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The Best Gifts Under $25 for Every Type of Person

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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 whether it’s a pick-me-up for someone muddling through self-isolation, a quarantine-birthday gift, or just a simple get-well gift for a loved one, we compiled a list of under-$25 options that will still impress even the hardest-to-shop-for folks in your life. All of the presents are available on Amazon, but due to their shipping delays, we added a few other retailers, just in case. And if you’re specifically searching for a Mother’s Day gift, check out the rest of our coverage here.

Dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of coffee scoops” by coffee expert Dinah Lenney, this Apace scoop has a pleasant rose-gold color, a slightly curved handle to fit your thumb, and as Lenney puts it, “heft, weight, [and] integrity.”

Rapper G-Eazy uses this pomade to achieve his perfect “greaser–meets–Elvis Presley–meets–gentlemen from the ’50s and ’60s” look. It’ll give that shiny, slicked-back style when used with a comb if that’s the vibe you’re going for.

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 anytime of year.

If Animal Crossing is getting a bit dull, here’s another Polygon editor-approved game for a Nintendo Switch (and yes, you can play as a Golden Retriever).

A neck massager that works just as well (if not better) than an electric option for those very sensitive, very sore areas.

A lavender-scented aromatherapy balm that’s “like Ambien without the side effects.”

A classic set of stationery for the person who thinks letter-writing is a lost art (or is just very bored in self-isolation).

A gift for a kid and their mom. Even the cleanest of kids (do they even exist?) still need a placement. One interior designer calls these “a lifesaver for families during cleanup” because it catches all the messes kids create during meals.

Instead of spending lots of money on a high-end palette, three teens think this is a great buy for bold, Euphoria–inspired eye looks (and fun to play around with when there’s nowhere to go).

If they had to cancel their tropical vacation — or miss the look of sunkissed skin — here’s a natural self-tanner that Amazon reviewers say gives a “natural glow.”

If you’re feeling like splurging (or are looking for a gift to share with your siblings), you can give your mom a wine-themed Mother’s Day this year by gifting her a wine subscription box, an aerator, and some glasses. This aerator has over 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon because of its ability to make any bottle of wine taste even better.

A budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker with great reviews. The reported 15-hour battery life is impressive for any portable speaker, but especially so for such a small one.

If they’re into journaling, this Strategist-tested (and approved) notebook with a linen cover will be more up their alley.

Going to the grocery store right now can be a bit stressful, but these brightly colored Baggu shopping totes might make it a tad more joyful.

This coloring book has been keeping actress Angela Kinsey busy in self-isolation with “really cool, sci-fi, magical-looking places.”

There’s a certain type of person who’d appreciate these wool dryer balls, which dramatically cut time in the dryer and help towels get fluffier.

While we love the copper watering can from Haws, we were happy to learn that it also makes a more affordable version in colored plastic.

If you’re looking for a not-too-expensive gift for a preschooler, this squirrel-themed game is a Strategist bestseller and will keep them entertained indoors.

If they have a dog that’s probably going just as crazy as them with all this time indoors, give them a dog trainer–approved ball.

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