73 Best Gifts For The Worst Year Ever — & They're All Under $45 On Amazon

I think we can all admit that this year — and the one before that — haven’t really gone as planned. But as the holiday season approaches, you can turn it all around with some of the best gifts available online. But don’t worry; I’ve kept a reasonable budget in mind to make shopping easier than ever this year. I’ve put together this list of 65 best gifts for one of the worst years ever — and they’re all under $45.

This list includes gifts for those people in your life that are still working from home at least some of the time. Give them a wearable blanket that will keep them comfy and cozy between Zoom calls, or a hand blender that will assist in making coffeeshop level drinks, right at home. These gifts celebrate the comfort of home, which is feeling more important than ever before.

I’ve also included a few gifts that encourage relaxation and indulgence — because I think we could also use a little more pampering right about now. These items remind your loved ones to take care of themselves even when times are extra stressful. Gifts like the facial steamer that will transport you to a spa or makeup brush sets that will give you a reason to get all dolled up. Even if the holidays are not yet back to “normal” this year, you can still give gifts that remind your loved ones to practice self-care.

Budgets may be tighter and gatherings may be smaller, but sending your loved ones a little something (that won’t break the bank) can remind them that you care. Here's a list of some of the best gifts you can buy from the comfort of your home.

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1. The Fire TV Stick Lite For 40% Off (A Voice-Controlled Remote's Included, Too)

For less than $20 while it's on sale, get the new 2020 Lite version of the fan-favorite Fire TV Stick. Although it won't control the power or volume on your TV, this affordable little unit has you covered for effortless streaming you can control with your voice. It doesn't just work for Netflix and Prime video, either. Use it to play music, watch live TV, and more. It has a 4.8-star overall rating after more than 18,000 reviews, so you know it's a tried and true option.

2. A Pack Of 50 Disposable Face Masks

This value pack of 100 disposable face masks is just $9 and sure to come in handy. Made with a three-layer fabric for added protection and comfy, elastic ear loops for a snug fit, these masks have earned over 27,000 perfect ratings on Amazon.

3. A Weighted Blanket To Calm Anxiety

This weighted blanket is the perfect gift to give this year. The temperature-regulating blanket is filled with durable glass beads that are evenly distributed in smaller quilted pockets so that they don't shift. Weighted blankets have been known to ease anxiety and insomnia and can help you have a more restful sleep.

4. This Blink Mini Smart Security Camera That's 43% Off Right Now

Get notifications on your phone when motion is detected with this super easy-to-install Blink smart security camera. It also lets you have a conversation over the camera thanks to the two-way audio feature. For less than $20 while it's on sale, it's an easy way to add peace of mind to your home, even if it's just to check on your pet.

5. The 4th Generation Echo Dot That's 40% Off Right Now

The all-new Echo Dot is back with a new design, and is seriously discounted while sales last. With all the same features that made the Echo Dot a best-seller, this smart speaker has Alexa built in, can be used as a hub for your smart home devices, can play music, tell you the weather, and so much more. Get it for less than $30 if you act fast.

6. The Tiny Speaker That’ll Make Your Home Smarter

The Echo Dot may be Amazon’s tiniest smart speaker, but it is loaded with convenient features that’ll make your day more seamless. With Alexa capabilities, it allows you to use voice commands to play music from your streaming app of choice, check the weather, set alarms, make calls, and more. It has a staggering number of fans, with over 700,000 positive ratings.

7. The Amazon Fire 7 With Over 123,000 Reviews — & It's 30% Off Right Now

First of all, Amazon's Fire 7 has over 123,000 reviews and counting — and there's a good reason for that. This tablet essentially puts a world of entertainment right at your fingertips because it's compatible with various apps for movies, music, reading, social media, and more.

8. These Exercise Bands With Five Resistance Levels For Home Workouts

These exercise bands are great for workouts or for deep stretches that help you recover from injuries. The colorful pack of five includes a variety of resistance levels from X-light to X-heavy.The bands are made of rubber that feels soft on your skin and they come with a convenient carrying bag.

