d*s 2009 gift guides: under $25

today’s gift guide is all about ultra-affordable gifts- everything in this roundup will be $25 and under! so, i hope you’ll find something in this 50-product guide that might be good for someone in your life. keep in mind that some of these smaller pieces would be perfect for filling with handmade goods or a sweet baked treat!

[image above, clockwise from top left: postal code notebooks $12-$18, mermaid bottle opener $15, rose trivet $22, baggu bag $8, silhouette votive $15 each, sailor soap dish $8, kate spade playing cards $15, hemmingway muddler $22, luddite tray $20, preening pen $20, cast iron ram $18, squirrel nutcracker $21.95, set of 2 apothecary jars $20, birdcage stamp set $12, blue hand mold $24.95, seed bombs $9]

[image above, clockwise from top left: wooden tape dispenser $24, churchhill hip flask $25, saipua sauna soap $14, moustache pencils $14, antiqued mercury glass votive holders $12 each, set of 3 japanese masking tapes $12, marimekko coin purse $18, bleeker notebooks $18+, light my fire matches $7, retro storage jar $18 (filled with homemade candies maybe?)]

CLICK HERE for the full 50 product gift guide after the jump!

[image above, clockwise from top left: customized wire name hanger $12, handmade holiday ornaments $13.25, allrum tile stickers $15 (striped and red lace- in next picture)]

[image above, clockwise from top left: wood bottle opener $10 (would be fun along with a beer-of-the-month club), ninja tacks $19 (would be fun for a playful office co-worker gift), herring tea towel $16, mirrored monogram coasters $18]

[image above, clockwise from top left: light switch rack $25, ruled vase $14, glass half-pint creamer $14, sagaform serving bowl $25, antiqued glass pineapple votives $24, milk glass $6]

[image above, clockwise from top left: grobal self-watering plant $25, wild-harvested sachet $8, bird wind chimes $12-$18, window mounted bird feeder $18]

[image above, clockwise from top left: eyelet bowl $24, apple tea towel $20, birger et mikkelsen day scent room spray $25, organic water tote bag $22, mariebelle hot chocolate lunch box $25]

[image above: boskee sky planter $25 and up]

  1. Great..great job compiling terrific gifts. Heck so much to ask for let alone give away! Happy December to you~

  2. Stella says:

    DWR should thank you for pointing out that they do sell things within my reach! I don’t know who I will decide to give the bird wind chimes to, but I am buying them all anyways!

  3. lauren says:

    I was just looking at that Squirrel nutcracker yesterday thinking, now who could I give this too….

    great list – thank you!

  4. Alix says:

    @ stella:
    This is about the only thing DWR sells that would be in my reach! I love that they’re in sets of three — buying a single roll online seemed silly, and a set of a dozen too much. I’m going to check out the DWR near me this week!

  5. visualingual says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning my studio’s Midwest seed bombs! They’re actually available through several different retailers, and also in our Etsy shop.

    Anyway, this is a very beautifully curated selection of gift items, and we’re proud to have been included!

  6. oh my! I want EVERYTHING on here!

  7. Libby says:

    The one down fall to shopping early for gifts is that I am always done by the time these list come out, though it does give me a great idea about what I should ask for.

  8. lisa says:

    here’s a link to notcot’s holiday coupon book. they have a coupon for free shipping from baggu (I bought a few for me and a few as gifts!), plus coupon codes for a ton of other amazing shops!

  9. Jane says:

    this is a fabulous guide for under $25. I’m sold on the silhouette votive!

  10. kms says:

    fantastic compilation without breaking the bank!

  11. Thank you for doing an under $25 guide…there are so many great things on this list that I am bookmarking for my family and Secret Santa!

  12. jessica says:

    some of these gifts are pretty unique, heehee. my favorite is the molded hand…great for jewelry and to play pranks.

  13. Brilliant choices!!! You make our shopping easy……and oh so stylish!

  14. lindsay says:

    Those Kate Spade cards are the perfect stocking stuffer for my go*fish playing kiddos. so cute.

  15. Dreamgirl says:

    Ninja star push pins are cheaper (9.99 vs. 19.00) from thinkgeek. They’re currently out of stock, but considering that they cost about half as much as the ones linked to here it might be worth waiting for thinkgeek to restock.

    see: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/b704/

  16. lnm says:

    What a great selection!

  17. It’s great to see that you included some eco-friendly gifts like the baggu bag, the birdcage stamp set, the organic water tote bag and the apple tea towel. The baby baggu bags are also great for wrapping gifts to save paper during the holidays.

  18. DaynaGedney says:

    so in love with those sky planters. What a fantastic idea.

  19. Karen says:

    I’m supposed to find my aunt a bird feeder, price range under $30. So I kept checking all morning for this list, on the offchance you’d somehow list a really cool looking birdfeeder…. and you did! Wonderful!

  20. Tracey says:

    Oh I think I want EVERYTHING on your list for myself!! ;)

  21. Rosa says:

    my favourite part of christmas is gift guides and yours are the best hands down! xxx

  22. Marie says:

    so many great ideas… Have to look in detail for I’m still about 15 gifts short ^^

  23. veekee says:

    those notebooks are delicious!

  24. cheryl oz says:

    The Mariebelle Hot Chocolate Lunch Box is so cute. I love those retro-style lunchboxes… I would put it on a shelf if I received that as a gift.

  25. Jordana says:

    I noticed you featured the moustache pencils. I love them too! For the moustache lover, there are so many moustache products. I wrote a post about it (in honour of Movember) a couple of weeks ago. There’s moustache jewelry, cufflinks, mugs and more. Who knew?!


  26. Margaret says:

    Do we really need more *things*?

  27. chickie says:

    I love all things lovely in one place…thank you for making my shopping easier :)

  28. Wow! Thanks for all of the great ideas…

  29. Oh lord….I want all this stuff. I should just send your guides as my Christmas lists.

  30. Love your content, and love this post! HUZZAH!

  31. Amazing gift guides this year, as usual. And those GORGEOUS herring tea towels sold out pretty darn fast!

  32. Kasha says:

    Love, love, love, love the list!

    But poo! The mermaid bottle opener is no longer on the Fishs Eddy site.

    1. grace says:


      it sold out, but you can get it here. i put it on my wishlist ;)



  33. LeeAnn says:

    Oh my gosh, the light switch rack is great! Never seen anything like that, what a clever idea!

  34. great collection! when you don’t have the $$ you have to get creative….thanks!

  35. owldeedoo says:

    Whoa! I just snagged that squirrel nutcracker just 2 days ago at the local thrift store for $6! I don’t know who was crazy enough to let go of that beauty…but what a sucker!

  36. Jennifer says:

    I have never seen anything like the Sky Planter….what a neat idea and a fantastic gift. Everything you’ve presented is so fun and creative….thanks for sharing!

  37. Heather says:

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