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20+ Gifts for Board Game Lovers Under $30

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Looking for unique gifts for board gamer lovers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Board Game Gifts Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Ultimate Gift Guide for the Board Game Lover

This Holiday Board Game Gifts Guide was thoughtfully put together by Meg on the MoneySavingMom team — who is a lifelong strategy board game player and is always on the hunt for the latest and greatest board games.

Are you looking for gifts for board game lovers this Christmas? Check out this list of unique board game gifts for all types of gamers that are sure to be a hit! And the best part about giving a board game is that it’s a gift that provides years of entertainment!

Note: Most of these games are usually less than $30, but prices do fluctuate quite a bit on board games. If one is slightly over $30, be sure to check the price history on and wait for a better price — especially with Black Friday and holiday sales right around the corner! If it’s on this list, then it’s usually under $30!

Castles of Burgundy Game

Strategy Board Game Gifts

1. Castles of Burgundy — This game is like Catan on steroids, and it’s my all-time favorite strategy game. It has multiple levels and layers of strategy, and every single game plays completely differently. This is a great gift idea for an experienced strategy board gamer.

Board Game Gifts: Pandemic Game

2. Pandemic — This cooperative game is so unique and one of my favorite games to play with friends! I often find that it appeals to people who are typically “non-gamers” for some reason! It’s really unique because of the co-op factor.

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Carcassonne Game

3. Carcassonne — This is a fun little tile placing game that has quick game play. You can usually play an entire game in about 30 minutes. This is one of my favorite games to play as a two-player game, and it travels well since the game pieces are simple.

7 Wonders Game

4. Seven Wonders — This is probably my second favorite strategy game. Again, it has multiple layers of strategy and every game plays completely differently. There are two things I love about this game that differ from most complex strategy games: It has really quick play time (30-45 minutes max) and it can be played with up to 7 players. (Most complex strategy games only support up to 4 players.)

Board Game Gifts: Splendor Game

5. Splendor — This is another really fun and quick strategy game that plays in under 30 minutes. This is my go-to game on a night when I’m really craving a good strategy board game but don’t have time to invest in an hour or two of game play before bed. I now have the expansions and absolutely love it. I’ve played it over and over again, and it never gets old.

Othello Game

6. Othello — “A minute to learn…a lifetime to master!” The tagline describes it perfectly. It takes just a second to teach someone the basic premise of this game, but there’s a lot more to this game than meets the eye. If you know someone who loves strategy games like Chess where you need to be thinking rounds ahead of time, this is perfect for them. I love this quick two-player strategy game! And you could probably get kids to love this one, too!

Board Game Gifts: Azul Game

7. Azul — This is a game I picked up last year on a whim during a Black Friday sale after reading some of the reviews, and it’s turned out to be loads of fun! This is another one that “non-gaming people” still tend to really love. The tiles are beautiful and it’s a unique game — unlike anything else I have in my game closet. It’s also one that older kids could pick up on pretty easily.

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Spy Alley Game

8. Spy Alley — Oh my goodness, the fun memories I have of this unique game! I used to play this game with a group of gaming friends each week, and it was SO much fun!! It’s sort of like Clue but with an international espionage twist.

Labyrinth Game

9. Labyrinth — This is a great strategy game to play with kids or as a family. It’s super simple to learn and involves pretty basic strategy. It’s a fun one, though! I like it when I’m more in the mood for a lighthearted strategy game.

Tsuro Game

10. Tsuro — This is another great strategy game to play with kids or as a family! It’s SO much fun, really easy to learn, and a quick game play! You can also play with up to 8 players, which is SUPER fun! The more players, the more challenging this game becomes.

Board Game Gifts: Photosynthesis

11. Photosynthesis — Okay, I’ll admit I’ve never played this game. But it’s one that has been on my list to buy for a really long time. It gets amazing reviews and I’ve heard it’s pretty easy for kids to learn to play, too. I love it for the really unique game concept, and I can’t wait to play this one some day soon!

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Santorini Game

12. Santorini — This game, based on Greek mythology, plays sort of like 3-dimensional checkers. It’s a really fun and quick strategy game to play with two players! Great for kids, too!

Balderdash Game

Party Board Games

13. Balderdash — This is one of my favorite party games! It requires so much creativity and I love seeing the unique ideas people come up with! If you’re looking for a unique party game that requires quite a bit of original thought and creativity, this is a great option!! This game plays best with about 5-6 players.

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Ultimate Werewolf

14. Ultimate Werewolf — This is a super fun game to play in a crowd, and you can play with up to 10 people! The more, the merrier! Everyone is given a specific role with eyes closed, and everyone has to bluff and figure out who is who. It’s SO fun. This is one of my go-to games when a lot of people are gathered together to hang out.

Board Game Gifts: Dixit Board Game

15. Dixit — If I had to pick the most beautiful board game on the market, this would be it. The artwork in this game is just stunning, and the game play requires a lot of imagination. I always love playing this with people, because it’s so interesting to get a peek into different people’s personalities and how they view the world. It’s super easy game play, can be played with up to 6 players, and is another one that’s great for “non-gaming people.”

Farkle Dice Game

16. Farkle — This is another fun one that can pretty much be player with as many people as you have. If you have more than 10 people, you can play in teams! It’s kind of like Yahtzee with a twist (but WAY more fun).