9. An Alarm Clock That Wakes You Up Gently

Wake up to the rising “sun” with this light alarm clock. It simulates a sunrise to gently wake you up in the morning. It’s also a radio and features several natural sounds and six different light colors. It can be charged via a USB cord but also takes batteries.

10. A Himalayan Salt Lamp That Produces A Warm Glow

This beautiful salt lamp rock glass radiates an amber glow that is perfect for meditating or just adding warm ambiance to your home. It’s made with the highest-quality Himalayan rock salt from Pakistan. It comes with a USB output and can be dimmed by tapping the side button.

11. This Supportive Back Pillow That Makes Your Couch & Bed More Comfortable

This back pillow is the coziest place to curl up while watching a holiday movie. It’s made with shredded foam with keeps the pillow cool and flexible. Use it to support your head, arms, and back. Plus it’s made with a cozy velour cover that’s easy to clean — just wipe it down with a damp cloth.

12. This Crystal-Clear Amazon Echo Show 5 For 47% Off Right Now

The Amazon Echo Show is like having a personal assistant, and today it can be yours for less than $50. Its smart display can play your favorite TV show, function as a digital photo frame, play audiobooks, pull up recipes, or even become a spot for hands-free video calls with loved ones. With a 4.6 rating after a whopping 17,000 reviews, it's a solid gift for just about anyone on your list.

13. The Essential Oil Diffuser That's Ultra Quiet

This essential oil diffuser can run continuously for three to four hours, or on an intermittent schedule for six to eight hours. Add essential oils to distilled water and turn it on to begin diffusing. It’s ultra-quiet so you won’t even notice it and it has soft glow lighting to add to the mood. When the water runs out, the diffuser automatically shuts off for safety.

14. This Echo Auto For 60% Off Right Now — Bring Alexa On The Road

Add Alexa to your car with the Echo Auto, which syncs to your phone and plays directly through your car’s speakers. Use it to check traffic and weather, stream music, listen to books on Audible, and more — all hands-free.

15. A Fun Trivia Game For Family Game Night That's Perfect For Zoom Hangouts

This board game …I should have know that is a trivia game that keeps you on your toes. There are over 400 questions that cover a range of topics from Twitter to the Japanese language. It’s less about getting the questions right and more about not getting them wrong. And it will provide hours of fun for players 14 and up.

16. This Printed Yoga Mat That Is Extra Thick

This eco-friendly yoga mat is extra large and 1/4-inch thick. It is anti-slip and anti-tear to endure even your toughest workouts. It comes with a carrying bag and a yoga strap. It’s available in nine colors, including bright tie-dye patterns.

17. The Fire Stick Streaming Remote With Alexa Voice Control

If you haven't made the full switch to a smart TV, the Fire Stick is a must-have with over 95,000 ratings and an overall rating of 4.7 stars. The Fire Stick makes it easy to stream all your favorite shows from Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and more. This isn't just your average streaming device, though — it's also an Alexa-enabled device, so you can use the remote for everything from controlling smart home devices to pulling up your favorite playlist.

18. A Powerful Humidifier That Runs For 30 Hours

This humidifier can run for up to 30 hours on the lowest setting and 12 hours on the highest setting. It holds 2.5 liters of water and has an adjustable nozzle that can be rotated. And there’s even an auto shutoff feature when the water tank is empty, so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy.

19. A Spa-Like 3-In-1 Facial Steamer

This facial steamer will unclog pores and make you feel like you’re at a spa. It even comes with a five-piece stainless steel skin kit to remove blackheads and blemishes. Plus, it can be used as a towel warmer or a home humidifier.

20. A Jade Roller And Gua Sha Set For Glowing Skin

This jade roller and gua sha set help to keep your skin healthy and glowing. It promotes blood circulation and relaxes your muscles, while energizing your skin. This set is designed to be used daily on your face for a gentle, yet relaxing massage. The roller has two sides, one for larger sections of your face like your cheeks, and the other for more narrow places like your nose.

21. These Whiskey Stones That Won't Water Down Drinks

These whiskey stones are perfect for chilling drinks without watering them down. The set of six comes in a wooded box — which makes for a nice gift — as well as a velvet bag for storing them in the freezer between uses.

