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Gift Ideas Under $25 — Perfect for the Hostess, Relative, and Just About Anyone

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Gift Ideas Under $25 - Rosemary Trees and more

We’ve all been there — it’s tough to find a special gift that caters to a wide audience. In this ultimate gift guide, we share ideas under $25 – all so no one feels left out! Thanks to these perfect ideas for anyone, you’ll be winning at gifts in no time!


1. Unique sweets

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Harry & David Sweet Treats Gift Box

Let’s start with dessert first! After all, it is the holidays, so treat yourself and your friends! Satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth with these unique and delicious treats like this Harry & David Holiday Sweet Treat Box. This festive display includes Moose Munch Premium Popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, raspberry-filled tree-cutout shortbread cookies, and signature chocolate truffles. This charming gift box of treats is great for gifting and would make any of their holiday spreads extra special.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — crate and barrel marshmallows in a mug of cocoa

Add a touch of winter whimsy to your friend’s hot drinks with these mini Crate and Barrel Snowflake marshmallows. These snowflakes are so irresistible you make want to pick some extras up for completing a hot cocoa bar, roasting them up at a friend’s bonfire to make some delicious s’mores, or eating them straight up. These adorable treats will win over any winter lover’s heart.

“We enjoyed the snowflake marshmallows so much. We have lots of children in our family who are so starry eyed at Christmastime, so this was a fun addition to our big pot of hot chocolate. Even the big kids enjoyed the unique shape. Very cute!” – Jill

Hip Tip: Check out this hot cocoa mix and this snowflake mug to complement the snowflake marshmallows and to create the perfect winter gift.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — sugarfina champagne gummy bears

Liked by Cosmopolitan magazine, these Champagne gummy bears were declared “the perfect party favor”. Delight your older friends and family with these classic Brut and delectable Rosé bears. Infused with the rich flavors of French champagne, these would compliment any holiday tablescape or adult gift basket.


2. Pampering products

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

Give the gift of a relaxing pampering experience with these perfect spa treats. The cold can be so harsh on skin leaving it cracked and dry, which is why this Tree Hut Morrocan Rose shea sugar scrub is a perfect gift in cold weather months. The lovely floral scent formulated with certified shea butter and an array of natural oils including Evening Primrose, Safflower Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, and Orange Oil. After an invigorating exfoliation, this scrub leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth! You’d never guess it was purchased from Walmart either!

Hip Tip: If you are looking for super easy and frugal holiday gift ideas or if you just need some comic relief, this old video is for you! 🙂

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Burts Bees Tips and Toes Kit

Complete any spa experience with the Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes kit. Your friends can pamper their hands and feet with these five favorite travel-sized products. It includes hand creams to moisturize dry hands and nourish cuticles. Feet and lips also get spoiled with the rejuvenating Coconut Foot Cream. They can also kiss dry lips goodbye with the revitalizing Pomegranate Lip Balm. Your friends and family are going to appreciate this gift that they can take with them anywhere!

Hip Tip: If you receive the monthly Macy’s Beauty Boxes, you can use the $5 or $10 beauty coupon that’s included in the box to save on these Burt’s Bees kits!

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — george and viv anthropologie soap

Packaged and scented with a wink to wintertime fun and festivities, these Anthropologie George & Viv Gifting Soaps make perfect stocking stuffers for any loved one on your list. We can’t get over the adorably packaged soaps like the Car and Presents with real miniature gift boxes, The Gingerbread Man with a fuzzy knitted scarf, or the Wagoneer with a mini flocked Christmas Tree. These will be the life of the party at any gift exchange.

“I love these soaps! I bought several different wrapping choices and cannot wait to add them to Christmas presents! Almost too cute to unwrap!” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


3. Gourmet foods

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — sierra nevada mustard gift set

Even if your friends aren’t gourmet chefs, this Sierra Nevada Mustard Gift Set will make anyone feel like they’ve got it all together. Created with a touch of craft beer, the set includes Pale Ale Honey Spice, Stout Stoneground, and Porter Spicy Brown mustard. These tasty spreads will be the perfect addition to their arrangement of cheeses, holiday crackers, and deli meats. Or they can chow down when the party is over with a bag of pretzels and the mustard for dipping!