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Catan Card Game

Stocking Stuffers for Game Lovers

17. Catan Card Game — This card game is perfect for Catan lovers, because unlike regular Catan, it can be played as a two-player game!

Dutch Blitz Card Game

18. Dutch Blitz — This is SUCH a fun card game! It’s fast-paced, competitive, and sure to get just about anyone who loves games hooked immediately. Our family has been playing this for over a decade, and we play it any time we meet up!

Collapsible Board Game Pieces

19. Collapsible Board Game Bowls — I would LOVE to receive this unique gift for board game lovers! I can’t tell you how often I pull little bowls out of the kitchen cabinet to use for game pieces when playing complex strategy games! These would be so convenient to have, and they’re easy to store since they’re collapsible!

Bananagrams Game

20. Bananagrams — Know someone who loves Scrabble? This is a fun, fast-paced twist! And it travels well. I take this on a lot of vacations to play with friends and family!

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these gifts for board game lovers:

Charterstone Game

21. Charterstone — This is the ultimate legacy board game — perfect for a longtime strategy game player who wants something different and unique. Once you enter the world of legacy games, you can’t ever go back. Legacy games are played with the same group of people over several rounds, and the game board and rules change as you play. This game is amazingly creative, innovative, and fun. I can’t sing the praises of it enough. It’s probably my favorite board game I have ever played. Ever.

Board Game Gifts: Pandemic Legacy

22. Pandemic Legacy — After playing Charterstone, I went on the search for more legacy games. And this one is another GREAT legacy game. If you love classic Pandemic, you’ll love this even more. It adds so many twists of fun and strategy!

Gifts for Board Game Lovers: Catan Game

23. Catan — No board game list could ever be complete without the classic Catan. If you know someone who is just getting intro strategy games, this is a go-to gift! If you know someone who already plays Catan frequently, I highly recommend the Cities & Knights expansion — which completely changes the game play and adds multiple additional levels of strategy. It’s my favorite way to play Catan these days!

Small World Strategy Board Game

24. Small World — This game comes from the brilliant Days of Wonder game creators and plays sort of like Risk, but involves less chance/luck and more strategy. It’s also confined to 10 rounds so that it doesn’t take a lifetime to play. 😉 Pretty much every game player I’ve ever introduced this game to fell in love with it after one round. And the artwork is super fun with all the different fantasy races (elves, orcs, dwarves, halflings, etc.).

Ticket to Ride Game

25. Ticket to Ride — While I do like this Days of Wonder game, I much prefer the Europe version for added layers of strategy. But for someone just getting started with strategy games, this is a wonderful board game to start with! I’ve gotten many people hooked on strategy games by starting them out with this one. This is also a really great game to play as a family!

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10+ Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $30

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Looking for the best eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas this season? We have you covered with this Eco-Friendly Gifts Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

This Eco-Friendly Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Meg on the MoneySavingMom team — who is very passionate about making healthy and eco-conscious life choices.

Do you know somebody who is striving to live an eco-conscious, lower impact life by choosing more sustainable products in their everyday life? Check out this list of fun eco-friendly gift ideas that are sure to excite that person in your life!

eco-friendly Christmas gifts: Essential Oils Diffuser

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

1. Essential Oils Diffuser — A diffuser is a great gift idea for someone wanting to replace candles with essential oils to avoid polluting the air in their home. There are lots of great diffusers less than $30 on Amazon that come in all shapes and sizes!

eco-friendly gift ideas: Beeswax Food Wraps

2. Beeswax Food Wraps — One of the easiest ways to reduce plastic use is to stop using plastic baggies for food storage and transportaion. These Beeswax Food Wraps are the perfect replacement solution, and you can get them in all kinds of really fun designs!

Bamboo Toothbrushes

3. Bamboo Toothbrush — Bamboo is compostable and biodegradable, so it’s a great option to replace plastic toothbrushes! I personally love the ones with activated charcoal for an added whitening effect!

best eco-friendly gifts: Stainless Steel Straws

4. Stainless Steel Straws — For someone who loves using straws at home, a stainless steel straw is an excellent option to help reduce plastic use. Straws are one of the biggest plastic pollutants, and it’s such an easy replacement! I use these inexpensive straws in my YETI every day and love them.

Reusable Produce Bags

5. Reusable Produce Bags — These mesh produce bags are a great way to reduce plastic bag use when you’re at the grocery store. I have this set and love them! And they’re easily washable.

eco-friendly gift ideas: Ella + Mila Nail Polish

6. Ella+Mila or Zoya Nail Polish — If you know someone who loves doing her nails, this is a great eco-friendly gift idea! Zoya Nail Polish is 10-free and Ella+Mila is 7-free. These are two of my all-time favorite nail polish brands, because not only are they more eco-friendly than other brands but they’re also quality polishes that go on nice and opaque and have beautiful finishes to them.

Starbucks Reusable Cup

7. Starbucks Reusable Cup with Gift Card — Do you know someone who frequents Starbucks? Consider buying them a Reusable Starbucks Cup! It saves on plastic and also gives them a $0.10 discount each time they use it. Stick a Starbucks gift card inside for a nice little surprise!

eco-friendly Christmas gifts: Mason Jar Lids and Straws

8. Mason Jar Lids and Straws — This is such a fun, eco-friendly way to hydrate! Gift someone this set and they can just re-use mason jars that they already own. This works great for on-the-go hydration — perfect for water, infused fruit drinks, lemonade, teas, and more!

