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25 Thoughtful Gifts Under $25

Dec 12, 2014

by Aleksa Brown handmade and vintage goods

Splurging on a splashy, expensive gift every once in a while provides a certain kind of thrill — but no one can do it all the time. Fortunately, small gifts don’t have to be short on personality or thoughtfulness. Au contraire! Even if you have a limited budget when it comes to birthday (or just-because) presents for friends, co-workers, wee relatives or your beloved, there are endless possibilities to show that you know them, love them and totally get them.

Scroll on for smart ideas for everyone you hold dear – from campers and cyclists to bookworms and cat lovers – all for less than $25.

Personalize this hardwood yo-yo with a sentimental nickname or a special date, and you’ll have the recipient wrapped around your finger.

A strikingly realistic amethyst soap will appeal to geology hobbyists and jewelry collectors alike.

A wild and whimsical paper puppet (some assembly required) is fun for all ages.

The boldest nail decals — fit for a true beauty maven.

These sleek, laser-cut bottle openers, available in eight colors, will wow beer buffs and design enthusiasts. Bonus: the tools can be engraved for a more personalized present.

Fat and the Moon’s tinted lip balm is a moisturizing dream come true.

Treat a tot to a toy top made from locally salvaged trees.

For the man with a beard or ‘stache: this set of vegan-friendly moisturizing tonics, which includes two light, natural scents.

Decorative washi tape is a welcome gift for crafters and creative types.

Music lovers and podcast devotees will rejoice over these leather headphone holders.

This notebook is a no-brainer for a foodie, home chef or hostess.

Tiny trees, tea cups and tug boats are just a few of the motifs included in this sticker set, made from illustrations hand-drawn by an artist in Tel Aviv.

Ignite a little one’s imagination with rustic rainbow crayons.

Miniature magnetic clothespins will dress up the mini-fridge in a dorm room or office space.

This iron-on patch of honor is suitable for campers of any age.

An accessory for your cat-obsessed pal.

Know a city-dwelling bike commuter? This handsome leather frame handle will help him carry his ride up flights of stairs in style.

Knot & Bow’s “Me and You” pencil set is perfect for your other half.

Treat someone special to these hand-formed ceramic spoons, which will add meaning to daily rituals like scooping sugar or folding honey into tea.

For the bibliophile friend who so generously lends out her library.

These simple, hand-stamped leather keychains come in a rainbow of covetable colors. Add a name or a short (and sweet!) message for the ultimate everyday gift.

A funny magnet for the friend with the killer smile.

Love her to the moon and back? These earrings will help you drop the hint.

This one’s for teens: because temporary tattoos are so on-trend.

Show some appreciation for your favorite talented baker with these pretty, illustrated recipe cards.


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