The 7 best impulse Christmas gifts to buy on Amazon for under $20
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Although seeing our loved ones may be difficult this Christmas year, we can still send and receive presents to brighten our spirits. If you need some help with last-minute shopping, we found that perfect gifts on Amazon that's affordable and fun. The best part? Everything is less than $20. And trust us, these gifts will have everyone smiling this holiday season. From blueberry cobbler soy candles to black truffle oil and light saber chopsticks, we have everyone covered. We truly found a gift for every special person in your life.



Camera Lens Coffee Mug

Buy it on Amazon: $13.99

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Most of us are working from home these days, and what better way to enjoy our early morning coffee or tea than with this fancy stainless steel thermos mug. You can also take it with you in the car or go camping with it. It holds all liquids, so feel free to fill it with some booze or smoothies and look cool while doing it. It also keeps your beverages warmer for a longer time. At first glance it looks like a real camera lens, and the raised areas make it very easy to hold too. It's the perfect gift for any photographer or coffee drinker alike.

Phone Screen Amplifier

Buy it on Amazon $19.99

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When your special someone wants to read or watch something on their phone, you can stick it in front of the screen magnifier and see it amplified on a 12" screen. It's simple and easy to use, and all will be thanking you for this thoughtful gift. You can also use it to see photos and read emails—especially if your phone is tiny and it's difficult to see the screen.

Light Saber Chop Sticks

Buy it on Amazon $12.97


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If you are a Star Wars fan and you like eating sushi, this is the perfect gift for you or a friend. It's a perfect stocking stuffer or gag gift, but it's also fun and makes snacking in the dark an entirely new experience. Seriously, who wouldn't want this gift?


Lulu Soy Candles

Buy it on Amazon: $14.95

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With everyone working from home these days, the best gifts should also smell great. These hand-poured candles are eco-friendly with soy wax that's vegan, paraben and cruelty free. It lasts over 50 hours and smells fantastic. There are tons of scents to choose from including espresso bean, lemon and vanilla and crumb cake. There's even a Mary Jane Cannabis candle in 9oz.

Personalized Leather Key Chains

Buy it on Amazon: $10.00

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What's better than a personalized gift for very little money? You can add up to 10 characters on the leather key chain, including your loved ones name, initials, or a personal message. You can also pick from black, blue, brown, cream, dark brown or gray key chains. It's perfect for car keys or for a new home. Just engrave something special and let someone know you care.


Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Buy it on Amazon: $14.88

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This is one of our favorite gifts that anyone would be happy to unwrap. It's Amazon's #1 Best Selling item, and it is the perfect item to cook meats, eggs or even desserts. It's pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and you can use it to sear, sauté, broil, braise, fry, or grill anything you want. You can even bake with it in the oven or over a campfire in the wilderness. Trust us, once you use a cast iron skillet, you'll never want to use another ordinary pan again!


Water-Resistant Portable Speaker

Buy it on Amazon: $16.99

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This has great sound quality for a speaker of this size. It delivers a full bass sound and clear high range, as well. It has a fast connection and incredible wireless Bluetooth range of up to 100 unobstructed feet from your device. It has a long battery life and you can even bring it with you in the shower. This is the perfect gift to rock out on Christmas wet or dry.

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Shopping sustainably is increasingly important given the severity of the climate crisis, but sometimes it's hard to know where to turn. Thankfully, Amazon is making it a little easier to browse thousands of products that have one or more of 19 sustainability certifications that help preserve the natural world.

The online retailer recently announced Climate Pledge Friendly, a program to make it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products. To determine the sustainability of a product, the program partnered with third-party certifications, including governmental agencies, nonprofits, and independent labs.

With a selection of items spanning grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and personal electronics, you'll be able to shop more sustainably not just for the holiday season, but throughout the year for your essentials, as well.

You can browse all of the Climate Pledge Friendly products here, labeled with an icon and which certification(s) they meet. To get you on your way to shopping more sustainably, we've rounded up eight of our favorite Climate Pledge Friendly-products that will make great gifts all year long.

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Jack Wolfskin Women's North York Coat

Give the gift of warmth and style with this coat, available in a variety of colors. Sustainability is built into all Jack Wolfskin products and each item comes with a code that lets you trace back to its origins and understand how it was made.

Bluesign: Bluesign products are responsibly manufactured by using safer chemicals and fewer resources, including less energy, in production.


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Amazon All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen)

For the tech-obsessed. This Alexa smart speaker, which comes in a sleek, compact design, lets you voice control your entertainment and your smart home as well as connect with others.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.


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Burt's Bees Family Jammies Matching Holiday Organic Cotton Pajamas

Get into the holiday spirit with these fun matching PJs for the whole family. Perfect for pictures that even Fido can get in on.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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Naturistick 5-Pack Lip Balm Gift Set

With 100% natural ingredients that are gentle on ultra-sensitive lips, this gift is a great gift for the whole family.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.


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Arus Women's GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hooded Full Length Turkish Bathrobe

For those who love to lounge around, this full-length organic cotton bathrobe is the way to go. Available in five different colors, it has comfortable cuffed sleeves, a hood, pockets, and adjustable belt.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Vegetable Based Soap

This luxe soap, made with moisturizing shea butter and scented with verbena, is perfect for the self-care obsessed.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.

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Goodthreads Men's Sweater-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeve Bomber

For the fashionable men in your life, this fashion-forward knit bomber is an excellent choice. The sweater material keeps it cozy and warm, while the bomber jacket-cut, zip front, and rib-trim neck make it look elevated.

Recycled Claim Standard 100: Products with this certification use materials made from at least 95% recycled content.

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All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Make it even easier to access your favorite movies and shows this holiday season. The new Fire TV Stick lets you use your voice to search across apps. Plus it controls the power and volume on your TV, so you'll never need to leave the couch! Except for snacks.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.

As if we haven't had enough strange things happen this year (which we're only two weeks into, by the way), you may have noticed a sudden proliferation of sea shanty videos come through your social media feeds. While a welcome alternative to the footage of violent insurrection and rising pandemic death tolls in the U.S., the question is: Why sea shanties, and why now?

Though there's actually a wide range of sea shanty communities online, what brought it into the mainstream was a TikTok video from Scottish singer, Nathan Evans, pounding a drum and singing a well-known shanty, "The Wellerman."


Another singer, Luke Taylor, added some bass harmony to it, taking it up a significant notch.



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