Lush Gift Set

9. Lush Body Care Products — Lush has worked really hard to almost completely eliminate plastic use in their packaging products. Many of their products are “naked” without packaging and the rest are made from recycled and recyclable/compostable materials. To encourage recycling even further, you’ll receive a free face mask when you bring in 5 empty Lush pots. They have tons of beautiful gift ideas, including luxurious bath bombs and yummy lotions. (This Sleepy Lotion is my FAVE.)

best eco-friendly gifts: Reusable Grocery Bags

10. Reusable Grocery Bags — This is an idea that’s been around for a long time now and has become more mainstream, but it can be fun to give cute and different reusable grocery bags as a gift! Amazon has lots of fun options! Maybe even add a gift card to a whole foods grocery store!

Organic Cotton Socks

11. Organic Cotton Socks — For someone who loves socks, organic cotton is a great sustainable option, because it doesn’t use any chemical pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Plus, they’re extra cozy!

eco-friendly Christmas gifts: Tarte Rainforest of the Seao

12. Tarte Cosmetics — All of Tarte’s products are made without harmful parabens, mineral oil, or sulfates. They also have an entire line called Rainforest of the Sea that are made from entirely plant-based ingredients. Be sure to check out their sale section for lots of options under $30.


13. Succulents — Plants are a go-to gift idea for someone who is interested in a sustainable lifestyle. And succulents are so much fun and easy to take care of!

eco-friendly gift ideas: Zero Waste Home Book

14. Zero Waste Home Book — For someone interested in reducing waste and lowering their environmental impact, this book would be a great gift! It’s full of all kinds of easy and creative ideas.

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these bonus recommendations for eco-friendly Christmas gifts:

YETI and Hydro Flask

15. YETI or Hydro Flask — This is another easy way to hydrate in a plastic-free way! I love my YETI and Hydro Flask and use both almost every day for different uses (YETI for everyday water drinking and Hydro Flask for yoga or working out). Both are quality brands that will last forever and keep water super cold.

best eco-friendly gift ideas: Pela Phone Case

16. Pela Phone Case — These phone cases are really cool because they’re 100% compostable! Choose from lots of different colors and fun designs! I’ve been eyeing these for a while now, but haven’t splurged to buy myself one yet! This is a really unique gift idea for the eco-conscious person on your gift list!

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15+ Christmas Gifts for Expecting Mothers Under $30

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Looking for the best Christmas gifts for expecting mothers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Expecting Mothers Gift Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Gifts for Expecting Mothers

I had so much fun putting together this Expecting Mothers’ Gift Guide! In addition to thinking of things I have found to be helpful and fun to have in pregnancy, I also asked my followers on Instagram Stories to share their best suggestions.

Please note: I decided to stick with items that were specifically for moms, not something they would use for their baby. Sometimes I think we can more easily gravitate toward buying baby gifts for moms to be instead of buying her something to pamper her, help her enjoy the pregnancy more, or make her life easier or better.

pregnancy tracker gifts for expecting mothers

Christmas Gifts for Expecting Mothers

1. Pregnancy and Baby Milestone Tracker — If the mama to be you’re buying for is the type that would want to take weekly photos to document her pregnancy, this would be the perfect backdrop. I’ve seen multiple people use this on Instagram and they usually mark off the weeks with a Sharpie. If you got creative and figured out a reusable way to mark the weeks off, you could also re-use this for baby photos.

pregnancy journal gift ideas for expecting mothers

2. Pregnancy Journal — A memorable way to capture all the details of your pregnancy so your child can read it one day. (Or, just so you don’t forget!) There are many different journals available, but this one has really good reviews and ratings.

sonogram photo frame best gifts for expecting mothers

3. Sonogram Keepsake Photoframe — We were gifted a sonogram photo frame and it’s one of my favorite things. This is also a cool way to display your baby’s growth and development!

mama bear shirt gifts for expecting mothers

4. Cute Tee or Sweatshirt — For the newer pregnant mama, here’s a cute non-maternity sweatshirt (I got this recently and love it!) Here are a few maternity tees and sweatshirts I saw that were very reasonably priced: Snowman tee, Floral Mama/Baby, Tacos for Two, and Pregnancy Countdown Tee.

exercise ball

5. Exercise Ball — I cannot sing the praises of exercise balls enough. If you have back pain or hip pain in pregnancy, this will provide incredible relief if you sit on it for at least an hour or two each day (I usually sit on it while working at my computer for part of the day). I also usually use a ball during labor and even used it last birth during delivery!

cozy slippers

6. Slippers — This is a great gift for moms to be to wear around the house in the last few months when their feet might be swollen and for those first few days after delivery when you just want to hang out in the comfiest clothes. Also, these might be great to bring with you to the hospital for the delivery.

cozy pajamas best gifts for expecting mothers

7. Comfy Pajamas — PJs are often not something that most moms will spend money on because they can seem extravagant when you can just wear a t-shirt and sweatpants. But there’s nothing quite like a new pair of pajamas to make you feel so pampered. I think this Pajama Set looks especially cozy and it has great reviews.

