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The 30 Best Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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Sometimes, you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a holiday gift — but that doesn’t mean you want it to be terrible. So to help you find affordable presents that will still impress even the hardest-to-shop-for folks in your life, we’ve rounded up a bunch of under-$25 suggestions below, all of which are available on Amazon. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable Coffee Cup, Small
$18 at Amazon

This reusable travel mug was designed by two baristas in Melbourne, Australia, so it fits easily into the espresso machine yet still looks nice enough to carry around.

MAXSOFT Scalp Care Brush
$8 at Amazon

A massaging shampoo brush that will make shower-time a more relaxing experience.

Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug, Energy Monitoring Wireless Mini Outlet with Timer (2 Pack)
$20 at Amazon

A Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug for the person who’s not totally sure they want an entire smart home — but likes the idea of setting their lamp on a timer or being able to check if their hair straightener is off when they’re not at home.

Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep 6-Pack
$17 at Amazon

They might also be the kind of person to appreciate wool dryer balls, which dramatically cut time in the dryer.

Out of Print Literary Book-Themed Baby Infant Bodysuit
$20 at Amazon

A Goodnight Moon-themed bodysuit that will match your baby’s bedtime book.

ESARORA Ice Roller
$12 at Amazon

Several new and expecting moms have this ice roller on their holiday wish list (but it would also make a good gift for anyone who could use a little bit of a pick-me-up).

Caran D’ache Ballpoint Pen
$17 at Amazon

A Swiss ballpoint pen in understated gray for the person who’s always asking to borrow a pen.

Raindrops Candy Gummy Sushi Bento Box
$10 at Amazon

A bento box of sweets shaped like sushi, for the true gummy fiend.

Educational Insights: The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
$19 at Amazon

This board game (and Strategist best seller) is sure to delight a preschooler and keep them entertained over holiday vacation.

Kikkerland Crane Nose Hair Scissors
$8 at Amazon

Some dainty scissors in the shape of a crane for trimming the odd nose or mustache hair.

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft)
$19 at Amazon

A virtually indestructible and incredibly long (we’re talking ten feet here) phone charger will always be appreciated.

Morihata Binchotan Activated Charcoal Toothbrush
$8 at Amazon

The “It” toothbrush: made from Binchotan charcoal, meaning it repels bacteria and prevents bad breath.

Now House by Jonathan Adler Terrazzo Decorative Tray
$16 at Amazon

A small terrazzo catch-all for housing trinkets and things.

Drillbrush Bathroom Surfaces Cleaning Kit
$14 at Amazon

Or give the gift of a spotless bathroom (and an opportunity to play with power tool) with this Drillbrush, a brush attachment for a power drill that you can use to deep-clean a tub.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag
$12 at Amazon

An ecofriendly and reusable sandwich bag that’s both freezer- and microwave-safe.

Casio Women’s Digital Watch
$25 at Amazon

This classic gold Casio watch is a timeless cool-gal accessory.

Hutzler Lemon Saver
$5 at Amazon

The wintertime lemon-eater can store the half they’re saving for later in this BPA-free lemon-saver.

Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, Orange Lemon Splash
$11 at Amazon

It might not be a status candle, but this veterinarian-approved citrus-scented candle that gives off “the aroma of orange blossoms and Aperol spritzes” is also the most effective way to get rid of pet odors.

Contigo Couture Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 20 oz
$12 at Amazon

This stainless-steel water bottle is both stylish, with a glossy marble finish, and functional, with an attached pop-top lid that’s impossible to lose.

RainStoppers Auto Open 16-Panel Rainbow Umbrella
$14 at Amazon

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

The Bullet Journal Method
$16 at Amazon

For the person who swears that this year is the year they’ll start a bullet journal, a how-to guide written by the Brooklyn designer who started the craze and created the bullet journal method.

Sunmns 3 Inches Giant Wiggle Eyes with Self Adhesive
$6 for 4 at 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.

Gouda Ideas Noteblock
$10 at Amazon

Or a little notepad in the shape of a hunk of cheese. (And more things that look like other things.)

Areaware Contour Key Ring, Drop
$20 at Amazon

A handsome Areaware key ring — good for a friend who just moved.

River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant: A Cookbook
$25 at Amazon

An update to the 1996 River Cafe Cookbook, containing 30 new recipes: Grub Street calls it the best-looking cookbook of the year.

BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, Hot Dog
$10 at Amazon

Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially one with hot dogs all over it.

Blueberry Pet Bow Ties
$10 at Amazon

A set of two polka-dotted bow ties for a fancy pup.

Bodum 17-Ounce Electric Water Kettle
$20 at Amazon

If they don’t already have an electric kettle; these are so handy.

Elizavecca 24K Gold Mask
$12 at Amazon

A 24-karat gold face mask from the K-beauty brand that gave us the “Hellpore” blackhead mask, a.k.a. the “most painful mask ever.” This one looks a little more luxurious, but still works wonders for suctioning the gunk from your pores.

Nunez De Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tin
$29 at Amazon

This Spanish olive oil is good for roasting meats and making marinades, according to James Beard Award–winning chef Jonathan Waxman. Bonus: It comes in a stylish tin. (And we’ve got lots more gifts for foodies, too.)

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The 30 Best Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)