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.
Flint Reusable Lint Roller with Two Refills
It’s not your typical gift, but the right person will appreciate this good-looking and very practical travel lint roller
One Pound of Cherry Red Starbursts
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.
AyaZen Lavender Eye Pillow-
“Lavender eye pillows” as a category may not have been something they know they needed, but trust is — it is.
Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft)
Plan Toys Dancing Alligator
When a child pulls this wooden alligator, its scales click and clack.
Paddywax Candles Library Collection Jane Austen Soy Wax Candle
$20, Candle Delirium
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 above keeps selling out on Amazon, but if you’re more of a Mark Twain or Edgar Allen Poe fan, both of those are available for under $25 on Amazon. Click here for Twain. And here for Poe.
Flight 001 Four-in-One Adapter
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).
Stress Reliever Fries
Why stress-eat over the holidays when you can stress-squeeze these stress-relieving fries instead?
Le Creuset Stoneware Tea Bag Holder
So the tea-drinker in your life has somewhere to place his or her soggy tea bag. (Here are more tea accessories we like.)
Cavallini Papers Notebooks
For a person with a certain ye olde aesthetic, a set of three “curiosity”-themed notebooks.
Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush, Set of 2
The “It” toothbrush: made from Binchotan charcoal, meaning it repels bacteria and prevents bad breath.
Stainless Steel Watering Can Pot, 400ML
A watering can that doubles as a design piece.
Casio Women’s Digital Watch
This classic gold Casio watch is a timeless cool-gal accessory.
Hutzler Grapefruit Saver
The wintertime grapefruit-eater can store the half they’re saving for breakfast tomorrow in this BPA-free grapefruit-saver.
Incienso de Santa Fe Scent Sampler
Reskin Monday to Sunday One-Week Treatment Sheet Mask
A week of Instagrammable sheet face masks.
RainStoppers Auto Open 16-Panel Rainbow Umbrella
For the person who’s always misplacing his or her umbrella: It’ll be hard to lose track of this one.
The 13 Clocks, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, by James Thurber
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.)
Rose Milk Skin-Care Lotion
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.
Giant Plastic Wiggle Googly Eyes
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.
All-Clad T105 Stainless-Steel Pasta Ladle
Any home chef will appreciate a designer pasta ladle from All-Clad.
Champion LIFE Men’s Heritage Tee
Millennials and Generation-Zers are all about Champion loungewear these days. (To wear with their Stan Smiths.)
J.B. Prince Gray Kunz Sauce Spoon XL
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.
200 Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili-Sauce Packets
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.
Happy Socks Men’s Big Dot Dress Socks 1 pack
There is no man who could not use a few extra pairs of Happy Socks.
Cotton Food Bread Pillow
Zojirushi SM-KHE48AG Stainless Steel Mug
Areaware Contour Key Ring, Drop
Brooklyn Beckham: What I See
Brooklyn Beckham: What I See. For the celebrity-spawn obsessed.
Integral Design Collapsible Compact Chopsticks
Collapsible stainless-steel chopsticks. The plastic clip that holds them together also doubles as a chopstick stand. (And more chopsticks we love.)
Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag — Dalmatian
Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially one with Dalmatians all over it.
Calvin Klein Leather Slim Credit Card Wallet
This leather cardholder from Calvin Klein has six card slots.
Blueberry Pet Bow Ties
A set of two polka-dotted bow ties for a fancy pup.
Kempf Go Away Doormat
If they’re a little antisocial.
Bodum 17-Ounce Electric Water Kettle
If they don’t already have an electric kettle; these are so handy.
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman
GoLine Cute Kitty LED Children Night-light
An extremely kawaii LED light for their bedside table or bookshelf; they can tap it to switch between light modes.
Venta del Baron Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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.
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, Pinch Tin
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.)
Style.Lab Magic Sequin! Reversible Gold to Silver Mini Backpack
If their mini leather backpack is getting old, upgrade them with this shiny, and on trend, mini backpack shopper.
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