The Best Cheap Beauty Gifts Under $20 (That Look Expensive)

For Stocking stuffers, Secret Santa exchanges, or when you're simply sticking to a budget.

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:

Kopari Coconut Mini Melt

Kopari Coconut Mini Melt.

There are so many ways to use Kopari Coconut Mini Melt, 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.

Where to buy: Sephora • • Revolve • Anthropologie • Free People • Kopari

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak

Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak.

The 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. 

Where to buy: Nordstrom The Detox Market 🇺🇸 • RevolveAnthropologieLeVert BeautyShen BeautyBeauty HeroesGoop

RMS Beauty Lip Liner

RMS Beauty Lip Liner in Daytime Nude.

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.

Where to buy: The Detox Market 🇨🇦 • The Detox Market 🇺🇸 • NordstromSephoraAnthropologieShen BeautyDermstore

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).

Where to buy: The Detox Market 🇨🇦 • The Detox Market 🇺🇸 • Credo BeautyDermstoreFollainFree PeopleBluemercuryBirchboxOne Love Organics

The Ordinary 100% 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. 

Where to buy: Beautylish • Cult BeautyWell.caSkinStoreEscentualOxygen Boutique • Adore Beauty • Beauty Bay

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.

Where to buy: Saks Fifth Avenue • Urban • Bloomingdale's • Ulta • Anthropologie • Bluemercury • eBay • Beauty Bay • Mario Badescu

Fresh Oval Soap

Fresh Oval Soap in Mangosteen.

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.

Where to buy: Nordstrom • Sephora • Neiman Marcus • Barneys New York • Harrods

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.

Where to buy: Sephora •

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!

Where to buy: Sephora

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. 

Where to buy: Sephora • • Space NK • Barneys New York • Birchbox • eBay • Tatcha

S.W. Basics Cream

S.W. Basics 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!

Where to buy: • Follain • Target

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. 

Where to buy: NordstromSephoraWell.caRevolveGoopFollainAnthropologie • Dermstore • Birchbox • Madewell • The DreslynVinceDomino • Moorea Seal • Everything But Water • Nylon • Herbivore

Voluspa Mini Tin Candle

Voluspa Mini Tin Candle.

Voluspa's Mini Tin 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.

Where to buy: Nordstrom • Hudson's BayIndigoAmazon.comAnthropologie • Bloomingdale's • Adore Beauty

Skinny & Co. Oil Pull

Skinny & Co. Oil Pull.

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 Pull, a mint-flavoured coconut oil. 

Where to buy: Sephora • • Skinny & Co.

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!

Where to buy: Hudson's BayWell.caThe Detox Market 🇨🇦 • Shen Beauty

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!

Where to buy: Sephora • Cult Beauty • Selfridges • Harrods

L'Occitane 100 Percent Pure Shea Butter Mini

L'Occitane 100 Percent Pure Shea Butter Mini.

L'Occitane's 100 Percent Pure Shea Butter Mini 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!

Where to buy: Nordstrom • Sephora • Hudson's BayAmazon.comL'Occitane

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.

Where to buy: Urban Outfitters

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. 

Where to buy: Nordstrom • • • Neiman Marcus • Anthropologie • ASOS • Saks Off 5th • Beauty Bay


These are some of the best beauty gifts under $20.

As you can see, $20 can get you some pretty incredible beauty gifts.

I have to say, there are more high-quality products to choose from than EVER before at this price point. 

(And I should know, because I've done an article on this topic each year as a blogger.)

Hopefully, this makes your last-minute shopping go a little smoother!

Reminder: These are my favourite beauty gifts under $25, $50 and $100. Also check out my luxury beauty gift guide to show yourself a little love! 

Which beauty products are you giving—or hoping to receive—this year?

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