25 Go-To Gift Ideas Under $25

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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.

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: CUSTOM DESK CALENDAR

Creating a personalized, picture-packed desk calendar starts at about $10 on a photo site such as Snapfish. Your beloved might be encouraged not to work such long hours when reminded what's outside the office walls.

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: WINE OR CRAFT BEER

If your significant other is a connoisseur of fine adult beverages, you can't go wrong with a case of high-end craft beer (such as Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin IPA) or a bottle of wine he or she has wanted to try. Better yet, plan a romantic evening for enjoying it together.

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: SCRAPBOOK

Fill a scrapbook with mementos of your favorite dates and milestones with your significant other. Concert tickets, photos, or the hospital bracelet from your child's birth are fun and easy to mount in a special album.

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: SHAVE KIT

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

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: BATH AND BODY GIFT SET

Retailers such as Crabtree and Evelyn offer low-priced samplers, so the lady in your life can try several scents and discover which ones she favors. The company has packaged its top-selling hand creams into a holiday-themed tin ($24).

FOR KIDS: LUGGAGE

Travel a lot with your family? Make everyone's trip a little easier by picking out suitcases the kids can wheel themselves. A monogrammed set from the catalog retailer LTD Commodities costs $20.

FOR KIDS: MOVIE OR GAME NIGHT PACKAGE

Create a fun family experience with a gift basket holding a warm pajama set, a movie or game, and treats such as popcorn and hot chocolate. The kids will love it and you'll get in some quality time together.

FOR KIDS: CRAFT SUPPLIES

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. Package several items together and still stay well under $25.

FOR KIDS: FAMILY PHOTO BOOK

This keepsake can help young kids recognize distant relatives and put names with faces. A family photo album is easy to put together for well under $25.

FOR PARENTS: CANDLES

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 ($18) is well within budget.

FOR PARENTS: GARDENING GIFT BASKET

Head to a garden center and look for off-season sales on new gloves, handheld tools, a kneeling pad, and a few seed packets. No green thumb in the family? The gift basket idea extends to other hobbies.

FOR PARENTS: WALL CALENDAR

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

FOR SIBLINGS: GAMES

Classic games such as Twister, Connect Four, and Chutes and Ladders hark back to childhood and include the whole family. For an older crowd, try Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples.

FOR SIBLINGS: PEDICURE KIT

This gift is easy and cheap to put together for your sister. Start with a few colors of nail polish, such as Essie's 2015 holiday set ($13 at Target; 10 percent off with the code SHINE through Dec. 5). Add a nail file, clippers, and toe separators to complete the kit.

FOR SIBLINGS: PHONE OR TABLET CASE

Give your 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. Cheapism's top pick: the Incipio NGP (starting at $10 on Amazon).

FOR GRANDPARENTS: PHOTO MUG

For $17, Shutterfly will put your child's mug on a mug to give to the grandparents. Pair it with some fancy coffee or hot cocoa.

FOR GRANDPARENTS: A FAVORITE FOOD

We know of one grandpa who adores English toffee, and Trader Joe's sells specialty toffee for less than $5. At that price, it's cheap enough to buy a variety and put them all together in a nice gift basket. For grandparents who live across the country, send a signature food from your state.

FOR GRANDPARENTS: WINTER ACCESSORIES

Keep the older crowd cozy through the winter with a fancy scarf or hat (or, better yet, a set), which can certainly be found for less than $25.

FOR FRIENDS: SPORTS MEMORABILIA

Do your friends have a favorite sports team? Consider getting them something bearing the logo or team colors. T-shirts, jewelry, glassware, and Christmas ornaments are all good options bound to be available for less than $25.

FOR FRIENDS: SCARF

For a good girlfriend, consider something simple like a blanket scarf, which is useful and trendy. The accessory can be found at stores including Macy's and Target. The price of a brushed-flannel version from Old Navy has been reduced to as little as $10.

FOR FRIENDS: COFFEE SHOP GIFT CARD

It's easy-peasy to buy a gift card, and a caffeine fix is sure to be appreciated. You can go a step further and pair the gift card with a travel mug.

FOR DOGS: BULLY STICKS

Chew toys, especially bully sticks, are a sure hit for a furry friend and usually amount to less than $5 (until your dog chews one down in no time and demands a replacement). Many pet owners like bully sticks because they are less of a choking risk than rawhides.

FOR DOGS: KONG CLASSIC

If you're looking for a dog gift that may last beyond New Year's, this red rubber toy (starting at $7 on Amazon) is virtually indestructible. Put treats inside to keep your pup busy for hours.

FOR CATS: INTERACTIVE FEEDING BALL

The PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder (starting at $4.50 on Amazon) is "purrfect" for cats who need a little encouragement to be active. This cheap toy dispenses food as it's batted around.

FOR PETS: GROOMING TOOLS

Know a pet that pines to be brushed for hours? A simple package of grooming supplies will delight the pet or animal lover in your life. The DakPets deshedding tool (starting at $17 on Amazon) counts thousands of positive reviews.