Genius Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25
These affordable gifts are sure to wow your loved ones this holiday season
Vitruvi Essential Oil Kit
In a year when we could all use some extra calm, a little aromatherapy goes a long way. But rather than guessing whether they’re more of a lavender or eucalyptus person, this kit includes five best-sellers to test out along with a $15 credit.
Buy it! Vitruvi Discovery Kit, $15; vitruvi.com
Lisa Says Gah Denim Wine Tote
Moo-ve over plastic bags — this reusable tote pairs perfectly with a bottle of wine, whether you’re gifting it or enjoying it at home. It comes in a variety of patterns, but the of-the-moment cow print is easy to incorporate into any outfit. The denim tote is perfectly sized to carry a bottle of wine, but you can use it for any beverage of your choice.
Buy It! $25, lisasaysgah.com
Russell Stover Chocolates
With this box of chocolates, you definitely know what you’re going to get: A majorly impactful gift with only a minor investment. (Seriously: This is a budget-friendly gift that is perfect for everyone on your list.)
Apricot LA Cloth Napkins
Cloth napkins are a clear signifier of adulting, if you ask us, but they can often feel too stiff or precious. Enter this whimsical tie-dye set from Apricot LA, which strikes the perfect balance of casual and elegant (not to mention eco-friendly). Available in a number of colorways, there’s a handmade set to elevate all of the post-pandemic dinner parties you’re dreaming of.
Buy It! $25 for 2, apricotla.com
Maison Balzac Volute Candles
Available in a variety of playful colors to brighten up any room, these unique, unscented candles are the perfect stocking stuffer. The glass holders are sold separately, so feel free to get creative with how you use the candles, such as displayed in an empty wine glass.
Buy It! 2 for $20, comingsoonny.com
Crown Affair Silk Scrunchies
Made from 100 percent silk, these chic scrunchies help avoid the crimping and breakage that’s common with elastic hair ties. Particularly great for fine, dry or curly hair, they look and feel great both in a ponytail or on your wrist.
Buy It! $15 for 3, crownaffair.com
Z Supply Socks
Trust us: Fuzzy socks are the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Bring this printed pair to White Elephant, and everyone will want to steal your gift.
Buy it! Star plush socks, $12; zsupply.com
Mimeo Custom Puzzles
They'll need something to do during this long, locked-down winter - might as well make it a fun activity that reminds them of you!
Buy It! Mimeo custom puzzle, $17.99 and up; mimeophotos.com
Maude Burn Massage Candle
Set the mood with this skin-softening, jojoba-oil-based massage candle. Light the match and enjoy the notes of amber, lemongrass and tonka bean — once melted, the wax can be applied onto the skin for a massage, whether you're solo or with a partner.
Buy It! $15 for 2 oz., $25 for 4 oz., getmaude.com
Pampered Chef Kitchen Essentials
This range of affordable kitchen essentials, like a garlic peeler & slicer and potato masher, make whipping up new recipes so easy, even novice chefs will be thrilled to spend all winter cozied up in the kitchen.
Buy It! $11 and up, pamperedchef.com
This may seem a bit strange for a stocking stuffer, but the recipient will think of you gratefully for the next three years - because that's how long this cloth that magically removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup will last her. (And you can snag some serious deals on the brand's site before the holidays!)
Buy It! Original MakeUp eraser, $20; sephora.com
Bring your favorite local coffee shops home — or gift them to a caffeine-loving friend — with Dripkit’s ready-to-brew packets of your favorite blends, including Stumptown’s Holler Mountain and Verve’s Seabright.
Buy It! $15 for a 5-pack, dripkit.com
Spotify Gift Card
Judging by everyone's Spotify Wrapped year-end lists, people have been using their time at home to listen to Folklore 300,000 times consecutively. Enable that cathartic experience, ad-free, by gifting them a month or two of the service.
Buy It! Spotify gift card, $10; walmart.com
bareMinerals Cheek & Lip Set
Go glam for the holidays with this limited edition four-piece set of some of the brand's best-sellers, including finishing powder, bronzer, blush and lipstick. With a $61 value, this set's a steal!
Buy It! $15, bareminerals.com
Wildland Organics Gua Sha
Gua Sha tools have been used for centuries in Chinese beauty to gently massage away facial tension and increase circulation — and who couldn’t use a little extra self-care this holiday season?
Buy it! Gua Sha, $20 each; wildlandorganics.com
A Book of Cute Animals
The one thing everyone could use at the end of the, um, memorable year that has been 2020.
Buy It! This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals that Will Make You Feel Better, $14.95; crackerbarrel.com
Kitsch Face Masks
No, we never thought we’d be asking for face masks this year either. But since we are, they may as well be super-cute, super-soft and super-breathable like these 100-percent cotton set.
Buy it! Cotton face masks set of 3, $13; ulta.com
Journaling is a great way to clear your head and organize your thoughts — something that feels more necessary than ever this year. This journal can help keep you on track. A step up from a basic notebook, the Habit Journal helps provide structure in order to inspire planning and goal-setting for the future, and creates a space for mindfulness and self-reflection while keeping you accountable.