“This mustard is perfect to serve with charcuterie. It’s just the right taste – mildly sweet, and very palatable. All of our guests love it so much and always end up asking where to buy it!” – Amanda

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — williams sonoma aged balsamic vinegar

Nothing screams gourmet quite like the words aged and Italy. This VSOP 25-Year Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegar is an ultra-versatile condiment that boasts intense and complex flavors. Your friends will love using it in their holiday dishes, accompanied with decadent fresh loaves of bread, or even adding it to whip up some homemade salad dressing. This balsamic dressing made right in Modena, Italy, and is aged to develop a robust and full-bodied balsamic flavor.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly

At this point, you’re probably craving a delicious cheese board, too, am I right? Make sure to put this Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly on your list so you can add it to your hostess gift basket. This mild pepper jelly will be perfect on crackers and paired with some cream cheese. YUM! 😋 This jelly is so delicious you may also want to pick some up for your home — it’s always a party favorite and normally the first thing gone at any gathering I’ve ever hosted! Not to mention, it’s an easy-peasy appetizer to serve!


4. Comforts of home

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — As Seen on tv huggle blanket hoodie

Surprise your friends with this As Seen on TV Huggle Blanket Hoodie. Since it’s a one-size-fits-all blanket pullover, you won’t even have to ask what size they wear! This sherpa-lined hoodie is warm, cozy, totally loveable. With 100% of reviewers recommending it, we are sure all your friends and family will love it too.

“I bought one Huggle Hoodie for my 94-year-old mom because she gets cold easily, and one for my granddaughter who goes to college and lives in a dorm that’s chilly in the fall and winter. They both loved them and wore them as soon as I gifted them, three days before Thanksgiving. Only one problem – My older granddaughter, also in college, borrowed her sister’s when she was reading her book, and my daughter  borrowed her grandmother’s while using her computer for work. They ALL love them!! So now I am purchasing six more for other family members and one for me!” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Shelah

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Tea Forté warming joy kit

Wrap up your loved ones with warmth and relaxation this holiday season and gift one of these Tea Forté Warming Joy Box Tea Gift Sets. These Limited Edition teas are elegantly displayed, each in an individual pyramid-shaped box, and come with festive and yummy flavors like Rum Raisin Biscotti, Ginger Snap, Raspberry Ganache, Spiced Ginger Plum, and Winter Chai. Choose from three different embossed gift box designs for a most welcomed present for any hostess or tea lover.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — world market gnome mug

Speaking of tea, these World Market Gnome Tea Infuser Mugs are absolutely adorable and oh-so-giftable! This exclusive set of two mugs each features a removable cap with an infuser nestled neatly inside that can be removed to serve someone’s favorite hot beverage. We love the printed sweater base for an added touch of winter whimsy to anyone’s teatime.


5. Herbs & spices

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Mark Bittermans Pinot Noir Salt

Looking to gift something ultra exotic to your friends this year? They’ll love this Mark Bitterman’s Pinot Noir Salt. This wine-infused salt is bold and bursting with flavor to elevate any meal. Print out some adventurous recipes to accompany your gift so they can try it sprinkled on indulgent dishes. Your friends will even enjoy it when pinched over their favorite ice cream!

“I love to add this to a bowl of blackberries, on olive oil pastas, and pizza. It’s a great finishing salt that you really can’t get elsewhere.” – Cara

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

Give a gift that keeps on giving like these Mason Jar Herb Planters. No need for your friends to have a green thumb or guesswork, these planters use a passive hydroponic system that brings nutrients up to the plants’ roots while regulating moisture. These vintage style jars even come with seeds, so all they’ll have to do is plant them, put water in the reservoir, place the jar in a sunny window, and get growing!

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Trader Joes Rosemary Tree

Gift a mini Christmas Tree… that they can actually eat! Rosemary trees from Trader Joe’s are not only adorable, but they are actually useful! They smell amazing and are made of an ideal ingredient for culinary use. Your friends will appreciate this gift of adding fresh flavor to their winter recipes with this live herb.

Don’t have time to run to a Trader Joes? Order this rosemary tree from Amazon and have it delivered right to your door just in time for your holiday party.


