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The 100 Best Holiday Gifts for $25 or Less
Tis the season ... for budget-conscious shoppers to find the right gift at the right price for everyone on their list. This roundup includes great gifts for every man, woman, and child on your list (as well as a few for the beloved family pet). And the best part is that while these gifts are certain to bring smiles to faces once the wrapping paper comes off, none of them costs more than $25. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
Price: $22 | Buy it on Amazon
The Yo-ller Coaster from Fisher Price is a curvy, colorful playset containing multiple tracks for yo-yo-like spools to spin down and launch off of. Children put the spinners on the launchers and find fun ways to modify the tracks and change their trajectory. The unique toy takes some assembly but will entertain toddlers to preschool-age children just as well as, say, a marble-run toy.
Price: $25 | Buy it from Table Topics
Getting to know your fellow co-workers can be awkward if you're unsure how to strike up a conversation about non-work endeavors. Get the ball rolling with the Table Topics cube, the ultimate conversation starter. The office holiday party could get significantly more interesting with a little wine and some engaging questions.
Price: $23 | Buy them on Amazon
For active women and men who love to hike and bike, ODODOS Interchangeable Sunglasses feature five pairs of shatterproof lenses designed for different activities. For example, one enhances color contrast to improve the wearer's vision of the trail ahead. The lightweight frames are designed to be strong yet flexible.
Price: $25 | Buy it on Amazon
Invented in 1914, Tinkertoys are like many other enduring toys in that they empower children to build things without imposing too much structure on them. Parents can also rest assured knowing the appealingly old-fashioned set of wooden spools and connecting pieces helps children develop fine-motor skills and spatial awareness.
Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
The newest of J.K. Rowling's illustrated editions of the beloved books, the Prisoner of Azkaban truly comes to life here.
Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
View-Masters are stereoscopes that come with corresponding "reels" containing images that appear in striking 3-D through the peepholes. Most reels contain images of animals or natural or historic sites from around the world. Though a virtual reality version has hit the market, the low-tech original is still as fun as ever.
Price: $10.49 | Buy it on Amazon
Invented in the late 19th century, the Spirograph is a drawing tool that lets anyone create hypnotic mandala-like designs. Modern Spirograph sets include multiple sizes of drawing wheels and different colored pens that allow children or adults to get creative with this uniquely mathematical design toy.
Price: $10 | Buy It on Amazon
So, your kid's seen every "Harry Potter" movie? Perhaps it's time to introduce them to the source. If you think that might be too much at first, make it a game and pick up "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Unofficial Quiz & Trivia Book" by Julia Reed. Maybe the fun will lead to reading the actual works that built author J.K. Rowling's empire.
Price: $20 | Buy it from Target
From Ewoks to BB-8, every new "Star Wars" installment introduces a new character whose sole job is to be adorable. In "The Last Jedi," that title goes to the Porgs. More than just a pretty face, this super soft plush doll speaks phrases and makes sounds.
Price: $13 | Buy it from Miles Kimball
This is a practical gift for anyone finding that reading is a chore. The lighted 3X stand magnifier from can be used three ways: hanging around the neck, standing on four folding legs, or lying flat atop reading material. Four LED lights help relieve eye strain.
Price: $8 | Buy it at REI
For loved ones constantly seeking out new terroir, nesting wine glasses mean no scrounging for cups before a picnic, and no toasting with plastic cups from the bathroom in a bare-bones hotel. Wine tasters can also bring bottles back safely with WineSkins ($3 each at the Container Store).
Price:$24 | Buy it on Amazon
For future family gatherings, give the Rememory game. Players pick cards that indicate a person, time frame, and a loose prompt, and each player shares an associated memory. Consumers have given it solid reviews on Amazon and Uncommon Goods.
Price: $24 | Buy it from Walmart
The best thing about the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is that you can fly it yourself. When you launch the Air Hogs RC Millennium Falcon, you become the commander of the most iconic vehicle in science fiction history. On-board gyro stabilization makes for a smooth flight every time.
