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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.

More Holiday Gift Guides

Looking for other budget-friendly holiday gift guides? Don’t miss these:

Stay tuned as we roll out more gift guides over the next week — put together by several different team members!

Psst! Be sure to sign up for our hot deals newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the hottest deals each day this holiday season!

Are you an outdoorsy person? Let us know your best budget-friendly outdoor gift ideas in the comments!

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!

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20 Gifts for Boys Under $30

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Looking for the best gifts for boys this holiday season? We have you covered with this Little Boys Gift Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget! This list includes gifts for 7 year old boys, gifts for 5 year old boys, and gifts for 2 and 3 year old boys!

gifts for boys

This Holiday Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Gretchen on the MoneySavingMom team — a mom to three little boys ages 7, 2, and 1. As a boy mom, her life is full of adventure, dirt, and snacks! She is married to her high school sweetheart and enjoys finding good deals, decorating, coffee, and good books.

Have a little boy on your list this year and you’re stumped on what to get them? Here are some great ideas to get you started based on their age. There are a wide variety of items listed here, so you’ll be sure to find something they like!

Nerf Toy

Best Gifts for 7 Year Old Boys

1. Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy Blaster – My son loves playing with Nerf blasters with his friends and my husband! This one is a great gift for Nerf newbies.

Guess Who Game Gift for Boys

2. Hasbro Guess Who Classic Game – This game is a favorite at our house! My 7 year old and I will often play a game or two after the little ones go to bed. It’s super easy and a lot of fun!

Quadcopter Gift Idea

3. Remote Controlled Mini Drone Quadcopter – Someone gifted my son with this and it is the coolest little toy! This Quadcopter can fly forward, backward, up, down, hover, and even do complete flips in the air.

My First Magic Set Gift Idea

4. Ideal My First Magic Set – This set is a great introduction to magic tricks and includes items to perform 25 different magic tricks. My son has enjoyed performing his magic tricks for all sorts of friends and family using this kit.

Walkie Talkies

5. Kid’s Walkie Talkies – You can’t go wrong with walkie talkies, especially if you have more than one boy. I can’t tell you how much fun kids have with these!

magic track gift for boys

Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys

6. Magic Tracks Remote Control Turbo Race Cars with Bendable Glow in the Dark Racetrack — This racetrack probably ranks as one of my boys’ favorite gifts they’ve ever received! This track bends and flexes as well as glows in the dark — making it super fun and exciting.

PJ Masks Capes

7. Superhero Costume Capes and Masks – Boys like to dress up too — just as long as it’s anything superhero related! These capes and masks are soft and adjustable.

Wooden Blocks Set

8. Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set – These blocks are made from solid wood and they’re perfect for building towers and knocking them over again and again. My boys have even used them to construct roads and towns for their toy cars and mini-figures.

LEGO Classic Set

9. LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase Building Kit – Once my boys are a little older, they transition from Duplos to real LEGOs and this is a great first LEGO kit to start them with. I love that it comes with a carrying case to keep them all in one spot.

PJ Masks Figures

10. Just Play PJ Masks Collectible Figure Set – If you have a PJ Masks fan, these PJ Masks Figures will be a hit! This set includes Cat boy, Owlette, Gekko, Luna girl, and Romeo.

Toy Cars

Best Gifts for 2 and 3 Year Old Boys

11. Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze & the Monster Machines – My boys are obsessed with Blaze & the Monster Machines, and these little cars have provided hours of entertainment for them. We’ve had them for several years and they are extremely durable and good quality.


12. Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors – You can’t go wrong with Play-Doh! Boys love to squish, shape, and mold this stuff into all sorts of interesting creations.

mega blocks gift for boys

13. First Builders Big Building Bag – Mega Bloks are my boys’ first introduction to LEGOs and they always love them! These are perfect for early development skills as well.

Wooden Train Set

14. Wooden Train Tracks Full Set Bundle – Oh my goodness! I can’t tell you how much little boys love trains and train tracks! We’ve had our set for over 5 years and all three of my boys have spent hours playing with it. This set connects with multiple brands including the Thomas Railway System, Brio, Melissa and Doug, Kidkraft, and more!

Safari Animals

15. Safari Animals Figures – I didn’t know boys could have so much fun with animal figures until they got one free in a fast food kids meal. We are continually adding to our collection and now have animal figures all over our house. They sleep with them, play with them in the bath, and always take them on car trips. This set is BPA-free and uses no-toxic paint.

Slingshot Chickens

Stocking Stuffers for Boys

16. Flying Rubber Chicken Slingshot (16 pack) – These are the silliest little toys but kids absolutely love them! I buy them for every birthday party and throughout the year as surprises. These things provide so much laughter and fun and would be such great stocking stuffers.

bath Crackles

17. Mr. Bubble Magic Bath Crackles – Make bath time fun with these magic bath crackles! My boys thought these were the best thing ever!


18. Super Miracle Bubbles – My kids are always up for playing with bubbles! These are an easy stocking stuffer idea that won’t disappoint.

cute snowman popper gift idea

19. Hog Wild Holiday Snowman Popper – This toy has been awarded the “Best Toy” award by Parents Magazine and I would agree! Not only did it provide lots of entertainment and laughter for my boys, it’s also quiet and small — two things that are on my checklist for best toys. 🙂

Whoopee Cushion

20. Whoopee Cushion – If you have boys, I can assure you this will be a hit. I found these at my Dollar Tree and put them in their stockings last year. The only problem was that I heard this all day long on Christmas. But hey — they loved them!