22. This Hair Waver That Creates Deep Beach Waves For Nice Hair On Your Video Calls

Get those perfect beach waves with this deep waver hair tool. It has a uniquely deep barrel and two times the technology to control frizz and add shine. It heats up to 400 degrees, but can be set at multiple heat settings. It automatically shuts off to keep you safe and is lightweight enough for travel.

23. A Stunning Gold Bartender's Cocktail Set For Drinks At Home

This gold bartender kit is a host’s dream. It comes with seven pieces: a cobbler shaker, two double jiggers, a mixing spoon, a fine strainer, two pourers, and an ice tong. Each piece is made from anti-rust and anti-scratch stainless steel. It also comes in rose gold.

24. A Bluetooth Speaker That's Waterproof

With this portable outdoor speaker, you bring your music (or podcast) with you anywhere you go. It has an IPX7 rating, with means it's even submersible in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It comes in five colors and it has earned hundreds of glowing Amazon reviews.

25. The Wearable Blanket For Cozy WFH Situations

This extra cozy, oversized wearable blanket is the coziest gifting for anyone working from home. It fits like an oversized sweatshirt, made of microfiber and sherpa. It has a hood and a large kangaroo pocket. Choose from an adult or kid size, as well as 11 colors and patterns.

26. A Brownie Pan That Bakes All Delish Edges

Calling all brownie edge lovers — this pan is for you. This continuous maze pan holds an entire standard mix of brownies and creates an edge on every piece. It’s made of cast aluminum and covered in a durable nonstick coating. Enjoy the extra chewy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside brownies that come from this unique pan.

27. The Kombucha Brewing Kit To Try At Home

Giving gifts that make staying at home more fun is key in 2020. This kombucha brewing kit is perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to learn how to make kombucha. This kit comes with everything you need, as well as detailed instructions. All of the ingredients are organic — and in just four steps, you’ll have kombucha.

28. A Plush Electric Blanket With 3 Settings

This electric blanket is incredibly soft and, of course, warm. It’s made of a micro plush fabric and includes three heat settings that will keep you warm or help ease muscle pains. After three hours, the blanket automatically shuts off for your safety.

29. This Wine Aerator That Also Pours Your Wine

Aerate your wine with the click of one button with this electric wine pourer. You can use it with red or white wines without any fear of spilling. This aerator is battery-powered and goes on top of the bottle. As wine gets sucked up into the nozzle, it is infused with the perfect amount of oxygen and is then poured into your glass.

30. This Wine Aerator That Fits In Your Pocket

Wine lovers will flip for this aerator and spout. It’s mini so you can aerate your wine wherever you go. Put this in the top of your wine bottle and use it as a spout. As you pour, it’ll aerate your wine for a smoother, crisper, richer flavor with every sip.

31. The LED Bike Lights For Style And Safety

These fun lights make your bike stand out at night time. These LED bike lights comes with batteries and are ready to go on your bike right out of the box. You'll love the 10 colorful options — which include blue, red, and pink — as well as the safety these lights provide. They’re long-lasting and waterproof.

32. A Pour-Over Coffeemaker For The Barista In Your Life

This pour-over coffeemaker is a great gift for the at-home barista. It’s made of non-porous Borosilicate glass that protects the coffeemaker from odors or chemical residue. Plus, rather than using a paper filter, it uses a fine mesh filter, so you coffee is smoother and more flavorful.

33. The Portable Battery Charger That Recharges Your Devices Super Fast

This portable charger is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. It charges fast and is compatible with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and more. The 10,000 mAh charger has a small, compact design that’s perfect for keeping in a purse or backpack. It even comes with a Micro-USB cord and a travel pouch to take it on the go.

34. The 33-Piece Calligraphy Set

Give the gift of a fun new hobby with this 33-piece calligraphy set. This kit includes four fountain pen bodies, 20 color cartridges, and five nibs. It also has instruction and exercise booklets, making it the perfect for beginners.

