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The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide for Women – Under $20 {2019}

I know that a lot of you look forward to my gift guide each year for the sheer fun of this under $20 category (quite a few of you have admitted that you find as much for yourself as for others here ;) ). And I must admit that I have fun putting them together for you. So, here’s hoping you enjoy this year’s round-up. Remember that you can always go back to past year’s lists if you missed them or need to reorder. Most of the links are still up and functioning.

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If you’re thinking, “Press-on, nails, Abbie? Really??” I don’t blame you. When I first heard about these, I was having flashbacks to the clunky, bubble gum pink versions I remembered from the 90′s (did I just date myself?). But, for real, friends. These puppies WORK, and people can’t even tell they’re not your real nails (or at the very least nice acrylics). I got so many compliments when I wore a pair of navy nails with a champagne accent over my birthday weekend, and they stayed on for a whopping 6 days! I don’t know what price these will be when you see them, since they tend to fluctuate wildly, but I got mine for less than $5, which is definitely worth it to have nice-looking nails for almost a week (and they come with multiple sets). Oh, and the glue doesn’t damage my nails at all, and I have the most sensitive, peel-prone, janky nails of all time. (Sold yet??).

Speaking of 90′s throwbacks, these 18K plated gold hoops have a bit of that vibe, but I love how they add a bit of sparkle to an otherwise simple outfit. I have these and wear them often.

I’m really digging these real suede fringe earrings. If you click through, there are tons of colors/shapes, and the reviews are great!

I just ordered these to squirrel away for gifts in the future. I mean, NINE pairs and amazing reviews? Let’s go!

And then, there are these tortoise shell cuties that have great reviews and come in several different colorways.

These are really fun too. I have some almost exactly like them and get compliments whenever I wear them.

Can you tell I had fun shopping for earrings? These are a blatant knockoff of an Anthro version (that I have), come in multiple colors, and have good reviews to boot!

I have pretty much yet to meet a dainty gold necklace that I didn’t like. This one does nothing to change that fact.

I recommend a version of these dainty initial disc necklaces every single year, but I love the option to add multiple discs and choose your metal from this seller (the rose gold is my favorite).

This cute lil’ (simulated) turquoise ring in sterling silver is a fun little pop of color for not a lot of money.

This Wristology watch is pretty (there are multiple color/style options) and well-reviewed, and I love the simplicity of its display.

And if you’re going to have (ahem, gift) all this great jewelry, then you’ll also need a good way to organize it. I love the simplicity (and good reviews!) of this cork + hork jewelry organizer.

I have a leather tassel on my keys, which helps me find them in the cavernous depths of my bag. Maybe you know someone who needs one too? (Comes in lots of different colors).

These aren’t leather, but they are super pretty (lots of options).

And while we’re talking accessories, these over-sized sunglasses come with over 1,000 positive reviews!

I am exercising some pretty intense self-control (I’m kidding, guys…just trying to make a point here) by not ordering this little purse for myself. I’m not sure where in the world I would use it, since I usually have a giant mom bag full of kid paraphernalia with me, but it would be fun for a date night. Someone get this, and send me pics, so I can live vicariously, please!

Again, I don’t know how practical a small, fringed purse would be for this mom of many, but it’s adorable and would be a great gift for your hip 16-year-old niece.

I think I am going to order one of these for an extended trip we’re taking in the spring as an alternative to the traditional fanny pack. Much cuter, yes?

Admittedly, most of the pattern options on this silk kerchief (which can be worn around your head, as a belt accent, around your neck, or even tied around the handle of your purse) put the granny in “granny-chic,” but a few have a decidedly Anthro-esque vibe without the price tag.

Speaking of scarves, this version, which is basically a glorified scrunchy–but cute–makes for a fun addition to a ponytail or bun. I have a set of these that I pop in my hair when it’s on day 8 of no-wash, and I need something to distract from the frizz.

My hair has a bit too much, ahem, personality to ever be tamed by a beret, methinks, but me also thinks this would look really pretty on a girl with smooth locks.

Another purchase for that trip I mentioned…the price for these packing cubes can’t be beat!

I have yet to jump on the jeweled barrette trend, but the variety + quantity for the price here miiiiight just tempt me to try it out.

These soft, turban-style headbands get great reviews for comfort, can be worn for both fashion and working out, and come in a million colors.

