It’s the holidays, the season for snow, good cheer, and, of course, gifts. From Secret Santa gift exchanges at work to that Christmas party your friends are throwing, things can quickly get expensive. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list of items for under $25 (USD) that feel thoughtful and definitely don’t scream “cheap”. From the fanciful to the practical, you’ll find something for all tastes here.
1—This Sweese 2101 Porcelain Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid holds 15 ounces, is dishwasher and microwave safe, and comes in a variety of beautiful colours.
Get it from Amazon for $19.99
Review: “A very functional and handy mug for individually sized tea servings. No additional messes, prepare with loose leaf tea in the same mug from which you drink. The infusion basket is generously sized to allow good flow of hot water. It makes a nice gift for the tea drinker. It looks very pretty and is not too heavy. The handle is generously sized to avoid getting hands too warm while holding hot drink.”—Soledad
2— For the fashionista in your life, get this Christian Lacroix Madone Atalante Cerulean Notebook that is perfect for jotting down those creative ideas that always come at 4:00am, and are promptly forgotten.
Get it from Papyrus for $16.95
3—This Monogram Lidded Jewelry Box from Anthropologie is hand-painted with a hand-applied decal, and will add a touch of romance to any home.
Get it from Anthropologie for $14.00
Review: “I bought a couple of these as gifts for friends, and they loved them. They’re both big fans of monogrammed things, and needed a place to store trinkets. I’m considering getting one for myself!”—Whitney1991
4—Get the frequent traveler in your life this tan Leather Passport Case that’s as classy as it is practical.
Get it from J Crew Factory for $16.50
Review: “This is actually quite a nice passport case: very elegant and of good quality. It does fit my US passport (carefully inserting the back endpaper first, then the front one).”—RockyRaccoon
5—What better gift to give your friend or loved one than a new hobby? This Learn to Draw and Paint with Watercolor Pencils kit is perfect for beginners, and includes six watercolour pencils, a sharpener, a brush, paper, and an instruction booklet by Kathi Hanson.
Get it from Amazon for $11.50
Review: “I’m a beginning watercolor pencil person, teaching myself. I loved this little set. The booklets gives at least 10-12 pictures to make, most with step by step instructions. It is basic, but that’s what I need as a beginner. I bought several sets that purport to be for beginners but which are pretty difficult if you’re just starting. I am working my way through all the projects and have done about 8 of the 10-12. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot. Big recommend from me!”— Scootz
6—This blue Plaid Buffalo Scarf is a classic they’ll wear time and time again.
Find it at Banana Republic Factory for $19.99
7— The AAA 4004 Red Aluminum Sport Utility Car Shovel is made from lightweight, high quality aluminum, and will definitely come in handy in weather emergencies.
Get it from Amazon for $24.78
Review: “I like the shovel. It’s pretty convenient to stick in my car during winter. I got to use it once during a winter storm to dig my car out of the snow and it was very handy! I wouldn’t use it for long snow shoveling, but it’s more of an emergency type shovel. Definitely would recommend to keep in your car during winter.”— Amazon Customer
8— The Kingfom Multi-function Desk Organizer/Storage Box will hold their pens and pencils, cellphone, business cards, and more. It can decorate both work and home spaces and it comes in a variety of lovely colours.
Get it from Amazon for $12.99
Review: “It’s well made and serves its purpose, I have room for business cards, post-its, and chapstick in the small front section. It’s a little larger in real life than it appears in the picture.”— Amazon Customer
9—This Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden Kit is the perfect way for them to bring the outdoors inside this winter season. They don’t even need soil, just water, a sunny area, and the kit. You can get pansies, zinnias, or English daisies.
Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.71
Review: “Got this jar as a gift to my significant other for her birthday and she loved it! Pansies are growing very healthy. Very simple to take care and maintain.”—Dcd
10— The Sephora Collection Winter Magic Eyeshadow Palette features eight matte and shimmering eyeshadows that easily go from day to night. The shades are on the natural range and include beige, taupe and brown colours.
Get it from Sephora for $10.00
Review: “Absolutely incredible value. Beautiful quality shadows with lovely coordinating colours. Bought 2 more for gifts!”—greenqueen001
And there you have it! Our 2017 list of gifts for under $25 that we would personally love to receive. We hope that you find it helpful as a starting point in selecting gifts for your friends and loved ones that don’t break the bank, but are still generous in spirit and will light up their faces with joy.
Nezha Boutamine | The Edge Blog