24 Gifts Under $25 (That Still Feel Special)
Excited to start Christmas shopping—or are you silently dreading it? We get it, sometimes it seems like the longer the gift list, the less fun holiday shopping can be. While we can't help you cut down on the number of gifts you need to buy, we can help you trim the total cost without sacrificing quality or thoughtfulness. Trust us, these surprisingly cheap Christmas gifts prove that fabulous presents can come with small price tags.
The word "cheap" probably doesn't bring to mind generosity, luxury, and effort—the main ingredients you may think of in a great Christmas or holiday gift—but it's time to change your frame of mind. There's no reason to go into debt to find thoughtful, heartfelt gifts for your family, friends, and kids. As long as the presents you get are chosen and given with love, there's absolutely no shame in sticking to a responsible holiday budget and giving your loved ones inexpensive gifts.
You'd be surprised how many amazing, affordable Christmas gift ideas are out there in the world—you just need to know where to look. Everything on this list of covetable goodies is $25 or less (in some cases much less), so you can find incredible, inexpensive Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone from your best friends to your little cousin.
Claudia Pearson City Tea Towel
Gift your loved one a personalized tea towel (or two) that will look beautiful in their home and show off their city pride—or help bring back memories of a fantastic trip.
The Popper Microwave Bowl
Your loved one's next Netflix binge deserves a fresh, hot bowl of popcorn—without the disposable bag waste. Give the movie lover in your life the gift of perfect popcorn time again with this reusable, microwavable, and collapsible bowl.
Amborella Organics Garden Lover's Seed Lollipop Gift Set
Here's a creative gift that keeps on giving for the gardeners in your life: Delicious, sustainable lollipops with biodegradable sticks. When a treat is finished, plant the leftover stick horizontally and watch it grow into herbs or flowers.
Odds are, someone you love is looking for ways to optimize their workouts at home these days. A pair of sliding exercise discs will bring more intensity, core engagement, and balancing work to any at-home gym routine.
Flynn & King Recover Vegan All-Over Balm in Tea Tree Mint
There's nothing a soothing, all-natural recovery balm can't fix. This vegan, organic salve saves chapped lips, hands, cuticles, elbows, and even knees, and slips perfectly into a stocking, thank-you care package, or a gift on its own.
Kocostar Body Therapy Kit
The self-care treat for anyone who needs a bit of pampering, this set of luxurious body masks includes a multivitamin nail treatment, exfoliating foot wrap, deep conditioning hair mask, and rejuvenating split-end therapy wrap.
SunnyLife Inflatable Cactoss
A giant, inflatable ring toss game for the pool (shaped like a cactus, no less) is the gift that will give back come spring and summer. We dare the person opening this sunny present not to smile.
The humble (yet adorable) bandana is the MVP of accessories right now. Chic as a hair accessory or tied around their neck, it doubles as a makeshift face covering without sacrificing personal style.
Gift Boutique Kid's Chef Pack
Your little sous chef is about to be dressed to impress with their new kitchen accoutrement. Cookie decorating, meatball making, ice cream sandwich assembling—they're no match for this fun and functional kids' Christmas gift.
Velvet Pom Pom Slippers
There's nothing better than opening up a pair of cozy slippers on Christmas morning. Get a pair of these oh-so-soft velvet slides for your family to keep them warm and comfortable while chilling at home—their feet deserve it.
Athleta Made to Move Bandanas
Everyone could use another pack of comfortable face coverings. The perfect quick gift or stocking stuffer, these soft, non-medical bandanas from Athleta are insanely popular for their breathability and adjustability, especially among fitness lovers.
Mash for Adults Game
Remember playing hours of Mash on lined notebook paper in school to predict your future? This upgraded adult version of the favorite fortune-telling game will spark nostalgia in all your friends.
Bob the Bear Pocket Plushies
Another sweet and affordable gift for kids is always a stuffed animal, this one doubles as a soft pillow. Pillow Pocket Plushies are guaranteed to please any youngster thanks to it's squishy, cuddly shape, fun animal faces, and genius side pockets.
Glossier Balm Dotcom
Glossier's universal skin salve might be the best (cheap) Christmas gift someone could ever receive. Pretty, practical, and long-lasting, this cult-favorite balm (shop tinted or untinted, scented or unscented) is the ultimate little gift or stocking stuffer for family members who know the importance of moisturizing.
Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker
For the friend who gets their coffee fix over ice no matter the season, there's the Takeya 10310 Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker. Serving up four helpings of deliciously smooth cold-brew coffee that's not as bitter or acidic as hot-brewed coffee that's been chilled. Bonus: If they're the type to spend half their paycheck to finance a daily iced coffee habit, this budget Christmas gift will help their budget too.
Etched Urban Map Glass
A tumbler engraved with a map of their favorite urban getaway or home city is a personalized addition to your friend's barware collection. Choose from 31 U.S. cities or gift them an assorted collection of city-scrawled glasses (each tumbler is $16).
White Marble Cheese Slicer
Classy, elegant, functional, and under $25? We'll take three. This pretty marble board features a wire cheese-cutter attachment to make perfect, uniform slices of hard or soft cheeses. It's a fabulous holiday-slash-housewarming gift for friends and family members. Hopefully they'll invite you over for wine and cheese very soon.
Areaware Mini Puzzle
A favorite-food-themed jigsaw puzzle that's good-looking enough for the coffee table is exactly the affordable Christmas gift you've been looking for.
Glider Bangle Bracelet
A simple and stackable gold bangle is an everyday jewelry piece that will become their favorite accessory in no time. No one would believe this pretty bracelet is only $20.
GIR 5-Pack of Silicone Straws
Saving the turtles, one cheerful silicone straw at a time. Gift your eco-conscious loved ones a pack of five colorful reusable straws for sipping their favorites, from iced coffee to sparkling water and everything in between.
Help young cousins or siblings decorate their first apartment or dorm room with a string of faux vines. These verdant garlands transform any corner of their personal space into a dreamy, ivy-strung nook, perfect for studying, working remotely, or cozying up with a good book (no plant care required).
Monogram Mouse Pad
Personalize their workspace with a colorful mouse pad emblazoned with their initials. Working from home just got way better looking.
Bodum Tea For One Tumbler
For the pal who can't function without their morning (and afternoon) brew, this single-cup, double-walled tea tumbler with a removable infuser is one gift they'll use time and again. It's easy to use and easier to clean, making each cup they steep a joy. Bonus points for you if you give them some delicious loose-leaf tea, too.
The gift of fresher, greener, creamier avocados—even on day two (or three!) of slicing them open—has arrived. Whoever gets this nifty gift (a glorious set of silicon avocado huggers) will be thanking their lucky stars they have you in their life to ensure the longevity of their favorite food. Plus, no more wasting plastic wrap or single-use sandwich bags to save open 'cados.