25 Ornaments Under $30 That Make Great Gifts

These thoughtful Christmas ornaments are proof that good things really do come in small packages.

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November 22, 2022

In my opinion, a meaningful ornament is the perfect budget-friendly Christmas present. It's pretty yet practical (read: virtually guaranteed to get used at least once a year), costs just $10-$30 and carries a lot of sentimental value. Not to mention that ornaments work for family, friends, and even neighbors or teachers.

So, if you want to spoil a few lucky people on your list while sticking to your budget, I say go with a heartfelt ornament. Here are 25 special gems for every person and occasion.

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Buying a house is a huge accomplishment and definitely calls for a special ornament. Congratulate the new homeowners and commemorate their first Christmas in their new space with this adorable wood sign that says, "There's no place like home for the holidays." You can customize the front with their new zip code and write the year on the back.

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Add even more excitement to your best friend's engagement with this stunning personalized ornament. The piece is made from your choice of clear, frosted, black or white acrylic and can be customized with the couple's names and engagement date. You could also go with a mini bottle of champagne or a photo from their engagement shoot.

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Give the happy couple one more place to show off their wedding photos with this classic silver pearl picture frame ornament. The 2022 tag marks the year of their big day, while a small stand on the back allows them to display the image year-round.

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The new or expecting parents on your list will be so touched when they receive this precious picture frame ornament. The edges are crafted from manufactured wood and can be personalized with their little one's name or initials. You could also go with a classic teddy bear, a golden stork or an ornament featuring their new bundle's birth stats.


Whether they live down the street or all the way across the country, Grandma and Grandpa will love this recordable photo ornament. Simply hold down the red button and have your kiddos leave a special message. (Thus freezing those sweet voices in time forever.) There's even a slot on the front so you can include an updated picture.

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For the co-worker with an incredible sense of humor, we suggest this hilarious "Please hesitate to reach out" ornament. Or, if you need more ideas, toast to them for surviving the busy season with a festive beer, Negroni or wine bottle ornament.

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If they just brought home a new four-legged friend, then surprise them with this classic pet photo ornament. A small silver disc attaches to the scarlet ribbon and marks the year, so they'll always remember their first Christmas together.

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Everyone deserves to feel appreciated, but especially teachers. Thank your child's favorite educator, administrator, classroom helper or cafeteria worker with this sweet wooden apple ornament. The front reads, "You are making a difference every day," while the back is blank so your kiddo can sign their name.

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Missing those long-distance family members this holiday season? Send the message loud and clear with this sentimental ornament. The piece is crafted from porcelain, tied with a golden string and can be customized with three locations (or more for an extra fee.)

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Know a family that's open to a fun new tradition? Gift them this glittery pickle ornament. In your card, you can briefly explain the rules: Someone will hide the pickle in the tree, and the first person to find it on Christmas morning gets either an extra gift or the honor of handing out presents to everyone. This would also make a great contribution to a White Elephant exchange.

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