living proof dry shampoo

8. Living Proof Dry Shampoo — I love this dry shampoo so much and it is perfect on those days when you just don’t have the energy or time to wash your hair. I actually put it in the roots of my hair before bed every night and then put my hair up in a really high ponytail with a scrunchie. This allows me to only wash my hair once a week and to be able to fix my hair in just a few minutes every day.

water bottles Christmas gifts for expecting mothers

9. A Good Water Bottle — Expecting mamas need to drink a lot of liquid! A fun water bottle or cup can make water-drinking a lot more fun and easy to do!

practical help for expecting mothers

10. Practical Help — One way to bless a pregnant mom is to give her a coupon she can redeem for some kind of practical help — such as bringing over a hot dinner or that you’ll do their laundry one week or clean their house. You could also make some frozen dinners, lunch items, healthy snacks, or breakfast items.

mama to be necklace gift idea

Stocking Stuffers for Expecting Mothers

11. Jewelry — There are a lot of really beautiful jewelry pieces for moms to be such as bracelets and necklaces. Or, you could just give her some pretty earrings or a necklace that she’ll love.

lavender foot soak

12. Foot Soak — A pregnant mama’s feet can get so tired and swollen, especially near the end of pregnancy. Foot soak can be so soothing and also reviving.

Burt's Bees Care Package gifts for expecting mothers

13. Hand Repair Kit — My hands have been so much more dry since getting pregnant, so I think something like this Hand Repair Kit from Burt’s Bees would be a great stocking stuffer for expecting moms.

pregnancy socks

14. Cute Socks — Socks are always a great gift! I thought these were especially fun if the mama is planning a natural birth!

pregnancy tea

15. Pregnancy Tea (or other non-caffeinated tea that is safe for pregnancy) — There are so many different teas out there that are formulated for pregnancy! (Note: I always recommend that you do your research before drinking and talk to your doctor if you’re not sure. Also, some teas should only be consumed in the third trimester.)

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these bonus Christmas gifts for expecting mothers:

Motherhood Maternity gift card

16. Gift Card to a Maternity Store — My parents gave me a gift card to Motherhood Maternity for my birthday and it was such a great gift!

spa treatment gifts for expecting mothers

17. Pedicure or Massage Gift Card — What mama to be wouldn’t love a pedicure or massage? (Note: If you’re giving a gift card for a massage, make sure that the place offers prenatal massages as not all places always do.)

Instacart Delivery for expecting mothers

18. Annual Subscription for Grocery Delivery — Someone on Instagram recommended this and I thought it was a brilliant idea! This way, you can order groceries from home and have them delivered! You could also pay for a monthly or quarterly house-cleaning service.

Salads for expecting mothers

19. Restaurant Gift Cards — So many people on Instagram suggested this one. Find out what the pregnant mom’s favorite restaurants are (bonus points if they offer takeout/delivery!) and buy her some gift cards so she doesn’t have to worry about some meals in upcoming months!

Preggie Pops for gift basket for mothers

20. Pampering Pregnancy or Postpartum Gift Basket (depending on when the mom to be’s due date is) — Early Pregnancy Gift Basket Ideas: Preggi Pops/Drops, Crackers, Ginger Ale, Lotion, Belly Butter, Restaurant Gift Cards, a Good Book, etc. Late Pregnancy Gift Basket Ideas: Nursing Tea, Snacks for Late Night Feedings, Under Eye Cream, Dry Shampoo, Cute Hair Scrunchies, Dark Chocolate, etc.

Looking for more ideas? Check out this list of Best Gifts for New Moms.

More Holiday Gift Guides

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Stay tuned as we roll out the rest of our gift guides this week — put together by several different team members!

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Can you think of any other great Christmas gifts for expecting mothers? I’d love to hear in the comments!

20+ Outdoor Gifts for Adventurers Under $30

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Looking for unique outdoor gift ideas for adventurers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Outdoor Gifts Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Outdoor Gifts Guide

This Outdoor Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Meg on the MoneySavingMom team, who hits the trail every chance she gets and has a goal to hike all the U.S. National Parks. When she’s not backpacking, hiking, or camping, she’s daydreaming about it and planning her next outdoor adventure.

Do you know someone who loves being outdoors? Buying gifts for outdoor adventurers can be challenging, because they typically like to pick their own gear and outdoor equipment is expensive!

But there are still lots of great ideas for outdoorsy people that don’t have to break the budget! Check out this list of outdoor gifts under $30 that are sure to excite the adventurer in your life!

Sawyer Mini Outdoor Gift Idea

Best Outdoor Gift Ideas

1. Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System — If you know someone who’s interested in getting into backpacking, they’ll definitely need a water filtration device. And you can’t go wrong with this most popular water filtration system! The Sawyer is a go-to for backpackers, and the newest MINI version is even more lightweight than the original (perfect for utralighters) and filters water even more quickly.

Sea to Summit Lightweight Coffee Mug

2. Sea to Summit Mug — This lightweight coffee mug is perfect for someone hitting the trail on a regular basis. It won’t weigh a pack down, yet keeps coffee and tea nice and warm — a must when backpacking in cooler weather!

