60+ Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25

Christmas Gift

The holidays can take a toll on your budget. Fear not – we've got you covered with 60 gift ideas for everyone on your list. The best part is that each idea on this list costs $25 or less.

From toys for your kids to the perfect present for the office white elephant gift exchange, our list will make this year’s holiday shopping easy and affordable.

Gift Exchange and Christmas List Ideas

1. Lost and Found App
Know someone who is always losing their keys, phone, or wallet? Then look no further than giving them a Bluetooth tracker. I discovered this thing and it changed my life. You just put the tiny ring on whatever object and you'll never turn the house upside down again. I got this one from Tile Mate [$19.99] and love it.

Tile Mate - Key Finder Price: $21.24 Tile Mate - Key Finder

2. Self-Correcting Golf Balls
Have an avid golfer in the family? Get them more of what they need to help improve their game. As an occasional golfer myself, I can tell you I appreciate having plenty of golf balls handy for my next round. I'm not sure these are PGA legal, but I like the looks of the Self-Correcting Golf Balls by Polara [$21.95].

3. Board Game
Games bring the whole family together. There is not a better time for board games than the holidays when family members have more free time to hang out. We highly recommend the very popular Quirkle from Mindware [$18.46 + shipping].

4. Hat, Gloves and Scarf
This is a safe bet because most places get cold during the holiday season and who can't use a new cozy hat, scarf or pair of gloves? Animal hat and scarf combos are very popular right now. We found this one that even includes matching mittens! Husky Animal Hat with Mittens [$19.99].

5. Healthy Popcorn Popper
Popcorn is a naturally gluten-free snack that your health conscious friend probably loves. I tried this popcorn popper and am so impressed with its freshness! I feel better serving this to my kids instead of a highly processed microwave popcorn bag. Plus, we can prepare it however we want: salty, sweet, using ghee, coconut oil, etc. The Original Salbree Popcorn Popper [$15].

6. A Multi-Tool
Guys love gadgets. The ultimate gift for any guy on your list is either a multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife. These are perfect for the kitchen drawer, glove box, toolbox, tackle box, garage, etc. We can all use a multi-tool for quick repairs on the fly. Entry level tools and knives can be found for around $25 and we think you can't go wrong with this Suspension Opening Multi-Tool by Gerber [$19.97].

Multi-Tool Price: $19.97 Multi-Tool

7. Soap and Lotion Bundles
The weather outside is frightful…for the skin, that is! This is a great gift for the ladies as they can never seem to own too many lotions and potions that make their skin ever-so-soft. There are endless options for around $25. This one I've gifted received very high reviews, Lavender Bath and Body Gift Basket [$14.99] which includes body lotion, bubble bath, shower gel and bath fizzer.

8. Crock-Pot
Share your love of easy-to-make, no-mess home cooked meals by giving your friend or loved one a crock-pot. A three-quart size is plenty big for a family and makes cooking SO easy. You could even include a Crock-Pot cookbook! I use this one and love it: Stainless Steel Slow Cooker by Crock-Pot [$18.49]

9. Keychain Phone Charger
Seriously, who couldn't use one of these? This gift has mass appeal. Keychain phone chargers fit onto your keys, can be recharged using a USB and will keep your charge going all day. Prices range from $5 to $75 but we found this one for iPhones for [$7.49] and this one for Androids for [$8.99].

10. Books
Gifting books does not get old. Whoever thought electronics would replace books was dead wrong! And most books easily fall under the $25 price tag; fiction, non-fiction, biographies, guides, cookbooks, etc. We have some ideas for you:

11. A Flask
For those that like to imbibe. Why not buy them an alcohol-smuggling flask they can take to their next ball game, concert or poolside outing? We compared a few and like this one: The Original Shot Flask with a Built-in Shot Glass [$17.99].

The Original Shot Flask Price: $17.99 The Original Shot Flask

12. Alcohol!
Most folks enjoy a drink or two around the holiday season – so why not make it a special one? For beer lovers, visit a specialty store like World Market to find unique selections that make easy gifts (just put a bow on it!). If your recipient is more a wine person, then it's easy to find bottles of wine for less than $25, but what about giving them something they might not buy for themselves? Like this totally awesome Electric Wine Opener by Oster [$15.99].

13. Holga Camera
Do you want physical photos that print with an Instagram filter? Believe it or not, the Holga camera can do that. Made in Hong Kong, these popular cameras are a perfect gift for the photographer on your list. And lucky for you, they cost no where near the price of today's high-end digital SLRs. This one is a bit higher than $25, but it's the cheapest Holga I could find: Holga Camera [$39.99].

