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The 48 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 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.

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.

Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug
$17 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.

Kikkerland Fish Magic Soap
$13 at Amazon

Washing your hands with this little stainless-steel fish instead of a bar of soap will remove any garlic or onion odors from them.

Grids & Guides Notebook for Visual Thinkers
$15 at Amazon

Writer and regular Strategist contributor Molly Young tipped us off to this notebook that’s not like other notebooks, raving: “Each of the 144 pages is printed with a variable grid design. This pattern is simultaneously a constraint (because grid) and a mild creative prompt (because variable). You progress through the notebook not knowing which grid design will greet you on the next page.”

Flint Reusable Lint Roller
$10 at Amazon

It’s not your typical gift, but the right person will appreciate this good-looking and very practical travel lint roller.

Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 6)
$17 at Amazon

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

One Pound of Cherry Red Starbursts
$12 at Amazon

For the person who has a strong preference for cherry Starbursts: one pound (90) of only red.

Hot Sox Men’s Artist Series Crew Socks
$12 at Amazon

Because the only gift better than a pair of socks is a pair of socks with the Venus de Milo woven into them.

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
$15 at Amazon

A Swiss ballpoint pen in hard-to-miss fluorescent yellow for the person who’s always asking to borrow a pen.

Educational Insights: The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
$13 at Amazon

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

Carhartt Hat
$10 at Amazon

You can’t walk down a street in the winter without seeing a stylish young man or woman with a Carhartt beanie. An easy $10 stocking stuffer.

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft)
$18 at Amazon

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

Plan Toys Dancing Alligator
$23 at Amazon

When a child pulls this wooden alligator, its scales click and clack.

Ohropax Wax Ear Plugs
$6 at Amazon

For the frequent traveler who’s always trying to fall asleep on planes or the person struggling with noisy neighbors, these wax ear plugs respond to your body heat and so fit your ears perfectly, no matter how they’re shaped.

Le Creuset Stoneware Tea Bag Holder
$10 at Amazon

So the tea-drinker in your life has somewhere to place his or her soggy tea bag. (Here are more gifts for tea lovers we like.)

Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush, Set of 2
$16 at Amazon

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

Primary Personalized Pencils - Set of 12
$15 at Amazon

Because you can engrave these colorful pencils with the recipient’s name (or any other phrase you’d like), they look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

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.

Tech Tools Hand Cell Phone Holder
$20 at Amazon

For the tech-obsessive who’s trying to break their dependence on technology, give another set of hands to hold their phone.

Stainless Steel Watering Can Pot, 400ML
$24 at Amazon

A watering can that doubles as a design piece.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag
$12 at Amazon

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

Areaware BRBOBTO Nail Bottle Opener
$12 at Amazon

This bottle opener has a little magnet, so the beer cap doesn’t go flying.

The Cut My Other Shirt Is A Turtleneck Tee
$25 at Amazon

Yes, this is right at the upper limit of our $25 budget, but you probably know someone who would cherish this T-shirt from the Cut that says exactly what they’re thinking.

Casio Women’s Digital Watch
$25 at Amazon

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

Hutzler Grapefruit Saver
$10 at Amazon

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
$15 at Amazon
AyaZen Lavender Eye Pillow
$14 at Amazon

Lavender eye pillows” as a category may not have been something they know they needed, but trust is — it is.

Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, Orange Lemon Splash
$13 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
$16 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
$18 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.

Rose Milk Skin-Care Lotion
$13 at Amazon

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
$7 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.

50 Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili-Sauce Packets
$12 at Amazon

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.

Cotton Food Bread Pillow
$19 at Amazon

Just cuz: a pillow in the shape of a loaf of bread.

Pad of Butter
$10 at Amazon

Or a little notepad in the shape of a stick of butter. (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.

Couto Medicinal Toothpaste
$7 at Amazon

A Portuguese toothpaste that our senior editor discovered on a recent trip to Porto that’s got great packaging and tastes “minty, a little gummier than regular Crest, but not as sweet.”

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
$21 at Amazon

If they loved the Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, they’ll probably adore the actual cookbook that inspired it all, by Samin Nosrat.

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, Autumn Fruit
$10 at Amazon

Most everyone could use an extra Baggu. Especially a pink one with pieces of fruit all over it.

Blueberry Pet Bow Ties
$13 at Amazon

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

Writers and Their Cats
$12 at Amazon

If their dream Saturday is spent at home, curled up on the couch with their cat and a good book.

Kempf Go Away Doormat
$18 at Amazon

If they’re a little antisocial.

Bodum 17-Ounce Electric Water Kettle
$18 at Amazon

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

GoLine Cute Kitty LED Children Night-light
$15 at Amazon

An extremely kawaii LED light for their bedside table or bookshelf; they can tap it to switch between light modes.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask
$11 at Amazon

This K-beauty peel-off mask has become a Strategist reader favorite, even though it’s also sometimes called the “most painful mask ever.” But it’s almost unbelievably effective at removing blackheads.

Nunez De Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tin
$27 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 Best Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)