25 Go-To Gift Ideas Under $25 for Everyone on Your List
$25 for 12 Dortmunder Gold Lagers | Buy it at belgianstyleales.com
If your significant other is a connoisseur of fine adult beverages, you can't go wrong with a case or growler of high-end craft beer (such as Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold Lager, from Ohio) or a bottle of wine he or she has wanted to try. Better yet, plan a romantic evening for enjoying it together.
$10 | Buy it at Michael's
Fill a scrapbook such as Recollections' Kraft Chipboard Album (complete with bow) with mementos of favorite dates and milestones with a significant other. Concert tickets, photos, or the hospital bracelet from a child's birth are fun and easy to mount in a special album.
Starting at $10 for a "Proggy" stuffed animal kit | Buy it at Joann
In place of toys, toys, and more toys, spark some creativity with craft supplies such as markers, paints, paintbrushes, paper, stamps, stickers -- the possibilities are endless and inexpensive. Packaging several items together can still keep spending well under $25, and kits for jewelry or making your own soft stuffed animal can be found for $10 or less.
Starting at $20 for popcorn tins | Buy it at Gourmet Gift Baskets
Create a fun family experience with a gift basket holding a warm pajama set, a movie or game, and treats such as popcorn – consider a gourmet tin with sections of kettle corn, sea salt & cracked pepper, and cinnamon & brown sugar – and hot chocolate. The kids will love it and you'll get in some quality time together.
$18 | Buy it at Anthropologie
This old standby works for most any adult on your list and can be found almost anywhere for less than $25. Even a limited edition Voluspa candle tin from Anthropologie is well within budget. Or for a fun experience, give them the gift (or gift card) of making their own. The Candle Lab in Ohio allows you to pop in and create a custom scent for $15 per eight-ounce candle, a good date night or girls night activity.
$37 | Buy it on Amazon
Head to a garden center and look for off-season sales on new gloves, handheld tools, a kneeling pad, and a few seed packets, or pick up a Picnic Time five-piece garden tool set built into a folding seat. No green thumb in the family? Try the gift basket concept with another hobby.
Starting at $13 | Buy them at Target
Classic games such as Twister, Connect 4, and Chutes and Ladders hark back to childhood and include the whole family. Pie Face is an equally good choice for people of all ages to play together. For an older crowd, try Apples to Apples or the raunchy Cards Against Humanity.
Starting at $8 | Buy them from Incipio
Give siblings the option to switch out designs on their devices. Prices on phone cases range widely, but plenty can be found in stylish colors for less than $25. Even a Cheapism top brand makes phone cases starting at less than $10 for older models. Cases for the iPhone X, which becomes available in November, start at $20.
$10 | Buy it at oldtimecandy.com
Look for cheap candy to combine in a gift basket online -- such as 2 pounds of assorted toffees, of candies grouped and sold by the decade or by the color. For grandparents who live across the country, think about mailing a signature food from your state, such as smoked Alaskan salmon or Berger cookies from Maryland.
Starting under $25 | Buy it at Walmart
Get friends with favorite sports teams something with their logo or team colors. T-shirts, jewelry, glassware, and Christmas ornaments are all good options likely to be available inexpensively -- but look at local big-box stores such as Walmart, not just sporting goods stores, for the best prices.
Starting at $10 | Buy it at Gift Card Granny
It's easy-peasy to buy a gift card, and a caffeine fix is sure to be appreciated. While Starbucks closed its online store, the chain still sells gift cards online -- but discounts of up to 9 percent can be found at a reseller such as Gift Card Granny. Go a step further and pair the gift card with a travel mug.
Starting under $10 | Buy it at ThinkGeek
There's a trove of fascinating and fun cheap gifts online, from a prank USB flash drive that will make a victim's computer go a little bit crazy and Wonder Woman Gold Plated Stud earrings to bags of popping candy in "gourmet" flavors such as wasabi, beer, and bacon and small puzzles to solve such as the A-Maze-Ball Maze Game.
Starting at $3 | Buy it on Amazon
Chew toys such as Nyla Bones are a sure hit for furry friends or their owners and start as low as $3. If you're looking for a dog gift with a chance of lasting beyond New Year's, the Kong Classic (starting at about $4 on Amazon) is virtually indestructible. Put treats inside to keep a pup busy for hours.