Welcome to the Budget Holiday Gift Guide from First Choice Power. You won’t find any dust-collecting trinkets on this list, and we’re going to avoid technology gifts because they will be obsolete in a few years. Instead, we opt for gifts that offer experiences, which means they create life-long memories.
Gifts Under $25
We have arrived at the very budget-friendly price of $25 per gift. Thankfully, the price tag doesn’t make a gift – it’s the thought and intention that does. You can still find meaningful items at this price range that can provide years of joy and usefulness to your loved ones.
The six varied suggestions on our gift guide should help you cross several names of your shopping list!
1) Wooden Toys for Children
Most toys made these days aren’t built for years of use and hard play. For that reason, I am a huge advocate of giving wooden toys. I see them as an investment, an object that will provide years and years of play, while looking as good used as it did brand new!
Whether you’re a parent, uncle, aunt, or grandparent, start a tradition this year giving the little ones in your life a wooden toy animal, person, or object each year. Over the course of their lives, they will build a wonderful collection that can stand the test of time.
Several manufacturers around the world offer beautiful wooden figurines for under $20 each, or you may find a local woodworker who creates children’s toys. The right toy will be perfect for your 2-year-old now and for your future 8-year old, too. I promise.
2) A Chef’s Apron
Forego the temptation to buy a cookbook, because if you’ve been into any cook’s kitchen, they have plenty of them already. Instead, pick up a new apron for the chef in your life, as this is a gift that will last for years to come. You can certainly find an apron for $20-25, though for nicer materials such as linen, the price could be higher. So look for sales!
3) Old-School Games
Give the gamer in your life – and we mean the old fashioned kind of games – a new deck of cards! There are so many creative options out there these days adhering to the traditional stack, only with new, creative flare. Unique and/or personalized decks of cards can run $10-25.
For a new-school twist on the traditional family board game night, invest in a good tabletop game! The fine folks at Geek and Sundry have put together a helpful list of 10 games for beginners, or you can visit the local comics shop in your area for suggestions.
4) Cheese Board
We’ve recommended some cheesy gifts in the first two installments of our gift guide, so we decided to go for the trifecta with a cheese board! A local woodworker can make a beautiful personalized cheese boards, and your loved one’s name can be sprawled across it, if you wish.
If wood isn’t your style, then check out the slate cheese boards. You can even take a piece of chalk and write a message on it before serving cheese, fruits, or whatever snacks they prepare. Whatever material you use, there are plenty of good options ranging from $20-25 in price.
5) Wooden Spoons
Whether it’s a personalized one for a child to eat porridge with, or a beautiful large spoon carved from maple, a special spoon is a thoughtful and useful gift, and you can definitely find options from $10-25 in price. This is especially true if you have a friend who is a passionate cook! You can also find personalized silver spoons that can commemorate a birth or special event.
6) A CSA Share Box
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share is a small box of vegetables harvested specifically from local farms when they are the freshest in season. More often than not, they are organic, too! This might be something your loved one has never had before, so you could be starting a new way of life for them.
Find out where the local CSA is in your loved one’s area, and order them a share. Most share boxes start at roughly $15, though they will increase in price, depending on the size. The composition of the box definitely depends upon factors like:
- The people running the CSA;
- The farms providing products to the CSA;
- The time of year;
- And more.
We recommend providing a brochure about the CSA in a card for your friend so they know about the organization, how to order their share, and where to pick it up.