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I, like everyone else I know, would love to get away with giving gifts that are less than $25. But when you look at what’s available, it seems an impossible task.
So, I went through the things I love that I’ve either gotten as gifts, purchased for myself, or have in my cart at Amazon.
I hit the jackpot!
I’ve got a list of gifts down below for the recipe junkie, the busy mom, the game-obsessed, the teacher you love, and more.
Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. And it doesn’t have to be expected. And let’s be realistic here: as you get older, gifts tend to get more practical. But that doesn’t mean they’re boring or not needed!
The gifts below are all amazing in their own right and will make the recipient feel like you know them well!
Gifts Under $25
INFRARED TEMPERATURE READER
FOR THE GRILL MASTER
OK, this thing is apparently the bomb.com for cooks, car repairmen, lazy pet owners, and anyone else who wants to know the temperature of something at the drop of a hat. The distance to spot ratio is 12:1, which means you can measure the target at a longer distance. You can apply this tool in cooking, barbecuing, auto maintenance, home repair, or other tasks around the house.
And for that lazy pet owner, it can also be treated as a cat/dog toy with a red laser dot. You're welcome
Handcrafter for the person who doesn't have time to handcraft anything, these bath bombs are...well, the bomb. Too far? They all have gorgeous fragrance while some have color and others contain flower petals. These are great for those with sensitive skin and can even be broken up into sets to gift to friends or drop into stockings.
You know me, I swear by these things. And this set has many incredible 5 star reviews, pack up super small, and come with 7 different pieces ranging from an extra large cube down to a soiled garment laundry bag. They come in 7 colors and are such a steal for under $25.
FOR ANYONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO WANTS BETTER BRAIN ACTIVITY...AND FEET
Braun's mom read an article somewhere that people with a correct toe spread had better brain activity...or something like that. And since Braun is pretty smart, I'm buying it hook, line, and sinker. But toe spreaders also help with foot & toe pain, ailments & deformities. They enable natural arch support, prevent overpronation & ankle sprains, improve blood flow to your plantar fascia, restore proper sesamoid bone orientation, give your body the most stable possible foundation, encourage the development of your intrinsic foot muscles, allow you to become the best possible athlete you can be, enhance your balance, weight distribution, proprioception & dexterity, AND make your feet stronger, more resilient & better able to support themselves. So if anyone in your life is sick of supporting their feet, this gift is for them.
I love travel accessories - or anything that makes my life easier. This wallet will hold extra cash, your passport, airline tickets like they carried in the movie 'Home Alone', and anything else you can think of. It lays flat and comes in 20 different colors. It's sturdy, looks good, and would be the perfect gift for the person in your life that can't seem to settle down.
We love them. We pick up after them. And we tell them that their glasses were on their head the entire time. We all have that person who loses things...keys, wallets, kids (no judgment). But this handy device allows them to tag those things they misplace the most and track them on their phone (if it's not also lost). They will thank you and you'll save hours NOT looking for their missing items.
FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO GET INTO AN AMAZON PACKAGE
These are the best. No joke. I keep these things around EVERYWHERE! I keep them in the kitchen, office, car - you name it and I probably have one there. They're handy, efficient, and open everything from mail and packages to those pesky zip ties that they strap toys down with (will never understand that one). Everyone needs these. I love to pair these with fun patterned tape, a cute journal, and give them to teachers!
FOR THE FAMILY WHO NETFLIXES AND SPENDS TIME TOGETHER
This is a winner for those who love to curl up and watch their favorite shows. Yes, you can just pop a bag of popcorn but this is so simple to use and freshly popped popcorn is way better than the crap stuff. This container stores flat (yes, it's magic) and will help you make the movie popcorn of your dreams. And it's inexpensive! Give this to a family, a teacher, a friend with a bottle of kernels and an iTunes gift card! You can't go wrong with this one.
This is such a fun game and so good for small get-togethers. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. It's fun to be sneaky and try and catch your opponents unaware!