Likewise, these patterned versions, which I wear to keep my wispies out of my face when working out or doing chores around the house with my hair up in a giant Mom Bun.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of headgear, I have this hat in the “Mama Bear” and “Bad Hair Day” version and love both. Great shape/quality, and doesn’t hurt my headache prone noggin.

Blanket scarves. Warm. Cozy. Comfy. And oh-so-giftable. So many good options and colors here.

Switching gears, this yoga mat comes with its own strap and is offered in a variety of colors.

These bands also make a great gift for the exerciser in your life. They come in a pack with different strengths + colors and have great reviews for a great price.

I just ordered some of these leggings in the mint turquoise because, even though I’m almost always a black leggings girl, the reviews, which universally talk about how flattering, thick, shape-keeping, and pocket-licious (one on each side, in fact!) they are, and the price (under $20!), convinced me to branch out.

These socks get high marks for coziness and style. I’m digging the cute label too.

This macramé plant hanger has killer reviews…let’s hope that doesn’t mean anything for the actual plant you put in it.

And these little pots are pretty darn cute, even without a plant in them.

But if you DID want to pop a couple of succulents in them…did you know you can have these sweet little guys delivered right to your door? These would make great teacher gifts!

I’m not even a coffee drinker, and I would happily put this pretty Rifle Paper Co. calendar on my wall. But, seeing as how I am majorly in the minority in not loving coffee, this one would be a pretty safe bet for most women in your life.

Speaking of pretty stuff to put on walls, aren’t these botanical prints gorgeous? And such a good deal, considering that you get 6 of them for less than $20.

Yet more beauty for your walls, you can score not one but two of these macramé wall hangings and with great reviews to boot!

And speaking of yet more pretty stuff…this is not the world’s cheapest mug, but I love the floral + the “Hey, Mama.”

These Voluspa candles are small but pack a mighty olfactory punch and are pure eye candy to boot.

And for the list-maker + beauty-lover in your life

And while she’s making list, how about a little bling?

Makeup brushes can cost a million dollars each, so this well-reviewed set with multiple options for not much money would make a great gift for a makeup lover in your life.

Considering that Christmas comes smack in the middle of dry-skin weather, this Burt’s Bees hand repair gift set might be just the ticket for someone in your life (me! pick me!) *takes a break from typing to slather her hands with lotion*

I love Burt’s Bee’s products because of their clean ingredients, plus they work. This tinted lip moisture in another winner with great reviews.

Speaking of clean ingredients, this brand of lip balm comes with great reviews, no additives, and a certified organic rating for a great price! The workout girls that come to my house and I had a “favorite things” gift exchange, and I included these as part of my gift.

Not sure if this is something anyone should actually gift unless someone has mentioned an interest already (because: “Here, have some Vitamin C for your skin…it’s looking dull” is not exactly the merriest of Christmas messages to send), but this serum gets really good reviews.

If you do get the Vitamin C serum, be sure to grab one of this micro-needle rollers. I have one, and, trust me, it’s not as scary as it sounds (yes, you’re rolling tiny needles across your face, but it’s more of a tingling feeling than anything), and it does a good job of opening up your skin to let the serum soak in.

I just ordered this eye gel to try. We’ll see. The reviews are mostly positive.

Oh, and this jojoba oil too (because I’ve been meaning to get some for forever but kept forgetting).

While we’re talking beauty products, I’m eyeing this one closely too. I switched to Devacurl products a year and 1/2 ago and have not only noticed a huge difference in the definition of my curls but can now regularly go 7-9 days between washings. I have found the best prices on Amazon as a general rule.

Okey dokey, folks! That’ll do it for now! I’ll be back soon with my gifting book list!

Full disclosure: when you shop from this gift guide, I receive a small percentage from your purchases on Amazon–at no extra cost to you. Win-win!

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The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide for Kids (2019)


I can’t BE-LIEVE how long it’s been since I’ve pressed publish on a post here (seriously, if you don’t already follow me on Instagram, and you give even the slightest bit of flip about keeping up with M is for Mama, head over there…it’s my “blog” at the moment).

And honestly, I briefly considered letting this year slide without doing an Amazon gift guide (in case you missed it or need a refresher, you can see last year’s here). But I’ve already been asked multiple times if I’m doing it this year, and, once I got going, I was finding all kinds of cool stuff to share. So! Here I am.

And here you are!


If you buy even one thing from this list for any child in your life, make it this one:

Every single one of my children (including Shiloh, even though he’s not actually allowed to play with them) LOVE these. They all make elaborate creations with them and have even been known to sport silly brain flake crowns. And when their friends come over? Yep. They love them too!

