Last-Minute Food Gifts That Cost $20 Or Less

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.
If you recently found yourself wondering, how the hell we are halfway into December?! — we can relate. Other than a working title for our annual holiday disaster drama, it's also the panic inducing feeling we get as we glance at our Google calendars, prompted by a co-worker's cheery question, "Have you finished all your holiday shopping?" No Susan, no we haven't. Turning into a last-minute shopper isn't our first choice, but the idea of blowing our budgets at the beginning of the month isn't a great option, either. And so we wind up holding onto our bucks as long as possible. But now, how do we unstick ourselves from this halfway through-December gift-less dilemma? Well, here's one idea: the under $20 food find.
Advertisement
Hear us out, not only are edible gifts affordable (especially when compared to buys in other categories), but they also have potential to be endlessly customizable with a little noshing know-how. Plus, you easily can pick one up just about anywhere at any anytime, tie it all together with a bow, and call your gift shopping complete. If you're still feeling fresh out of ideas, let us do you another last-minute solid: Ahead, find a lineup of impressive food-related finds all for under $20 that you can buy now (or later). Hey, you have some time left before 2019 to shell out that Jackson — so Susan can put a sock in it.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
1 of 17
The pizza rats in your life will thank you for this memorializing sock set.
2 of 17
Bestow this condiment upon anyone looking to drizzle major sweet and spicy flavor on top of everything from pizza to fruit and even ice cream.
Advertisement
3 of 17
Treat your giftee to breakfast in New Orleans (minus the pricey plane ticket) with a box of authentic French doughnut mix.
4 of 17
Find out if your fellow gourmets know all the answers to this foodie-themed trivia game — like, what kind of smoked fish is a kipper?
5 of 17
This season, we're getting this bread croissant.
6 of 17
Accessorize your loved ones with spicy on-the-go swag.
7 of 17
For classical foodies who consider BECs a form of fine art.
Advertisement
8 of 17
Don't underestimate the power of good flaky sea salt — Jacobsen's slim pouch will up your saltiest friend's seasoning game.
9 of 17
Spread the cheese cheer and gift this inspirational grater necklace.
10 of 17
Looks like an artisan-style Pop Tart, but tastes like a buttery and flaky blueberry pie — and gifts like you home-baked it.
11 of 17
Allow a cheese lover to wear their pride on their forehead with this 100% cotton hat from Murrary's.
12 of 17
Sea salted caramel butter cookies sandwiching vanilla bean-infused marshmallows may be queen of the food gift game.
Advertisement
13 of 17
Yes, a bag of potato chips can and should be a suitable gift — especially when it's a gourmet, black truffle situation.
14 of 17
Pin your slice wherever you please for extra cheesy (and pepperoni) style.
15 of 17
Gift this chic cube of gummies to your very own sugar lips: in sweet and sour watermelon, strawberry, and bubble gum flavors.
16 of 17
For those who aren't messing around with their mustard, this horseradish-infused jar is a condiment king.
17 of 17
Surprise a candy critic with this unique tube of craft caramels, handmade with activated charcoal.
Advertisement

More from Food & Drinks

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.