Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other holidays are just around the corner, and people should start thinking about the perfect gift to give their loved ones. 

Let’s be honest, as much as everyone loves their family and friends and wants to give them a meaningful or useful gift, holiday gift-giving can be expensive. Here are 9 popular gifts that cost less than $30. Now, students can give an awesome gift that anyone will love without having to break the bank. 

1. Roku Express+ Streaming Stick

If a friend is an avid Netflix junkie or Hulu fan, consider getting this gift. They can plug it into their television, sign into their favorite streaming services and have access to thousands of TV shows and movies. The streaming stick is becoming increasingly popular as people cancel their cable subscriptions. 

Cost: $25

Where to buy it: Amazon

2. Hamilton Beach Belgian Style Waffle Maker 

A waffle maker is a staple for any kitchen because any level of cook can one. People can get more advanced with it and make waffle hash browns or a waffle pizza. The recipe possibilities are endless. 

Cost: $23.99

Where to buy it: Amazon

3. Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger

With everybody on the go, people's phone battery lives often dwindle throughout the day. A portable charger that plugs into smartphones can come in handy, especially when no power outlets are around. This portable charger is thin and compact, and it offers two full charges before having to be recharged. 

Cost: $30 

Where to buy it: Amazon

4. Nostalgia Bacon Express Grill 

This grill cooks the bacon vertically so it drains away the grease. It cooks both sides so that the bacon does not have to be flipped and cooks the meat within minutes. Unlike the waffle maker, it is not as versatile, but it would make any bacon lover’s day. 

Cost: $26

Where to buy it: Amazon

5. Scratch Map 

My cousin bought this for me last Christmas, and I love it. I have pictures hung up around the map with photos I took on previous trips, and I find myself staring at the map, trying to figure out the next place I want to go. People can use it as a visual bucket list for their future adventures or solely as decoration. Either way, it is the perfect gift for any globetrotter. 

Cost: $23

Where to buy it: Amazon

6. Ticket stub diary

No matter the hobby or interest, whether it’s museum-going or attending sports events, anybody can save their tickets in this diary to look back on later. 

Cost: $12 

Where to buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. SeedSheet Organic Herb Garden Kit

A foodie who enjoys using a lot of different herbs and spices might enjoy growing their own herbs. The kit includes organic, non-GMO seeds for sweet basil, cilantro, onion greens, parsley, dill and sorrel. With the garden kit, people can stop buying their own herbs and develop a green thumb.

Cost: $14.99

Where to buy it: Amazon

8. VicTSing Shower Speaker 

Listening to music in the shower can be a lot of fun, but it can be hard to hear it from an iPhone sitting a few feet away on a toilet. This bluetooth shower speaker can be clipped to a shower curtain rod or can be used outdoors as well. 

Cost: $19

Where to buy it: Amazon 

9. TrackR Pixel Bluetooth Tracking Device, Key finder, wallet locator

Everyone knows people who lose their keys or their wallets often. This small bluetooth tracking device can be attached to keys, wallets or any other thing one might lose often. With an app, it will display where the lost item is on a map. It can also be used in reverse if someone’s phone is lost. The tracking device can be used to make a lost phone ring loudly. 

Cost: $21.19

Where to buy it: Amazon 

With this list of gifts under $30, hopefully gift-giving will be easier this year.

@jess_hillyeah

jh240314@ohio.edu 

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