6. Decorative treats

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Cheryls cookie card delivery

Christmas cards are a thoughtful way to let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them during the busy holiday season, but we think there’s no card sweeter than these Cookie Cards from Cheryl’s Cookies. Choose from an array of thoughtfully designed holiday boxes and buttercream decorated cookies to gift anyone on your list!

“I love Cheryl’s! The cookies are delicious and the Cookie Cards are great to send to people who don’t live close! My sister is stationed in California and I send them to her all the time. They make for a thoughtful gift that’s also affordable!” – Chelsey

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Deluxe Christmas Cakebites

Need a perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, or just about anyone? We love these Christmas Cake Bite Favors from The Sweet Tooth Fairy. This set of four mini gift boxes each comes with three perfectly decorated cake bites. Your friends will enjoy these delicious Fairyfetti, Double Fudge, and Gingerbread flavored treats and will be sure to make their holiday even sweeter.

“The Sweet Tooth Fairy is amazing! They are famous for their cakebites and they are to die for! I sent some to my friends, Bryn and Collin, and they loved them too!” – Michelle


7. Fresh scent essentials

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — mrs. meyer's holiday soaps

Keep your friends’ hands and homes smelling fresh with the Mrs. Meyers Gift Set which comes free with your first order of at least $20 or more from Grove Collaborative. Talk about a frugal gift option!

Want to really spice up this gift? We love how Lina shared this DIY gifting idea to create an easy, festive display using these products! You can either cancel your Grove Subscription before the free trial runs out (don’t worry, it’s super easy!) or continue to use the VIP access to shop Grove’s all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products.

bath and body works candle, great for gift-giving

Candles are a gift that complements any home and really enhance the ambiance of a room. The Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles are an absolute favorite of the Hip2Save team! And while the glass jars are beautiful on their own, we love how Lina shared these super easy and unique ways to gift a candle on this post! With so many different scents like Winter Candy Apple, Vanilla Bean, Merry Mimosa, Cinnamon Caramel Swirl, and Toasted Vanilla Chia, we’re sure you’ll find something heavenly for each person on your shopping list.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — happy wax plug-in wax melter

Give the gift of freshness to a friend’s bathroom or kitchen with this Happy Wax Outlet Wax Melter. Giftees will enjoy the convenience of a safe, flame-free option with its removable, no-mess, silicone melting dish. This patent-pending feature allows for quick and clean removal of used wax, so hardened wax pops right out of the dish, unlike traditional glass wax melters. With eleven different designs, there’s something to match unique personalities and home decor.

Hip Tip: Check out these Christmas scented wax melts to complete your gift and to add a dazzle of scented holiday spirit.


8. Entertaining delights

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Hearth and Hand Cutting Board

Joanna Gaines farmhouse-styled goods at Target are neutral and stunning at the same time. That’s why we love this Hearth and Home Acacia Wood Cutting Board for a great hostess gift. The stylish leather handles and farmhouse style make this board almost too pretty to use. Your friends could also double this gift as a serving platter for cheeses and crackers for any gathering they have throughout the year.

Present your cutting board or charcuterie spread with these Bamboo Wood Cheese Knives for the ultimate gift for any cheese connoisseur. This set of four stainless steel knives includes a Semi Heart Knife for spreading cheese, two Rectangular Shapes for slicing and spreading, and one Prong Fork for serving. Between the cheese spread and fashionable serveware, we think your gift will be the center of attention at any gathering.

“I am thrilled with this set! I actually bought 4 sets to give as gifts – they work well, look nice, and I think they will hold up to many wine and cheese parties!” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — chrissy teigen bowl set with tray

Another just as gorgeous option are these Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Tidbit Bowls with Wood Tray. Is it just us or is Target killin’ it in their home goods selection?! We think any hostess will love having this pop of personality in their kitchen. From the natural mango wood to the hand-poured glass bowls, this unique serveware is one set they’ll bring out all year round to serve up chips, dips, nuts, and any other snacks.


