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.
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.
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.
They might also be the kind of person to appreciate wool dryer balls, which dramatically cut time in the dryer.
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).
This board game (and Strategist best seller) is sure to delight a preschooler and keep them entertained over holiday vacation.
A virtually indestructible and incredibly long (we’re talking ten feet here) phone charger will always be appreciated.
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.
An ecofriendly and reusable sandwich bag that’s both freezer- and microwave-safe.
For the person who’s always misplacing his or her umbrella: It’ll be hard to lose track of this one.
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.
Or a little notepad in the shape of a hunk of cheese. (And more things that look like other things.)
A handsome Areaware key ring — good for a friend who just moved.
An update to the 1996 River Cafe Cookbook, containing 30 new recipes: Grub Street calls it the best-looking cookbook of the year.
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.
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