Unique, non-cheesy, quality, affordable, AND practical gift giving is always a tough decision. You could go homemade, but if you’re non-crafty like me, that’s totally out of the question. Here are some practical non-cheesy gifts under $25, for everyone in your life.Disclaimer: I make a small commission from some of the links on this site. It allows me to keep the site up and the content free. You can read my full disclosure here.
As an extra bonus, all of these have a trustworthy amount of positive reviews or I’ve used from personal experience and love. I’ve noticed a lot of products that go viral are poor quality, or are in-development and don’t exist yet. That’s no problem here! And remember, all prices are approximate, and will vary as time goes by!
Practical, Unique, Non-Cheesy Gifts under $25
Admit it, all of your best ideas happen in the shower. Say hello to Aqua Notes! Although I haven’t tried them yet, it has a 4.5 average rating from over 600 Amazon users, and hundreds of 5-star reviews. This is PERFECT for writers or artists!
2. Impossible Puzzles – $15
Welcome to Impossibles – the puzzle with NO border and FIVE extra pieces! Also as you can see from the cover, the cover does not have the full puzzle, making it extra challenging! I bought this for my Dad last Christmas and we love it!
They have many designs too. Since these are on the rare side, you may have to do a bit of searching. Other designs include a cow-print, raining cats and dogs, fish, and more. This was the one we bought.
I memorized the Periodic Table earlier this year, and have been obsessed with it ever since. For the nerd in your life, these chemistry Crayon labels are inspired by the color the element makes under a “flame test.” This is for a pack of 120, but the seller also has labels for smaller quantities of crayons, like 24. They don’t come with the pack of Crayons.
4. Anker Portable Charger – $20
You’re at a park, or a fair, and your phone is dead. The solution? A portable charger! I have one of these and I LOVE it. It is portable iPhone/Samsung/Android charger, and holds about 1.75 charges. It has came in handy so many times! This practical gift is great for anyone.
5. Starry Night 1000 piece puzzle – $16
For the artist of the family, here is a thousand piece puzzle of Van Gogh’s famous classic “Starry Night!” The perfect challenge for anyone with an artistic eye.
6. Bombas Socks – $18
What makes Bombas socks unique is that for each pair of socks you buy, they will donate a pair! Bombas socks are made with wool and are known for being uber-comfortable.
Coloring books are popular among adults now – and for good reason. They’re relaxing and peaceful. Here is one of the best out there. Secret Garden has sold over two million copies.
8. Sushi Soap – $23
Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will never know. Made with essential oils, Poo-Pourri is a bathroom spray like no other. A FANTASTIC gift! (and yes, it really works) If you haven’t seen the Poo-pourri ad, you are missing out. The video has 32 million views, and the product has solid Amazon reviews. We bought some for Christmas in the regular scent, and absolutely love it.
10. Portable Crock Pot
With 80% 5-star reviews, grab a portable crock pot for warm meals on the go! It’s 20 ounces, and can warm and heat your food. It has a warming base, but is light and easily transportable! It also comes in four colors; ocean blue, dark pink, black, and red. This is a great option for busy professionals or college students.
11. Monkey Farts Chapstick – $3.75
Because why not? Monkey Farts is a natural, fruity chapstick for kids, or people with a great sense of humor!
12. Head Phone Splitter – $11
Oftentimes, my two sisters and I watch movies on our laptop, and don’t want our other younger sisters listening to it. When it’s two of us, we normally each have one earbud. This head phone splitter solves that, as it allows you to use up to five different ear bud sets. We absolutely LOVE IT! It has nearly 500 5-star reviews on Amazon.
13. Color Clutch – $19
The Color Clutch is an easy way to visibly store nail polish so you can SEE ALL YOUR POLISH AT ONCE. Plus, the side has a place for you to swatch your colors so you can file them away and still see what’s inside. (it also says you can take it off with nail polish remover, but I have not tried it yet.)
14. Custom Library Stamp – $20
Are you a homeschooler, teacher, or general bibliophile? Get a custom library stamp for your book collection! Etsy has quite a few different cute ones; here is one example.
15. Fun Sticky Notes – $5-$10
Coming from a big family, one of the biggest disappointments in life is finding out the leftovers you’ve been waiting to eat have been eaten by a family member. Get these great sticky notes for siblings and family members! The company, Knock Knock, has a large variety of hilarious sticky notes for home, work, and school.
16. Custom Binder Clips – 12 for $6.70
To brighten up your life with a pop of color, or for someone who absolutely loves color, these binder clips make great gifts. I’ve bought several from this seller and love using them around my office area.
This is $30, but has so many cool kitchen gadgets in one piece.
- Cute hanging iPhone docking station on Etsy (if you’re a germ-o-phobe and need to charge your phone in a public place!)
- Homemade Country-Style Jewelry on Etsy
- Homemade Soap & Lip Balm on Etsy
- 24 Clever Kitchen Gifts by Buzzfeed (these are super cool)