10 Unique and affordable holiday shopping gift ideas to keep your family close

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If you’re holiday shopping on a budget in 2020, you’re not alone. This year has been full of financial challenges for many families, but you can still cherish the holiday season—and the joyful tradition of holiday shopping—with these 10 unique gift ideas for 2020.

Our 2020 gift list has been hand selected to keep your family close, connecting you to loved ones near and far without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking to share some healthy financial habits with your family this holiday season, skip down to number 10 to see our 2020 holiday shopping finance gifts.

1. Personalized ornament ($22.65 + shipping)

Show them you’re always together with these personalized ornaments from Unifury. Available in various shapes and sizes, you can add up to 5 family members in any combination. If you’d rather see them on a mug, blanket, print, shirt, or garden flag, you can do that too. They even offer options with pets for the dog and cat lovers in your life.

2. Snow-people family doormat ($29.99 + shipping)

Home sweet home just got a little homier with this snow-people family doormat from Personal Creations. Personalize the doormat with the right characters to suit your family and name them all—even the dog—to keep everyone together this holiday season.

3. “A hug in a mug” hidden message cup ($32.00 + shipping)

Send them a hug in a mug with this creative mug from Not on the High Street. The hidden message appears at the bottom of every cup, for a warm hug every day, and sometimes two. Comes with your choice of a pink or blue rim.

4. Collage photo puzzle ($32.98 and up)

Put your whole family together this holiday season—literally—with a jigsaw puzzle collage by Shutterfly made from your own family photos. Shutterfly offers two collage layouts, one for 6 photos and one for 11. Choose a 60- or 252-piece puzzle for $32.98, a 520-piece puzzle for $42.98, or a 1014-piece puzzle for $52.98.

5. “You are loved” self-care gift box ($37.00 + shipping)

Know someone who could use a little rest and relaxation? Ease their stress away with this GratiaBox gift box of loose-leaf organic tea, soaking salts made with himalayan salt and lavender essential oil, and an “all the love” soy candle. Remind them how much you love them as they indulge in some calming self-care. 

If you like this idea but it’s not quite right for the person you have in mind, visit the site and scroll to the bottom of the page for a whole host of choices.

6. Enjoy a glass of wine together ($40 for 4 bottles with free shipping)

Winc claims to be the internet’s best-rated wine subscription service. It’s reasonably priced and keeps track of what you like to get better over time. You can buy a one-month gift for $60 (containing 3 or 4 bottles), or give Winc your email address to get $20 off your first box of 4 bottles, plus free shipping.

Buy a monthly subscription for someone you love and enjoy a glass together no matter how far apart you are. If you decide to buy an ongoing subscription, the site promises that you can skip a month or cancel at any time.

7. “Where it all began” poster ($49.95 + shipping)

We might not be traveling much right now, but you can still go back to where it all began. A great gift for that special someone in your life—or for that special couple—this wall art from Vista Stars will bring those memories rushing back.

8. Pendant from your child’s artwork ($129.00 with free shipping)

Cherish your child’s artwork and keep them close to your heart forever with this custom silver pendant by Courtney Marie Jewelry based on their actual drawing. Approximately one inch long, the finished pendant has room for a short engraving on the back.

A wonderful gift for any family member, this sterling silver pendant takes a few weeks to make, so put in those custom orders soon. 

9. “Thinking of you” distance lamps ($170 + shipping)

These lamps from Uncommon Goods connect to each other through the internet. Touch one, and the other lights up, no matter how far away you are. Send a rainbow of light to someone you love, whenever you happen to be thinking about them, all year long.

10. Give the gift of healthy financial habits ($1 and up)

Number 10 in our 2020 holiday shopping list is a personal finance bonus round—4 ideas for affordable financial gifts that will keep on giving. No matter how far apart you find yourselves this holiday season, you can always share the gift of healthy financial habits with your family.

Stock gift cards

Stock gift cards from Stockpile are exactly what they sound like—stocks on gift cards. It doesn’t get more 21st century than that. Stockpile is an online brokerage that lets you buy stocks in fractions of a share, so you can send digital gift cards for any amount, from $1 on up.

The gift of college

Gift of College is a gift registry for 529 college plans and student loans that lets family and friends contribute to college through gift cards—either contributing to a plan or helping to pay down their student debt. Start by registering a 529 plan or student loan with the gift registry. If you need to set up a 529 plan, they’ll help you do that, too.

Finance books

Have a favorite finance book? Whether it’s on investing, budgeting, or starting a small business, the gift of financial knowledge is a gift that lasts forever. You can send a print book, gift one digitally to their favorite e-reader or audiobook service, or help them sign up for a digital library card and put the whole world of finance at their fingertips. 

Not sure how to get a digital library card? Call their local library, or start with Hoopla or OverDrive and see if either one connects to their local library or state library system.

Quicken or Simplifi by Quicken

Last but certainly not least, help them take the first step toward a lifetime of healthy financial habits with Quicken, the best-selling and most comprehensive personal finance software on the market, or Simplifi by Quicken, the easy-to-use personal finance management app for web and mobile.