The holidays are fabulous! Giving presents. Wrapping them up so pretty. Seeing them piled under the tree. The lights sparkling off the foil wrap. Huge foo-foo bows on top.
Having said that, the hardest gifts to buy aren’t for people at the top of your list where your budget is big.
The struggle comes when buying for those not-so-close friends. Neighbors. Work acquaintances. Delivery and service people.
You want the present to be thoughtful, useful, and look significant. All while staying within a budget. And definitely not so generous that it makes the recipient feel uncomfortable.
Gadzooks! That’s a pretty tall order.
With that in mind, here are 25 gift ideas under $25 that aren’t lame.
They’ll also make great stocking stuffers, an awesome companion to gift cards, and of course, a thoughtful self-reward for being such a hard worker.
‘Cause you know what they say, charity starts at home.
Now, enjoy! And let’s go knock out your holiday shopping.
#1 – Blue Q Dish Towels
If the recipient has a twisted sense of humor, she will adore these.
#2 – Simon Says Game
So it’s Christmas afternoon. Dinner is done. And your family is sitting around staring at each other.
Bust out this retro game and let the fun ensue.
On a side note, you probably don’t want to give this to someone who shares a home with you. The aggressive buzzing sound will eventually drive you bonkers.
#3 – Chocolate Fondue
Another fun activity for Christmas afternoon. Who says fruit has to be healthy?
#4 – Southern Living Cookbook
Let’s be honest, southern women have food and entertaining figured out.
Sharing the latest edition is a special tradition to start for the foodies on your list. As usual, this year’s edition is filled with inspiring pictures, truly yummy recipes, and helpful entertaining tips.
#5 – West Elm Coffee Mugs
I always love a gift with a story. And the fact that these were voted the best coffee mugs by Food & Wine makes them perfect for any coffee lover on your list.
#6 – Gold Re-Usable Straws with Cleaning Brush
For those classy girls who want to save the environment.
#7 – Jo Malone Bar Soap
Jo Malone is the champion when it comes to home fragrance. And why not add some fun to washing our hands 20 times a day?
#8 – Initial Charms – Gold or Pearl
Anything personalized ramps up the thoughtfulness and way outweighs the actual price.
#9 – Fuzzy Socks – Ugg
Any woman with tile or hardwood floors will love these socks to keep warm this winter.
#10 – Azue – 6 Pk
These are literally the best selling socks on Amazon! Plus, they come in a bazillion different color combos.
#11 – Kate Spade Pearl Drop Earrings
#12 – Pearl Headband
#13 – Personalized Passport Holder
Another personalized option and perfect for a girl who is looking forward to traveling. (Whenever things return to normal.)
#14 – Chocolate Body Scrub
#15 – Mac – Firework Lip Gloss Set
Forget the lip gloss – the fuzzy pink cosmetic bag alone is worth the price.
#16 – Philosophy Amazing Grace Roller Ball Set
Fragrance can be tricky, but this is so light everyone loves it. Which is what turned it into a cult classic. And roller balls are perfect for throwing in your handbag and touching up with throughout the day.
#17 – L’Occitaine Hand Cream Set
The best hand cream on the planet! And let’s be honest, washing our hands 20 times a day has not been kind to our skin.
#18 – Bloomingdale’s Cosmetic Bag
A fun gift for every woman who appreciates the glam and luxury of shopping at the iconic department store. The size is sheer perfection – not too big, not too small.
For only $16, you can pop something inside for an added surprise.
#19 – Bauble Bar Bow Hair Clip
I love anything with a pine fragrance. However, some of them can go horribly wrong and remind you of a cheap aerosol room spray.
The next three are the best of the best and make it smell as if you actually have a pine tree in each room of your home.
#20 – Frasier Fir Candle
This is definitely a gift that you’ll want to buy two; one for you and one to give.
#21 – Yankee Candle Plug-In Room Diffuser
I received this last year, and it was one of my very favorite gifts. Heads-up, the oil comes separate from the diffuser, so make sure to pick-up both.
#22 – William Sonoma Hand Soap
Their liquid soap is my favorite for the kitchen. The fragrance is light and fresh, making it an ideal hostess gift.
#23 – Cotton Candy Tube
I know! The tube is $36, but it’s really 6 gifts in one. The tubs are a nice size, and the flavors irreverent. This is a fun gift that’ll make them smile.
#24 – Frango Mints
For those of you in the Midwest, you likely remember Marshall Fields and their iconic Frango mints. This was a holiday staple in my house growing up, and now I love sharing the tradition with our neighbors, the UPS, Fed-Ex, InstaCart, and Amazon Driver.
The mint flavor is a classic, but the toffee is crazy pants good too.
#25 – Sugarfina Cookie Dough Bites
Cookie dough dipped in chocolate. Enough said.
Well, not quite. Sugarfina does such a beautiful job with their packaging that it’s almost like getting two gifts in one.
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Well, that flew by! 25 gifts under $25 that the recipient will actually enjoy.
If you have a moment, pop a comment down below and share which has you most excited.
Here’s to a joyful holiday season.
‘Til next week.
Hugs and happy shopping.