We’ve shared our favorite gifts for kids under $15, and now of course, we’ve got gifts for adults under $15. After creating these affordable holiday gift lists for years now, we have one rule: No stocking stuffers! In other words, a lip balm from the drug store, a pack of Kleenex, or a favorite candy bar may be awesome in those stockings, but they’re not not gifty enough to stand on their own.

With that, we present dozens of ideas from both the big stores you may be shopping, as well as plenty of small businesses, independent designers and Etsy shops who could use the love.

– This post has been updated for 2021 –

And of course you can find so many wonderful, affordable gifts for men and women in your own neighborhood, including your local independent bookstores and restaurants. Or go ahead and DIY a cool gift — edible or otherwise.

Generosity has nothing to do with budget.

Also check out our newly updated 2021 holiday gift guide to 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens under $15

All gifts here are independently chosen by our staff, there’s been no compensation for inclusion. Rare, we know! 

This post contains affiliate links which means we may earn a small commission from purchases, which supports our team at no additional expense to you.

All prices accurate at the time of publishing, but subject to change. 

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Cool gifts for men and women under $15: natural wood heart spoons on Etsy

Natural Wood Heart Spoons $13/ea, Luala Silk
Sent with love.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg $10.97 on sale, Amazon
The perfect gift to inspire you right into 2021.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Homemade gourmet marshmallows from Bang Candy in Nashville

Gourmet Marshmallows $14, Bang Candy Co
Made in Nashville with flavors like  Chocolate Chili, Maple Bacon Bourbon, and their trademark Rose Cardamom. Yum.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Custom photo notebook from Pinhole Press

Custom Photo Notepad $12.99, Pinhole Press
You know someone in your life is missing some faces a whole lot.

Related: 12 wonderfully creative photo gifts


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Gorgeous earring crawlers from Bauble Bar

Earring crawlers (item no longer available, sorry!) $10, Bauble Bar
Ooh, we’d love these at twice the price!


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Handmade paper mâché and gold Christmas ornaments

Paper Pulp Christmas Ornament $12, Franky & J Designs
One of those gorgeous gifts you order tons of so you can give them to everyone you might have forgotten

Best gifts for men: Stovetop espresso maker from Brickhouse | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

Stovetop Espresso Maker $9.99, Brickhouse Coffee
Also one of our top 10 men’s holiday gifts of the year. It just happens to be under $15.


Faux fur handwarmer: Microwave and carry for an eco-friendly, practical option | Gifts under $15 for men and women

Faux fur hand warmer $14.95, Freshie and Zero
Unfortunately, no longer available but this favorite indie shop has lots of gifts under $15


Cool gifts under $15: Anthony Fauci Prayer candle: the patron saint of staying home

Anthony Fauci Prayer Candle, $15 The Eternal Flame
Honoring the Patron Saint of Staying Home (just a little while longer).


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Monthly succulent subscription box

Monthly succulent subscription box $4.95/mo or $10/mo with clay pot, Cratejoy
You can never have too many.

Also see: 10 brilliant subscription gifts for moms and grandmas
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Everything Will Be Good keychain from Adam JK: Cool gift for men and women under $15

Inspirational Key Chain $12.95 on Sale, Adam JK
Designer Adam J Kurtz always says everything we want to say.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Essential worker healthcare hero Funko Pop

Frontline Hero Funko Pop figures (item no longer available), $12, Nordstrom
For your favorite healthcare hero, or anyone who admires one.

Also see: This handmade ornament set celebrates the heroes of 2020

Simplicitea Mini Tea of the Month Club : Cool gifts under $15 for men and women

Simplicity Teas Mini 2 Teas of the Month Club $9/mo, Cratejoy
A little bit of warmth and comfort each month

Related: 15+ inspired gift ideas for the most devoted The Crown fans



50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: UNO Minimalista set

UNO Minimalista $9.97, Amazon
Like regular UNO, with graphic design for art snobs.