14. Money Maze Bank
Here's a creative way to give cash or a gift card – enclose them in a money maze and have a grand ole time watching the recipient get to their gift. After the fun of the initial gifting, the Money Maze can be turned into an actual piggy bank with built-in security feature. Here's one for $9.90.

15. Gift Card
Gift cards are great because they allow the person some flexibility. I love giving gift cards to restaurants in hopes that I will get invited (I like to eat!), but gift cards to the movies, Amazon or a local store would all work. Oh, and I've got a tip for you! If you watch a couple videos or complete a few surveys, a company called Swagbucks will reward you in FREE gift cards (that you can re-gift to your friends). Plus they give you $5 cash just for signing up!

16. Personalized Towels
Whether you order personalized beach towels for kids, or family name hand towels for the kitchen, personalized towels of any kind make for a great gift. It's not just towels you're gifting, but towels that required effort and in which you put in thought! This set of towels has plenty of color options and look well-made: Personalized Hand Towels [$14.99].

17. Workout Inspiration
Do you know someone who always talk about their plan to start exercising but then never does it? Give them the push they maybe need! Go to the App Store and search “Workout Videos,” you'll see dozens of options, many of them free. Then select the one you like and click “Share app.” If you want to give something physical, I recommend introducing them to calisthenics. This is working out where the person only uses their own body, no weights, no machines, nada. It's too easy not to do if they want to start exercising! This guy is awesome for that.

18. Earbuds
Have a friend who is always losing their earbuds? Almost everyone has an iPhone, iPod, or some other hand-held digital device these days. Why not upgrade their listening experience this holiday season by giving them a nice pair of earbuds? These ones look sleek: Noise-Isolating Earphones from Ultimate Ears [$19.99].

19. Fireplace Scented Candle
Not every home is built with a fireplace, but any home can smell like it is! Purchase a fireplace-scented candle, and you’ll give that cozy feeling with no fire required. This one's reviews says its legit: Firewood Crackling Candle [$19.95].

20. Annual Magazine Subscription
If your friend or loved one has a hobby, odds are there is a magazine for that. Pick up a hard copy of the current issue from the drugstore and you’ll have something to wrap and give along with the subscription. Magazine subscriptions are cheap!

21. Wallet / ID Case
Wallets make a great gift because they tend to wear out every few years or so and you have to have someplace to hold all that cash! I prefer a money clip style slim wallet, but both that style and the traditional trifold can be found for under $25. This Nautica Men's Milled Passcase Wallet [$18.00] is a great deal from a great brand. Designer ID cases for women are popular right now, too. I'm eyeing this Vera Bradley Zip ID Case [$12.00] because I know enough to know Vera Bradley is top notch brand and you can't beat the price.

Vera Bradley Womens Zip Id Case Price: $12.00 Vera Bradley Womens Zip Id Case

22. Chat Books Photo Book
There is an app that will take photos from your friends' or family members' Facebook, Instagram or camera roll and convert them into a chic, colorful photo book. Each book contains 60 high-quality photos. Check out Chat Books [$10]. Once the books are printed they can be mailed to you or your recipient. It's a great gift for grandparents. Easy and creative!

23. Specialty Food or Coffee
Treat your family or friends to box of authentic New Orleans beignet mix. Add in a can of Café du Monde coffee and chicory and you have the perfect gift for the foodie in your life (that knows how famous and wonderful New Orleans beignets and coffee are) Cafe Du Monde Coffee & Chicory and Beignet Mix Set [$18].

24. Scratch off Map
Do you know someone who loves to travel? Help them keep track of their adventures with a Scratch-Off Map. This can be a great gift for kids, helping them remember the names and locations of the states they've visited (or countries). If you're buying for a well-traveled older person, there are sleek Scratch-Off maps that make for great conversation starters to hang in their home. This one is a good place to start your search: Scratch-Off Map [$19.63].

25. Food Subscription
Does your friend or family member love to cook but can never make it to the grocery store? Or perhaps can never decide on which recipe to try? There are subscription food services out there that deliver to your door the exact ingredients (pre-measured out) required for a variety of recipes. All the person has to do is open the box and follow the instructions to cook the contents of food inside. The convenience is on another level. I tried and liked Blue Apron [$8.99/meal].

