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Under $30 Holiday Gift Ideas

Whether you’re participating in a Secret Santa, need a gift for a White Elephant gift exchange, or simply looking for anime goodies to give as a gift this holiday, finding a budget-oriented anime-oriented gift can be a challenge. To help you out, we’ve together a list of ideas for you to consider!

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Short Anime Series

Complete series collections can be costly, especially for limited and collector’s editions. Plus, receiving the first volume in a set as a gift isn’t always ideal either. Consider shorter series like the ones below to share the joys of anime in one package!

From left: Flowers of Evil, Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Kids on the Slope, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto and SCHOOL-LIVE!


With many streaming services to choose from, anime is more readily available than ever. But the same can’t be said for movies, where availability can be hit or miss. Movies are also an easier entry point for friends or family who have yet to take the plunge of watching that series that you’ve been recommending to them for ages. 

From left: Promare, Spirited Away Steelbook, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Your Name, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable live-action movie directed by Takashi Miike.

Acrylic Standees

Acrylic Standees are the newest thing in collectibles, and they are an easy way to get the feel of a figure, but at a fraction of the price. Each acrylic stand shown below is under $20! Comparable figures in size and height could be closer to $50 in price! Standees are made of a huge variety of characters too so often you can find that standee of someone’s favorite character! Some standees can even be used as keychains or come with multiple parts to create a scene or diorama.

From left: Nezuko Kitty Ver. from Demon Slayer, Slug Girl from Junji Ito Collection, Syaoran from Card Captor Sakura Clear Card, and Ruby Rose from RWBY

Prize Figures

As the name indicates, prize figures are typically offered as a prize in crane games, and they tend to be simpler compared to the typical scale figure. Since paint and mold details are not too complex, prize figures are available at a much lower price point as well. Prize figures are also a great entry point for beginner or casual collectors. Each figure below is under $30 and would please any fan! 

From left: Asuna from Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag, Big Totoro My Neighbor Totoro 3D Puzzle, Izuku Midoriya Texture Ver from My Hero Academia, and Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z.

Artist Goods

Last but certainly not least, consider supporting small businesses and independent artists this holiday season by buying from them via Etsy or their direct websites. Choose from a plethora of uniquely designed pins, keychains, and more. Some artists even have stationery products like washi tape that you can use to add some extra flourish to your gift wrap!

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