The holidays are just around the corner and—if you couldn’t already tell by our collection of gift guides—we can barely contain our excitement. That said, there’s a certain level of finesse that goes into finding the perfect present. Not to mention that finding a meaningful, sentimental gift that’s also affordable can feel nearly impossible. You’ve got enough going on, which is why we’re here to do all of the web searching and product sourcing for you. Read on to see 35 of the most thoughtful gifts under $25 for moms, dads, kids and friends.
Here Are the Most Thoughtful Gifts You Can Give For $25 or Less
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1. Letters To My Baby
Okay, this one is so. Cute. The set includes 12 fold-and-mail letters that expecting and new parents can use to capture little moments in their kids’ childhood. Each note can be postdated, sealed and then gifted to children on the day of their wedding or high school graduation. It’s a truly meaningful gift that will be a definite tear-jerker (in 18 to 25 years).
2. Do You Really Know Your Family? Card Game
This card game is great for recently blended families (particularly if your kids are 8+ years old). It’s filled with tons of ice breakers and silly challenges to get people into the holiday spirit and create “laugh so hard you’re in tears” memories that you’ll talk about for years to come. Who knows, you might even create a new family tradition in the process.
3. Dad's Playbook
If you know a dad who has joined Ted Lasso’s cult following, you need to get him this book. It features hundreds of quotes and insights that have been culled from sports' greatest coaches, and we think he would love it almost as much as he loves the show itself.
4. Yoga Dice
Need something (other than a yoga mat) to gift to your token yogi friend this year? We think they’ll love this set of seven wooden dice to mix up their practice. Each die features seated, standing, balancing, twisting and other poses, so with a roll of the dice, they can create their own fresh new flows.
5. Rosetta Stone Classes
Here, a (very useful) subscription for anyone who’s finally taking that trip to Paris. With more than 25 languages to choose from, Rosetta Stone helps its students become fluent speakers through real-world scenarios, interactive lessons and audio clips from native speakers. Just don’t blame us when they start using phrases like salut à bientôt in daily interactions.
6. Baby Astrology Board Books
New parents get plenty of onesies and bibs. Mix things up with a gift that’s less expected—and even more personal. Each book covers everything about their baby’s zodiac sign, from traditional traits to unique personality characteristics.
7. Chewy Vuitton Interactive Trunk Dog Toy
If this toy doesn’t scream “designer dog,” then we don’t know what does. Gift this to someone who loves their Louis Vuitton handbag almost as much as their mini sheepadoodle.
8. Brass Monkey Hidden Agenda Mini Planner
We love this cheeky planner—that's actually superbly organized and sleekly designed—for anyone who's recently started a new job or been promoted. It’s undated, so you can put it to use at any time, and each day features a few fun facts that can double as watercooler (or Zoom) conversation starters. (For ex: Did you know May 23 is Lucky Penny Day, and that $62 million in pennies are lost in circulation each year? The more you know!)
9. Lutava Charcoal-Infused Antimicrobial Fitness Towel
You may not have the budget for new running sneaks or top-of-the-line leggings, but we guarantee this is the gift they haven’t thought of (that won’t kill your wallet either). The towel’s charcoal-infused cotton fibers help balance natural oils. Plus, its antimicrobial loops absorb moisture and dry 30 percent faster than an average bath towel.
10. Personalized Name Puzzle with Animals
When it comes to learning how to read, self-correcting puzzles can create a lot of positive vibes while promoting concentration and problem-solving skills. This wooden puzzle was inspired by the Montessori technique—which allows children to make creative choices in their learning—and you can choose between five customizable options, including your child’s name and a selection of up to eight animals.
This tool bracelet is perfect for the person who’s always fixing things around the house. It contains ten embedded magnets in the wristband for holding screws, nails, bolts, washers and drill bits with ease.
12. Remodelista: The Organized Home Book
For The Pseudo-Marie Kondo
Speaking of housework, most mothers would agree that a neatly organized home is a happy home (or at least one that doesn’t give us a stress rash). So gift this to someone who has a passion for color coding and clutter-free countertops.
13. Iphone Lens Kit
We all have someone in our lives who feels the need to photograph everything. Help them take their pics to the next level with a set of nine iPhone lenses that can capture every angle.
This hoop mug is perfect for a little boy or girl who would love to dunk, layup and free-throw shots with their cereal or oyster crackers in soup. (Because, let’s be real: They already have every toy and game under the sun, and anything that gets a kid to eat is a win in our book.)
15. Therapy. Bath Salts
Gift this bath soak to someone who is in desperate need of a relaxing night off. It’s scented with essential oils and infused with dried botanicals to help detoxify and calm the body. Not to mention that it also purifies skin as it soothes muscle aches and pains. Win-win.
Capturing a tween/teenager’s attention was already tricky, and TikTok has only made things worse. Luckily, this game consists of 100 cards with more than 200 TikTok ideas for them to post on their feed. They might give you the eye-roll at first, but trust us—they won’t be able to resist posting a video of grandpa dancing on Christmas Eve.