Blue Apron: Meal Kit Service Price: $8.99 per serving Fresh ingredients, original recipes, delivered to you. Blue Apron: Meal Kit Service

26. Personalized Christmas Ornament
Start a new tradition within your family. Give a personalized ornament to a family member for their Christmas tree. Get started here: Personalized Christmas Ornament [$16.00].

27. Stationery
Some people still love to write letters, believe it or not. A great gift idea is beautiful stationary. But don't settle for something average. Find a creative set like this Mix & Match Stationery by GAMAGO [$16.99]. Who knows, the recipient may even write a thank you letter to you on the stationary you've gifted!

28. Toiletry Bag
Maybe someone has an upcoming trip planned? A great gift idea is a travel bag that makes their life on the road easy and convenient. Let the frequent traveler in your life know you want them to travel in style. A nice travel bag can make life on the road easy and convenient. This travel bag from Ogio [$19.97] seems to have all the necessary bells and whistles at a very reasonable price.

29. Slippers
Women love slippers. And just like shoes, women can't seem to own enough slippers. I highly recommend investing a few dollars towards keeping your loved one's feet warm and cozy all season long. The reviews seem to be very positive for these reasonably-priced Shearling Women's Slippers from Tamarac [$20.78].

30. Theme Baskets
If you know what interests those on your gift list, it’s easy to design a gift to suit them. Why not create a gift basket around a theme? For the fitness junkie, throw together a gym bags worth of workout gear and equipment. For the aspiring cook, get a set of mixing bowls, some utensils and maybe even a cookbook (try Half Priced Books). This gift says you respect them for their interests and want to encourage their efforts.

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31. Journal
So many people write poems or short stories or keep diaries. If your friend or family is one of these people, then a very thoughtful gift is giving them a new notebook. There are beautiful journals and notebooks sold online for less than $20, I highly recommend the popular Soft Cover Notebook from Moleskine [$17.19].

32. Travel Mug / Coffee Shop Gift Card
Coffee drinkers will appreciate this gift. Grab a stylish mug, throw a gift card to your local coffee shop inside, and you’re set! Thermos Stainless Steel Beverage Holder [$22.99].

33. Donation “In Your Name”
For the person that has everything they need, consider giving a charitable gift in their honor. Most charitable organizations will give you something nice to present to the recipient. Pair this with a thoughtful card and you are good to go!

34. Blanket
The best thing about a blanket is that it's practical and one size fits all. Keep your family or friends warm this holiday season with something stylish and warm. If you are feeling a bit silly, give them a Snuggie or Slanket instead. Here's a nice All-Purpose Blanket from JJ Cole Collections [$24.99].

35. DVD Sets
Know someone who loves movies? There are a million DVD titles on Amazon.com to choose from, increasing the chances that you'll find something perfect for your recipient. There are quite a few movie and TV sets for less than $25. We love the Peanuts Holiday Series DVD Set [17.99] which includes Charlie Brown Christmas!

36. Gadget Case
Everyone has some type of smart mobile device these days, but they don't all have a nice case or cover to properly protect it. There are all kinds of accessories for the people in your life with an iPhone, Droid, Kindle, or iPad. Check out this Pink Incipio Clarion Folio Fire Case

37. Flowers and Vase
This gift is great because it combines a temporary item with a permanent one. Win, win! The flowers will fade, but the vase or planter will be around to enjoy for years.

38. Money!
This is another nerdy idea. Investing is something we should all do so why not give the gift of investing this Christmas? There are many investing apps that have taken down the high barriers to investing. All you need these days is $5 and a smartphone and the stock market is your oyster. We like Stash Invest. Another idea is Acorns. With Acorns, you can “gift” the app to 11 friends for Christmas and pocket $120 for yourself! Click here to sign up to Acorns.

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39. Handmade Jewelry or Box
Instead of picking out something from a big box jewelry store or some piece that everyone has, go for a nice handmade, unique piece of jewelry to give as a gift. There are beautiful handmade jewelry boxes out there as well. Here's a nice one: Wooden Jewelry Box with Brass Metal Inlay [$14.07].

40. Theater Tickets
I'm not talking about the movies; although I love a simple movie theater. I mean the real deal theater for an off-Broadway production, opera, ballet, or other fine arts performance. Smaller, local theaters will often have tickets for less than $25. It will surely be a one of a kind experience for your friend or family member.