Oh, and here’s a version with a lot more pieces.

Another favorite around here are these magnetic shapes, which are a much cheaper alternative to name-brand Magnatiles.

These wooden magnetic shapes are a lot of fun too.

Basically, one week earlier this fall, when Theo and Honor were, shall we say, demonstrating their need for distraction during homeschooling hours, I hopped on Amazon and started ordering sensory + stem toys (hence the tiles and brain flakes above).

My brief binge of all things little boy distracting was rounded out by a bit of kinetic sand.

Yes, it’s messy, but I dump it in large plastic bins and let the kids more or less go to town, and it keeps them happy for quite a while. And you know what they say: when the 2-year-old’s happy, Mama’s happy. Or…something like that.

The next several items all fall into the “wood toys that look way prettier than their loud plastic counterparts” category, but that’s a rather unwieldy title, so let’s skip the categorization and head straight to the toys.

I can see Honor playing with this for a good long while.

And Shiloh’s a fan of these:

And this:

And I’m genuinely considering these for Honor who has a typical little boy’s obsession with all things that go vroom.

I don’t think he’d complain too much about this cute wooden bus situation either.

This stick horse is another little boy-pleaser. We’ve had several versions of these over the years, and while I can vouch for the fact that the sound effects don’t last long (and the batteries can’t be changed), I can also vouch for the fact that that will be juuuuuuust fine with  all the mamas.

This brightly colored stacking rainbow is a fraction of the cost of the name-brand version. It may not be “heirloom” quality, but I can vouch for the fun pop of color plus open-ended play it provides.

Theo and Honor (well, basically all my kids) are obsessed with cyrstals, and Theo took a particular shine to the concept of having one on a keychain like this one when he saw one while we were out and about the other day.

I have it one good authority from a real-life friend + quite a few good reviews that these mini-robots that will repeat anything you say in tiny robot voice are super-cute and entertaining for pretty much all ages (including mamas!).

For the babies in your life…

These adorable neckerchief bibs are such a fun alternative to conventional versions.

And I have this exact set of muslin blanket and can attest to their extreme softness after a few washes. I use them for nursing covers, and all of my babies have preferred them as their sleeping blankets. They make a fantastic gift!

Another fun baby item are these fringed Minnetonka moccasins.

And for the little girls in your life…I had these on my list last year, but this year’s patterns might be even cuter!

Oh! And these velvet bows are adorable and affordable. I just got some for my girls for family pictures, and they are great quality!

Speaking of velvet, this super-plush stuffed peacock comes in multiple sizes and color schemes and has an Anthropologiesque vibe.

Oh, and to keep the girl gifts coming, these nail art pens have surprisingly good reviews (although it sounds like it’s best for ages 10 and up or with close adult supervision).

Another fun one for girl tweens are these washable “hair markers.”

I don’t know if your kids are anything like mine, but I’m guessing a love of carrying things is pretty universal because all 7 of mine who can express such a preference have been allll about that “pack-pack” life. Skip Hop makes a version for little kids with cute animals/shapes and great reviews!

Speaking of carrying things…I kind of want one of these adorable crossbody bags in my size.

My kids looooooove craft supplies, which means they would be ecstatic to get this Crayola craft kit.

Kids (at least mine) aren’t the best at putting things back perfectly in those awesome craft cases they come in, which makes this cute little art caddy a nice companion to all of those shiny new art supplies.

Another favorite around here: Bananagrams! Even the twins (who are seven) play, so it makes for a great family activity.

You might have noticed a particular demographic that I’ve neglected on this list and that is the tween boy (I’m not even trying very hard to hit the teen+ demographic here). I happen to have a couple of those, and, while I know every kid is different (Ezra and Simon are polar opposites in some ways), both of my boys would love to get a pair of these (extremely well-reviewed!) binoculars. (Of course, so would my 4-year-old).

These cute backpacks are on the pricey side but are known for their style + durability and might make for an ideal gift from a grandparent.

They would also really dig these fingerless camo gloves as rad accessories for their chilly, epic Airsoft battles.

I could keep going, but I’ll leave it right here. I sincerely hope this helps you knock out a couple of gifts for some kiddos on your list. I’ll be back very soon with my Under $20 for Women post.

Disclosure: when you shop from my gift guides, I receive a small percentage your Amazon purchases–at no extra cost to you. Win-win!

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