9. Paper goods

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — magnolia table book

If your friends are anything like us here at Hip2Save, they enjoy curling up and cracking open a new book. Check out our team’s recent favorites here for some gifting inspiration. From our favorite novels to cookbooks and books that will inspire anyone, we’ve thoughtfully curated this list with each person on your gift list in mind.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — magazines subscriptions

Magazines can be such a great gift idea for a variety of occasions and people in your life. Plus, many times we feature free or inexpensive magazine deals here at Hip2Save, which makes them a frugal gift that keeps giving all year long! Check out our post on how to gift a magazine, which includes some festive and free printables, along with directions for creating the perfect presentation.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — recipe cards

Help your friends keep their kitchen and recipes in one spot with this set of fifty Chef’s Recipe Cards. These high-quality heavy card stock cards are sturdy enough to withstand even the biggest of holiday kitchen messes. Complete your gift with a timeless wooden recipe box so that they can store all their treasured secrets in a safe place. This will be one gift your friends and family will use for years to come.


10. Festive kitchen accessories

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — Kohl's Christmas dish towels

Add a splash of the holidays to any gift with holiday-themed dish towels from Kohls. The playful Christmas prints add a boost of holiday charm to complete the festive look in any kitchen. To add a touch more to the gift, you can use the towels to wrap a bottle of wine when gifting to your holiday host!

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — williams and sonoma measuring spoons

Give giftees a reason to bake something fabulous with these adorable Williams and Sonoma Snowman Measuring Spoons. These hand-painted, nesting snowmen spoons will bring a cheery touch when whipping up holiday baked goods. Gift them to a hostess with a freshly baked cranberry cake or some homemade Christmas toffee.

ultimate gift guide ideas under 25 — williams and sonoma holiday oven mitt and pot holder set

Complete the whole holiday kitchen cooking set with a holiday stripe oven mitt and pot holder set. A classic touch of festive stripes and a luxurious quilted cotton terry lining will keep their hands protected and give your friends another reason to bake this holiday season.


No matter the occasion or the person on your list, the best gifts are given when you put your heart into it! ❤️ Enjoy!


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Emily is an evergreen writer specializing in health, beauty, fashion & living frugally. She has degrees in Business & Communication. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn


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  1. Picky cook

    I bought one of those WS oven mitts and pot holder sets last year. Prewash it was beautiful. Post wash and post dryer, on low-heat, it was a completely shrunken and shriveled mess. They are made so thick they cannot be hung dry without smelling sour. Hope they improve the quality for the price.

  2. Cassie

    French champagne? Yes. Gummy Bears? Yes. French Champagne gummy bears? Oh, heck yeah!!!

    • Jessica

      I’ve seen these gummy bears at Home Goods as well.

  3. Lexie

    I was born in December and was given a rosemary tree with a few ornaments on it from my grandmother. I still have those ornaments and they’re so special to me. My best friend is due on December so I’m giving her daughter her own tree with ornaments as well.

  4. couponkay

    I’m intrigued by the wax melt night light. I’ve never gotten into the wax melt concept, but I am scented candle obsessed! Could I take the left over wax I save from used up candles and warm them in this wax melt night light? Or do I have to use wax pieces designed for these things?

    • angela

      You could, but it might not have a strong scent being that it’s been burned before.

  5. Jen

    Great post! Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO welcome, Jen!

  6. Shannon

    I bought a rosemary tree exactly like that one at Costco for $18. We decorated it and it smells great. I plan on repotting it soon!

  7. Mena

    Excellent post!! Wow! Such creative ideas!

  8. DJ

    What’s a good gift for the mail delivery person? Money, how much?

    • Beth

      I typically give something really small-a treat or hand lotion and then I give cash. Usually $15-20. You’d have to double to check but it is my understanding that mail carries aren’t supposed to accept gifts of more than $20.

    • Lana

      We know which fast food is our carriers favorite stop for breakfast so we give her a gift card to that restaurant every year.

    • C

      I am fairly certain postal workers are not allowed to accept cash. I think they can accept small gifts, and gift cards, though.

  9. Lana

    I bought quarts of pure maple syrup on sale a few months ago and put them away for last minute and hostess gifts. I am going to add my home made pancake mix to a bottle for our neighbors.

    • C Morgan

      Great idea! I love real maple syrup and real maple candy.

      I usually opt for a plant or a fun kitchen gadget. I like to give scratch lotto tickets as a little gift tag. Sometimes, if I know it will go over well, I will just give a scratch lotto ticket in a card.

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