YETI Coffee Mug Outdoor Gift

3. YETI Rambler Coffee Mug — If you know someone who is more of a camper than a backpacker, you can opt for a nicer and more insulated coffee mug since weight doesn’t matter as much. I have one of these YETI mugs that I use when I’m just camping, and it keeps my coffee hot for hours. I highly recommend it!

Smartwool Socks

4. Smartwool Socks — This brand of socks are the BEST hiking socks on the market, in my opinion. Yes, they’re a bit on the pricey side for a pair of socks. But these moisture-wicking, thermo-regulating socks will keep your feet warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. Not to mention they have just the right amount of cushioning to protect your feet with any type of hiking shoe. I’ve been using a pair of these comfy socks for over 3 years now, and they’re still going strong after multiple, multiple washes. Choose from many different fun designs for men or women.


5. Nalgene Bottles — You really can’t go wrong with a Nalgene. They’re perfect for just about any type of outdoorsy person. They’re virtually indestructible, completely leakproof, decently lightweight, and can be used for camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more. REI recently released a line of Co-Op bottles that are SO fun! I may have grabbed a few extras because I loved the designs so much!

Solar Phone Charger Outdoor Gift Idea

6. Solar Phone Charger — If you’re on a long multi-day hike, it can be really nice to use your phone for photos, videos, and navigational GPS apps. But most phones don’t hold a charge longer than a few days, even in airplane mode. Top notch solar chargers are on the more expensive side, but this one is a really nice budget-friendly option that’s lightweight enough for backpackers and gets overall good reviews. This is a really unique outdoor gift idea that most people don’t splurge on for themselves when they’re saving up to buy gear. (In fact, I still don’t have one!).

Solar Camping Lantern

7. Inflatable Solar Lantern — This little lightweight, inflatable solar lantern is a must! It’s perfect for regular camping, but it’s actually lightweight enough that it could even be used as a luxury backpacking item if someone really wants extra light when they get to camp. (Sometimes this can be nice if you’re hiking during the shorter winter months, since you typically get to camp much earlier. It gives you some nice light that doesn’t require batteries, so that you don’t have to hang out with a headlamp on all evening long.)

Headlamp Outdoor Gift

8. Headlamp — While on the subject of lighting, if someone is just starting to get into the outdoors and is collecting gear for camping or backpacking, a headlamp is a must-have piece of equipment. It’s also a great one to give as a gift, because there are many affordable options and people aren’t as picky about this piece of gear as they are other equipment. I have an inexpensive Black Diamond headlamp and love it. I’ve been using it for years.

Wild Lines Calendar 2020

9. Wild Lines Calendar — If you really want to wow an outdoorsy person with a super unique gift, grab this Wild Lines 2020 Calendar. Each month has a hand-drawn image by artist Jeremy Collins — who creates incredibly inspiring outdoor-themed artwork. I’ve been following this climber and artist for years, and this calendar is on my list this year, for sure!

Medical Kit Outdoor Gift Idea

10. First Aid Kit — Every outdoorsy person needs a good First Aid Kit. And even if they already happen to have one, it can be helpful to have an extra for refills! I constantly have to refill my First Aid Kit after taking long hiking trips. This one is less than $30 and has everything you need for a 1-4 day hiking trip.

Leatherman Multitool

11. Multitool — Every backpacker needs a multitool! I recommend this Leatherman because of how lightweight and affordable it is. I’ve been using this one for years and it’s been perfect for everything I need it for.

Backpacker Magazine Outdoor Gift

12. Backpacker Magazine Subscription — This magazine subscription is my favorite!! If you know a backpacker or hiker in your life, I highly recommend this as a really unique gift idea that keeps on giving all year long! (Be sure to use code MONEYSAVING at checkout to get an extra 20% off!)

North Face Beanie Outdoor Gift Ideas

13. Beanie — Anyone who loves being outside can use a good beanie to keep warm during cooler months! The North Face, REI, Arc’teryx, and SmartWool all make really great beanies for outdoor activities.

Touchscreen Hiking Gloves

14. Touchscreen Gloves — If an outdoorsy person uses their phone for navigating or taking photos when it’s cold, touchscreen gloves can be really useful. I have this Trailheads pair and love them for camping or hiking during the colder months!

Wanderer Bracelet Outdoor Gifts

15. Wanderer Bracelet — This is another really unique gift idea for any adventurer in your life who loves to travel. I recommend the coordinates bracelet for the outdoor traveler! You can get the coordinates of one of their favorite places to adventure or you can even get the coordinates of a place that feels like home to them when they’re ready to settle back in after being away.

Waterproof Outdoor Journal

16. Waterproof Journal — These little Rite in the Rain All-Weather Journals are perfect for the outdoors! I’m a big writer and journaler, so I always love having one of these waterproof journals with me when I’m in the outdoors.

Wild Slice Sticker for Outdoor Gifts

17. Wild Slice Stickers — I am obsessed with these Wild Slice Stickers and they’re so affordable! I have them all over my car, laptop, Hydro Flask, YETI, Nalgenes, and more. They are so unique and capture so much of what I love most about the outdoors! They have something for every type of outdoorsy person and this is a unique outdoor gift idea sure to wow the adventurer in your life. My favorite is the Hiker Girl, but there are so many great options. (They also have some new tees with the some of the designs, which I’m loving!)

