31 Gifts Under $25 That Still Feel Special
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. After all, buying thoughtful items for the people in your life shouldn’t break your budget.
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. And that's why we're here. Everything on this list of covetable goodies is $25 or less (in some cases much less), so you can find incredible, inexpensive Christmas gifts for everyone from your best friend to your partner's dad.
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For Family: Milestone Baby Cards
These sweet cards let new parents announce their little one’s latest achievements. Instead of just updating friends and family about their baby’s age, parents can also share new milestones, like smiling for the first time and (finally) sleeping through the night for the first time.
To buy: $24; anthropologie.com.
For Family: Pop Science: Serious Answers to Deep Questions Posed in Songs by James Ball
What is love? How do you solve a problem like Maria? And who really let the dogs out—like, anthropologically? In this hilariously earnest (and totally genius) coffee table book, real scientists break down famous lyrics to get to the bottom of pop songs' most pressing questions.
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
For Family: Game of Phones
Everyone has their phones out anyway, why not put them to use with this creative card game? The prompt cards turn everyone's phones into the subject of a digital scavenger hunt with timed challenges (i.e. Who has the weirdest Google Image result for their name search?). The person who racks up the most points, wins.
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
For Family: Cable Knit Pompom Beanie
This cozy cap will keep your loved one warm and looking winter-chic without setting you back. They'll be wearing this cable-knit hat all season long.
To buy: $24; urbanoutfitters.com.
For Family: Teddy Bear Faux Fur Slippers
There's nothing better than opening up a pair of fuzzy faux fur slippers on Christmas morning. Get a pair of these teddy bear slides for everyone in your family to keep them warm and cozy all winter—their feet deserve it.
To buy: $15; potterybarn.com.
For Family: Mini Emergency Wireless Portable iPhone Charger
This one's for the family member who always forgets to charge their iPhone (or refuses to upgrade their device to one with an actual battery life). They'll never be without juice thanks to this mini emergency charger that fits discretely in a purse or even a coat pocket.
To buy: $17; worldmarket.com.
For Family: Band.o Travel Corn Hole
Mini cornhole set for the win! This is the ultimate inexpensive Christmas gift that keeps on giving. It's ideal for an office desktop, dorm room addition, or countertop distraction. Whoever gets this gift will be the most popular person in the room this holiday season.
To buy: $18; bando.com.
For Family: Mini Buddha Board
If you've never used a Buddha Board, prepare to be hooked—you'll definitely want one for yourself after giving one to a relative. Draw on the board to your heart's desire in water and watch your creations magically evaporate—then repeat (for hours). It's great for families with young kids, too, because it's just like painting, but without the mess.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
For Family: Mark & Graham Monogrammed Catchall
Lost keys? Misplaced reading glasses? Not anymore. These beautiful enamel catchalls from Mark & Graham come in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as free monogramming in your choice of font. Everyone on your list should have at least one—personalized just for them.
To buy: $19; markandgraham.com.
For Family: 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 (tinted or un-tinted, scented or unscented) is the ultimate little gift or stocking stuffer for family members who know the importance of moisturizing.
To buy: $12; glossier.com.
For Friends: 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.
To buy: $16 each; uncommongoods.com.
For Friends: Zodiac Bar Soap
For Friends: Dark Chocolate Caramel Pretzels
Nothing says "I know you, and I love you" like the perfect edible holiday gift. Caramel Caravan's Dark Chocolate Caramel Pretzels check off all the boxes: salty, sweet, crunchy, gooey, luxe, and affordable (did we miss any?). You'll win Friend of the Year with this delicious gift.
To by: $10; caramelcaravan.com.
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: This budget Christmas gift will help their budget too, if they're spending half their paycheck to finance their daily iced coffee habit.
To buy: $19; amazon.com.
I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller
She's the Rachel to your Monica, so tell her with this deeply reported retroactive examination of the rise and reign of Friends (you know, the sitcom you quote to each other on a daily basis). Even the biggest Friends super-fan will learn something new from author Kelsey Miller's behind-the-scenes deep dive into the iconic show that shaped a decade (or more).
