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 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.

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FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: SHAVE KIT

The Winston set from Harry's 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 THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: SCRAPBOOK

Fill a scrapbook 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 THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: BATH AND BODY GIFT SET

Retailers such as Crabtree & Evelyn offer low-priced samplers for trying different scents. The company has packaged three limited-edition hand creams into a $24 set.
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FOR THE FAMILY: COLORFUL FIRE

A treat for campers or anyone gathered around a home fireplace, Mystical Fire colorant turns flames into a mesmerizing rainbow. A sale on the company's site at the time of writing includes a pack of 25 for $20.
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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. Packaging several items together can still keep spending well under $25.

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FOR KIDS: LUGGAGE

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

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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 is well within budget at $18.
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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? Try the gift basket concept with another hobby.
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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.
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FOR THE ENTERTAINER: CHEESE SLICER

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 from Crate & Barrel ($20). For a modern look, Kohl's has a Fox Run black marble model for the same price.
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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 Apples to Apples or the raunchy Cards Against Humanity.
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FOR SIBLINGS: PEDICURE KIT

This gift is easy and cheap to put together. Start with a few colors of nail polish, such as Essie's 2016 holiday set ($13 on Amazon). Add a nail file, clippers, and toe separators to complete the kit.
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FOR SIBLINGS: PHONE OR TABLET CASE

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. Cheapism's top pick: the Incipio NGP (starting at $10 on Amazon).
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FOR GRANDPARENTS: PHOTO MUG

Shutterfly will put a child's mug on a mug for $17, a great gift idea for the grandparents, especially when paired with fancy coffee or hot cocoa.
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FOR GRANDPARENTS: FAVORITE FOODS

Trader Joe's sells specialty toffee for less than $5 -- cheap enough to buy a variety and combine in a gift basket. 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, Stafford leather gloves and J. Farrar fleece gloves were on clearance for $15 at JCPenney. Bonus: Both gloves let the wearer use touchscreen devices.

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FOR FRIENDS: SPORTS MEMORABILIA

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 under $25. Look for fan gear at local big-box stores such as Walmart, not just sporting goods stores, for the best prices.
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FOR FRIENDS: SCARF

Friends will be grateful for useful and trendy blanket scarves when the weather is cold. A plaid blanket scarf from Target costs $20.
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FOR FRIENDS: COFFEE SHOP GIFT CARD

It's easy-peasy to buy a gift card, and a caffeine fix is sure to be appreciated. Go a step further and pair the gift card with a travel mug.
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FOR FRIENDS: GEEKY DOODADS

ThinkGeek is a trove of fascinating and fun gifts under $10, from a USB flash drive that looks like a squirming tentacle to a Newton's cradle fridge magnet to cubes of striated "archaeology" soap with embedded dinosaurs to discover (so it's really paleontology soap, right?).
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FOR DOGS: CHEW TOYS

Chew toys 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 $7 on Amazon) is virtually indestructible. Put treats inside to keep a pup busy for hours.
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FOR CATS: INTERACTIVE FEEDING BALL

The PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder (starting at $5 on Amazon) 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

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 (starting at $19 on Amazon) counts thousands of positive reviews.