FOR THE KITCHEN JUNKIE OR ANYONE WHO WATCHES THINGS
First of all, this thing fits all popular tablets, e-readers, cell phones: Apple iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, Microsoft Surface, Android, Amazon Fire, Kindle, Nook, Samsung, Nexus. And it's the perfect way to go hands-free in the kitchen when you're following a recipe, throughout the home, on the go, traveling, camping, for RVS', for use with kids homework or accessing sports, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Videos. It's also got a super handy stylus pen that stores in the base for convenient access when your hands are covered in batter and you need to scroll down the page.
I love a notebook with dots instead of lines. It allows for more free-form note taking or the errant game of dots and boxes. It has a pocket on the inside cover for additional note keeping and an elastic on the binder to hold your pen. The paper is incredible quality, it is super thick, very smooth, and a lovely cream color. The dots are not too dark and not too light, and blend in when your page is full!
FOR THE FOODIE OR REALLY ANYONE WORTH HANGING OUT WITH
This might seem a strange gift but I'm telling you, it's the bomb. No more flipping back and forth in a pan, having your cheese stick, trying to cut through your quesadilla. This thing does it all. You can also get totally creative! Give this to your neighbor or friend with some fun recipes. Try Nutella and strawberry stuffed quesadillas or apple and cinnamon ones. Go wild and toss in some shredded chicken with the cheese and put in a little buffalo sauce. These things are awesome and are under $25.
Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more. You can play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music (coming soon), Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device.
Controls lights, locks, thermostats, and more with compatible connected devices. (call Braun if you're still looking to update the IQ of your home). You can use the built-in speaker, or for bigger sound, connect to speakers through Bluetooth or audio cable.
Honestly, I used to love keeping a journal. Emery and a friend of hers found some of my old journals from when I was pregnant with Dash and they were so fun to go back and read through. I wish I had stuck with it. I'm making it my goal in 2019 to keep a journal once again and I love the concept behind this one. If you haven't kept a journal before or find the task daunting, this is for you or a loved one. This asks one simple question a day and all you do is fill in the answer. You've got a whole page to give your answer but no pressure to fill in the entire thing. And it's good for 5 years. Long enough for those people in your life to master the art of record-keeping. I love this idea for kids and family as well!
I would keep these at my dinner table every night. I love the idea of conversation starters even just for the family! They're great for company as well and could even be turned into a game. But I also love that these can be used to prompt conversation between family members to learn more about those we're closest to!
The dry winter is killing my skin and I love this diffuser/humidifier as a gift! Under $25, this is the perfect gift for a teacher, family member, or friend. I love to pair it with an essential oil that reminds me of the season or one I know they love! This is also just a really beautiful piece to keep on a shelf! This is perfect for an office, family room, or bedroom and will keep the air full of moisture and the area smelling good!
This is the perfect gift for those parents stuck in the carpool or in the car more than they'd like to be. It also makes road trips a BREEZE! These handy backseat organizers make your child's (and your) life easier by having everything they love super handy! No more reaching in the back seat to hand them a book or toy to keep them entertained. Even teenagers love these because it can keep all of their crap in one place and out of the pesky hands of younger siblings. And it's just over $10...seriously, the parent who gets this will thank you!
You're probably thinking this is a crazy idea but I love the idea of this $9 waffle maker. Super high ratings and is the perfect gift for teachers and friends! I love to wrap one of these up, pair with a box of Kodiak Cakes, and a bottle of maple syrup. They're the perfect compact gift and it feels complete and full of love. You can't go wrong with these and the price point is unreal!
Unless you're staying for a few weeks, most people want to travel light. But a lot of people (read women) want to take their favorite hair and body products with them! I love these small travel bottles as a gift. They come with a beautiful zipper pouch and are color coordinated so that you won't mix your shampoo up with your mouthwash.
Because what's better than sleeping on a silk pillowcase? These things typically go for upwards of $100 but this one is just under $25 and just as good! Silk pillowcases cut down on hair breakage, reduce wrinkles, and help fight aging! Plus, they're just all around better for you. These come in 20 different colors and have a zipper closure so all the silkiness isn't continually falling off your pillow.
I love the light that these give off and I think they make a fun night light but there are some that claim that the negative salt ions released by heating can boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergy or asthma symptoms. Whether you believe it's a simple lamp or a cure-all, I think your recipient of this gift will think it's as gorgeous as I do!