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
For Friends: Corkcicle Stemless Wine Cup
For the friend who loves to sip chilled wine on the beach in summer and hot cider by the fire in November, gift them a durable to-go wine tumbler monogrammed just for them. This cup is triple-insulated, vacuum-sealed, shatter-proof, and stemless to keep hot drinks hot for 3 hours and cold drinks cold for 9 hours, whatever the weather and activity.
To buy: $24; markandgraham.com.
For Friends: Bauble Bar Initial Pearl Hair Pin
Your trendiest friends need these cute hair pins. Pearl-studded initials help personalize this in-vogue hair accessory for the ultimate finishing touch on any outfit.
To buy: $18; baublebar.com.
For Friends: Medium Tube Hoop Earrings
A wide, everyday hoop earring will not go unappreciated by your girl friends who can rock with anything from a white button-up shirt at work to an edgy, all-black ensemble on Saturday night. Sometimes the simplest staple pieces are the best—and these gorgeous gold hoops prove it.
To buy: $15; eloquii.com.
For Friends: Areaware Cereal Little Puzzle Thing
A favorite-food-themed jigsaw puzzle that's good-looking enough for their coffee table is exactly the affordable Christmas gift you've been looking for.
To buy: $15; shopbop.com.
For Friends: Patchology All The Feels Moodmask Sheet Mask Three-Pack
A little pampering goes a long way. Gift your pals a pack of three skin-soothing sheet masks they can turn to when the going gets tough: one hydrating, one acne-fighting, and one refreshing.
To buy: $15; madewell.com.
For Kids: Bundled-Up Monogram Ornament
These little knit ornaments are so sweet. They work for new parents, friends, or even for little kids. They'll love getting a soft, special, colorful ornament with their initial on it—and get excited to hang it on the Christmas tree every year.
To buy: $10; anthropologie.com.
For Kids: Unicorn Mug with Star Stirrer
What's the coolest drink vessel for a cup of hot cocoa? A unicorn mug with a matching star-tipped stirrer. This is one kid's Christmas gift that'll earn you major points.
To buy: $19; shopbop.com.
For Kids: Wunderkin Co. School Girl Persimmon Velvet Bow
Handcrafted in the U.S., Wunderkin Co. bows are a beautiful and budget-friendly gift choice for little ones of all ages. We wouldn't be surprised if your little wunderkind wanted to wear their bow within seconds of opening it.
To buy: $20; wunderkinco.com.
For Kids: Quidditch Mini Puzzle
Harry Potter fans (5 years and older) are about to receive the most awesome 100-piece puzzle for Christmas (thanks to you!). Out of Print's Quidditch-themed puzzle, featuring Mary GrandPré's iconic book cover illustrations, will keep kids problem-solving all holiday break—and leave them wanting more Hogwarts goodies you can follow up with next Christmas.
To buy: $9; outofprint.com.
For Kids: Mudpuppy The Little Traveler Board Book Set
For Kids: Organic Cotton Unisex Pajamas
Light, cute, and made with 100% organic cotton, this sweet PJ set will be your kids' new bedtime favorite in no time.
To buy: from $10; amazon.com.
For Kids: Eco-Dough
This all-natural sculpting dough is just waiting to be turned into their favorite creations. Dyed with fruits and veggies like beets, blueberries, and carrots, you won't have to worry about artificial ingredients with this affordable gift.
To buy: $16; uncommongoods.com.
For Kids: Yellow Geometric Kids' Apron
Your little helper in the kitchen is about to be dressed to impress with their new apron. Cookie decorating, meatball making, ice cream sandwich assembling—they're no match for this fun and functional kids' Christmas gift.
To buy: $19; crateandbarrel.com.
For Kids: Chalkboard Placemat
Doodling is totally allowed at the dinner table—in fact, it's encouraged! Kids can sketch and erase as much as they like on these chalkboard placemats.
To buy: $10; crateandbarrel.com.
For Kids: "All Aboard" S'ip by S'well Water Bottle
The best water bottle isn't the biggest—it's the most durable and has the coolest train-themed motif. Kids will love staying hydrated with this playful bottle that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and warm drinks warm for up to 12 hours.
To buy: $15; swellbottle.com.