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.
It’s not your typical gift, but the right person will appreciate this good-looking and very practical travel lint roller
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.
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.”
Why stress-eat over the holidays when you can stress-squeeze these stress-relieving fries instead?
For a person with a certain ye olde aesthetic, 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.
A week of Instagrammable sheet face masks.
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.
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.
There is no man who could not use a few extra pairs of Happy Socks.
Brooklyn Beckham: What I See. For the celebrity-spawn obsessed.
Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially one with Dalmatians all over it.
This leather cardholder from Calvin Klein has six card slots.
A set of two polka-dotted bow ties for a fancy pup.
If they’re a little antisocial.
If they don’t already have an electric kettle; these are so handy.
An extremely kawaii LED light for their bedside table or bookshelf; they can tap it to switch between light modes.
This Córdoba, Spain, olive oil was named the “World’s Best Olive Oil” by the International Olive Council last year. It has notes of almond, apple, peppermint, and banana.
If their mini leather backpack is getting old, upgrade them with this shiny, and on trend, mini backpack shopper.
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