45 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25

Do more with your money in half the time. The holidays can often take a toll on your budget, but fear not weve got you covered this holiday season with a gift idea for everyone on your list. The best part is each one costs$25 or less. From toys for your kids to the perfect … Continue reading “45 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25”

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The holidays can often take a toll on your budget, but fear not weve got you covered this holiday season with a gift idea for everyone on your list.

The best part is each one costs$25 or less. From toys for your kids to the perfect present for the office white elephant gift exchange, our list will make this years holiday shopping easy and affordable.

Are you ready for our ultimate Christmas gift list for 2017?

1. Key Chain Charger Never fear the low battery warning from your phone again. This compact charger fits nicely onto your keychain while keeping your charge going all day. Find this charger on Amazon:Merkury Innovations POWERLOOP Lightning to USB Keychain [$16.99].

2. Bottle of Wine / Unique Selection of Beer This consumable present makes a great host gift, especially if youre spending the evening with the recipient. For beer, try visiting a store like World Market, where you have the option to buy a mix of foreign beers to create your own six-pack. Slap a bow on the package and you are good to go! When it comes to wine, many different varieties can be found for under $25 a bottle. Want a wine accessory to give with the bottle? Try thisElectric Wine Opener by Oster [$15.99].

3. Book Most books easily fall under the $25 price tag; fiction, non-fiction, biographies, guides, cookbooks, etc. When all else fails, go for a coffee table book like this highly-rated edition,Journeys of a Lifetime:500 of the Worlds Greatest Trips[$22.60].

4. Hat/Gloves/Scarf For many of us the Holiday season means chilly weather. This year get your friend or loved one a combination of a hat, gloves, or scarf. This is usually a safe bet because they are often easy to fit without knowing an exact size. Animal hat/scarf combos are very popular right now. Heres one that even include matching mittens:Husky Animal Hat with Mittens [$15.22].

5. 529 Plan Starter Have someone in your life that could use a college savings plan? Help them get started by contributing $25 in their name. This is a great gift for grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Be sure to run it by their parents so you dont step on any toes.

6. Multi-Tool Guys love gadgets. The ultimate gadget is the multi-tool or Swiss army knife. These are perfect for the kitchen drawer, glove box, toolbox, tackle box, garage, etc. We could all use a multi-tool for quick repairs on the fly. Entry level tools and knives can be found for around $25. Check out theSuspension Opening Butterfly Multi-Plier with Sheath by Gerber [$24.49].

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7. Game Tickets Heres an excellent, consumable gift for the sports fan in your life. With plenty of college bowl games and other sporting events around the holiday season, youll have lots of options to choose from. This is a gift you can take advantage of as well. Buy two tickets (one for you too) and youre in on the fun.

8. Microwave Popcorn Popper Are you buying for a movie lover? Try this fun kitchen gadget! Microwave popcorn will get a healthy spin with this glass popper and optional butter melter. Add an inexpensive DVD and some candy and youre set.Microwave Popcorn Popper[$14.99].

9. Board Game Games bring the whole family together. There is not a better time for board games than the holidays when family members have more free time to hang out. Check out the very popularQuirkle from Mindware [$24.95].

10. Soap and Lotion Bundles The weather outside if frightful for the skin, so give this consumable gif that will keep your loved ones feeling the TLC. There are endless options for around $25. Check out thisLavender Bath and Body Gift Basket [$18.99]which includes body lotion, bubble bath, shower gel and bath fizzer.

11. Gift Card Gift cards are always great because they allow the recipient to have some say in the specific gift that they receive. Instead of a DVD, give a movie theater gift card so the recipient can see the movie they want. Instead of a piece of clothing, give a department store gift card so the recipient can choose their own new shirt. I love gifts cards for restaurants (I like to eat!), movie theaters, and electronic stores. Earnfree gift cards from .

12. Crock-Pot Share your love of easy-to-make, no-mess home cooked meals by giving your friend or loved one a crock-pot. A three-quart size should be plenty for most families. Make the gift unique by including your favorite crock-pot recipes to go along with it.Stainless Steel 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker by Crock-Pot [$16.79]

13. Annual Magazine Subscription If your friend or loved one has a hobby or interest, odds are there is a magazine geared towards that subject. Pick up a hard copy of the current issue from the news stand and youll have something to wrap and give along with the subscription. Magazine subscriptions can be found online very cheap. Heres a subscription toReal Simple [$24.00].

14. Earbuds Almost everyone has an iPhone, iPod, or some other hand-held digital device these days. Why not upgrade the listening experience this holiday season by giving a nice pair of earbuds or headphones? Check out these stylishNoise-Isolating Earphones from Ultimate Ears [$19.99].

15. Tile Mate Bluetooth Lost and Found App Need a unique Christmas gift idea? Look no further. Keep track of your keys, bags and anything else you can think of with this nifty little Bluetooth tracker. It attaches to pretty much anything. Buy theTile Mate Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder [$25]

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16. Fireplace Scented Candle Not every home is built with a fireplace, but every home can smell like it is. Purchase a fireplace scented candle, and youll be giving that cozy feeling with a minimal amount of fire required. Try this one sold on Etsy:Firewood Soy Candle [$12.00].