41. Cell Phone Speaker Amplifier
I just received one of these as a gift and I love it! It works perfectly with my Republic Wireless phone. We keep it in the kitchen and it turns our Pandora or Spotify listening into something the whole family can enjoy. I swear, it's magic! Here's one for $24.99.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Splashproof), by Cambridge SoundWorks Price: $24.99 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Splashproof), by Cambridge SoundWorks

42. Museum, Art Show or Tour Tickets
Isn't it better to gift an experience? Being a tourist in your own city can be so much fun. If the person you're buying for lives in a big city, it's likely they haven't experienced all there is to do. Whether it's museums or city bus tours or even that aquarium downtown they went to once when they were a kid – perhaps tickets to an experience is the perfect gift? CityPASS tickets cost more than $25, but the site itself can give you of ideas of what to buy. Explore CityPASS for ticket ideas.

43. The Gift of Education
This is for grandchildren, nieces and nephews. How do you give the gift of education? Easy! Just contribute to the child's 529 Plan. You'll need to check that the parents set one up, and if so, you can contribute towards the child's college tuition. Given the cost of school these days, any bit will help. A 529 is a tax-advantaged savings account where the funds are invested until the time comes for the child to pay tuition. If the child doesn't have a 529 is his/her name, you can actually set it up yourself (but again, talk to the parents since you'll need the child's social security number). To learn more, check out 529 Plans: The Smart Way to Save for College.

44. Sports Game or Concert Tickets
For the sports fan in your life, there are all sorts of college bowl games and other sporting events around the holiday season, you'll have no problem finding tickets and they will love the experience. For the music lover in your life – take them to a show! Don't know what kind of music they are into? Check out their Spotify or social media accounts, usually, you can find ideas there. Or better yet – surprise both of you! Check out www.sofarsounds.com and select your city. There are three acts and what kind of music you'll hear is anyone's guess – that's the fun of it!

45. A 401(k) Analysis
This might seem silly but we all know someone who is really into money, and this could be a great gift for them! There is a company called Blooom that analyzes 401(k) accounts by detailing what is in your portfolio, what fees you are paying, what are the expected returns, and more. It's impressive and helps your loved one stay on track for retirement. Give the gift of retirement with Blooom.

46. Travel Shave Kit
If your loved one is on the go and travels often, this is a perfect gift. Carrying all of your favorite saving supplies can be a hassle at times. The solution, the Proraso Travel Shave Kit [$15.00].

47. Variety Face Masks
Give the gift of self-care with a variety pack of face masks. Anyone will enjoy bringing the spa to their own home with the Lapcos Variety Mask + Exfoliating Pad Set [$22.00].

48. Mindfulness Cards
Everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and again. Using these Mindfulness Cards will give anyone the boost they need. Mindfulness Card Set [$16.95].

49. Llama Jewelry Dish
Finding a place to put your jewelry can be a challenge. This llama jewelry dish provides the perfect location to store your favorite jewelry pieces while hoping in the shower or heading off to bed. Loveliest Llama Ring Holder [$9.99].

50. Herbal Tea Gift Set
If you don’t have outstanding gift wrapping skill, this herbal tea set can do most of the work for you. It’s beautifully designed and only needs a bow for a finishing touch. Tea lovers will swoon over this box of assorted teas. Tea Forté TEA TASTING ASSORTMENT Presentation Box Tea Sampler [$29.93].

51. Green in a Bag
Every chef love their own herbs. Let the chef in your family grow and tend to their own basil with this: Potting Shed Creations Garden in a Bag – Basil [$16.50].

52. Vertical Photo Holder
A photo is worth a thousand words. Keep lasting memories close with this: Kikkerland Photo and Card Holder with 8 Magnets, Black [$9.55].

53. Cocktail Recipe Book
Selecting the same cocktail every evening can become boring. Let your loved ones spice up their taste buds with this: Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras [$9.99].

54. Minimergency Kit
Have you ever been on the go and needed a needle and thread or maybe a band-aid? A minimergency kit is a bite-sized lifesaver. Everything you need for a minor crisis on the go. Pinch Provisions Sequin Skinny Minimergency Kit for Her [$24.99]

Minimergency Kit Price: $24.99 Everything you need for a minor crisis on the go. Minimergency Kit

55. Whiskey Stones
If your loved one is a whiskey connoisseur, they don’t want their prized cocktail diluted by a big ice cube. Try giving them state-shaped whiskey stones that will add flare any glass. Granite Whiskey Chilling Stones- Set of 4 [$24.99]

56. Mini Steamer
Steaming your clothes can be a challenge no matter where you are. This mini steamer can help you eliminate all the pesky wrinkles from any outfit. Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Go Mini White [$14.99]

57. Passport Holder
Every international traveler needs a passport protector. Let your loved one travel in style with this: Zoppen Multi-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Ver.4) Tri-fold Document Organizer Holder [$13.99].

