11. A Holiday Cookie Jar
My personal mission is that every home needs a cookie jar and I have been doing my best to make sure that comes true. Although cookie jars can cost hundreds of dollars, there are also tons of new jars on the market for every holiday season that can be found for under $20. But don't stop there, you can also find vintage jars for around the same price at flea markets and online. Just beware that online shipping can cost as much as an inexpensive jar.
Look in stores such as Target, Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby for fun looking jars that can be found in the above price range.
12. Vintage Handkerchiefs
The younger members in my family have been known to make fun of me when I pull out a flowered or embroidered handkerchief out of my jeans pocket. But I always have a vintage one handy. I never know when a movie or TV show will make me teary and a package of tissues just doesn't do it. PLUS if you are into the green scene, cloth is always better than using and tossing tissue paper.
Because there are so many choices, take your time and shop around a bit for a few perfect handkerchiefs that fit the recipient, for instance perhaps a state one or fun whimsical hanky. Make sure to wash and iron them, nestle in tissue paper in a pretty box for a pretty presentation.
Vintage pieces can be found for as little as $1. on up.
13. Holiday Postcards
I love vintage Holiday postcards and they can be found for anywhere from just a few bucks to hundreds of dollars. But don't worry there are plenty of cards in the lower price ranges. Buy an inexpensive mat and frame and you'll be giving an antique for the holidays. Don't have local flea markets? Check eBay or TIAS for loads to pick from.
You can also so crafts with postcard art if you can't find the right card to purchase. Check out the links to these postcard crafty ideas.
14. Vintage Dated Ornament
Maybe you never started someone special on yearly dated ornaments. But its never too late! Find a vintage piece that is dated from their year of birth, marriage or other significant event.
At times these can be found for just a few dollars, so search online and in antique malls.
15. Old World Christmas Holiday Ornaments
Old World Christmas
Want to really wow someone? Buy them a holiday ornament that reflects their interest, lifestyle, family or pets. Old World Christmas has the greatest selection of ornaments, most under $15. Tuck in a story about the company or for the ornament novice, how to take care of their glass ornament and it might just be the beginning of a new collection or at least an idea you can follow up on over the years.
One year I picked out about twelve or so different animal ornaments and gave them to everyone at our Vet's clinic. They had fun opening them at their Christmas party and doing exchanges for the different pets.
16. Holiday Aprons for the HostessAre you going to a Christmas party? Or know someone who entertains for the holidays? One idea I like is a vintage Christmas (or other appropriate theme/color) for the hostess. If the hostess is one that is popping in and out of the kitchen, an apron is a great gift. The new ones are not as popular or easy to find as a few decades ago, except for the vintage ones. They are plentiful and inexpensive. You can buy a cute apron, plus shipping for under $10.
17. US Mint Annual Coin Sets
Although many of the US Mint's offering are well over our $20. limit, there are several that can be found in our price range.
This has been a favorite on this site, since I first put up information on how to make it several years ago. Visit your local fabric stores and find a fleece fabric that fits the person you're planning to make it for. Football memorabilia collector, baseball collector, teddy bears, Disney, the list goes on and on for the fabrics that are both licensed and available. Most fabrics are under $10. a yard and the most you will need is 1 1/2 yards. That's it, no other supplies except for a sharp pair of scissors!
19. Antique or Vintage Holiday Tin
People are always making comments on the Holiday tins I have scattered around the house during the Christmas season. They're decorative and can be very useful. Although this may take a bit of sleuthing to find just the right tin for under $20., it certainly an be done. Find a tin with a wonderful Santa Claus image or perhaps Christmas poinsettias. Be sure the tin is not rusty and is in fairly good condition.
But don't give an empty tin, depending on the size, perhaps a new wonderful smelling votive candles nestled in tissue paper or a few pieces of home-made candies.
Another idea is to give a new tin that will become a collectible. For example, the tins shown here are four small cocoa tins that put together make a Christmas scene.
20. LEGOS for Kids and Adults
Everyone loves LEGOs -- no matter what their age. Although they may not want to build a large LEGO set, that wouldn't work anyway for our under $20. guideline. My suggestion are the fun and quirky LEGO key chains. Typically in the $5. price range, the numerous Collectible characters will work for just about anyone. Keychains include Star War characters, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and LEGO bricks. Fun for the kids that have never quite grown up.