Not to stress you out, but the clock is ticking … if you still have a lot of shopping to do, and you don’t want to spend a ton of money, and you want your gift to not be terrible, we have a few under-$25 suggestions below, all of which are available on Amazon.
For the person who has a strong preference for cherry Starbursts: one pound (90) of only red.
You can’t walk down a street in Greenpoint in the winter without seeing a stylish young man or woman with a Carhartt beanie. An easy $10 stocking stuffer.
When a child pulls this wooden alligator, its scales click and clack.
For the Jane Austen fanatic: an Austen-inspired Paddywax candle made with gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine, and featuring a quote from the author: “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
The frequent traveler will dig this multi-colored four-in-one travel adapter (and if you’re looking for other travel accessories, these packing cubes are great).
Also good for a traveler: a Pendleton toiletry bag.
So the tea drinker in your life has somewhere to place his or her soggy tea bag. (Here are more tea accessories we like.)
For a person with a certain ye olde aeshetic, a set of three “curiosity”-themed notebooks.
The “It” toothbrush: made from Binchotan charcoal, meaning it repels bacteria and prevents bad breath.
A watering can that doubles as a design piece.
This classic gold Casio watch is a timeless cool-gal accessory.
The wintertime grapefruit eater can store the half they’re saving for breakfast tomorrow in this BPA-free grapefruit saver.
The best cozy New England-y incense sticks around.
A week of Instagrammable sheet face masks.
For the person who’s always misplacing his or her umbrella: It’ll be hard to lose track of this one. Note: This is currently sold out on Amazon. Until it’s back in stock, here’s a very similar rainbow umbrella.
The classic James Thurber tale (that will delight both children and adults) has been reissued, with full-color illustrations and an introduction by Neil Gaiman who calls it “probably the best book in the world.” (We agree.)
It’s hard to find this cult ’70s-era rose-scented, grandma-beloved lotion in drugstores these days. Luckily, there’s tons of it on Amazon.
When in doubt: For the crafter, art student, or eccentric cousin, a set of giant, adhesive googly eyes that they can stick on their wall.
Any home chef will appreciate a designer pasta ladle from All-Clad.
Millennials and the Generation Z–ers are all about Adidas leggings these days. (To wear with their Stan Smiths.)
This spoon, designed by chef Gray Kunz and given to the chefs who worked in his kitchen, has achieved cult status in the food world; chefs swear by it, and apparently it’s easier to control than most spoons.
If there’s a sriracha addict in your life: 50 packs of the addictive hot sauce so that they can always have some on hand.
There is no man who could not use a few extra pairs of Happy Socks.
Just cuz: a pillow in the shape of a loaf of bread.
Just pop some strawberries into this BPA-free fruit infuser, and you’ve got strawberry water. It’s just that simple.
A handsome Areaware key ring — good for a friend who just moved. (Note: This particular model is sold out, but here is a very similar one.)
Zayn: the memoir. For the pop-culture-slash-One-Direction nut.
Collapsible stainless-steel chopsticks. The plastic clip that holds them together also doubles as a chopstick stand.
Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially one with watermelons all over it.
This leather cardholder from Jack Spade features a spot for storing cash in between the card slots.
A set of two polka-dotted bow ties for a fancy pup.
If they’re a little antisocial. (This particular “Go Away” doormat is sold out; until it’s back in stock, here’s another one.)
If they don’t already have an electric kettle; these are so handy.
No more water-y mutton: London’s a real foodie city these days, and this cookbook features 100 recipes from the city’s best restaurants.
An extremely kawaii LED light for their bedside table or bookshelf; they can tap it to switch between light modes.
This Cordoba, Spain, olive oil was recently named the “World’s Best Olive Oil” by the International Olive Council. It has notes of almond, apple, peppermint, and banana.
Pair this Maldon gift set with the olive oil: The pack includes a box of sea salt, smoked sea salt, and black peppercorns.
If their ratty WNYC tote bag could use an upgrade, get them this shiny shopper.
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