Scratch-Off Travel Map

18. Scratch-Off Map — These maps are so much fun to keep track of places traveled! I have the U.S. National Parks map and love scratching it off each time I mark another park off my list.

REI Gift Card

Stocking Stuffers for Outdoor Enthusiasts

19. REI Gift Card — You can’t go wrong with an REI gift card. There’s probably no better gift for an outdoors person! If you’re unsure what to get the adventurer in your life, just slip one of these into their stocking and they’re sure to be thrilled!

Nuum Hydration Tabs Outdoor Gifts

20. Nuum Hydration Tabs — These little hydration tabs are lifesavers when you’re on a strenuous hike or don’t have as frequent access to water as you’d like. I always keep these on hand, and they’re a great stocking stuffer idea for a backpacker or even outdoor sports enthusiast of any kind.

Hot Hands Hand Warmers for Outdoors

21. Hand Warmers — These are such a cozy luxury when camping! They have them for your feet, too.

Paracord Outdoor Gift Ideas

22. Paracord — This is a really versatile tool for all outdoorsy people. The possibilities and uses are endless, and I always love having some paracord on hand when I’m outside.

Wilderness Wash

23. Travel Size Wilderness Wash — This stuff is amazing and can be used as shampoo, body wash, hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, and more. It’s super concentrated, so a little goes a really long way. It’s biodegradable and a really great eco-friendly soap for Leave No Trace principles.

Spork Outdoor Gifts

24. Spork — Every outdoorsy person needs a spork to enjoy their favorite meal while they’re getting outside! I love Sporks because they’re versatile and lightweight.


25. Moleskin — This stuff is a lifesaver when you get a blister in the backcountry! A hiker can never have too much moleskin on hand as backup. It will always get used.

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20+ LEGO Gifts Under $30

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Looking for unique LEGO gifts or LEGO stocking stuffers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Gift Guide for LEGO Lovers — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget! {And be sure to follow along as we post the hottest LEGO deals each day throughout the season!}

The Best LEGO Gift Ideas Under $30

This Holiday LEGO Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Jordan on the MoneySavingMom team — an expert in all things LEGO and a longtime LEGO aficionado. Even as an adult, he still enjoys putting together giant LEGO Sets with thousands of pieces.

Do you have a LEGO lover in your life? Sometimes finding the perfect set to give as a gift can be difficult. Check out this list of LEGO gifts for some ideas!

LEGO Gifts: Classic Creative Box

LEGO Gifts for Kids

1. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box — The LEGO classic sets are great starter kits for any kid just developing a love for LEGOS! This set comes with a wide array of different pieces to allow for infinite amounts of building and rebuilding — letting your child explore what they can create! For something more portable, try this smaller set that comes with a carrying case.

LEGO Green Base Plate Stocking Stuffer

2. LEGO Baseplates — The classic green base plate is a staple for any LEGO lover. It provides a stable foundation for their imagination to build on. If you want to go for a twist on the original base plate, you can always check out the traditional blue baseplate (which pairs great with nautical themed LEGO sets) or the curve and crossroad or straight and t-junction plates that pair well with LEGO City sets.

LEGO Gifts: DUPLO All-In-One Box

3. LEGO DUPLO All-in-One-Box-of-Fun — LEGO DUPLO bricks are perfect for young children, because these blocks are larger and don’t present as much of a choking hazard. They also help young children develop fine motor skills, while teaching them basic STEM concepts like pattern recognition, simple mathematics, and spatial awareness.

LEGO DUPLO Toy Story Set

4. LEGO DUPLO Toy Story Train — Kids who love Toy Story will be all about playing with this train and seeing what kind of adventures they can get into with Woody and Buzz!

LEGO City Diving Yacht

5. LEGO City Diving Yacht — I remember having a set just like this as a kid. It’s great because it doubles as a bath toy! As I got older and started to disassemble and reassemble the pieces in fun new ways, the hull of the boat became a great base for an intergalactic starship. (I may need to go dig through my mom’s attic and find this one! ;))

LEGO Creator Shuttle Transporter

6. LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Shuttle Transporter — I loved all things space as a kid (and still do!). Sets like this one were great because they let me imagine flying into the night sky and exploring the stars. If you have a kid who loves space, be sure to also check out the Mars Rover or the Satellite Service Mission. (This retro Benny’s Space Squad from The LEGO Movie 2 is also super cool because it brings back the nostalgia of older LEGO sets.)

LEGO Gifts: Creator 3-in-1 Deep Sea Creatures

7. LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Deep Sea Creatures — The LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets are great because they help teach kids to look at new ways of assembling the pieces to create something entirely new! This can help develop their imagination and allow them to combine all sorts of sets to build anything they can think of! It’s also sort of like getting three sets for the price on one. If sea creatures aren’t up your kids alley, check out the Mighty Dinosaur, the Underwater Robot, or the Futuristic Flyer.

LEGO Friends Turtle Rescue Mission

8. LEGO Friends Turtle Rescue Mission — While I think all LEGO sets are great for boys or girls, this specific line often appeals to young girls because of the female minifigures and fun colors. This specific set reminds me of playing with the Littlest Pet Shop toys as a kid. I would have loved to have LEGO sets that included mini-figure animals like this when I was younger! There are several LEGO Friends sets that include animals, such as the Mia’s Horse Trailer and Heartlake Surf Shop.

