffee to a Deployed Service Member

Send it directly to someone you don’t know — or make a tribute donation in someone’s name. 

P$2.50/ea donates one cup of coffee to a service member deployed abroad 

Related: 11 top-rated veterans organizations that can use your support


Print of Their Favorite Feminist Icon

So many to choose from. 

$14.40/ea, The Film Artist


Self-Care Notebook

Maybe get one for yourself, too.

$8, Freshie and Zero


White Claw Soy Candles

Alcohol-free and no calories!

$15, Alexandra’s Soy Candles


Resin Hoop Earrings

Good enough for Bella Hadid…

$10 on sale, Bauble Bar

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