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25 Thoughtful Gifts Under $25

by Aleksa Brown

Dec 12, 2014

Looking for some tiny gifts with big heart? We scoured the site for the best little ways to show you care.


Splurging on a splashy, expensive gift every once in a while provides a certain kind of thrill — but no one can do it all the time. Fortunately, small gifts don't have to be short on personality or thoughtfulness. Au contraire! Even if you have a limited budget when it comes to birthday (or just-because) presents for friends, co-workers, wee relatives or your beloved, there are endless possibilities to show that you know them, love them and totally get them. Scroll on for smart ideas for everyone you hold dear – from campers and cyclists to bookworms and cat lovers – all for less than $25.
yoyo Keepsake Toys
Personalize this hardwood yo-yo with a sentimental nickname or a special date, and you'll have the recipient wrapped around your finger.
amethystsoap RockHoundSoap
A strikingly realistic amethyst soap will appeal to geology hobbyists and jewelry collectors alike.
foxpuppet furzechan
A wild and whimsical paper puppet (some assembly required) is fun for all ages.
nailwraps SoGloss
The boldest nail decals — fit for a true beauty maven.
bottleopener Quartertwenty
These sleek, laser-cut bottle openers, available in eight colors, will wow beer buffs and design enthusiasts. Bonus: the tools can be engraved for a more personalized present.
lipbalm FatandtheMoon
Fat and the Moon's tinted lip balm is a moisturizing dream come true.
top davidturnsbowls
Treat a tot to a toy top made from locally salvaged trees.
beardtoniclarge HerbivoreBotanicals
For the man with a beard or 'stache: this set of vegan-friendly moisturizing tonics, which includes two light, natural scents.
washitape ThatWashiTapeGirl
Decorative washi tape is a welcome gift for crafters and creative types.
cableholder NOIRnBLACK
Music lovers and podcast devotees will rejoice over these leather headphone holders.
cookingsecrets ARMINHO
This notebook is a no-brainer for a foodie, home chef or hostess.
stickers behappynow
Tiny trees, tea cups and tug boats are just a few of the motifs included in this sticker set, made from illustrations hand-drawn by an artist in Tel Aviv.
twigpencils TodoPapel
Ignite a little one's imagination with rustic rainbow crayons.
glitterpins AnastasiaMarieShop
Miniature magnetic clothespins will dress up the mini-fridge in a dorm room or office space.
camping MokuyobiThreads
This iron-on patch of honor is suitable for campers of any age.
wavycat DanielZenderStore
An accessory for your cat-obsessed pal.
framehandle Fyxation
Know a city-dwelling bike commuter? This handsome leather frame handle will help him carry his ride up flights of stairs in style.
pencils knotandbow
Knot & Bow's "Me and You" pencil set is perfect for your other half.
spoons CorPottery
Treat someone special to these hand-formed ceramic spoons, which will add meaning to daily rituals like scooping sugar or folding honey into tea.
librarystamp HunterandCoDesigns
For the bibliophile friend who so generously lends out her library.
keychains SunGoddessCollars
These simple, hand-stamped leather keychains come in a rainbow of covetable colors. Add a name or a short (and sweet!) message for the ultimate everyday gift.
sharkpin BerkleyIllustration
A funny magnet for the friend with the killer smile.
earrings MarineMistake
Love her to the moon and back? These earrings will help you drop the hint.
fruittattoo HartlandBrooklyn
This one's for teens: because temporary tattoos are so on-trend.
recipecard SerifAndScriptCo
Show some appreciation for your favorite talented baker with these pretty, illustrated recipe cards.
Aleksa Brown

Aleksa Brown is a writer, editor, and brand storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her favorite things include burgers, bike rides, and being outside with friends on sunny days. Read more of her work on the Etsy Journal.