Cool affordable gifts under $15: matching friendship wish bracelets

Matching Best Friend Wish Bracelet $13.60, Leo & Lovey
An adult twist on frendship bracelets, perfect for 2020

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Dash mini waffle maker or mini griddle

Dash Mini Waffle Maker $10, Target
For a little more versatility, check out the Mini Griddle too.

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50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Adjusting my crown notebook by TheKyngsQueen

Adjust My Crown notebook $13.15, The Kyngsqueen on Red Bubble
For your favorite queen


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Printable recipe cards with family recipes. Enclose with some homemade baked goods

Set of Recipe Cards  $3 printable, Caravan Shoppe
To make it special, add your own family recipes (or one of those heart spoons, above) and wrap it up beautifully.

Women's Votes ornament by Kat Gooch-Breault : Cool gifts for adults under $15

Women’s VOTE ornament (ornament no longer available but other VOTE items in shop), $15.95 by Kat Gooch-Breault on Zazzle
Her popular artwork makes the perfect ornament for a lot of people on our list this year.

Also see: Feminist gifts for a woman who already owns a “Nevertheless She Persisted” shirt


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Mini multi-colored tree decor

Mini Multicolor Plywood Christmas Tree Decor $14, Ocasionette
Voila! Instant holiday decor.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Personalized engraved multi tool

Personalized Engraved Multitool  $11,49, Xcalibur Ink
Get handy!

Also see: Our 10 Best Gifts for Men this year from small businesses


Future Best Selling Author Mug by Izzie Mac: Cool gifts under $15

Future Best-Selling Author Mug (item no longer available) $12.75, Izzie Mac Boutique
Be sure to include coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Totally custom "our song" iPhone case

Our Song Custom iPhone Case $15.99+, Lili Designers
Customize the photo, song name, heart color, even the numbers below the bar.  Such a cool gift for adults under $15!

Also see: 12 must-have tech gifts and gadgets to get us through the winter

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Champagne bottle of chocolate from Dylan's Candy Bar

Champagne Bottle of Chocolates $15, Dylan’s Candy Bar
Perfect for designated driver — and good champagne isn’t generally under $15.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Do We Dream t-shirt in collab between MoMA Uniqulo and artists Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rikrit Tiravanija T-Shirt  $14.90, Moma Design Store
“Do we dream under the same sky?

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Chilihouse Chill Tips reusable nails

Chill House Reusable Nail Tips $16, Chilihouse
I know, I know…a bit over $15 but so great for ladies missing their manis.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Black Beard Brigades Brush in choice of engraved woods

Engraved Wooden Beard Brush $12, Black Beard Brigade
With horse hair or boar’s hard to keep that pandemic beard looking sharp.


Cool gifts under $15: Calming affirmation stones

Calming Affirmation Stones (item no longer available)  $15, Uncommon Goods
More calm! More affirmation!


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Best American Food Writing 2020

Best American Food Writing 2020 edited by J, Kenji Lopez-Alt,  $15.63 Indiebound or your local bookseller
Totally calorie free.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Faux fur pom beanie in multiple colors

Faux Fur Pop Beanie (item no longer available)  $10, Nordstrom
In four colors — so affordable, maybe get two.

Cool affordable gifts under $15: iLuv mini ultra slim Bluetooth speaker

Slim Pocket-Sized Bluetooth Speaker (item no longer available)  $14.99, Amazon
Music to go. If only to your own backyard or roof.

Black women activist books: This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges: This is Your Time  $14.71, Indiebound
This season’s must-read.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Holiday bar soap set from George + Viv

Holiday Bar Soap Set by George & Viv $10, Anthropologie
That polar bear soap (item no longer available)  is pretty darn cute too if you prefer something more non-denominational.