Price:$25 | Buy itfrom Tile
Everyone loses their keys (and other things) once in awhile. The Tile Mate finds them. Its app is easy to use, and the tile itself is small, with a practical design. Simply attach it to a keychain or anything else you’re prone to lose track of -- a four-pack is $70, and eight go for $130 -- and let the app find it for you. There’s also a find-your-phone function.
Price: $12 | Buy it from Lush
For travelers, toting shampoo bars instead of bottles frees up valuable room in a quart-size bag for other carry-on liquids. Lush makes a wide range of varieties including the seaweed-infused Seanik, which promises to add volume and shine to flat, dull hair. A blend of floral oils also leave strands smelling great.
Price:$18 | Buy it from Frostbeard Studio
Elevate the often-expected gift of a candle by gifting one with a unique scent. This book- and vanilla-scented soy candle from Minneapolis-based Frostbeard Studio is perfect for the prolific reader who would happily spend hours in the library stacks.
Price:$25 | Buy it on Amazon
The Corkcicle isn’t your typical wine glass. For one, it’s stemless, and since it’s made of triple-insulated stainless steel, it will keep your vino -- even that perfectly chilled white -- at exactly the right temperature for hours. A spill-resistant lid and a non-slip silicone bottom mean you can enjoy your drink just about anywhere.
Price:$20 | Buy it from Uncommon Goods
Give a stylish and tangle-free way to get her electronics from points A to B with this travel cord roll, made from vegan leather. It can hold up to eight charging cords and two plugs, or it can be repurposed for use with other small items like hair accessories.
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
They'll love this quirky home accent, a battery-operated LED lightbox to personalize with short greetings or messages that’s reminiscent of an old-school cinema sign. It comes with 109 letters, numbers, and symbols, and can be hung on the wall with included hardware.
Price:$15 | Buy it from Uncommon Goods
Enjoy the convenience of microwave popcorn without the unhealthy saturated oils. This popper needs nothing more than a handful of kernels - but for those who want to indulge a little...just add a pat of butter on top of the lid and it will melt onto the popcorn as it pops.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
This sleek Umbra jewelry holder is as affordable as it is elegant. Use it to hang long and short necklaces, bracelets and earrings from the sturdy bars; rings can sit safely on a high-gloss white tray at the base, which has padding to prevent scratching up her dresser. It comes in both nickel and brass.
Price: $20 | Buy it from shopDisney
When you put on the Captain Phasma mask you can create your own missions -- but you'll do it in the unmistakable voice of the legendary commander. Not only does the helmet belt out the captain's phrases, but any warrior who wears it can also make plenty of authentic sound effects.
Price: $10 | Buy it at Target
Give her the gift of safety with the BASU eAlarm, a tiny but extremely loud personal alarm that she can put on her keyring, hang from a zipper, or slip in her pocket. The 120-decibel alarm us on par with an ambulance siren, and the included batteries last up to five years.
Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Elfinbook Smart Notebook, which has pages that can be erased with a moist cloth or heat and written on over and over again. Easily send your notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity.
Price: $13 | Buy it from Fat Brain Toys
Have some grown-ups who are bored with all those mandala-filled adult coloring books? Tell them to get out the best markers and take on a bigger challenge with Pirasta's painstakingly detailed 29-by-32-inch posters. Choose from three designs, including landmark-studded maps of the United States, the world, and New York City.
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Everything a binge-watcher needs for a successful night on the sofa can be stashed in a handy organizer that sits right over the arm of most couches. It holds the remote, a cellphone, reading glasses, and much more in six pockets. There's even a snack tray for food and drinks.
Price: $20 | Buy it from Uncommon Goods
Reviewers of this set of 4 stemless aerating wine glasses overwhelmingly praise the cut-crystal look and the way they help wines "breathe." Wine drinkers like the feel of these glasses in the hand -- neither too fat nor too delicate -- and appreciate that they're dishwasher-safe. Wrap up and present to a loved one, or stock up for holiday celebrations. There are never too many wine glasses.
