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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For New or Expecting Parents
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).
For The Blended Family
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.
For The Soccer Coach
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
For The Yogi
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.
For The Traveler
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.
For The New Hire
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!)
For The Fitness Freak
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.
For The Animal-Loving Toddler
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.
For The Pseudo-Marie Kondo
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.
For The Mini NBA Star
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.)
For The Workaholic
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.
For The TikTok-Obsessed Tween
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.
For The Insta-Obsessed
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.
For The Storyteller-in-Training
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.
For The Project Manager
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.
For a Family That Loves Game Night
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.
For The Architect or Design Fanatic
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.
For Anyone Who Needs Help Expressing Emotions
For Anyone Who’s Always on The Go
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.
For The Astrology Lover
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.
For Movie and Music Lovers
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].
For The Aspiring Veterinarian
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.
For The 2000s Girl
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.
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