Cool gifts for adults $15 or less: Golden Girls poster from The Film Artist

Golden Girls Poster (item no longer available)  $11+, The Film Artist
For that one friend you really want to thank

Also see: We found the very best Schitt’s Creek gifts for all the fans on your holiday gift list 

H&M slim flit turtleneck for men: gifts under $15

Slim-Fit Turtleneck Shirt $14.99, H&M
Stay warm and cozy at home…but get out of your sweats.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Custom mini photo book from Artifact Uprising

Custom Mini Photo Book $15, Artifact Uprising
They miss you too.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Lavender Stardust Glitter Perfume

Lavender Stardust Glitter Perfume Oil $15, Anthropologie
Yay for gifts under $15 that make you feel pretty. Shine on, friends.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: MLB The Show 2020 for PS4

MLB The Show 20 for PS4 (item no longer available)  $9.99 on sale, Target
Almost as good as being there — especially because we can’t be there.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Custom 2020 masked reindeer wine labels - you provide the wine!

Set of 6 Personalized Wine Labels $5.36 on sale, Parcel Studio on Zazzle
Also available for beer bottles, water bottles, and food jar labels — you provide what goes underneath.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Free printable to make your own book-lovers card set from Caravan Shoppe

Book-Lover Notecard Set free, Caravan Shoppe
Print for free, and box your own sets for gifting. Thanks, Caravan Shoppe!

Cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Read Think Vote cap

Read Think Vote cap $13.50 on sale, Out of Print
Yes to all three, probably in that order, but all three together is good too.

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook for Kindle

The Unofficial Disney Park Cookbook by Ashley Craft $10.99 for Kindle, Amazon
If you can’t go to Disney, bring the Dole Whip to you!
(Or, find the hardcover for a few dollars more at Indiebound or your local indie bookstore)


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Grammar nerd mug

Grammar Police Mug $12.71 on sale, Stark Raving Realist on Zazzle
We miiiight have some experience with these feelings.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Cedar bath brush for a little self-care in the bath

Baudelaire Cedar Bath Brush $15, Anthropologie
These days, bath time may be the only pampering time we get.


6-piece calligraphy pen/brush marker set : Gifts under $15

6-piece calligraphy pen set $13.99, Amazon
For all those thank you notes after the holidays


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Kitchensmith Immersion Blender

KitchenSmith Immersion Blender $14.99, Target
We always love cool kitchen gifts for adults under $15, and they’ll wonder how they lived without this one.


Grateful AF deck with stand: Cool gifts for adults all $15 or under

Grateful AF Deck with Display Stand, (item no longer available) $15, Emily McDowell
100 gratitude cards that will make you laugh. Also, feel gratitude.


Adventure Is Out There mug and carabiner gift set: Gifts under $15

Adventure Is Out There Mug + Carabiner Set (item no longer available)  $10, Target
Good reminder


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Kaike Sugar Scrub

Kaike Sugar Scrub $15, Showfields


Cool gifts under $15 for men and women: What Unites Us by Dan Rather

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather $15.59 through Indiebound
Wise words from a national treasure.


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Hay Time Small Hourglass at MoMA Store

Hay Time Hourglass (item no longer available)  $12, MoMA Design Store
Not just a beautiful object…it’s very useful for Boggle fans!

50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Perfect Partners adult and game for couples

Perfect Partners Card Game for Adults (item no longer available)  $9.99 Nordstrom
And you thought the quarantine tested your relationship.


Cool gifts for men and women under $15: Keep Betty White Safe Mask from RayGun

Keep Betty White Safe face mask (item no longer available)  $13.90, Ray Gun
If you do it for anyone, do it for Betty White.
(35% of profits support community food banks, too.)


50+ cool gifts under $15 for men and women: Pocket precincts travel books...with an IOU for a trip. One day. Hopefully soon.

Pocket Precincts Travel Guides $14.99, Poketo
With an IOU for a trip…for when we can travel. One day.


Kamala ornament: Cool gifts under $15

Kamala Ornament (item no longer available)  $10.27, Bonnie LeCat
We already got what we wanted this year. This gift just reminds us of it.