2007 gift guide: $25 and under

today is the start of gift guide mania- i wanted to start a little early this year so that anyone buying gifts for hanukkah could 2-day or overnight things if they still needed them. i’m going to start with the guides arranged by price and then end with the handmade guide, eco-friendly guide and hopefully a guide to guy’s gifts created by ac. so stay tuned for those. until then, here’s today’s guide: gift ideas $25 and under– enjoy!

[image above, clockwise from top left: neon clock $10, crow bottle opener $25, sisu candleholder $19.95, hot dog tote bag $24, dozi paperclip holder $20, cake lace coasters $9.95, modern twist boxes $25, sparrow salt and pepper set $8.95]

[image above, clockwise from top left: bamboo utensils $4+ each, stacked vase $18, tea for one $24, skull tea set $24, felt pebbles $14 each and up, wine opener $10, tiny basket bowl $26, handmade kitchen towels $18 each]

[image above, clockwise from top left: magnet board $15, tool bottle opener $25, memo board $25, provence laundry detergent $18, gothic tray $19, here hook $12, eames coasters $18]

[image above, left to right: lamp and shade $25 and $19.99, pink lantern light $12, cork journal $23, eleanor grosch pillow, coin purse $20, micro terrarium $6, lampshade $18]

[image above: clockwise from top left: bundle up journals $12 each, recycled wood letters $16 each, sagaform flask $27 (close to $25!), campfire votive $15, party picks $15]

[image above, clockwise from top left: guerilla art kit $17.95, horn frame $17.95, bird paperclip holder $15, tea stick infuser $20, chrip tie-back $14, graphic mugs $6 each, scratch print placemat $14]

[image above, clockwise from top left: shower radio $15.95, wine glasses $22 for 2, jonquille ornaments $9, pill boxes $10 each, signe tealight $22, bird bath soap set $24]


[image above: porcelain keys $8 each]

[image above: lotta jansdotter fabric calendar $24]

[image above: photo coat hooks $17 each]

  1. Cakespy says:

    Intense pleasure overload! I don’t know which I like best…the corkscrew, the doxie tote bag, the tea cups…I love it all! Great gift guide.

  2. Eileen says:

    Where is the doxen tote from? I didn’t see a link. Fabulous gift list…can’t wait to see the rest!

  3. Wyoming Quinn says:

    Me too-Where’s that precious Doxie tote available?

  4. Kim says:

    ohhh…the sparrow salt and pepper shakers! so cute!

  5. Beak says:

    What a great pile of loot! Thanks for all the ideas.

  6. mav says:

    fun to see how you have them all paired…

  7. Jessica says:

    wow the gift guide looks really great – I look forward to seeing how everything plays out over the next month.

    i hope you have a chance to stop by the shiny squirrel for some Holiday Cheer!

  8. Kathleen says:

    Fabulous start to the gift guide. Just a note, Eleanor’s name is Grosch, not Grolsch:) Love that pillow!

  9. Actually, UO’s website seems to be working fine for me. But the links are not. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

  10. janet says:

    just in time! this is wonderful! i’m a big fan of those paper clip birds & how novel the campfire votive design. will definitely pass this on.

  11. dm says:

    just came back to d*s after a long hiatus. your sensibility has really changed. too victorian and ornate for my taste anymore, but i’ve enjoyed the blog. thanks.

  12. cari says:

    Beautiful display! FYI, the Guerilla Art Kit is on sale at chroniclebooks.com (30% off with free shipping) until tomorrow. You have to enter FRIENDS at checkout.

  13. Becca says:

    photo coat hooks—fab idea.

  14. Laura says:

    Horray for the gift guide! Nice stuff!

  15. wio says:

    zuper da puper list! thanks!

  16. JuliaL says:

    Christmas, Shmismas… that doxen tote is mine!

  17. grace says:

    i’m fixing the urban outfitters links now…their site was down all morning.

    the dog tote link is in there, it’s the “hot dog tote” :)


  18. lillly piri says:

    thank you for the suggestions! those bird paperclips tweet too.

  19. Cara Tapper says:

    I saw a wooden bowl that held nuts on and a nut cracker on your sight and can’t find it….any direction would be appreciated.


  20. grace says:


    if you can give me any more details that would help- i’m afraid i’m drawing a blank on this.


  21. Gwen says:

    These are all fantastic ideas. Great choices Ms. Sponge!

  22. simplesong says:

    this is SO great – thank you!

  23. Ana says:

    omg I love those chair coasters! supah cool!

  24. Louise says:

    Where, oh where can I find the sparrow salt and pepper shakers? Any clues?

  25. Bryan X says:

    mmmm… tiny basket bowl.

    me like.

  26. alyssa says:

    love those porcelain keys!

  27. Karen says:

    This is such an awesome post and SO timely. I just found out that I need to participate in a gift swap at work and the budget is $20-$25. This is great! Thank you!


  28. Petite Main says:

    i was looking for hooks (even thinking of asking you a mini-guide), and there it is! Great!!! thank you so much Grace, this blog is really wonderful!

  29. Olga says:

    This list of ideas for presents is terrific and the selections are a feast for the eyes. :)

    Thanks so much for preparing this it’s wonderful. :)

    Best wishes. :O)

  30. Dana says:

    I can’t wait for the gift guide for guys! I have all brothers, and they’re impossible to shop for.

  31. Fantastic! What a treasure trove. Thanks a lot.

  32. erin says:

    love these picks. where are the salt and pepper cellars from — in the second photo down from?

  33. grace says:


    the salt and pepper cellars are actually the “tiny basket bowls” mentioned in the links :)


  34. megan says:

    Thanks so much for this affordable yet stylish gift guide. I asked for the skull tea set for one from Urban Outfitters, and I was overjoyed to receive it for Christmas! I never would have known about it if it weren’t for your guide!!! Thanks.
    I love your blog.
    Wishing you all the best in 2008!
    PS. I made your DIY paper ornaments too, they are a hit!


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