Trying to stick to a budget when shopping for gifts can be difficult because it shifts the focus away from finding the perfect present and onto the price tag. That doesn't mean you can't give a gorgeous, thoughtful gift without spending big, though. Rather than browse for discounts and flash sales, start by focusing on the meaning behind the gift. When you give a present that holds meaning and speaks to your relationship you have with that person, the price tag really doesn't matter.
If you're struggling, start by asking yourself these simple questions:
1. What's an experience you shared together that holds great memories?
2. What does your friend/colleague/family member do in their spare time?
3. Can you think of a time when they complimented you on an item you own?
Ahead we've found an array of gifts under $25 that prove you don't have to splurge for a great present. From sage-smudging kits for your friend who's just moved into a new home to jewel-shaped crayons for the little one in your life who has shown a creative spark, there are enough ideas to cover everyone on your holiday list.Mako Wood Cutting Board $20Shop
Love RBT? Shop its affordable sister brand Mako for inexpensive, well-designed gift ideas.Ichendorf Rings Small Oil and Vinegar Cruet $25Shop
You'd never guess this delicate, sculptural olive oil dispenser is just $25.Tamed Wild Apothecary White Sage Incense Kit $12Shop
These gorgeous copper and brass incenseВ holders will elevate anyone's calming ritual.ВH&M Home Wooden Plant Pot $13Shop
ForВ the proud plant parent in your life, gift them this minimal, earthy planter.ВWest Elm Marble Mortar + Pestle $15Shop
This Carrera marble mortar and pestle will add a touch of elegance to any foodie's kitchen countertop.Gem Jackpot Crayons $13Shop
A gift that's practicalВ and pretty for the little ones in your life.ВFat Toad Farm DIY Goat's Milk Caramel Apple Kit $20Shop
Who wouldn't love this caramel apple kit?ВNora Ephron I Feel Bad About My Neck $10Shop
Can't find the perfect thoughtful gift? Opt for a book that speaks to your friend's personality or interests. This witty tome by Nora Ephron is a celebrity favorite.Cost Plus World Market Gold Hammered Sentiment Servers, Set of 2 $25 $20Shop
These metallic serving pieces arrive prewrapped and gift-ready.ВGrown Alchemist Lip Balm $23Shop
Rather than try to make your money stretch further with low-quality gifts, opt for one luxury buy like this soothing, fragrant lip balm by cult Aussie brand Grown Alchemist.Ban.do Getaway Luggage Tag, Traveling Party $10Shop
Give your closest friends matching bag tags with a note to plan your next weekend escape.PaddyWax Mesa Candle $20Shop
This well-designed candle by PaddyWax is the gift that keeps on giving: When the wick burns down, the votives stack and can be used for milk and sugar.Sertado Copper Hammered Copper Double-Sided Jigger $23Shop
ThisВ pounded brass jigger isВ going to be a mixologist's best friend.ВKeap Discovery Gift Set $22Shop
Can't decide which scented candle to buy? Give your friend a mini test set to try them all out.H&M Faux Fur Cushion Cover $18Shop
H&M Home isВ brimming with inexpensive, well-designed home finds, like this cozy faux-fur throw pillow, perfect for holiday gifting.Moon Bath Full Moon Bath Tea $24Shop
Everyone will benefit from a little recharging after the holidays, and this botanicalВ bath tea will do just the trick.ВUchino Bath Slippers in White $24Shop
Give the gift of walking on a cloud (or at least the closest possible equivalent) with these fluffy bath slippers.ВPopsockets Amethyst Gloss $10Shop
Practical and stylish, this gripВ isВ aВ cute gift forВ your friend whoВ is always texting and snapping photos on the go.Poketo Brass Bookmark in Hand $16Shop
Any bookworm willВ appreciate this upgraded brass bookmark.ВPoketo Small Lucite Photo Frame $18Shop
Put a piece of art or a photo of your and your loved one inside this small lucite photo frame to help them beautify their desk or bedside table.ВWary Meyers Cedarwood and Vanilla Soap $14Shop
Graphic and bold in design, this black-and-white-striped soap will elevate any powder room (andВ the vanilla and cedarwood scents are perfect for the season).ВPoketo Shape Sticky Notes in Warm Colors $8Shop
These colorful and shapelyВ sticky notes will makeВ daily reminders and errands so much better.ВMeraki Nomad Floral Smudge Stick $18Shop
Spread the good vibes this holiday season.ВAppointed Day Book in Fern Green $25Shop
The scribes and storytellers in your life will love this beautiful deep green journal.ВUrban Outfitters UO Neon Beanie $12Shop
A playful pink hat is perfect for someone who likes to stand out and stay warm.В
Still searching for gifts? Shop 10 of our favorite gifts under $10.
This story was originally published onВ December 12, 2017, and has since been updated.