I come from a large extended family, and every year, in order to prevent ourselves from going broke buying holiday presents for three dozen relatives, each of us draws three or four names from a hat to buy family gifts for, with a suggested cap of $30 per gift.
Needless to say, we exchange a lot of gift cards. Like a lottttttt of gift cards.
But here’s the thing: I love these people, my aunts and uncles and cousins. I really, truly love them. And this year has been, shall we say, not so great. So even if next year I revert to my old habits of buying everybody gift cards again, this year I want to level up my family gifts. I want to give something thoughtful—something they probably wouldn’t have bought for themselves, but which will improve their lives in some small but appreciable way.
So I started researching thoughtful, affordable family presents, and here’s what I’ve found so far. If any of these can be helpful for your own family gift search, it is my humble hope that this list means a little less gift-carding and a little more “oooh, I love this!”
Here are 18 affordable family gifts under $30 that are sure to please!
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