17. Chat Books Photo Book Download the Chat Books app and it will take photos from Facebook, Instagram or your camera roll and instantly convert them into a chic, colorful photo book. Each book contains 60 high-quality photosand is only [$8.00]. Once the books are printed they can be mailed to you or your recipient. Its a great gift for grandparents. Easy and creative!

18. Stock Want to encourage investment and give the gift that keeps on growing? Use the gift of stock to help someone get started in investing. Check out ourlist of Robo-advisorsordiscount brokersto find a good place to make this happen.

19. Specialty Food/Coffee Treat your family or friends to box of authentic New Orleans beignet mix. Add in a can of Caf du Monde coffee and chicory and you have the perfect gift for the foodie in your life.Cafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory and Beignet Mix Set [$18].

20. Scratch off Map Do you know someone who loves to travel? Help them keep track of their adventures with a nifty scratch-off map. Heres a nice one:Scratch Map Travel Size Personalized[$18.81].

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21. Personalized Christmas Ornament Start a new tradition within your family. Give a personalized ornament to a family member for their Christmas tree. Get started here:Personalized Christmas Ornament [$16.00].

23. Theme Baskets If you know what interests those on your gift list, its easy to design a gift to suit them. Why not create a gift basket around a theme? For the fitness junkie, throw together a gym bags worth of workout gear and equipment. For the aspiring cook, get a set of mixing bowls, some utensils and maybe even a cookbook (try Half Priced Books). This gift says you respect them for their interests and want to encourage their efforts.

24. Picture Frame An ideal Christmas gift idea if you know the person well enough to put a picture in it (i.e. picture of the grandkids for your parents). If you are simply giving the frame itself, make sure its exceptional or unique in some way. Many can be found for under $25. Heres aLinear Wood 810 Matted Black Frame from Malden [$16.02].

25. Stationary If your recipient loves to write letters, give them a stationary set. But dont settle for something average. Find a creative set like thisMix & Match Stationery by GAMAGO [$16.99]. Who knows, you may get to experience this gift for yourself as your loved one uses this stationery to thank you for the gift.

26. Toiletry Bag Let the frequent traveler in your life know you want them to travel in style. A nice travel bag can make life on the road easy and convenient. Check out theOgio Doppler Shave Kit [$19.97].

27. Slippers Invest a few dollars towards keeping your loved ones feet warm and cozy all season long. Check out theseSand-Colored Venus Shearling Womens Slippers from Tamarac by Slippers International [$20.78].

28. Money Maze Bank Heres a creative way to give cash or a gift card enclose them in a money maze and have a grand ole time watching the recipient get to their gift. After the fun of the initial gifting, the Money Maze can be turned into an actual piggy bank with built-in security feature.Heres one for $6.99.

29. Journal If you cant think of a specific book to purchase, why not go for a journal instead and let your friend or family member do the writing? A good writer will work through several journals throughout the year, so having a spare around is sure to come in handy. Heres aXL Soft Cover Ruled Notebook from Moleskine [$17.19].

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30. Holga Camera Know any aspiring photographers? Holga cameras are a specialty camera that many photographers want to have in their arsenal. And lucky for you, they cost no where near the price of todays high-end digital SLRs. This one comes in a bit higher than $25, but its the cheapest Holga I could find:Holga Camera [$39.99].

31. Travel Mug / Coffee Shop Gift Card Coffee drinkers will appreciate this gift. Grab a stylish mug, throw a gift card to your local coffee shop inside, and youre set!Thermos Stainless Steel King 40 Ounce Beverage Bottle [$22.99].

32. Blanket The best thing about a blanket is that its practical and one size fits all. Keep your family or friends warm this holiday season with something stylish and warm. If you are feeling a bit silly, give them a Snuggie or Slanket instead. Heres a niceGrey/Green All-Purpose Blanket from JJ Cole Collections [$24.99].

33. DVD Sets Know someone who loves movies? There are a million DVD titles on m to choose from, increasing the chances that youll find something perfect for your recipient. There are quite a few movie and TV sets for less than $25. We love thePeanuts Holiday Series DVD Set [17.99]which includes Charlie Brown Christmas!

34. Netflix Netflix subscription service can be gifted using gift cards purchased at select retailers (I get mine at Kroger). This is an inexpensive gift that will provide hours and hours of frugal entertainment. Im currently using my subscription to power throughStranger Things. What will your recipient use it for?

35. Wallet / ID Case Wallets make a great gift because they tend to wear out every few years or so and you gotta have someplace to hold all that cash money! I prefer a money clip style slim wallet, but both that style and the traditional trifold can be had for under $25. Heres one:Nautica Mens Milled Passcase Wallet [$18.00]. Designer ID cases for women are popular right now too. Heres an example:Vera Bradley Zip ID Case [$12.00].