Buy It! $24, evergreenjournals.com
Skin Supply Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer has become a must-have in our daily lives, but finding one that doesn't dry out our hands has proven to be a little tough. Skin Supply's formula is not only effective, but it also hydrates and leaves skin feeling soft thanks to added eucalyptus and aloe. Plus, the bottle lasts forever!
Buy It! On sale for $8.99, skinsupply.com
The Seasoned 50/50 Burger
Send a luxurious gift to spoil the burger lovers in your family. These delicious patties are made with 50 percent Tajima American Wagyu Beef and 50 percent Heritage Kurobuta Pork and mixed with spices and herbs to create a rich and mouthwatering meal for two. Each pack comes with two 8 oz. burgers.
Buy It! On sale for $9.99, holygrailsteak.com
Tootsie Roll or Junior Mint Hot Cocoa
The weather is getting colder, which means it's officially hot cocoa season! Nostalgic and delicious at the same time, Two Rivers Coffee has created Tootsie Roll and Junior Mint-flavored hot cocoa that makes for the perfect seasonal stocking stuffer.
Buy It! $22.36; amazon.com
Three Ships Beauty
Self care is more important now than ever, so why not give your loved ones the tools to make pampering possible? Three Ships products are made with 100% all-natural ingredients (which is why that Piña Colada Lip Exfoliator tastes as good as it makes your lips feel!) and are cruelty free. Bundle up some products or use them individually as stocking stuffers!
Buy it! Piña Colada Lip Exfoliator, $14; threeshipsbeauty.com
Buy it! Soothe Mask, $18; threeshipsbeauty.com
Buy it! Awake Hydrosol Toner, $18; threeshipsbeauty.com
These magnetic, leakproof capsules made out of recycled plastic are the key to staying organized in 2021 and make for a great stocking stuffer. Created to replace single-use plastic travel containers, these capsules are perfect for storing your vitamins, paints, hand sanitizer, dainty jewelry and all of your favorite skincare products, whether you're on the go or putting them on display at home.
Buy It! $14 each, keepyourcadence.com
These journals from Papier look and feel so much more expensive than they actually are. Not only are they super chic and sleek, but they also allow for (free!) customization, depending on how you plan to use it. First, you can choose whether you want lined, dotted or plain paper inside; then, you can personalize the cover with whatever words you’d like. 2021 gratitude journal, here you come!
Buy It! $21, papier.com
Wattpad Premium+ Subscription
Gift your favorite bookworm a subscription to one of the biggest reading platforms on the planet, where new stories are being added every minute to the easy-to-navigate app. It allows writers of all experience levels to share their work with readers, but regularly features exclusive pieces by acclaimed authors like Margaret Atwood and Zoe Aarsen. Some Wattpad stories have even gone on to become published and turned into movies (ever heard of The Kissing Booth?)
Buy It! $10/month, wattpad.com
Bath and Body Works Single Wick Candles
Bath and Body Works candles are some of the most popular in the game, and these adorable single wick versions are perfect for gifting (because who doesn’t need another candle?!). We recommend the scents above — they’re not too sweet, the packaging fits into anyone’s decor, and they make your home smell like a freshly-picked Christmas tree!
Buy It! $14.50 each (on sale for $8), bathandbodyworks.com
Pure Bloom Mask Refresher
Pure Bloom’s Mask Refresher spray is the ultimate 2020 skincare product: germ-killing alcohol quickly sanitizes masks, while CBD and tea tree oil soothe irritated skin. Bonus: the lavender scent is divine. Maskne, be gone.
Buy it! Clean Mask Refresher, $16, getpurebloom.com
Nalgene 'Water is Life' Bottle
Hydrated people are happy people — and this special edition Nalgene Outdoor water bottle supports an important cause, too. Five dollars from every sale of the Tó éí iiná (Water is Life) bottle designed by Navajo artist Jaden Redhair goes toward critical supplies needed to combat the water crisis America’s largest indigenous tribe is facing.
Buy it! Nalgene Water Fund Exclusive Bottle, $15; nalgene.com
Saie Dew Balm
Winter's harsh weather putting a damper on your inner glow? Saie's glossy highlighter will perk you right back up, with three colors that provide more of a natural, dewy sheen than a full strobe effect.
Buy it! Saie Dew Balm, $18; saiehello.com
Us Two Tea
Trying to cut back on coffee? Or just in the market for some really, really good tea? Us Two Tea, founded by Shanghai-born Maggie Ranmu Xue, is a farm-to-cup purveyor of premium, all natural teas. Hand-selected and sourced directly from small family-owned organic farms in Taiwan, these teas are packaged in sustainable corn-fiber sachets that can be brewed up to three times each. A variety pack lets you explore which flavor profile you like best.
Buy it! Us Two Tea Variety Pack, $22; ustwotea.com
Roth Easy Entertaining Cheese Board
Crafting the perfect cheese plate has never been easier — this affordable, tasty set from Roth Cheese comes ready to serve, with a bamboo cheeseboard and wooden cheese markers. Pair it with a fig jam, some grapes and you're good to go!
Buy It! $12.99, safeway.com