Stick to your budget this holiday season and give the best gifts around with our top 25 picks for budget-friendly gifts.

By Amy Palanjian
November 20, 2018

There’s no reason to break the bank come the holidays, especially when you can make merry with stylish, crave-worthy gifts like these. These holiday presents are all $25 or under, which means you can spread the love and thanks all season long—no matter the length of your gift-giving list.

With giftable picks including delicious edibles, indulgent beauty products, thoughtful decorating touches, and memory keeping magic, these affordable gifts might be hard to part with—so maybe treat yourself while you’re at it! So whether you’re looking for small, yet thoughtful hostess gifts, tokens of thanks for the teachers, coaches, and stylists in your life, stocking stuffers, or the best holiday gifts to share with your friends, we’ve got you (and your hard-earned dollars!) covered.

1. Tea Towel

With the signature bright florals that Rifle Paper Co is known (and loved!) for, these screen-printed cotton tea towels are a perfect gift for your best lady friends—or mom, aunt, or neighbor. They even have a sweet corner loop to show them off to their fullest in the kitchen. With two color ways available, you can go more neutral with a white background, or for full on floral punch with a mint green motif.

Buy It: Floral Tea Towel$16

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2. Gourmet Candy

With options including champagne gummy bears, bourbon bears, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, green juice gummy bears and so (so!) much more, these sophisticated sweets are perfect for practically anyone on your list. Assemble a few options into a custom candy bento box or gift small packages to teachers, coaches and babysitters. Either way, it’s the easiest way we know of to spread sweetness all around.

Buy It: Gummy Party Penguins, $8.50

3. Iris Catchall Jewelry Dish

With six bold colors to choose from, this eyeglass-silhouette is a perfect catchall for readers, earrings, rings, change, or keys. It has a gold rim and can be monogrammed to make this a perfect personalized holiday gift on a budget.

Buy It: Iris Catchall, $19

4. La Creuset Signature Petite Cocotte

This petite 8-ounce version of a classic Le Creuset glazed enamel pot is sweet and useful. It’s the ideal size for French onion soup, baked mac and cheese, individual desserts like cobbler or crisp, or a personal portion of gratin. It’s available in a wide range of bright colors, so if you have a kitchen buff on your list, this inexpensive gift will go a long way towards making them merry.

Buy It: Le Creuset Signature Petite Cocotte $19.96

5. Reusable Straw Kit

Encourage eco-friendly habits with this practical (and stylish!) Christmas gift. Reusable straws are all the rage this year, so you know this gift will be put to good use. It comes in a thin draw-string bag for easy transport, and the kit includes a long brush for convenient cleaning.

Buy it: Ever Eco On-The-Go Rose Gold Straw, $9

6. Suede Pot Holders

Whether you go for a single ($15) or a set of two ($25), these chic suede pot holders will elevate any kitchen. They have a handy hook for hanging and are available in bright jewel tones including magenta, teal, hunter, and mustard—which honestly would look amazing hanging all together in a modern white or black kitchen!

Buy It: Suede Handle Potholders, $15 

Courtesy of Heirloomed

7. Ceramic Thimble

Made by Atlanta ceramicist Devanie Schlipp, this handmade thimble is made from porcelain with white glaze and a 22K gold rim. This would make for a meaningful gift for the avid sewer or quilter in your life, the relative or friend who taught you to embrace needlework, or for the friend you know is eager to learn.

Buy It: Ceramic Thimble, $22

Courtesy of Modcloth

8. Whale-Made Measuring Spoons

Okay, these might be the most fun measuring spoons we’ve ever seen! Each one looks like a whale, and yet with a clean white finish, they manage to be more sophisticated than juvenile. What a perfect way to add a little personality to the kitchen tools we reach for again and again. The bakers in your life—or for grandma and her beach house—will love these, promise.

Buy It: Whale-Made Measuring Spoons, $12

Courtesy of Modcloth

9. Of Your Cone Accord Earrings

There’s the bright gold base. And the natural sage patina. Not to mention the delicate cut outs. These simple, yet stunning earrings can go from the office to the party—and anywhere in between. They’re a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves to strut their style…or who might need a little push to embrace their fancy side.

Buy It: Of Your Cone Accord Earrings, $15

10. Board Books

Teach your little ones new words with the House: First Words Board Books boxed set. The book will take you and your little reader room by room through new home-related words in an adorable set of durable books.

Buy it: House: First Words Board Books, $13.20

11. Pearl Wine Glasses

Pick up a set of these 4 stemless wine glasses to share with your friend who loves to entertain. Or the happy couple who just moved into a new house. Or anyone who might enjoy the pearlized finish on these glasses…we have a feeling they might make that glass of vino taste even better at the end of a long day.

Buy It: Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4, $19.99 

12. Send a Sugarwish

To me, this sounds like the perfect gift for friends with a sweet tooth! It’s easy and it’s personalized! Simply pick the size of gift and send an e-card. Then, your recipient can redeem it for their favorite candy, which will arrive right on their doorstep in days. The candy options include classic sour gummies, jelly beans, and taffy and more nostalgic choices like Bit-o-Honey and root beer barrels. There’s really no way to go wrong with this one!