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

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Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Hoop

21. Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set – This basketball set is has been a big hit with all of my boys (including my husband at times!). It’s small enough to use inside and has been a lifesaver on some of the long winter days to help burn off energy.

Little Tikes First Slide

22. Little Tikes First Slide – We got this slide a couple of years ago and it has provided hours upon hours of fun. Not only do my kids slide down it, but they race their cars, trucks and basketball down it as well.

Archery Gifts for Boys

23. Foam Bow & Arrow Archery Set – This bow & arrow set is made from durable lightweight, foam tip arrows allowing the arrows to shoot over 100 feet!

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15+ Gluten-Free Gifts Under $30

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Looking for unique gluten-free gifts to give someone with food allergies? We have you covered with this Gluten-Free Gift Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Gluten Free Gifts

This Gluten-Free Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Olivia on the MoneySavingMom team. Olivia loves cooking but has had to learn to be creative in the kitchen to avoid her food sensitivities (including gluten). She is happily married to her best friend Michael, who also has food sensitivities. Olivia considers it a fun challenge to make delicious meals that they both can enjoy!

Do you know someone who has gluten allergies? You’d be surprised how many items contain gluten — chocolates, personal care items, and more. Check out this gift guide for some really unique gift ideas you can safely give someone who avoids gluten!

Spiralizer Gluten-Free Gift

Gluten-Free Gift Ideas

1. Spiralizer— Spiralizers allow you to turn fresh vegetables into faux pastas, which are a great gluten-free alternative to the traditional wheat noodles. This is a kitchen gadget every gluten-free person should have!

Gluten-Free Conversion Chart

2. Gluten Conversion Chart — This refrigerator magnet would be a beneficial gift for the gluten-free baker! A gluten-free conversion chart is essential to have on hand while converting traditional wheat bread recipes to make them gluten-free.

Toaster Bags

3. Toaster Bags — Toaster bags are perfect for those who are concerned about cross-contamination. They can be used to cook or heat up all kinds of food in the oven, microwave, toaster, or on the grill and would be a great gift for someone who travels often or shares a kitchen with those who are not gluten-free.

Small Cooler

4. Small Cooler — A lunchbox cooler is handy for those on a gluten-free diet as they often need to transport food when gluten-free food options are not available. This cooler not only works to keep foods cold but also warm!

Gluten-Free Diet Guide

5. Gluten-Free Diet Guide — This practical diet guide would be a great gift for someone who is new to the gluten-free diet.

Gluten-Free Labels

6. Gluten-Free Labels — These labels would make a great gift for those who are gluten-free and share a kitchen. They guard against cross-contamination and also alert others of what is not gluten-free.

Glass Food Storage SEt

7. Food Storage Containers — Glass food storage containers work well for transporting gluten-free foods or keeping them fresh in the refrigerator. These are some of my favorite — I use them every day!

Gluten-Free T-Shirt

8. T-Shirt — This “gluten-free” t-shirt would be a fun gift for someone with a sense of humor who doesn’t mind being asked about their diet!

California Baby Bubble Bath

9. Bubble BathCalifornia Baby bubble bath is completely gluten-free and would make a wonderful gift for a child with very “sensitive skin, eczema, or allergy concerns.” The bubble wand included in the bottle provides more bath-time fun!

Cinnamon Rolls Soy Candle

10. Natural Soy Cinnamon Rolls Candle — Enjoy the lovely aroma of traditional cinnamon rolls without the risk of coming in contact with gluten! I love products that smell like desserts, especially those desserts I can no longer eat!

Enjoy Life Snacks

11. Gluten-Free Snacks — Enjoy Life products are all gluten-free and incredibly yummy! Any of their cookies, snack bars, or baking mixes would make a great gift!

Gluten-Free Loaf Pan

12. Loaf Pan — This bread pan is ideal for gluten-free loaves which require more support than traditional wheat loaves as they rise. This would make a good gift for a gluten-free baker!

Bread Thermometer

13. Bread Thermometer — An instant-read bread thermometer is another kitchen tool every gluten-free bread maker should have. It can be difficult to know when the bread is cooked, but this thermometer will take out the guesswork!

Gluten-Free Chocolates

14. Assorted Chocolates — These gluten-free chocolates would make an excellent gift for those with multiple allergies as they are free of many other common allergens too!

Gluten-Free Play-Dough

Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers

15. Play DoughTraditional Play Doh contains wheat, so this is a great alternative for children with a gluten allergy!

Gluten-Free Badger Lip Balms

16. Lip BalmMany lip balms contain a small amount of gluten. These Badger lip balms are certified gluten free and would make a great gift for anyone avoiding gluten!

Whole Foods Gift Card

17. Whole Foods Gift Card — You can never go wrong with giving someone a gift card! Whole Foods offers a variety of options for those who are gluten-free. If you don’t have a local Whole Foods, consider giving a gift card to a natural health food store in your area.

Gluten-Free Living Magazine

18. Gluten-Free Living Magazine — Magazine subscriptions are a fun gift that keeps giving throughout the year! Gluten-Free Living is a magazine full of practical tips for the gluten-free individual! If the first issue doesn’t come in time, print a photo of the magazine cover and roll it up to stick in a stocking with a little personalized note! (Use code MONEYSAVING to get an extra 20% off the listed price!)

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What other gluten-free gift ideas would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!!