35. A Magnetic Eyelash Kit That Doesn't Require Glue

This glam magnetic eyelash kit is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beauty queen on your list. This pack of five reusable lash sets have more than 28,000 reviews. They’re so easy to use — just apply the magnetic eyeliner like you usually would and place the magnetic eyelashes right on top. No messy glue is required with this low-maintenance set.

36. A Panini Press For Gourmet Sandwiches

This panini press grill is perfect for making sandwiches that feel just a bit more special. It has non-stick coated plates that expand 180 degrees to fit sandwiches, burgers, steaks, or veggies. It comes with a removable drop tray for easy cleaning and lights up green when it's ready to use.

37. An Acrylic Paint Set For Beginners

You don’t have to be a professional artist to create beautiful art, thanks to this paint-by-numbers set. Each color corresponds to a number on the page so you create a beautiful work of art every time. It comes with one pre-printed framed canvas, a set of brushes and acrylic paint. It’s also available in five sizes.

38. An Affordable Fitness Tracker

You don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars to give the perfect tech gift this year. This fitness tracker costs just $30 and tracks your heart rate, steps, and workout distance in addition to telling the time. It also tracks your sleep and menstrual cycle, for those who need it. It’s water-resistant and even has a 15-day battery life so you don’t need to worry about recharging it constantly.

39. An Extra Cozy Infinity Pillow

This infinity neck pillow offers 360 degrees of support while you relax on a plane, train, or automobile. The large pillow can be used in a variety of positions to keep you comfy. This breathable, adjustable pillow is filled with layers of microfiber and covered in soft bamboo fabric, plus it's machine washable.

40. A Cheese Board For Fancy Appetizers At Home

This bamboo cheese board is perfect for your next gathering or special occasion. It comes with four stainless steel serving utensils that can be stashed in a built-in drawer. It’s made with beautiful bamboo material and has scooped edges to hold crackers.

41. This Knife Sharpening Tool That Comes With Cut-Resistant Gloves

This three-step knife sharpening system, repairs, sharpens, and polishes knives. Plus this kit also includes a pair of cut-resistant gloves to protect your fingers.

42. The Food Processor That Does It All

This 10-cup food processor is perfect for making sauces and dips. It comes with a reversible disc that slices on one side and shreds on the other. It has a stainless steel S-blade that chops, mixes, and purees. It even comes with a bowl scraper so you can get every last bite for your recipe.

43. An Air Fryer That Won't Take Up Too Much Space

This compact air fryer makes healthier meals in no time. It holds 2.1 quarts and can be used to fry, bake, grill, and roast — all in one gadget. Air fryers cook with 85% less oil without compromising taste. The nonstick frying pan insert is dishwasher safe and makes cleaning up easy.

44. These Noise-Cancelling Headphones That Are Wireless

These noise-cancelling headphones are a gift that everyone will love. They’re wireless, lightweight, and have plush ear pillows that feel so comfortable. They connect to Bluetooth and allow you to take calls and control your music with the simple push of a few buttons.

45. This Tumbler With More Than 30K Reviews

There’s a reason this YETI tumbler has more than 34,000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating. It holds 30 ounces of hot or cold beverages and is vacuum-sealed to keep it at the temperature you want for hours. It’s BPA-free and you can even toss it in the dishwasher. Plus it’s made of stainless steel and has a Duracoat that keeps it from cracking, peeling, or fading. It’s available in 21 colors.

46. A Hand Blender For Making Drinks, Sauces & Dips

This hand blender has a detachable shaft and can be used to effortlessly whisk, blend, or froth a variety of drinks, soups, and dips. It’s made of stainless steel and is compact enough to fit inside of glasses, bowls, pots, and even beakers. It has eight variable speeds and a non-slip grip that makes it easy to hold.

47. A Precise Cutting Board For Perfect Cuts

Know someone who loves a perfectly crafted dinner plate? This cutting board is for them. It has a bunch of grids that allow chefs to cut at precise angles. It also has guidelines for a medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne, and fine julienne. It’s made of solid bamboo, which is durable, easy to clean, and environmentally-sustainable.

