Doing some early Christmas shopping? Smart idea; even Amazon’s 2-day Prime shipping is likely to leave you in the lurch if you wait until the last minute this year. However, it does still let you order amazing presents right from your couch, and no matter who you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find the perfect present for them. As an added bonus, there are many fun products for $25 or less.
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We scoured the online retailer for the best, most highly-rated products available (all of which include Prime shipping). Here are our favorite budget-friendly gifts for everyone on your list:
- Best Overall: URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser
- Best Under $10: “Wreck This Journal” (Runner Up: 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer)
- Best Under $20: Crab Spoon Holder & Steam Releaser
- Best for Cheese Fiends: Hutzler Cheese Saver
- Best for Teens: Money Maze Puzzle Box
- Best for Coffee Lovers: Veken Stainless Steel Container
- Best for Tea Lovers: Solid Bamboo Tea Box
- Best for Home Bars: The Original BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass
- Best for Cocktail Enthusiasts: Cocktail Shaker Bar Set with Accessories
- Best for Green Thumbs: Grow-Your-Own Bonsai Kit or Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit
- Best for Self-Care: Organic & Natural Bath Bombs Set
- Best Decor: Creative Co-op “Eat Here” Retro Tin Sign
- Best Cookbook: “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”
- Best Appliance: Dash Mini Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker
Amazon has a number of products with cult-followings, and one of them is this cute essential oil diffuser. The little gadget has more than 25,000 5-star reviews—that’s 25,000 reasons that the URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser would make an ideal gift.
This diffuser releases a soothing cool mist for up to six hours per fill, and it operates silently so you won’t even know it’s on. You can add a few drops of essential oils to make your home smell wonderful (and potentially help relieve stress), and there are also seven light-up colors to choose from for a soothing ambience.
Reviewers call the product delightful, writing things like, “Need a gift idea for the person who has it all? Get them this, with some peppermint, lavender, and lemon essential oils, and they will thank you for years to come!” Buy Now
Best Under $10
If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift, one of your best options is “Wreck This Journal Everywhere,” a fun little journal that’s filled with artistic prompts. This version of the popular product “Wreck This Journal” encourages you to fill out the book as you go about your daily activities. It includes projects such as collecting man-made and natural objects, writing down what you see, drawing, doodling, and more.
“Wreck This Journal Everywhere” is just 6 inches tall, so it’s easy to stash in your pocket or purse. Some of the prompts are things like, “Find 10 small items and glue them to this page,” and “Make a mark every time you spot a bird.” Overall, it’s a great gift (just ask the happy reviewers), as it will encourage the recipient to be a little more engaged in their everyday life.
Best Under $10 – Runner Up
Very few people don’t love avocados, so this is a great gift for almost anyone. It makes splitting, pitting, and slicing alligator pears much easier and safer (no danger of avocado hand!), and it’s just under $10—not to mention dishwasher safe.
Per one reviewer, “the convenience is uncanny, simple to use, cuts everything just how you want it, and is worth the small investment for the future of my avocado enjoyment.”
Best Under $20
Looking for a little item to stuff in someone’s stocking? This Crab Spoon Holder is the perfect petite present. The silicone crab sits on the edge of a pot or pan while you’re cooking, and his legs are raised above his head to hold your wooden spoon. He can also be used to prop open a lid to release steam. What can we say? He’s a versatile little guy—and he’ll be back in stock on Amazon on Dec. 22.Buy Now
Best for Cheese Fiends
Leftover cheese is never a bad thing, but wrapping it in plastic isn’t great. This cheese saver gives the fromage space to breathe while still protecting it from drying out, and also helps support eco-friendly goals since it cuts down on plastic waste. Plus, it looks like a block of cheese itself (we think that’s a plus, but or someone who prefers more subtle accessories, this silicone cheese vault is also great).Buy Now
Best for Teens
Let’s be honest: Teens probably appreciate money more than any other gift. However, that’s not to say you can’t make them work for it! The Money Maze Puzzle Box has a compartment in the center where you can place a few dollar bills, but the recipient will have to solve the 3D maze before they can open it.
