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15 Gifts for $15 or Less

Just because you might be on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to shop at big box stores this Christmas. Consider small, handmade, or artisan gifts for those on your list. French salt for a foodie, an art print for a color-loving friend, or an olive tree for a gardener are special gifts that show you put a lot of thought into the purchase. Click through for more gift ideas priced at $15 or less.

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  • Pretty Scissors 1 of 15
    Pretty Scissors
    These scissors are made by a scissor company in China that has been around since 1663. Great for arranging flowers, cutting twine or string, or pruning plants, anyone would love to have these around their home.
    $12 at Brook Farm General Store
  • Paper White Candle 2 of 15
    Paper White Candle
    This Votivo candle is scented with paper white flowers and comes in a lovely glass jar with handwritten packaging. Everyone loves candles in the winter and the simple packaging goes with any decor.
    $15 at The New General Store
  • Postalco Notebook 3 of 15
    Postalco Notebook
    These little notebooks are made in Japan of PH neutral paper that lasts up to 1000 years and will not yellow. The brightly colored covers are made from starched cotton. These special notebooks are the perfect gift for a writer or dreamer.
    $12 at Kauffman Mercantile
  • Sea Salt Caramels 4 of 15
    Sea Salt Caramels
    These caramels are the perfect gift for sugar-loving friends. Each caramel is wrapped in wax paper and sprinkled with sea salt. The sweet packaging includes a red bow, making it gift ready.
    $8 at Ink & Peat
  • Kiki + Polly Art Print 5 of 15
    Kiki + Polly Art Print
    Consider gifting a print if original art isn't in the budget. This gorgeous, colorful print is from a painting by Portland-based artist, Lisa Golightly.
    $10 at Kiki + Polly
  • Mini Letterpress Calendar 6 of 15
    Mini Letterpress Calendar
    Printed on recycled paper, this little 4"x5.5"calendar is letterpressed with a fish image and stripes. Colors may vary. This makes a great little gift for a father, brother or office mate.
    $5 at Blackbird Letterpress
  • Subscription to a Magazine 7 of 15
    Subscription to a Magazine
    Consider gifting a year-long subscription to a magazine. Buy the current issue and include a card with information about the subscription.
    12 Issues of Whole Living Magazine, $14.95 at Amazon
  • Organic Sea Salt 8 of 15
    Organic Sea Salt
    This sea salt is harvested on the coast of France and makes the perfect gift for any foodie.
    $12 at Terrain
  • Vinyl Record 9 of 15
    Vinyl Record
    There's something special about a record as opposed to an itunes card or a CD. Gift your favorite music-lover a vinyl from their favorite band.
    Mumford & Sons, "Sigh No More" record, $12.78 at Amazon
  • A Vintage Book 10 of 15
    A Vintage Book
    Hunt down a vintage book covering a topic the recipient is passionate about. Find a gardening book for a green-thumb or an old cook book for a foodie. Old books are inexpensive and always feel special.
    The Guide to Garden Flowers, $10 at Quaint Collector
  • Twig Pencil Set 11 of 15
    Twig Pencil Set
    This collection of 10 rustic, colored pencils is perfect for an artist or creative. Made from recycled wood.
    $14 at Terrain
  • Olive Tree 12 of 15
    Olive Tree
    Olive trees make fantastic house plants and add the perfect touch of green to any home. Wrap the base of the plant in burlap, add ribbon and gift to your favorite gardener.
    $9.99 at Amazon
  • A Box of Tea 13 of 15
    A Box of Tea
    This beautiful little box is filled with a variety of tea from Portland tea maker, Steven Smith. The box has 12 flavors including white petal, jasmine, hibiscus, meadow and more. Add a ribbon and card and you are set for a gift for your favorite tea drinker.
    $14.99 at Steven Smith Teas
  • Pennant Thank You Cards 14 of 15
    Pennant Thank You Cards
    A box of thank you notes is always welcome. These hand-drawn cards are illustrated by Vermont artist Annemarie Buckley.
    $14 at Scout's Honor Co.
  • A Favorite Drink 15 of 15
    A Favorite Drink
    Give someone their favorite drink. Buy a 4- or 6-pack and tie with ribbon and a card.
    4 pack of Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer, $10.23 at British Supermarket Worldwide

All photos from respective sources. Top photos from Kauffman Mercantile, Kiki + Polly, Amazon, and Terrain.

Want more ideas? Check out Babble’s holiday gift guide!

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