48. A Tea Tumbler For On-The-Go Tea Time

This tea tumbler has an infuser and double glass walls so you can make your perfect drink. It’s perfect for hot tea, iced drinks, fruit-infused water, or cold brew coffee. It holds 13 ounces and is completely leakproof. The parts are made of stainless steel and it comes with a travel sleeve so you can take it on the go.

49. This Cast Iron Griddle That's Reversible

This pre-seasoned cast iron griddle has more than 8,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. It’s double-sided with a flat, smooth griddle on one side and a grill on the other. It has two handles that make it easy to transfer from one place to another. It fits over two stove burners or can be used in the oven.

50. A Large Truck Organizer That Straps In

This genius trunk organizer has two straps that secure the organizer in place so it doesn't slide around while you drive. It's 23 inches long, 17 inches wide, just less than 11 inches high, but it's collapsible and designed to fit into smaller spaces as well (think : a front passenger seat for instance). The sides are sturdy and it features several different sized compartments.

51. A Tech Lovers' Dream Charging Station

Everyone will love this USB charging station. It has five ports and comes with three lightning cables, two micro USBs and one USB C. You can charge up to six devices at once and keep them all organized in the removable dividers. Just adjust the dividers to fit your devices.

52. The Rechargeable Lamp With Moon Vibes

This moon lamp is as cool as it gets — plus it boasts nearly 6,000 reviews and comes in three sizes. This rechargeable lamp comes with a stand and shows the actual moon's surface, thanks to 3D technology. It takes two to three hours to charge and will stay lit for up to 10 hours.

53. The Hair Towel That Dries Your Hair 10 Times Faster

These quick-absorbing hair towels are perfect for drying your hair without having to balance a heavy towel on your head. These smaller towels are designed to tie into a turban on your head as you step out of the shower. The microfiber material is super soft and dries your hair 10 times faster than an ordinary towel, according to the manufacturer. It’s available in packs of two in 10 colors.

54. The Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit

Grow your own bonsai tree at home with this tree seed starter kit. It comes with four of each: mini bonsai tree seeds, soil potting mix pods, pots or grow bags, and plant markers, as well as a bonsai tool, instructions, and a link to a how-to video. Everything comes packaged in a beautiful, wooden box and this kit is perfect for beginners or plant lovers.

55. This NYT Bestselling Cookbook For The Unfussy Host

This is the cookbook for the host who likes to keep things simple. Nothing Fancy is a New York Times Bestselling cookbook with recipes that taste delicious but are easy on the host. It includes delicious meals like smashed eggs and fancy fish on crackers or a sour cherry sesame galette.

56. An Indoor S'mores Maker

No fire, no problem — enjoy some delicious s’mores with this genius s’more maker. It’s perfect for making inside in your oven or toaster oven. This genius pan holds six s’mores at a time in individual baskets so there’s less mess and more deliciousness. It cleans easily with soap and a non-abrasive sponge.

57. A Beautiful Clay Mug That Keeps You Warm

Stay toasty this winter with this beautiful clay mug that is designed to keep your hands warm. It has a small opening on the side where you can slide your hand in to hold the mug while warming your fingers. It’s made of lead-free clay and holds 14 ounces. It’s available in left and right-handed mugs and 16 colors.

58. A Set Of Reusable Cotton Rounds That You Can Machine Wash

Be kinder to the planet with these reusable makeup remover pads. Replace those single-use paper rounds for these 100% organic bamboo cotton pads that you can wash in the washing machine. This pack comes with 20 rounds and a small cotton laundry bag for washing. Use them to remove makeup or apply toner.

59. This Insulated Water Bottle That Reminds You To Drink Water

For anyone struggling to drink enough water every day, this 32-ounce insulated water bottle has time markers on the side to remind you to consistently drink water throughout the day. This lightweight bottle is made with BPA-free plastic, and has won over thousands of Amazon reviewers.

60. An 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set That's Less Than $20

This affordable brush set is a great stocking stuffer for any makeup lover on your list. This set includes 18 pieces with everything you need for seamless application.The brushes are made of dense yet soft nylon bristles and sturdy wooden handles. And, at less than $20, they are a total steal.

