U Is for Gifts Under $25

published Dec 7, 2017
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Whether you’re shopping on a budget or you just need to scratch your Secret Santa off your to-buy-for list, there are plenty of options that don’t cost a ton but still feel like a real gift. Because the last thing you want is to drain your bank account, or make anyone feel shafted.

Here are 11 food-themed presents for $25 or less.

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Budget-Friendly Gifts for $25 or Less (Image credit: The Kitchn)
  1. Yay! Tray, $22 at Gretel: Yay, indeed! This typographic tray looks like it should have cost so much more.
  2. Coffee & Donut Earrings, $20 at Yellow Owl Workshop: Give these earrings — with 22-karat-gold and hypoallergenic posts — to the teen in your life who’s 13 going on 30.
  3. Disco Cactus Sipper Cup, $12 at Urban Outfitters: The lucky recipient of this rose gold cactus cup doesn’t need to have a green thumb — she just needs to be thirsty.
  4. Farmers Are Heroes Tote Bag, $20 at Brika: Truer words have never been printed on a tote bag. Get this for your friend who never misses a Saturday morning trip to the farmers market.
  5. Food & Drink Quiz Game, $12 at Bloomingdale’s: Cards Against Humanity is fun and all, but it’s not quite food-related enough for our tastes. This trivia game, however, is all about food, asking questions about Lindt chocolate and pesto, for example.
  6. White Butter Knife, $12 at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.: Got a friend who only eats bread because it’s a vehicle to deliver butter to her mouth? She needs this enamel-coated steel knife, which can also be used for soft cheese and nut butter.
  7. Pineapple Trivet, $19 at West Elm: This brass-finished trivet is pretty enough to sit out on the table when not in use. And it might inspire your Secret Santa to eat more fruit.
  8. Friends and Beer Keytag, $15 at Seltzer Goods: Featuring two of the most important things in life, this leather keychain is simple and to the point — just like your BFF.
  9. Matcha Whisk, $25 at W&P Design: For your friend who’s newly into matcha, this battery-powered whisk will help her make it at home. Bonus: She can also use it to froth milk or mix sauces.
  10. Crinkle Bowls, $7 each at CB2: These playful stoneware bowls look like cupcake wrappers and can be used to hold nuts or candy during parties.
  11. LED Egg Light, $10 at Kikkerland: This porcelain egg light is touted for being great in kids’ rooms, but we love it for an office white elephant swap to help brighten up a coworker’s desk. There’s also a pineapple light we love for $12.50