The 3-inch cube features a maze that wraps around all its sides, and you have to position the inner ball properly in order to open the inner compartment. Reviewers say it’s just hard enough to be a little frustrating. Most teens can solve in it 30 minutes or so, and it’s a fun way to switch things up during the holidays. Buy Now
Best for Coffee Lovers
We all know someone who can’t live without their coffee, and they’re sure to appreciate the Veken storage container. This stainless steel canister is specially designed with an airtight seal to keep oxygen out of the coffee, yet allows carbon dioxide to escape via a one-way valve for optimal freshness. The lid even has a calendar wheel on top to help you keep track of the purchase date, and it comes with a coffee scoop that fits into a holder on the side so you’ll never lose track of it.
Full disclosure: Our original pick was the Coffee Gator canister, but that’s now listed at $30.99 so it’s over the limit. The Veken is very similar and has similarly great reviews, including one from a self-identified former barista who calls this the best canister she’s ever had. Buy Now
Best for Tea Lovers
If tea is your recipient’s drink of choice, they’ll love this beautiful tea box, which includes a variety of useful features. The box is made from bamboo wood, and it has a self-standing magnetic locking lid with a glass window that keeps out dust and moisture. It has eight storage sections that can hold up to 126 tea bags, as well as a hidden drawer underneath where you can store spoons or other tea accessories.
The tea compartments are deep enough that you can stand up tea bags if desired, and people say it’s a worthwhile purchase either for yourself or as a gift. Buy Now
Best for Home Bars
The BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass is a cool, affordable item that’s sure to wow anyone with a home bar. This unique piece of glassware features a real .308 bullet embedded in the side. The glass can hold 11-ounces of liquid, and it would make a great addition to any home bar.
Reviewers love the BenShot Bullet Glasses, writing that it’s a clever idea and makes an unbeatable gift for men: “I bought a pair of these as a Christmas present for my brother-in-law. They were an absolute hit—he LOVED them.”
Best for Cocktail Enthusiasts
This Cocktail Shaker Bar Set is ideal for any at-home mixologists. The 24-ounce shaker is made from stainless steel and has an attractive mirror finish. It comes with a twisted bar spoon to help stir drinks, as well as a jigger, and cocktail recipe booklet—everything you need to make delicious cocktails like margaritas, cosmopolitans, and more.
The set is appropriate for both novice and experienced mixologists. Several reviewers who have worked as bartenders say the equipment is great quality for the price, and overall, buyers are extremely happy with this product. Buy Now
Best for Green Thumbs
Anyone who loves gardening will enjoy growing their own herbs indoors with this kit. The highly-rated product includes the items you need to grow five herbs from seed. You’ll get seeds for basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme, as well as compostable pots for each, soil discs, plant markers, and a comprehensive instruction booklet (it even has QR codes that take you to instructional videos).
The family owned brand sources seeds from their 40-acre farm in Oregon and claims they are certified organic and non-GMO; the soil and pots are organic as well. This particular won’t be back in stock until Christmas Eve, but you can find similar kits in the same price range—or go with a non-edible but still fun bonsai tree. Buy Now
Best for Self-Care
Who doesn’t need a little bit of self-care in their life? This set of 24 bath bombs would make a “bomb” gift, encouraging the recipient to relax a little bit during the hectic holiday season. The bath bombs are made from natural, organic ingredients like grape seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, and they come in six fun colors and a variety of scents.
These bath bombs help to nourish the skin, and reviewers call them “small but mighty,” writing that they break down nicely and smell great, yet don’t make a mess of the bathtub. Plus, several note that the packaging is cute—perfect for gifting.
This retro-style sign would look cute in any kitchen. The metal design is in the style of 1950s Americana, and it features a red arrow around the words “Eat Here.” The bottom part of the arrow reads, “It’s cheap and homemade”—perfect for any avid home cook. Plus, reviewers say it’s lightweight and well-made, especially for the price.Buy Now
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat is a must-have cookbook for every home cook. This popular book is filled with useful lessons and information that will improve anyone’s cooking skills, helping them become more confident in the kitchen.
It includes 100 essential recipes, as well as illustrations and infographics, and reviewers say it’s the “best text about cooking I’ve ever read. It’s both logical and fun so the lessons will stick.” Buy Now
Many small appliances are quite pricey, but not this waffle maker. The Dash Mini Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker is a sweet, affordable gift to give to your loved ones this holiday season. The appliance makes heart-shaped miniature waffles in minutes, and it’s compact enough that it’s not inconvenient to store.
Keep in mind that this waffle-maker is truly mini—it’s only a few inches across! However, it can also be used to make hash browns and panini, making it a versatile addition to any kitchen. Buy Now
For Everyone Else on Your List
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