For $25 and under there are endless gift giving possibilities available online and at retailers. At this price point and below you can put together amazing goody bags and find really great options for everyone on your list. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
1. The sky planter is unique, practical and award-winning. This spectacular design offers a new way to grow plants; upside down. It’s self-watering, space-saving and only needs to be refilled once or twice a month making this the ultimate water conserving planter. Use it to grow herbs or other household or outdoor plants. The design compliments contemporary or classic homes and kitchens and will give anyone on your list a green thumb. Get this delightful planter for just $25 at unicahome.com. The sky is the limit!
2. These double-walled oil and vinegar pourers are striking in appearance and hand-blown to the finest standards of glassmaking in Italy. With two sizes priced at $25 or less at unicahome.com, they are simply divine.
3. The Kill-A-Watt lets you plug-in your appliances and determine how efficient they are. With the cost of power rising almost daily, it’s useful to know just how much it’s costing you to keep all of those nifty electrical devices around the house plugged in. With Kill-A-Watt you can monitor the quality of your power by displaying Voltage, Line frequency and Power Factor, much like utility companies on the large LCD display screen. With this you can project your electrical expenses by the day, week, month and even an entire year. How is this a bad thing? Get this money-saving device at thinkgeek.com and amazon.com for under $25.
4. The Sound Machine has been awarded the U.K. Gift of the Year for 2009. What the heck is it? Well, it’s a box with high-fidelity audio effects that allows you to add applause, laughter, whistles and many other sounds to your conversations. Why not push a button and give yourself a round of applause! Available for $16.50 online or at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, mcachicago.org.
5. I admit I’m a bit of a cosmetic products fiend but I’ve limited myself to just a few favorites over the last couple of years. Sometimes it’s hard to resist a new scent or nicely priced gift set around the holidays. This year products and gift sets at or below $25 are more plentiful than ever. Here is a small sample of what’s on my radar from Philosophy, L’Occitane, Bliss and others. For the guys try Cade from L’Occitane, Anthony, available at Sephora and the popular Jack Black line available at Nordstrom.
6. These DKNY Color Bar Patent Leather Buckle Bracelets look like regular watch bands at first glance. Upon closer inspection you realize these colorful and stylish bands can be linked together or worn separately as a wrist accessory. Everybody loves a good bracelet and they’re a mere bargain at $12.50 each. Available at Nordstrom.
7. All-Clad cooking utensils are made of heavy-guage stainless steel and polished to a high shine. These incredible and durable tools are available at Macys for $19- $21.99 each. The measuring spoons are essentially miniature versions of the saucepans and are exclusively available at Williams Sonoma for just $16. You’ll fall in love with All-Clad.
8. Portable MP3 player speakers priced at under $25 each are right on time from iHome. The iHM77UC capsule speaker comes in four colors and is perfect for your iPhone, iPod, laptop or any MP3 player. These little speakers offer surprisingly big sound that must be heard to be believed. They feature a built-in rechargeable battery, vacuum bass expansion, USB charging and come with a protective carrying case. The iHM10R stereo speaker system comes in 6 colors and boasts EXB for expanded bass, an audio patch cord to connect to other devices and comes with a protective carrying case. Ahh..gotta love a little colorful technology.
9. Whether you’re a fudge fan or not, I guarantee you’ll like Fudgie Wudgie Fudge. While strolling along the bustling shopping area know as The Strip District in Pittsburgh, PA, I came across this little shop. I wasn’t immediately drawn to the fudge but after sampling the Pecan Turtle, I was stone hooked. Only a sample of what’s available at Fudgie Wudgie is online. The dark or milk chocolate covered toffee with a dab of sea salt on top is worth an hour at the gym! If you have a sweets eater on your list or need a good corporate gift, this is a great choice. A sure sweet winner at $15 for a 1 lb box…don’t forget to get one for yourself too. Delish!
10. Teapots, mugs and coffee presses are common and all to easy gifts to give during the holidays. If you’re going to give one of these items, make it stylish, whimsical, functional or fun. Here are a few options that might pique your interest and are priced at or below $25. The Minami teapot with infuser from Crate and Barrel, Bodum bistro mug press, Slant and Portmeirion tea for one sets are great options. You’ll be good to go with these.
11. The little sister to Curious Toys’ Company, Zola-a-Go-Go, Pop-Zolo lets kids make the most creative friends and buddies they can imagine with this 28 piece, vibrant and colorful set. The super cool abstract set lets children be creative, continue to develop motor skills and even decorate their room, backpack or desk. An awsome gift for children over 5 years for just $14.95 at amazon.com. Hurry, Zolo toys sell out fast!
12. Georello Kaleido Gears are made in Italy by Quercetti, a company with 60 years of experience making toys that engage children in beneficial play. This gear set is a perfect beginning set that encourages creativity and stimulates intuitive reasoning. The set comes with 55 pieces and gears in 3 sizes. The goal is to see how many ways a child can make them spin. The set costs just $24.99 at amazon.com, a steal for hours of creative play.
13. No one has ever accused me of being a huge Madonna fan, but she totally won me over with her first 5 children’s books. These books are so well illustrated and written that they make perfect library additions for children and adults alike. They are becoming rare and hard to find but are available individually at borders.com at $19.95 for each book in the collection. One of the best is Mr. Peabody’s Apples. Mr. Peabody is the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach in town, who one day finds himself ostracized when rumors spread. Mr Peabody finds out and silences the gossip with an unforgettable lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others. Get this one while you can.
14. You might not expect to find a toothbrush on a list of gifts to give, but this is no ordinary toothbrush. The Oral B Vitality Precision Clean rechargeable electric toothbrush is about the best in its class. Users give it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating and it’s priced below $20. It easily outperforms much more expensive counterparts. The small round brush gets into hard to reach areas and the high-speed oscillating motion cleans plaque efficiently. A single replacement head will cost approximately $4.50. Pair it with a tube of Tom’s of Maine Natural Care toothpaste for a clean and healthy smile. A nice and unexpected gift.
15. Ritzenhoff Mini Piggy Banks are a stylish way to stash away emergency cash. Careful though, the only opening might be on the top. Just $19.95 at ritzenhoffcollection.com.
16. A photo does not do the beauty and craftmanship justice when it comes to Paper Blanks journals. These journals are designed to inspire the writer with absolutely beautiful covers representing reproductions of original letters by the likes of William Shakespeare and 15th century book covers. I have not discovered a better looking line of journals at this price point. These designs available at paperposey.com for $20 and under.
17. The Cuisipro Herb Keeper is 9-1/2 inches tall, 4-3/4 inches in diameter and BPA free. It’s designed to fit in most refrigerator door shelves and extends the life or herbs. It can also be used to store vegetables like asparagus and celery. The herb keeper works by immersing herbs in a small amount of water which keeps them fresh. Use the green knob to lift them out for use. A fantastic multi-use kitchen tool for $20 at amazon.com.
18. New Bright’s solar powered remote controlled car never needs batteries. Find a sunny spot to charge and you’re set to enjoy a fully functional left/right and forward/reverse driving experience from the hand-held remote. This is the first if not the only affordable solar powered car for children over 8 years of age, but I’m willing to bet this gorgeous little car will be a favorite of eco-toy lovers of all ages. Such a perfect gift and available for $24.99 at target.com .