Buy It: Sugarwish, starting at $18.50

Courtesy of Anthropologie

13. Bundled Up Monogram Ornament

Choose a sweet embroidered sweater or mitten, the letter of your choosing, and give the gift of an ornament that can be enjoyed for years to come. I love the idea of putting together a set for a whole family, or spelling out a message to a friend or loved one!

Buy It: Bundled-Up Monogram Ornament, $10

14. Gourmet Chocolate Bars

We’re seriously crushing on the packaging of these gourmet chocolate bars. At under $10, they make a great stocking-stuffer or add-on when you need the finishing touch for a gift. And, the flavors are seriously endless—try Pina Colada, Donuts and Coffee, Salted Pistachio or Scones & Jam.

Buy it: Scones & Jam Milk Chocolate Bar, $9.95

Courtesy of Anthropologie

15. Modern Sprout Flower Garden Kit

Gift the gift of fresh flowers that can bloom inside, any time of the year, with this oh-so-pretty flower growing kit. There are three options—Forget Me Nots, Lavender, and Poppy—and each flower grows right inside the botanically illustrated container. This is just the thing to add a burst of freshness to a loved ones’ life during the winter.

Buy It: Modern Sprout Flower Garden Kit, $14

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

16. One Line a Day Journal

Hands down, my very favorite memory keeping tool is my own One Line a Day Journal and it’s become one of my go-to gifts. This 5-year memory book makes it easy to record a moment from each day, and to look back at years past, in one concise book. Plus, the modern hand-painted vibe of the cover helps this double as a design statement.

Buy It: One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $16.95

17. Lipstick Set

For friends who love to play with makeup, or those who might be terrified to step foot near Sephora, this set of luscious lipsticks is ideal: It contains 4 small lipsticks, including 3 bestselling colors and one limited edition. It’s the perfect way to play with your look. Plus, the lipsticks are free from parabens and sulfates, and are cruelty-free…even better!

Buy It: Four Little Bites Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set, $25

Courtesy of Anthropologie

18. Popcorn Tin

Who wouldn’t want to have a gorgeous tin of handmade, gourmet popcorn under the tree? (No one we can think of!) Poppy’s Handcrafted Popcorn comes in three delicious flavors including Reindeer Crunch, with dark chocolate, nuts, and sea salt, Peppermint that includes white chocolate and crushed peppermint candies, and Cinnamon Bourbon with Troy & Sons whiskey, sea salt, and molasses. It might be impossible to pick just one flavor!

Buy It: Poppy's Popcorn Tin, $18

19. Beauty Ornament

With five options to choose from, you can pick a perfect mini bundle of beauty products packaged in a pretty ornament. We can never have enough of the rich and indulgent shea butter and natural fragrances in L’Occitaine products and these petite presents are just the right size for teachers, Secret Santas, hair stylists, and more. You should probably buy extra just in case!

Buy It: L’Occitane Beauty Ornament, $14

20. Lotion Sticks

Lotion on a stick? Yes! This is perfection for dry, chapped skin during the winter months and the fresh scent offers a moment of respite during busy days. The natural oils from sunflower, pomegranate, and palmarosa are nourishing, yet light. This is a wonderful stocking stuffer or small token of holiday cheer.

Buy It: Orange Sunflower Lotion Stick, $16

21. Soy Candles

Holiday plaids and tartans on the outside, a freshly scented soy candle on the inside…this is one present that doesn’t even need to be wrapped! I love to keep a few of these on hand during the holiday season for all of those times I’ve otherwise forgotten to pick up a hostess gift. We love the Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon and the Balsam & Fir scents.

Buy It: Cinnamon & Spruce Candle, $20 

22. Graphite Shapes

For the kid who already has everything, gift this adorable dinosaur-shaped graphite sculpture—it writes just like a pencil!

Buy it: Pencil Blok Stegosaurus, $9.50

Courtesy of Target

23. Card Deck Set

As a Secret Santa, a stocking stuffer, or a gift for the guy who loves card games, this leather pouch comes complete with a standard deck of cards for endless fun. As with everything from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line at Target, we’re in love!

Buy It: Card Deck with Leather Case, $16.99

Courtesy of Target

24. Portable Beverage Holder

Chip and Joanna got it right with this chic thermos—it’s 40 ounces of insulated stainless steel, complete with a leather handle and leak prof lid. It’s ideal for coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, either on the go or to use in the house to make the moments lingering over the morning paper a last a little longer. I’m totally getting one of these for my husband! (Ssssh!)

Buy It: Portable Beverage Holder with Lid, $24.99

Courtesy of Kiehl's

25. Lip Balm Set

A trio of classic Kiehl’s lip balms—in unflavored, cranberry, and mint—mean no more chapped winter lips! The set of three ensures that your recipient will never run out of lip balm since they can stash one in the car, one in their purse, and one on their bedside table. It’s a perfect way to say “pucker up”!

Buy It: Kiss Me With Kiehl's, $25


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