Editor’s Picks: The Best Cheap Beauty Gifts Under $20 (That Look Expensive)

For Stocking stuffers, Secret Santa exchanges, or when you're on a budget.
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So far this holiday season, I've shown you my favourite beauty gifts under $25, $50 and $100

And I've also shared my favourite ways to splurge, if the most important person on your Christmas list is you.

Now, it's time for my budget beauty gift guide—with everything here costing just $20... or less!

(Again, that's in lowly Canadian dollars. You won't need to spend as much in the US!)

Whether you're stuffing a stocking, buying for a gift exchange, or just on a tight budget, there's LOTS of good stuff out there.

Here are the best cheap beauty products that seem more expensive than they actually are....

The Best Cheap Beauty Gifts Under $20

Cheap beauty gifts from Pursoma, Kopari, Voluspa, Bathorium, Skinny & Co., Tatcha, One Love Organics and Consonant.

Kopari Coconut Melt Mini

Kopari Coconut Melt Mini

Kopari Coconut Melt Mini

There are so many ways to use Kopari Coconut Melt Mini, a cute little jar of 100 percent pure virgin coconut oil. It's a makeup remover, lip balm, hair mask, shaving oil and so much more. I reviewed the Kopari line here.

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak isn't just a pouch of bath salts—it's a detoxifying ritual! The French sea salt stimulates circulation and the elimination of toxins (through perspiration), while two types of algae nourish the skin. Post-soak, you're meant to sweat it out while resting under a warm blanket for up to 30 minutes. 

RMS Beauty Lip Liner

RMS Beauty Lip Liner

RMS Beauty Lip Liner

RMS Beauty Lip Liner is a brand new launch, and there's a reason it only comes in three shades. "I am a firm believer that lip liner should match your natural lip colour rather than the shade of lipstick," says founder Rose-Marie Swift. "If you follow this rule, you will see a more realistic result that is modern and softer in appearance. My one exception to the rule is red." I totally agree with this! Choose from Daytime NudeNighttime Nude and Dressed-Up Red.

One Love Organics The Cleansing Sponge

One Love Organics The Cleansing Sponge

One Love Organics The Cleansing Sponge

The heart-shaped One Love Organics The Cleansing Sponge is the prettiest konjac sponge on the market. But it's also practical, because it gives your skin a deep-cleanse and gentle exfoliation without irritation (the sponge softens and doubles in size when wet).

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

The Ordinary 100 Percent Plant-Derived Squalane

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

If you know someone who hasn't experienced the wonders of squalane oil yet, PLEASE gift them a bottle of The Ordinary's 100% Plant-Derived Squalane! I wrote all about its benefits here—I consider it the best oil to put on your face. 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Believe it or not, you can get a full-sized bottle of Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater for under $20! (It also comes in a travel size that is even cheaper!) This has long been a cult favourite for adding hydration, setting makeup and refreshing the skin.

Fresh Oval Soap

Fresh Oval Soap

Fresh Oval Soap

You can never go wrong with Fresh Oval Soap, which is long-lasting, non-drying and triple-milled. Plus, they've already done the work for you: each one is hand-wrapped in gorgeous printed paper, tied with wire and topped with a semi-precious stone.

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray Mini

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray Mini

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray Mini

Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray is my favourite texturizing spray, and not just because it's nice to look at. (That blue glass bottle IS amazing though!) The all-natural ingredients give you "beach hair" without weighing you down or drying you out.

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

For the gym-goer or frequent traveller, Consonant's Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths will be appreciated. Unlike most face wipes, they truly get your skin clean, without leaving behind an icky film. They're also 100 percent natural!

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers

Tatcha's Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers are the Rolls Royce of oil-absorbing sheets. Because they're made from 100 percent natural abaca leaf, just one gets the job done, without disturbing your makeup. 

S.W. Basics Cream

S.W. Basics Mini Cream

S.W. Basics Mini Cream

You don't have to be into natural products to appreciate S.W. Basics Cream. It's made from just three hard-working ingredients (shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil), and can be used on face or body. Highly recommend!

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar

Charcoal is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare right now, and it's the star of Herbivore's Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar. This is gentle enough for face and body, and may even help clear acne.

Voluspa Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle

Voluspa Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle

Voluspa Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle

Voluspa's Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candles look and smell great, and are so affordably priced! You can choose from an array of patterns and scents, and the fact that they have lids is GENIUS—they keep dust out and are handy for travel.

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling

Skinny and Co. Oil Pulling

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling

Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow, more and more people are "oil-pulling" these days—swishing oil in their mouths for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health. It's a lot easier to do with Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling, a mint-flavoured coconut oil. 

Bathorium Crush Bath Soak

Bathorium Crush Bath Soak

Bathorium Crush Bath Soak

Bathorium Crush Bath Soaks are luxurious single-serving blends of high-quality bath ingredients—like sea salt, Epsom salt, kaolin clay, coconut milk, aloe butter and essential oils. No dyes or synthetic fragrances needed!

Tweezerman x Huda Beauty Mini Slant Tweezer

Tweezerman x Huda Beauty Mini Slant Tweezer

Tweezerman x Huda Beauty Mini Slant Tweezer

Whether or not you're a fan of Huda Kattan, I think you'll agree that the Tweezerman x Huda Beauty Mini Slant Tweezer is pretty darn adorable!

L’Occitane 100% Natural Shea Butter 

L'Occitane 100 Percent Natural Shea Butter

L'Occitane 100% Natural Shea Butter

L'Occitane's 100% Natural Shea Butter is one of those classics that has stood the test of time. There's nothing in it but pure shea butter, which in this size, makes a great matte lip balm (ideal under lipstick) and cuticle cream. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't appreciate this!

Urban Outfitters Kitten Claw Hair Clip

Urban Outfitters Kitten Claw Hair Clip

Urban Outfitters Kitten Claw Hair Clip

Meow! The best cat-adorned beauty product I've found this season is the Urban Outfitters Kitten Claw Hair Clip. Put a cat on ANYTHING, and I want it.

Kocostar Foot Therapy

Kocostar Foot Therapy

Kocostar Foot Therapy

Kocostar Foot Therapy is the elegant version of Baby Foot. You get a similar deep exfoliation from the 90-minute treatment, but the packaging is obviously better, and the ingredients are more botanical. 

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