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5 gifts available for under $30

Gifts that won't break the bank.

5 gifts available for under $30

With the holidays fast approaching, people are preparing for "the most wonderful time of the year." But, given all the gift-giving, it can also be "the most expensive time of the year." While shopping for others and finding a great gift is what the holiday spirit is all about, it can leave you feeling stressed about how much you're spending. Well, we're here to help with five hand-crafted gifts for under $30 from the Upworthy Market. When you buy from Upworthy Market, you're getting goods that do good. That's because every purchase you make directly supports artisans from all around the world.


1. Cotton Backpack

$23.99
This handcrafted cotton drawstring bag by the House of Antigua Artisans is chic and lightweight. They use traditional looms and methods to create fabulous contemporary accessories. This handwoven cotton backpack in black with red and yellow accents is just right for the gym, library or farmer's market. The bag has polyester cords that adjust both the shoulder strap length and the bag's opening.

2. Silver Ring

$25.99

Using the lost wax casting technique, Alon Diller of Mexico creates a subtle but elegant band ring for men or women. The ring surface is textured to resemble the bark of a tree, while the band's edges are polished to a high shine.

3. Bottle Opener

$27.99

Entertain your dinner guests with this creative wine bottle holder. To enjoy the treat within, you will have to solve the puzzle of how to open the bottle holder. Thai artisan Waraporn Khamsuk handcrafts the puzzle from raintree wood with a white cord. The bottle holder will fit a bottle with a 3-inch diameter and 12-inch height.

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4. Shoulder Bag

$25.99

Thai artisan Jiap Rojjana designed this stunning cotton blend shoulder bag that closes with a coconut shell button. Gold, scarlet and blue designs stand out against a black background, creating a bold and eye-catching look. Orange and white embroidery completes the design. The inside of the bag features a black cotton lining and a zipper pocket.

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5. Camera Lens Mug

$24.95

This deceptively realistic, BPA-free travel mug looks just like a DSLR camera lens with details like a focus ring and grip. The screw-top lid with sliding sip top keeps coffee from spilling as you venture off road to capture that perfect vacation photo.

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“I’m so ugly!”

Her mom gasps, instincts kicking in. “Don’t say that!” But by then the daughter has already broken into tears. It’s hard to watch this innocent child’s self-esteem so devastated.

Luckily, mom knew exactly what to say to help her daughter remember her worth. It's easy to see why this touching video has now gone viral.

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Jimmy Fallon #MyFamilyIsWeird.

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Every family seems to have its own brand of weirdness. In fact, I wouldn’t trust anyone who says that their family is completely normal.

On November 18, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon gave everyone a reason to celebrate their unique families by asking them to share their favorite stories under #MyFamilyIsWeird. The responses were everything from odd holiday traditions to family members that may have a screw (or two!) loose.

Here are 17 of the funniest responses.

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