The long-awaited Christmas season is finally here – and with it comes endless festivities, merriment and of course, gift giving.
But let’s be frank, the present process can be a massive strain on the bank account. What’s more, unique and interesting ideas for every single member of the family can be in short supply. That’s where we come in.
We have trolled high and low looking for special, understated gifts that do not need to cost an arm and a leg. We’re looking for both style and substance without a hefty price tag. Call it thrifty but nifty.
See our selection of covetable yet affordable gift ideas to treat your friends, family and loved ones on Christmas day that are all under £30.
Pasta-Topia: 60+ Twirl-Tastic Recipes
For the pasta lover in your life, this recipe book will treat them unique and tasty takes on the classic dish. Californian-born Deborah Kaloper reveals 60 recipes that turn the Italian classic on its head. If their New Year’s resolution is to cook more (or better), this is the gift for them.
£14.99 | Anthropologie | Buy it now
Portable Cutlery Set
Formally seen as essential camping kit, a good set of portable cutlery is now just as viable for the office or school. Finding clean cutlery in a shared office setting is a roulette wheel of chance, and the immense waste that disposable options create is easily avoidable with this cheap but useful gift.
Not only is this stainless steel set from Joseph Joseph sturdy and, dare I say it, attractive — it also offers less bulk compared to other options. For more options check out the top rated portable cutlery sets on Amazon.
£15 | Amazon | Buy it now
Kiss of Stars Lipstick
For Christmas 2019, MAC has unveiled show-stopping celestial-inspired products that include this lipstick that has a fun star embossing. The lippy is available in a range of shades to suit all skin tones.
£19 | MAC Cosmetics | Buy it now
Standard World Scratch Map
Don’t know what to buy for the jetsetter in your life? This scratch map will allow them to tick off the countries that they have been to as well as embellish their walls with a retro-looking poster.
£20 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now
American Originals Chocolate Fountain Tray
Start the New Year as you mean to go on — filled with chocolate. This fountain gift will make cascades of smooth, tasty melted chocolate easier than ever. If the recipient in question likes to entertain and hosts often, this will make an affordably fun addition to their entertaining repertoire.
£19.99 | Argos | Buy it now
No7 The Eye Wardrobe
No7’s Eye Wardrobe collection contains everything they need to create a show-stopping party look without the hefty price tag. The set is made up of an eyeshadow palette with warm nude hues, The Full 360 Mascara, eye shadow primer and the Stay PerfectTM Amazing Eyes Pencil in both black and gold.
£13.50 | Boots | Buy it now
Matcha Green Tea and Teaware Starter Kit by Teaologists
This set will serve as an introduction to Matcha and show the recipient how to create the antioxidant-rich Japanese tea for themselves. The kit includes everything they need to follow the traditional tea ceremony with an instructional guide.
£16.95 |Teaologists | Buy it now
Mini Merry Go Round Musical Biscuit Tin
This is not your average tin of biscuits. From luxury department store Fortnum & Mason, the circus-embellished tin actually plays the melody of 'The Carousel Waltz', while it spins around. The reusable jar plays host to the mouth-watering Chocolate & Macadamia Nut biscuits.
£14.95 | Fortnum & Mason | Buy it now
Lipstick Queen Treat Yourself Mini Lip Trio
With the contents valued at £41, you can get your hands on these covetable products from Lipstick Queen for a fraction of the cost.
The set includes the Mini Saint Lipstick in a universally flattering Peachy Natural, the Mini Sinner in a Bright Natural that makes the perfect everyday shade and the Visible Lip Liner in Dusty Road to complete the lip kit.
£18 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now
Go Travel Supreme Snoozer Travel Pillow
For a present that they will thank you for, this travel pillow is ideal for the person who has everything. The practical product will help them travel in style and comfort with a soft design that can be secured to any headrest and can be conveniently folded small.
£14.99 | John Lewis | Buy it now
We cannot rave about Chilly’s enough. Offered in an extensive range of colours and designs, the bottles will keep your beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 without leaking or building up with condensation. Reduce your single-use plastic and stay hydrated at the same time. Win, win.
£20 | Chilly’s | Buy it now
Health Linen Yoga and Exercise Mat
Encourage them to take their fitness New Year’s resolution seriously with their very own exercise mat. The item can be used for yoga or a whole host of other workouts to offer a slip-resistant but padded surface.
£14.99 | Argos | Buy it now
Glossier Cloud Paint
One of the brand’s hero products, Cloud Paint comes in various shades with a gel-like formula that can be applied to your cheeks, eyelids or wherever you fancy. It comes in the brand’s signature pink bubble wrap pouch that will go down a treat with the beauty fan in your life.
£15 | Glossier | Buy it now
Percy & Reed Splendidly Silky Discovery Haircare Gift Set
Give the gift of silky smooth tresses with the help of Percy & Reed. The haircare label is offering this gift set featuring the Splendidly Silky Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner alongside the Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational No Oil Oil Thick and Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray to leave your locks looking and feeling super glossy and frizz-free.
£16 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Abstract Face Plant Pot
This plant pot from Rose & Grey will inject a playful but stylish detail into their home. It features a face design that can, with the right plant, be given a verdant mane.
£26 | Rose & Grey | Buy it now
American Originals Bubble Waffle Maker
If you have been to Leicester Square recently, you may have spotted the long line of people queueing up for bubble waffles. The latest dessert trend shows no signs of wavering and this device will allow your recipient to create the waffley goodness in the comfort of their own home.
£27.99 | Argos | Buy it now
This super adorable trinket dish in a giraffe design will look best placed on a dressing or bedside table. The cute piece will house jewellery or accessories and keep them safe for a functional yet fun gift.
£18 | Anthropologie | Buy it now
La Cafetiére 3 Cup Monaco Cafetiere
Bring the gift of proper coffee into the lives of your friends, family of loved one with the luxurious French press. It is available in a range of colours to suit their kitchen aesthetic and is compact and so, easy to store.
£19.50 | Trouva | Buy it now
Personalised BBQ Multi Tool
For the BBQ mega fan, this set will be the ultimate present. In one handy, compact product, there are a multitude of stainless steel grilling essentials stored in a durable wooden handle. The item includes a spatula, basting brush, fork, bottle opener and corkscrew and can be personalised with the name (or BBQ-ing nickname) of the recipient.
£29.95 | Not on the High Street | Buy it now
Bluetooth Ice Bucket Speaker with Colour Changing Lights
Sure to step up any seasonal celebrations, the multifunctional product is an ice bucket, a colour-changing light and a speaker. The all-round festive essential can be wirelessly connected to your phone to blast your favourite party playlist with six hours of play time.
£29.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
John Lewis & Partners Leather Alphabet Coin Purse
This stylish little coin purse from John Lewis has universal appeal. With a range of colours, it brings the personal touch with the initial embroidery – and let’s face it, we all love our name on things.
£25 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Animal Egg Cups
These animal egg cups will bring a quirky and fun touch to their morning dippy eggs and soldiers. Surprise them with either the tiger, zebra or opt for both.
£11.50 | Audenza | Buy it now
Yes Studio Road Trips Travel Wallet
For the disorganised traveller, this wallet will become a game changer. It has various compartments with tabbed labels for ‘Tickets’, ‘Passport’ and ‘Currency’ with a zipped pocket for loose items. The stylish pink hued product is embellished with a slogan detail.
£22 | JD Williams | Buy it now
Heated Huggable Turkey
Whether they are a Friends fan or not, we can see this adorable turkey pillow going down a treat. The cosy product can be popped in the microwave for a warming companion as the winter weather set in. It has a lovely lavender scent.
£19.99 | Firebox | Buy it now