2012 Gift Guide: $25 and Under

I love finding gifts, but finding just the right gift sure can be a headache when under pressure. We have lots of gift guides lined up — one scheduled every day for the next two and a half weeks — to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your list. We’re starting the week with our “under $25 gift guide.” I’ve found 50 under $25 gifts sure to please someone on your list! The key to giving any gift is to really think of the recipient, and that’s definitely the case with the budget gift. You want to give a little something that brings a smile, which means giving something thoughtful and also thinking about the packaging. So if, for example, you give the little pot guard below, you could also include your favorite soup recipe. Or give the earbuds above along with a mix. It’s the little touches that make even the smallest gifts really special. — Amy Azzarito

Image above, clockwise from left: Glitter Tart Server, $22 | Mason Jar Sippers, $4 | Tinkering Notebook, $12 | Fortune Cookie Box, $25 | Delfonics for Top Hats Pen, $10 | A Chuckle a Day Container, $24.99 (fill it with a favorite candy for a little pick-me-up!) | Monica Toiletry Bag, $19.90 | DVF Vintage Collection Earbuds, $25 | Lilac Rouge, $22 | Gold Sparkler Star Bobby Pin, $18 | Up in the Air Somewhere Tiny Gold Lip Dish, $18

Image above, clockwise from left: Grass & Twig Birdhouse, $24 | Fig + Yarrow Mustard Soak, $10 (for aching muscles) | Cherry Wood Compass, $24 | Olivewood Mini Cup and Spoon, $20 | Natural Bath Sponge (with floating wooden ducky), $22 | Studded Key Chain, $12 | Wooden Salad Servers, $16.90 | Huset Pot Guard, $7 (there is also an owl and moose) (also available here) | Ornamental Paper Clips, $7 | Baggu Wedge Pouch, $16 | Heart Box, $18 | Leather Wrapped Flashlight, $14.99

See all 50 “$25 and under” gift suggestions after the jump . . .

Image above, clockwise from left: West Elm Tool Box, $16 | Tokyo Milk Boxed Lip Balm (Iced Green Tea), $10.25 | Zodiac Star Crystals, $16 | Terrarium Kit, $12 | Indigo Dipped Mug, $24 | Faceted Vases, starting at $15 | Glass Candle Holder, $24 | Studded Key Chain, $12 | Baggu Shapes Keychains, $16 | Tokyo Milk Bon Bon Bubbling Bath, $22 | Cinnamon Creamed Honey, $10

Image above, clockwise from left: Coffee Set, $25 | Hero Medals, $20 | Embroidery Sampler Kit, $15 | Porcelain Fortune Cookie, $22 (This one has a message inside, but you have to break it first!) | Southern Journeys Cosmetic Bag, $20 | Pure Lemon Extract, $12 | Agate Trivet, $20 | Lace Print Garden Stake Set, $24


Image above, clockwise from left: Glass & Wood Honey Pot, $19 | Retro Pens (set of 5), $9.30 | Nesting Cotton Balls, $12 | Cream Hope Coffee Mug, $22 | Hammer Screwdriver Combination, $20



Image above: Magic Morning Mug, $25

Image above: Mini Scratch Map, $24 (Love this one — scratch off where you’ve been or where you want to go!)

Image above: Basic Heirloom Seed Set, $25 (Everything you need — including the crate! — to start a windowsill garden.)

  1. Stephanie says:

    The Magic Morning Mug is so cute!

  2. StillWithYou says:

    Now that is a great gift guide! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. the tinkering notebook and leather wrapped flashlight would make a great guy present. great ideas!

  4. Julia A. says:

    Those little pot guards are adorable! I looked on the site and they have a moose too!

  5. Wowza! so many great ideas. I have a big cruch on that sparkly tart server!

  6. Wow this is one great post! So many good gift ideas… and funnest stocking stuffers ever! Thanks for sharing! Love that map!
    Love D Xo

  7. Sandra says:

    I really want to give some unique gifts this year, this guide will be super helpful!

  8. Hannah says:

    Glitter tarte server. Fantastic!

  9. GREAT GREAT GREAT Thank you :)

  10. I totally love the seed set! <3 <3 thanks for these links!

  11. Those scratch maps are awesome! Perfect gift for travelers. Nice round-up!

  12. I will find a reason to use that gold fortune cookie box. I will find a reason to use that gold fortune cookie box :) awesome list, well put together and great variety!

    1. Amy Azzarito says:

      Miss Lindsey – Isn’t it awesome? Someone needs to get it! ;)

  13. I love all of these ideas

  14. jocie says:

    incredible! are you going to have a “give back” type of gift guide with tips for charitable giving? loved the guide on DIY fits. there are also a lot of guides for “green” gifts (www.nature.org/gifts) that can be pretty stylish to look at- a solar oven! fencing for hirola in kenya! birds!


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