Price: Starting at $16 | Buy it on Amazon
Airline passengers who try to cram the entire contents of their closets into a suitcase risk steep fees for overweight baggage -- $75 and up on the major U.S. carriers. A luggage scale can alert these stuff-it-all-in packers that they're over the limit before it's too late. The Tarriss Jetsetter digital scale holds up to 110 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Buff
Buff headwear will look familiar to anyone who's watched "Survivor." This deceptively simple sleeve of moisture-wicking fabric transforms into at least a dozen different accessories. For legions of devoted fans, it's a must-have item worth collecting in multiple prints.
Price:$17 | Buy it from Vat19.com
Junior aviators will love this little gizmo that extends the flight time for paper airplanes to keep them aloft for as long as 2 minutes on a single charge.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Jet.com
Promising easier blending with no streaks, this super sponge works with both powder and cream foundations for flawless application and blending with brilliant results. Hundreds of testimonials suggest this may be the only makeup sponge the lucky recipient will ever want to use again.
Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
Beer enthusiasts will love these super strong magnetic strips. Designed to suspend beverage bottles from the ceiling of your fridge, these clever storage strips help conserve precious fridge space by holding up a six pack of brews. They can hold over 3 times the weight of an average 12-ounce bottle and they leave plenty of room for snacks.
Price: $14 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
Want to give a type-A adult a more creative spot for thumbtacks or paperclips? The iron-based particles in this non-toxic putty can be charged up with magnetic powers to attract all sorts of small objects. Left to its own devices, the putty can even swallow an entire magnet.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Invented in 1974, the ever-popular Magna Doodle consists of a display panel where children can make temporary illustrations of tiny magnetic powder using a magnet-tipped stylus, similar to but easier to use than an Etch a Sketch. Newer versions include multicolored magnetic powders as well as stamps.
Price: $17 | Buy it at S.W. Basics
Made in the U.S. like all S.W. Basics products, this face and body moisturizer is made of just four ingredients: sugar, fair-trade shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. Suitable for both the face and body, it's also cruelty-free and certified organic.
Price: $14.97 | Buy it on Amazon
The official NFL game ball is still made in America. Wilson manufactures its footballs at a factory in Ada, Ohio -- the oldest leather game ball factory in the world. The NFL Super Grip is official regulation size, but if you're buying for a younger child, there's an easier-to-manage junior size, too.
Price: $16 | Buy it at Jelly Belly
Satisfy someone's holiday sweet tooth with this 40-flavor Jelly Belly gift box, featuring flavors as diverse as buttered popcorn, Dr. Pepper, and toasted marshmallow. California-made Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, fat-free, and Kosher, too.
Price: $10.70 | Buy it at Amazon
Bendable and stickable without any special tools, Wikki Stix are a molding toy made from knitting yarn and non-toxic wax that can be shaped into just about anything. They're made from U.S.-sourced materials in Phoenix, and this set includes 96 primary and neon pieces for mess-free fun.
Price:$24 | Buy it from Carved
Designed and hand-made in Indiana, Carved Traveler cases are distinctive and practical. Rubber bumpers protect from bumps, scrapes and drops and cases come in a range of styles and sizes to fit a wide range of iPhones as well as popular Android models.
Price: $15 | Buy it from Amazinglycat
Shockingly realistic, these fish toys will fool most cats (and some humans). Cat's love to claw and kick them, and the hidden catnip pouch adds some added incentive for your feline friend. Just be careful trying to take it away - they may not want to give it up so easily.
Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
Just point and shoot for instant temperature readings. Check the grill to see if it's ready for steaks; check the pool to see if it's as warm as the kids say; or check the engine block to see if it's safe to pull that radiator cap. A digital meat thermometer completes the package for a backyard barbecue.
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