Buying gifts can be challenging for many people throughout the year, but the holidays can really up the ante! With rising costs and inflation, it’s crucial to choose gifts that will make the most of your budget and still be something meaningful or thoughtful. The good news is, you don’t have to have tons of cash to let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them. And we know the old adage that it’s not about the gifts (obviously), but for those occasions where you don’t want to show up empty-handed, here are some excellent ideas…and they’re all under $25:
-Best generic gifts for kids: If you’re gifting family members’ kids or children that you extremely familiar with, a warm winter hat is a safe and practical choice. This one from Old Navy is just $9 and comes in a variety of colors that look more upscale. If you want to go more of a fun route, a Kanoodle works for any age group above toddlers (choking hazard) and is a hit for nearly every kid.
-Best gift for anyone on your list: A portable speaker is something nearly anyone would love, and it’s useful as well as aesthetically pleasing. Kohls often has the very popular JBL portable bluetooth device on sale for under $25, and it’s top rated for a reason. It clips to anything and is perfect for travel.
-Best gift for grandparents or parents: A heated blanket is a wonderful gift for parents or grandparents, and will be well-loved and used. It’s perfect for watching tv or reading on chilly evenings and most come in neutral colors that match any decor or home. We recommend this one cause it’s under $25 at Walmart, and it has good reviews.
-Best gift for the host or hostess: If you’re attending a dinner party or have a friend who’s a chef, they will love having pure vanilla bean paste. It’s great for cooking or baking, and has a rich flavor. It’s an affordable idea and something practical (consumable gifts are also perfect for people who are minimalists). For under $15, you can wrap it nicely and add a pretty mug or potholder to create a thoughtful host or hostess offering.
-Best gift for toddlers or their parents: These wooden blocks on Amazon are a hit for parents and their kids. The super trendy colors and fun styles will work for around ages 3 and up and they store nicely in the box. They are fun for older kids as well, but ages 3-5 tend to be the target audience. They’re also a nice change from regular square blocks and encourage motor skills.
-Best gift for teens: If you have teens on your list, you know that they love gift cards and tech, but those can be hard on your budget. Instead a cute set of clip lights are universally loved and appreciated by the teen age range. They also can work with the cute Instax photos, and look great in any room or dorm room. If you’re looking for teen guy gifts, we recommend a bluetooth speaker (above), or a cool wireless charger. For under $20, you’ll be the gifting hero and look like an ultra-cool family member, too!