LEGO Speed Champions Porche

9. LEGO Speed Champions — I loved toy cars as a kid, and the only thing better than a hot wheel was a LEGO car I could build on my own. There are a lot to choose from, but I’d recommend the Mustang or Porsche 911.

LEGO Gifts: Minecraft Polar Igloo

10. LEGO Minecraft Polar Igloo — This is a pretty “cool” set! 😉 It’s got great detail and will appeal to all the young Minecraft fans. If you have a kid who loves Minecraft, you might want to check out all the different Minecraft LEGO sets.

LEGO Star Wars A-Wing

11. LEGO Star Wars A-Wing — Honestly, the Star Wars nerd in me could have filled this entire list with LEGO Star Wars sets. In my opinion these are some of the most detailed and fun sets to assemble. I love how they bring the ships from the movie to life. There are Star Wars sets that span the gamut of all ages and skill levels. A few of the other sets I’d suggest looking at in the Star Wars category are The Empire Strikes Back Snowspeeder, The Phantom Menace Podracer, and The Clone Wars Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter.

LEGO Batmobile

12. LEGO Batmobile — For any kid into superheroes, you can’t pass up grabbing a set like this amazing Batmobile or maybe The Hulkbuster if your kid loves the Avengers!

LEGO City Advent Calendar

13. LEGO Advent Calendars — You can’t go wrong with LEGO Advent Calendars! This is something fun you can do each night in December leading up to Christmas. Each day comes with a mini build to put together. I recommend giving it as an early Christmas gift so they can use it throughout the season. Choose from a few different varieties, but the LEGO Friends and LEGO City calendars are both under $30.

R2-D2 Key Chain

Unique LEGO Gifts for Adults

14. LEGO LED Key Ring Light R2D2 — These key chain LED flashlights are the best and you can get them in all sorts of different figures! I personally have R2-D2 on my keychain to help me when I can’t get my door unlocked in the dark, but you can check out a whole selection of them here.

Unique LEGO Iconic Brick Calendar Gift

15. LEGO Iconic Brick Calendar — This calendar is a great gift for any adult LEGO lover who wants to remember to be a kid at heart! And it still looks clean and put together on a desk.

Unique LEGO Gift Classic Mug Upscaled

16. LEGO Classic Mug Upscaled — If your adult LEGO fan is a coffee or tea drinker, one of these mugs might be perfect. This blue mug is the upscaled version of the mugs the mini-figures hold in LEGO sets. You could also grab them this Minifigure Head Mug or this build on mug that they can decorate themselves.

Blue LEGO Slippers

17. LEGO Slippers — These LEGO slippers would make the perfect gift to keep your LEGO fans feet cozy, warm, and safe from the ever present danger of stepping on one of these tiny pieces of doom!

LEGO Life Magazine Stocking Stuffer

LEGO Stocking Stuffers

18. Free LEGO Life Magazine — This is such a fun (and FREE!) stocking stuffer for kids ages 5-9. And it’s so much fun for kids to get their own mail throughout the year! This magazine comes four times per year. If the first issue doesn’t arrive in time for Christmas, just print off a photo of the magazine cover to roll up and stick in the stocking!

LEGO Minifigure Wallet Stocking Stuffer

19. LEGO Mini-Figure Wallet — This LEGO themed wallet would be a fun stocking stuffer so they can save up to pick out their own LEGO set!

LEGO Disney Minifigures Stocking Stuffers

20. LEGO Mini-Figure — This is a great surprise stocking stuffer because you don’t know which character you’ll get. There are tons to choose from, but this Disney series is especially unique and fun!

LEGO Iconic Snowman Ornament Stocking Stuffer

21. LEGO Iconic Snowman Ornament — This would make a LEGO fan extremely happy to be able to place on the tree year after year and makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

LEGO Store Gift Card Stocking Stuffer Idea

22. LEGO Store Gift Card — Maybe all these options are overwhelming and you just aren’t sure what to get your LEGO lover. Slide a LEGO gift card in their stocking! They’ll love picking out a their own set either in a LEGO Store or online!

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these bonus recommendations:

Unique LEGO Gift Ludo Board Game

23. LEGO Ludo Board Game — This is a unique LEGO gift for the whole family that your LEGO fan can take pride in assembling for a family fun night this winter. It’s a creative way to have some family time and enjoy the hard work that goes into assembling a LEGO set!

LEGO Architecture Paris Skyline

24. LEGO Architecture Sets — This LEGO architecture sets are classic and fun for adults to assemble and display! They can be purchased to remember a trip or maybe as a goal for a place to visit one day. Either way your LEGO fan will love putting together these models. There are several affordable options: Paris Skyline, London Skyline, San Francisco Skyline, or Great Wall of China.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle

25. LEGO Ideas Ship In A Bottle — This is such a unique LEGO gift for older kids or even adults. And it’s rare to find an Expert Building Kit for this low in price. (Most cost hundreds of dollars!)

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils

26. LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils — This one is such a cool LEGO set for a well seasoned builder! Great gift idea for older teen or adult LEGO lovers!