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36. Golf Balls Have an avid golfer in the family? Get them more of what they need to help improve their game. As an occasional golfer myself, I can tell you I appreciate having plenty of golf balls handy for my next round. Im not sure these are PGA legal, but I like the looks of theSelf-Correcting Golf Balls by Polara [$21.95].

37. Gadget Case Everyone has some type of smart mobile device these days, but they dont all have a nice case or cover to properly protect it. There are all kinds of accessories for the people in your life with an iPhone, Droid, Kindle, or iPad. Check out thisPink Incipio Clarion Folio Fire Case

38. Flowers and Vase This gift is great because it combines a temporary item with a permanent one. Win, win! The flowers will fade, but the vase or planter will be around to enjoy for years.

39. Handmade Jewelry or Box Instead of picking out something from a big box jewelry store or some piece that everyone has, go for a nice handmade, unique piece of jewelry to give as a gift. There are beautiful handmade jewelry boxes out there as well. Heres a nice one:Wooden Jewelry Box with Brass Metal Inlay [$14.07].

40. Donation In Your Name For the person that has everything they need, consider giving a charitable gift in their honor. Most charitable organizations will give you something nice to present to the recipient. Pair this with a thoughtful card and you are good to go!

41. Theater Tickets Im not talking about the movies; although I love a simple movie theater. I mean the real deal theater for an off-Broadway production, opera, ballet, or other fine arts performance. Smaller, local theaters will often have tickets for less than $25. It will surely be a one of a kind experience for your friend or family member.

42. Pen & Pencil Set Being on the receiving end of a nice pen and pencil set always makes one happy. This is perfect for the student, writer, or business owner in your life. Check out thisClassic Pen & Pencil Set Black w/Silver Inlays & Etched Cross [$14.99].

43. Cell Phone Speaker Amplifier I just received one of these as a gift and I love it! It works perfectly with myRepublic Wireless phone. We keep it in the kitchen and it turns our Pandora or Spotify listening into something the whole family can enjoy. I swear, its magic!Heres one for $25.99.

44. Semi-Personalized Towel Set Spend a little less on a personalized monogrammed towel set by just opting for the first letter of your recipients first or last name. Since these are pre-made, no customization is needed. But that doesnt mean they wont be well received and look great in a home.

45. Flask For those that like to imbibe, you might want to help them step up their alcohol-smuggling style with this flask:The Original Shot Flask 8oz Hip Flask with a Built-in Collapsible Shot Glass Stainless Steel with Premium Bonded Leather Wrapping [$17.99].

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Love these ideas but especially the photo book! Photos are some of my most precious items, and the time it takes for someone to put a book together really makes this a wonderful gift option!

I think one of the best gifts to give this Christmas is a book. They last for a lifetime and something that your special someone can turn to during depress times.

Peony plants -theyll grow for decades. Brooks Gardens has peony gift cards.

Hahah you lotion and soaps They do cause clutter at our place normally we use what we purchase and then when it runs out we buy more. So specialty soaps or small lotion bottles accumulate

Thanks for this thoughtful post. Books are my favorite gifts to give, especially illustrated ones.

Im a fan of netflix or hulu plus or spotify plus subscriptions.  At less than $10 a month you can give someone a couple months worth of unlimited entertainment.  Talk about bang for your buck!

If you know the family well enough to put their photo in a picture frame, another option is a dry erase refrigerator calendar with their photo as a background image.

I love this post because I am always looking for gift ideas, not necessarily for my family because they always have very specific wish lists, but for that one office Secret Santa gift exchange that I always get pressured into.  I would love to get books for Christmas, definitely under $25.

And mini is iPad MINI Protective Leather Rotary Case With Belt Buckle for $26, really a cool case

Magazine subscriptions are my go-to gift for all ages, really.  Last year, my sister gave my 4-yr-old a subscription to Highlights for little kids, and she loved it!  So this year, Im giving my nephew a subscription to National Geographic Kids.  He loves wildlife, so this is right up his ally.  Thats the thing with magazines theres something for everyone.  And if you look hard enough, you can often get a Buy One Get One Free subscription and get one for yourself in the process.

Love the beer idea. I do the same thing, but I do the 6 local breweries that do a winter seasonal. Then make custom 6 packs and tie a bow or an ornament to the box.

I prefer giving traditional games that dont go out of style like chess, dominoes, checkers. nexus gadgets has a number of good priced games. They also have gifts for other occasions, like talking ornaments if you, like Guy poster above, prefers stuff for the tree.

I would reccommend a gift basket. They come in a variety of themes. I especially love the chocolate filled baskets. I always always get a huge thank you when giving a gift basket

In our family, we get ornaments whenever we travel someplace. Its wonderful to remember all of our trips when we decorate the Christmas tree.

I also like to buy ornaments of things each family member is especially interested in each year. Its a great way to remind us of how weve changed, and what our interests were from year to year.

Great list! I think board games are especially a good idea. Id also recommend a gift card from MetroFlatsyou can get them under $20.

The Holga! That would make a great gift!

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