Believe it or not, a big budget is not the only path to a great gift. Sometimes, the very best presents are inexpensive—about the thought and not the price tag. Even if it costs under $25.
Your self-care enthusiast of a sister will appreciate a set of eye masks that recreate spa vibes in the home, while your wine-loving bestie will graciously accept a cute bottle tote for all her on-the-go drinking needs. As long as you get personal, the meaning and usefulness of a gift transcends its cost. For your inspiration, we gathered 20 incredibly thoughtful gifts under $25 that are sure to delight and surprise.
1. Alma Cake Stand, $18
Whether it’s topped with a regal layer cake or an assortment of breakfast pastries, this rippling, lilac-hued soda lime glass dessert stand is a beautiful tabletop addition.
2. Bodum Caffettiera French Press, $25
Art meets function with this bold, playful French press that was originally designed in 1958 Portugal. The retro appliance is a must-have for aesthetically-minded coffee fanatics.
3. Diaspora Co. Pragati Turmeric, $18
Fresh and potent, this single-origin pragati turmeric is a real treat. The golden spice is especially zesty and floral, as it’s grown organically amidst marigolds, bananas, and black rice on a third-generation farm in India.
4. Five Two Silicone Baking Mat, $15
Ditch the parchment paper and tinfoil in favor of this eco-friendly silicone mat that eliminates messes while baking. Your favorite cookie monster will thank you.
Skin-softening, biodegradable soap and fast-absorbing body oil are on offer with this all-clean duo. Both products are guaranteed to bring joy.
If your recipient has a green thumb, consider this pair of bamboo fiber and foam latex gardening gloves that will keep hands cool, dry, and protected while planting, pruning, and weeding.
7. Hawkins New York Glass Straws, Set of 6, $20
Dress up your cocktails with these sleek-yet-sturdy borosilicate glass straws that are also sustainable and dishwasher-safe.
This creamy organic balm is an everyday indulgence that leaves lips incredibly soft. The striking black tube packaging is just the cherry on top.
9. Hester & Cook Vintage Demitasse Spoons, Set of 2, $24
Any espresso drinker will fall for a set of vintage, silver-plated demitasse spoons, which will elegantly upgrade the daily caffeination routine.
10. The Little Market Reusable Wine Tote, $14
Never fear you’ll drop a bottle of wine again with this reusable tote that makes sipping Cabernet a mobile activity. The earthy jute and adorable graphics don’t hurt, either.
11. Loops Eye Masks, Set of 5, $20
These soothing, toxin-free eye masks combine niacinamide, pearl extract, flower complex, and retinol to brighten, hydrate, and smooth fine lines.
For those of us who are extra particular about our beverage temperature, this insulated steel mug is the dream. It keeps hot liquids hot and cold ones cold—just how they should be.
Letter writing is a lost art and some of your loved ones may agree. This cheerful, monogrammed box card set will help to revive snail mail one note at a time.
Crafted in small batches using California-grown apples, this artisan apple cider vinegar has all the gut health benefits of your average ACV with a delicious fermented fruit flavor you can’t find in another.
15. Primary Passport Case, $22
Every jetsetter needs a fashionable passport cover, and this primary-colored version is as chic as any. The sustainably-sourced leather travel accessory will become a treasured essential.
16. Simply Julia, $22.49
The newest release from brilliant cookbook author, Julia Turshen, features 110 simple, nutritious, comforting recipes like green chile braised chicken thighs with pinto beans and black bean and corn tamale pie.
17. Sushi Sauce Bowl and Chopstick Rest, $14
Enjoy your sushi takeout in style with this charming sauce bowl and chopstick rest hybrid that looks like a piece of nigiri itself. The choice between the egg, salmon, shrimp, and tuna patterns is yours.
Just five ingredients—and no pectin, thickeners, stabilizers, or extra sugar—go into this spoonable jam from a Brooklyn-based brand. The medley of strawberry, chipotle, and fig is wonderfully sweet, spicy, and slightly smoky.
Passionate mustard aficionados would certainly consider three California-made jars of the flavorful condiment to be the ultimate gift. This bundle includes classic, sweet & hot, and jalapeño varieties.
20. Woven Geo Dishcloths, Set of 6, $24
Vibrant, geometric dish cloths can make drying dishes and kitchen cleaning a much more pleasant experience. Plus, they double as festive cocktail napkins.
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