More Holiday Gift Guides

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20 Gifts for Tweens Under $30

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Looking for the best Christmas gifts for tweens this holiday season? We have you covered with this Tweens Gift Guide — which includes gifts for tween girls, gifts for tween boys, and stocking stuffers for tweens that are all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Tweens Gift Guide

Silas and Kaitlynn had a blast helping to choose ideas for this gift guide. I hope that their selections of things they and their friends love will give you some great suggestions for gifts that might work well for your tweens, too! -Crystal

Pre-teens can be kind of difficult to buy for! But this list of gifts for tweens will give you lots of fun and budget-friendly ideas to pick from!

Body Spray Gift for Tween Girls

Gifts for Tween Girls

1. Bath & Body Works Fragrance Spray — My girls love these. They have so many different scents and Bath & Body Works is often offering fantastic deals — especially if you buy multiples. Sign up for their email list to be notified of when their best sales are.

Bath Bombs

2. Bath Bombs — You can make your own or purchase a set like this from Amazon. {These would make a great stocking stuffer gift, too, if you have multiple tween girls to buy gifts for. You could put one or two in cute little bags with a ribbon.}

Scrunchies Gift Idea

3. Scrunchies — You’ve probably heard that scrunchies are back in style and our girls can’t get enough of them! {Again, these would make fun stocking stuffers or get an entire set for the girl who loves to wear lots of different colors! Psst! It’s pretty easy to sew scrunchies if you have basic sewing skills.}

Felt Letterboard Gift for Tweens

4. Letterboard — These are such a great way to display a tween girls’ personality and originality. Best of all, Letterboards now come in many different colors and styles.


5. PopSocket — The girls cannot figure out how I manage to have a phone without a PopSocket on it. Just call me old-fashioned! They adore PopSockets and there are so many cute and fun ones to choose from. This one is a favorite of Kaitlynn’s.

Felt Flowers Craft Kit

6. Craft Kits — Most tween girls love creating, so a craft kit is usually the perfect idea and something they’ll spend hours enjoying. Plus, if it’s something they can display in their room or wear after they make it, they’ll get even more fulfillment from it!

Twinkle Lights for Tween Girls

7. Twinkle Lights — You just can’t go wrong with Twinkle Lights — and there are so many fun uses for them. Kaitlynn is often rearranging her room and coming up with some new way to display her twinkle lights!

Nerf Toy Gifts for Tween Boys

Gifts for Tween Boys

8. Nerf Toys — When I asked Silas to help me put together some gift ideas for tween boys, he literally picked out 7 different Nerf Toys to include on the list! Suffice it to say, these are a big hit with him and his friends. And it seems like you just can never have too many Nerf Toys, according to him!

KC Royals Pillow

9. Sports Pillow — Silas has a football pillow he got last year that he uses as room decor — and to sleep with. In fact, he brings it on every trip! There are pillows for just about every team under the sun.

LEGO Movie Stop Motion Kit

10. LEGO Kits — There are SO many different LEGO kits to choose from and there’s practically something for everyone. This LEGO Movie Kit is a fun twist combining stop motion film plus LEGO design.

Perplexus Maze Game Gift for Tweens

11. 3D Maze Game — These are so much fun, not just for boys, but for adults, too! If you have a son who loves to solve puzzles or be challenged, this might be a great gift idea!

Catapults and Crossbows Set for tween Boys

12. Catapults & Crossbows — This kit would be perfect for a tween boy who loves science and engineering and nerf guns. It’s kind of like building your own nerf gun!

Nerf Flag Football

13. Flag Football Set — Jesse bought the kids a flag football set a few years ago and it has been well-loved and well-used. A great gift for sports lovers and something the whole family can end up using!

Mini Basketball Hoop

14. Mini Basketball Hoop — Any boy who loves basketball will likely get hours of fun from a mini basketball hoop. Mount this on a door for lots of indoor entertainment. By the way, this Hamper Hoop is a unique twist on a mini basketball hoop — and it might actually get your tween to put his laundry in the hamper! 🙂

eos lip balm stocking stuffer for tweens

Stocking Stuffers for Tweens

15. eos Lip Balm — Kaitlynn loves eos lip balm and it’s such a practical and useful, but also cute and appreciated gift. Perfect for stocking stuffers!

Fuzzy Socks

16. Fuzzy Socks — What girl wouldn’t love fuzzy socks? I’m 38 and I still love them! Bonus points for tween girls if they have unicorns on them!

Puravida Bracelets stocking stuffers for tweens

17. puravida bracelets — These bracelets are waterproof, handmade,and come in many different colors. They are so fun to mix and match!

Thinking Putty stocking stuffer for tweens

18. Thinking Putty — This stuff is always a hit and it comes in so many different colors! (I personally think the Liquid Glass one is the coolest!)

Baseball Cards

19. Baseball Cards — You can never go wrong with baseball cards if you have a baseball lover at your house!

Cool Socks Stocking Stuffers for tweens

20. Cool Socks — Socks are such practical and useful Christmas gifts for tweens… and if they are cool-looking that makes them even better!

More Holiday Gift Guides

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Do you have any other fun ideas for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers for tweens? Let us know in the comments!