Gift under £20 of the Year shortlist

Looking for a gift for a friend but don't want to overspend? We've got you covered with five of our favourite interesting Gift Ideas Under £20...

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Haynes Fakeaway Manual

Haynes has long been known as a maker of vehicle manuals, but it's branched out into what it calls 'lifestyle' manuals in recent years — and they're surprisingly good. Haynes Fakeaway Manual coincides with the recent trend of cooking your favourite takeaway at home, so it's now super easy to get that authentic taste at a fraction of the price.

There's a wide range of recipes in the book — including Pad Thai, Korean chicken wings, churros, gyoza, shish kebab, Mango Lassi drinks, chicken katsu curry and many, many more of your favourites. For a novice chef, this is a simple step-by-step guide and for the more accomplished chef, there are some unusual techniques and ingredients to try out.

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The Fakeaway Manual: Creating Your Favourite Take-Away Dishes at Home (Haynes Manuals)



Seedballs are designed to make sowing seeds incredibly easy and create beautiful wildflower patches in your garden to help to attract bees and butterflies. Each tin costs only £6 on the Seedball website, or £19 for a set of Bee Mix, Butterfly Mix and Urban Meadow Seedball tins on Amazon.

Each tin contains around 20 one-centimetre balls made of clay, up to 100 seeds, peat-free compost and a pinch of chilli powder to ward off pests. The idea is that each seed ball has everything it needs to get started and you don’t need any gardening expertise to get good results. The seeds, as well as the tins, are also made in the UK.

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SEEDBALL Bee Mix Seed Bombs (Wild Flower Tin) – 20 Seed Balls Per Pack | Bee Friendly British Wildflower Seeds - Seed Bomb with Poppy, Chamomile, Cornflower, Corn Marigold & Night–Flowering Catchfly


Lazerbuilt Chewbacca’s Bandolier seat belt cover

The seat belt cover is designed to look like the bandolier that Chewbacca wears in the Star Wars films and comes packaged in a cardboard box which, when opened, reveals a piece of padded material that’s 50cm x 15cm. The makers are unclear as to whether the furry side of this seatbelt cover is real Wookie fur, though from our tests we’re pleased to confirm that it would appear to be faux Wookie fur.

The Chewbacca Bandolier Seat Belt Cover makes an inexpensive gift and is so simple to use that it could be fitted to a seatbelt by just about anyone.

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Brainwavz S0 in-ear headphones

If you’re looking for a good value gift, these balanced earphones are available for a very reasonable price. The in-ear headphones feature noise isolation, which generally costs more than the modest price tag, and they S0 are also relatively comfortable

They also come with a lot of accessories and have a pleasant, warm sound signature.

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Mud & Bloom subscription box

Mud & Bloom is a monthly subscription box delivering seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box contains everything you need for four seasonal growing and craft activities along with instructions, nature news and games to teach children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil etc.

The boxes have been created for 3-8 year old's by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum. Boxes start at £8.95 a month plus free shipping. There's also currently a 10% discount running, so if you sign up you'll receive 10% off your first box using the code FIRSTBOX10 at checkout. This offer only applies to the month to month boxes, not the 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions.

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