17. Instagram-Friendly Book
This book is perfect for someone who’d love to bring their digital memories into the real world—but never gets around to, you know, actually printing pics out. Just connect directly to their Instagram feed, and you’re good to go. No uploading required.
18. The Splendid Things My Voice Can Do
This book is great for kids who are learning verbal skills, where it’s filled with silly sounds, riotous rhymes and tongue twisters. It’s fantastic for reading aloud before bedtime, and parents seem to enjoy it almost as much as the kids.
19. The Practice Stick Ball Shagger
This one goes out to the golfing grandpa who constantly complains about his bad back. The lightweight tube can scoop up to 23 golf balls with ease. Now he can enjoy the game without bending over backward (literally).
20. Patterned Desk Organizer
A chic emerald desk organizer for the teacher who’s looking to keep notecards, paper clips, pushpins and other desktop necessities in one place (and simply cannot deal with receiving another “World’s Best” mug).
21. Papier Joy Pocket Planner
Sticking with the theme of organization; does your sister-in-law have “project manager” in her job title, but you’re not exactly sure what she does? We guarantee this minimalist notebook—which features yearly, monthly and weekly sections to help break down big initiatives into small, manageable tasks (and keep them on deadline)—is a fail-safe gift that she’ll use on the reg.
22. Apples To Apples Game: Disney Edition
If you’re familiar with the original Apples to Apples game, you’ll love this Disney-infused version. All of the rules are the same, but the Red Apple cards come to life with pictures from Disney theme parks, movies, and shows in this game. Just be sure to watch out for the poison apple card.
23. Taschen Bauhaus Book
Shopping for the decor snob in your life is hard, but shopping for them on a sub-$30 budget is nearly impossible. Luckily, we found this ultra-chic Bauhaus coffee table book that’ll be as endearing as it is chic to the designer in your life.
24. Teeturtle Reversible Octopus Plushie
If you haven’t already seen this guy on TikTok, it’s a plush octopus toy with two reversible sides; one happy and one angry. It’s gone viral with parents who are using it to help kids express their emotions, but we’d also like to get one for our introverted S.O’s.
25. Desk Mug Warmer
This electric desktop coffee warmer is the perfect gift for someone who loves their coffee but rarely gets to down the whole mug while it’s hot. Plus, it has an auto-shutoff feature to ensure it won’t accidentally start an office fire.
26. Lomi Massaging Foot Warmer
Need something special for the mother of four who seems to fit 36 hours into the rest of us mere mortals’ 24? We think this foot massager will transport her to a world of relaxation that she totally forgot about. It emits soothing vibrations and has a built-in heat mode, and the non-slip microfleece material is ultra-plush.
27. Zodiac Trinket Box
A precious ceramic trinket box set for someone who loves all things astrology. Each set includes a lid with a glazed box that displays a golden constellation and the traits of whichever sign you choose. It’s a personal gift that requires a little planning (ahem, knowing the recipient’s birth date) but you can still scoop it up at the last minute—no waiting to have something customized—just in case time got the better of you.
28. Brookstone Sound-Reactive Lights
OK, your movie fanatic already has the TV and the sound system. Now they need the *ambiance.* These 16-foot-long LED strip lights are sound sensitive and respond with color to match the volume of any movie, song or game that’s streaming—a must-have for someone who’s always listening to the latest [fill in the blank].
A kit that has everything necessary for keeping that beard trim and tidy. It includes a beard balm, a natural wooden brush, a double-sided comb, stainless steel scissors and growth oil (and it even comes with a cute little travel bag).
30. Classic Literature Rocks Glass
Do you have a writer in the family? Trust us: They’ve gotten enough novels, notebooks and fancy pens over the years. Opt for something less expected, like these rocks glasses with texts from classic novels will be sure to impress.
31. Click N' Play Veterinary Play Set
This playset is guaranteed to be a hit with mini-animal lovers and future Peace Corps volunteers. It comes with a stuffed puppy, stethoscope, ear scope, syringe, bandages, ointment, dog ID card, scissors, thermometer, Tweezers and more—and it even includes a carrying case for easy travel.
32. Urban Decay 00's Decades Mini Palette
An eyeshadow palette that takes its cues from the early 2000s hip hop. After all, y2k beauty is back and better than ever, and your nostalgia-loving friend already has the music (and moves) on lock. All that’s missing is this set. And maybe some butterfly clips.
33. Mophie Power Station Mini Portable Charger
A convenient and portable charger for someone who’s always running out of iPhone juice.
34. Tiled Margot Monogram Mug
A monogrammed initial mug that’s inspired by French bistro tilework. Gift this one to a friend who loves cozying up by the fire.
35. Michael Kors Classic Rib Beret
A fabulous cashmere beret that can bring a French flair to your friend’s wardrobe. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.”
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