The Best Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)


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.

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 multicolored four-in-one travel adapter (and if you’re looking for other travel accessories, these packing cubes are great).

Why stress-eat over the holidays when you can stress-squeeze these stress-relieving fries instead?

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 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.

For the person who’s always misplacing his or her umbrella: It’ll be hard to lose track of this one.

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 are 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 Generation-Zers are all about Champion loungewear 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.

Moms, aunts, grandmothers: They love things from Provence. This travel kit lets them try a body cream, hand cream, and shower cream from fancy French skin-care line Compagnie de Provence.

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. (And more things that look like other things.)

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.

Brooklyn Beckham: What I See. For the celebrity-spawn obsessed.

Collapsible stainless-steel chopsticks. The plastic clip that holds them together also doubles as a chopstick stand. (And more chopsticks we love.)

Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially one with elephants 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.

A brand-spanking-new cookbook for the starter home chef, courtesy of the veteran food writer and excellent Instagrammer Alison Roman. (More cookbooks we love.)

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.

Pair this triple pack of delicious Maldon salt set with the olive oil. (And we’ve got lots more gifts for foodies and chefs here.)

If their ratty WNYC tote bag could use an upgrade, get them this shiny shopper.

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The Best Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)