61. A Vanity Mirror With Dimmable LED Lights

This vanity mirror can do it all. It has 36 LED lights and multiple magnification mirrors. You can even dim the lights to your desired brightness. It’s powered by either batteries or a USB charging cable, so you can use it wherever you need it. Plus it rotates 180-degrees so you can see yourself from every angle.

62. This Phone Lens Kit That Will Up Your Instagram Game

Take incredible photos on your smartphone with this phone lens kit. It comes with 11 lenses, including a wide-angle lens, macro lens, micro lens, even a Kaleidoscope lens. It also comes with a lens clip that is compatible with nearly any smartphone or tablet as well as a case to hold everything.

63. A Jewelry Box That Holds 100+ Pairs Of Earrings

If you’re tired of searching for that missing earring, this jewelry storage box is for you. It’s transparent so you can see all of your jewelry at once and has three drawer panels that hold more than 100 pairs of earrings and necklaces. It’s designed to keep dust away and help you stay organized.

64. These Eye Shadow Palettes That Come With 60 Colors

Add a little color to your life with this 60 color eye shadow palette. There are four color boards that feature metallic, glitter, diamond, matte, shimmer, satin, and natural shades. They’re easy to blend and can be applied wet or dry.

65. A Travel Backpack That Protects Your Valuables

This anti-theft backpack is perfect for traveling and keeping your valuables safe. It has several pockets, including a narrow front compartment, side button pocket, laptop sleeve, and a secret zipper and pocket. It even has a USB charging port. It’s comfortable, too, with a padded EVA back and comfortable handle. It even has a luggage strap.

66. The Compression Packing Cubes For Easy Packing

Keep your clothes organized with these compression packing cubes. This six-piece set includes two large compression cubes, two small ones, a slim tube, and a laundry or shoe bag. Fill the cubes and zip them shut, compressing the air out of the back as you close them. Then you’re ready lay flat in your luggage, where they'll take up less space.

67. This Hair Dryer Brush That Dries & Straightens

For a super efficient morning routine, this hair dryer and brush combination will straighten and dry your hair simultaneously. The ionic technology is designed to reduce frizz and keep your hair from smooth and shiny. With 40,000 Amazon reviews and counting, this cult-favorite hair tool would be a great gift for any beauty lover in your life.

68. This Elegant Tea Kettle With a Stay-Cool Handle

This adorable teapot is the perfect gift for almost any occasion. It has a 2.64-quart capacity and it whistles to let you know when the water is ready. The kettle is made of coated stainless steel and works with most stovetops (even induction). The stay-cool handle also makes it easy to maneuver without getting burned.

69. A Gym Bag That Has A Pocket For Wet Clothes

Give your workout bud an even more practical sports bag this holiday season. This duffel bag has a compartment for shoes and for wet clothes, so you can keep them away from the clean ones. It can hold a water bottle in one of the two slip-in mesh pockets. It’s made of water-resistant material and comes in seven colors.

70. This Sleek Drawer Set That Holds All Your Coffee Pods

Give the gift of having the right blend at your fingertips with this coffee pod drawer. Built with three separate drawers in one convenient stand, it can house up to 36 coffee pods in total. It’s made of sturdy material with rubber grips on the bottom so you can put your pod coffeemaker right on top.

71. A Slim Caddy That Holds 120 Teabags

This simple bag organizer can bring order to your tea routine. The double-sided caddy holds up to 120 teabags, with the help of six removable compartments that are dishwasher safe. Best of all, the slim design means it will hardly take up any space.

72. The Compact Facial Hair Remover That Fits In A Purse

This painless hair remover has more than 52,000 reviews and makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It effortlessly removes hair from your face without any pain, getting rid of peach fuzz on your lip, chin, and cheeks. Plus, it’s discrete and looks like a tube of lipstick, so you can slip it right into your bag or purse. It’s battery-powered and plated in 18K rose gold, but also comes in colors like lavender and coral.

73. This Eye Shadow Primer That Combats Oil

This eye shadow primer keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. The transparent base goes on transparent and dries quickly — you’ll forget it’s even there. It’s cruelty-free and paraben-free. And don’t worry if you have oily skin, this formula is designed with you in mind to combat oiliness and balance skin tone. We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.