58. Mini Doodle Kit
Doodling can be a relaxing exercise. After a stressful day or during a commute on the bus, doodling may help calm anyone’s nerves. Kikkerland Mini Doodle Kit [$12.50]

59. Bamboo Cutting Board with Wooden Spoon
This is a perfect gift for the newlywed couple or someone who loves to entertain. Anyone can cut and serve their food with style using this: Bamboo Cutting Board Housewarming & Christmas Holiday Gift Set – With Bonus 3-Piece Kitchen & Cooking Utensils – Wooden Spoon, Salad Tongs and Wood Spatula [$19.99].

60. Burt’s Bees Gift Set
The winter chill leaves your skin feeling itchy and dry especially, your lips, hands, and feet. This Burt’s Bees kit can rejuvenate your loved one’s lips and skin for the cold winter months. Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set [$11.04]

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Comments

  1. The “key chain charger” is not a charger. It is a USB cable.

  2. it’s not easy to find a nice gift with a small budget. And everyone knows that he wants to buy the coolest gift. It is quite a challenge. I managed to buy my sister a real star from heaven last year from kingdom of universe. She was delighted because she is intrested in astrology. For this reason, I am facing a challenge this year because gift can not be worse than last year

  3. Katherine Parker says:

    Stationery is spelled incorrectly…

  4. Love these ideas – but especially the photo book! Photos are some of my most precious items, and the time it takes for someone to put a book together really makes this a wonderful gift option!

  5. The Black_one says:

    That was an ignorant statement. I
    hope you have matured since 2011.

  6. Yasir Khan - Wealth Kept says:

    I think one of the best gifts to give this Christmas is a book. They last for a lifetime and something that your special someone can turn to during depress times.

  7. Peony plants -they’ll grow for decades. Brooks Gardens has peony gift cards.

  8. Hahah you lotion and soaps… They do cause clutter at our place normally we use what we purchase and then when it runs out we buy more. So specialty soaps or small lotion bottles accumulate…

    Still good comprehensive list.

  9. Thanks for this thoughtful post. Books are my favorite gifts to give, especially illustrated ones.

  10. brokeandbeau says:

    I’m a fan of netflix or hulu plus or spotify plus subscriptions.  At less than $10 a month you can give someone a couple months worth of unlimited entertainment.  Talk about bang for your buck!

  11. If you know the family well enough to put their photo in a picture frame, another option is a dry erase refrigerator calendar with their photo as a background image. 

  12. Tahnya Kristina says:

    I love this post because I am always looking for gift ideas, not necessarily for my family because they always have very specific wish lists, but for that one office Secret Santa gift exchange that I always get pressured into.  I would love to get books for Christmas, definitely under $25.

  13. I like the beer idea.
    And mini is iPad MINI Protective Leather Rotary Case With Belt Buckle for $26, really a cool case

  14. WhatMommyDoes says:

    Magazine subscriptions are my go-to gift for all ages, really.  Last year, my sister gave my 4-yr-old a subscription to Highlights for little kids, and she loved it!  So this year, I’m giving my nephew a subscription to National Geographic Kids.  He loves wildlife, so this is right up his ally.  That’s the thing with magazines – there’s something for everyone.  And if you look hard enough, you can often get a Buy One Get One Free subscription and get one for yourself in the process.

  15. Love the beer idea. I do the same thing, but I do the 6 local breweries that do a winter seasonal. Then make custom 6 packs and tie a bow or an ornament to the box.

  16. I prefer giving traditional games that don’t go out of style like chess, dominoes, checkers. nexus gadgets has a number of good priced games. They also have gifts for other occasions, like talking ornaments if you, like Guy poster above, prefers stuff for the tree.

  17. I would reccommend a gift basket. They come in a variety of themes. I especially love the chocolate filled baskets. I always always get a huge thank you when giving a gift basket

  18. In our family, we get ornaments whenever we travel someplace. It’s wonderful to remember all of our trips when we decorate the Christmas tree.

    I also like to buy ornaments of things each family member is especially interested in each year. It’s a great way to remind us of how we’ve changed, and what our interests were from year to year.

  19. Great list! I think board games are especially a good idea. I’d also recommend a gift card from MetroFlats…you can get them under $20.

  20. The Holga! That would make a great gift!