Trying to stick to a budget when shopping for gifts can be difficult because it shifts the focus away from finding the perfect present and onto the price tag. That doesn’t mean you can’t give a gorgeous, thoughtful gift without spending big, though. Rather than browse for discounts and flash sales, start by focusing on the meaning behind the gift. When you give a present that holds meaning and speaks to your relationship you have with that person, the price tag really doesn’t matter.
If you’re struggling, start by asking yourself these simple questions:
1. What’s an experience you shared together that holds great memories?
2. What does your friend/colleague/family member do in their spare time?
3. Can you think of a time when they complimented you on an item you own?
Ahead we’ve found an array of gifts under $25 that prove you don’t have to splurge for a great present. From sage-smudging kits for your friend who’s just moved into a new home to jewel-shaped crayons for the little one in your life who has shown a creative spark, there are enough ideas to cover everyone on your holiday list.
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You’d never guess this delicate, sculptural olive oil dispenser is just $25.
This gorgeous kit comes with a sage stick, shell dish, and hessian bag—for just $12.
These tessellating coasters double as coffee table art.
This Carrera marble mortar and pestle will add a touch of elegance to any foodie’s kitchen countertop.
A gift that’s practical and pretty for the little ones in your life.
Can’t find the perfect thoughtful gift? Opt for a book that speaks to your friend’s personality or interests. This witty tome by Nora Ephron is a celebrity favorite.
These metallic serving pieces arrive prewrapped and gift-ready.
Rather than try to make your money stretch further with low-quality gifts, opt for one luxury buy like this soothing, fragrant lip balm by cult Aussie brand Grown Alchemist.
Give your closest friends matching bag tags with a note to plan your next weekend escape.
This well-designed candle by PaddyWax is the gift that keeps on giving: When the wick burns down, the votives stack and can be used for milk and sugar.
This glass-and-brass cheese knife is ideal for your friend who loves to host.
Can’t decide which scented candle to buy? Give your friend a mini test set to try them all out.
H&M Home is brimming with inexpensive, well-designed home finds, like these brass-looking salad servers, perfect for holiday gifting.
These mini “chill pill” headphones are a cute gift for your friend who is always on the go.
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