25 Go-To Gift Ideas Under $25 for Everyone on Your List

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$25 GIFT GUIDE

Staying on budget while holiday shopping is always a challenge. Not to worry -- this guide to gifts under $25 covers pretty much everyone on your list, from family to friends to pets.

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FOR A SIGNIFICANT OTHER: WINE OR CRAFT BEER

$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.

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FOR A SIGNIFICANT OTHER: SHAVE KIT

$25 | Buy it at Harry's
The Winston set includes an aluminum razor, three blades, a travel cover, and foaming shave gel for $25. U.S. shipping is free. For an extra $15, you can get the handle engraved.

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FOR A SIGNIFICANT OTHER: SCRAPBOOK

$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.

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FOR A SIGNIFICANT OTHER: BATH AND BODY GIFT SET

$24 | Buy it at Crabtree & Evelyn
Even some fancy retailers offer low-priced samplers. Crabtree & Evelyn packages three limited-edition hand creams into $24 sets.

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FOR THE FAMILY: COLORFUL FIRE

$20 for 25 | Buy it at Mystical Fire
A treat for campers or anyone gathered around a home fireplace, these colorants turn flames into a mesmerizing rainbow.

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FOR KIDS: CRAFT SUPPLIES

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.

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FOR KIDS: LUGGAGE

$20 | Buy it at LTD Commodities
Travel a lot with family? Make everyone's trip a little easier by picking out suitcases that children can wheel themselves. Even a monogrammed set can be inexpensive.

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FOR KIDS: MOVIE OR GAME NIGHT PACKAGE

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. 

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FOR PARENTS: CANDLES

$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. 

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FOR PARENTS: GARDENING GIFT BASKET

$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.

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FOR PARENTS: WALL CALENDAR

Starting at $20 | Buy it at Snapfish
Pictures of the kids on a personalized wall calendar are sure to please any parent or grandparent this holiday season. Photo sites run sales and offer coupon codes often, so keep an eye out for deals.

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FOR THE ENTERTAINER: CHEESE SLICER

$20 | Buy it at Crate & Barrel
For someone who loves having people over (or as a gift for yourself, to get through the holiday entertaining season with class) try a handsome white marble-style cheese slicer.

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FOR SIBLINGS: GAMES

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.

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FOR SIBLINGS: PEDICURE KIT

$10 | Buy it at Target
This gift is easy and cheap to put together. Start with a few colors of nail polish, such as the e.l.f. 10-piece set. Add a nail file, clippers, and toe separators to complete the kit.

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FOR SIBLINGS: PHONE OR TABLET CASE

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.

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FOR GRANDPARENTS: PHOTO MUG

$17 | Buy it at Shutterfly
Putting a child's mug on a mug is a great gift idea for the grandparents, especially when paired with fancy coffee or hot cocoa. Look for coupons before checking out – Shutterfly always has coupon codes available.

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FOR GRANDPARENTS: FAVORITE FOODS

$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.

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FOR GRANDPARENTS: WINTER ACCESSORIES

Keep the older crowd cozy through the winter. L.L. Bean has gloves and other winter accessories for $25 or less. At the time of writing, gloves by Dockers, Levis, and Isotoner were seller for less than $25 at JCPenney. Bonus: The gloves let the wearer use touchscreen devices.

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FOR FRIENDS: SPORTS MEMORABILIA

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.

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FOR FRIENDS: SCARF

$17 | Buy it at Target
Friends will be grateful for useful and trendy blanket scarves when the weather is cold. Start the search at stores such as Target and Kohl's.

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FOR FRIENDS: COFFEE SHOP GIFT CARD

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.

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FOR FRIENDS: GEEKY DOODADS

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.

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FOR DOGS: CHEW TOYS

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.

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FOR CATS: INTERACTIVE FEEDING BALL

Starting at $3.50 | Buy it on Amazon
The PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder is "purrfect" for cats who need a little encouragement to be active. This cheap toy dispenses food as it's batted around.

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FOR PETS: GROOMING TOOLS

Starting at $14 | Buy it on Amazon
Know a pet that pines to be brushed for hours? A simple package of grooming supplies will delight a pet or animal lover in your life. The DakPets deshedding tool counts thousands of positive reviews.