Great Christmas Gifts Under $25

Katie Jones, Reporter

Christmas is a season for giving, but buyers often lose sight of what is important by getting wrapped up in present shopping.

Simple gift options under $25 is one way to get done with the shopping in just a few minutes. From makeup packages to video games, there are inexpensive choices for everyone.


Mini makeup packages from popular stores like Sephora and Ulta offer a variety of products and brands. These makeup products can be enjoyed by any women wanting to experiment with new makeup, without having to pay for it themselves.

Sephora sells products like this highlighter in sample sizes. The highlighter is offered in two shades, “Opal” being the one above, and Champagne Pop being the other. (Sephora)
Lipstick from Ulta comes in four shades to compliment all skin tones. These carry on liquid lipsticks will make your life easier on the go. (Ulta)

Skin Care

Though makeup is not for everyone, a little pampering over the holiday break is a nice way for anyone to unwind and reset. Sephora also offers skin care for both guys and girls.

This Tarte set from Sephora consists of lip balm, mist, oil, and lotion. All products are vegan based. (Sephora)
The products from Sephora meets the skincare needs for any time, anywhere. The travel size allows for On the go access.

Movie Night

For a more creative idea, fill a popcorn bucket with candy, easy pop popcorn, and a movie pass or two to the local movie theatre, or add the disc to your favorite movie. For just a few dollars, a movie date is especially enjoyable for the cold winter months.

Target along with other popular stores sell popcorn buckets. These will fit all the goodies in, and later be filled with popcorn.
At places like Target, movie theatre box candy is sold. A variety of candies are offered such as skittles, sour patch kids, and some chocolate favorites. (Target)

Dart Board

Family game night is often taken away by technology, but board games aren’t always everyone’s favorite. A dart board will create a unique way for the family to have a night filled with competition. Dart boards do come in a variety, so if the friend is more of a pro, a more sturdy board will fulfill their Holiday wishes.

One of many of Amazon’s dart sets includes six magnetic darts with a board. The magnetic tip of the dart permits even young children to safely contribute to the game.
This Amazon dart board has classic scoring and darts are included in purchase. A more hefty board will last for games on end.

Winter Accessories

As January and February approach, the temperature drops and the need for layers increases. A simple hat or knit gloves will get the gift receiver from point a to point b. From sporty for the guys and feminine for the girls, outerwear is a must.

Urban Outfitters knit gloves add a trendy
flare to a winter necessity. Other color options
include honey, black, and cream.
The Columbia beanie is a functional hat for any type of outdoor needs. In addition to the red, more options two shades of blue, a forest green, and dark grey.



Looking for a last minute idea? Jewelry is easy to find around. Simple studs or a fancy necklace is one way to glam up the dull months of winter.

Pictured above are pink diamond studs with a gold plate. More high end color options from Stella and Dot include yellow and blue.
Francesca’s silver necklace above has a blue accent stone in the middle for a pop of color. The layers add a modern flare.



Jewelry is a simple, last minute gift, but it won’t please all. For the sporty girl, go with a headband that can be worn year round.

The Lululemon headbands have been popular among teenage girls. A headband tops off a simple outfit for a feminine flare. (Lululemon)
The NikeCourt Headband is conveniently made with a tie to fit any head shape. Nike also offers this with the colors reversed. (NikeCourt Headband)

College Spirit Wear

Whether the receiver is heading off to college, their sibling attends college, or you are going to college, wrap a spirited gift full of the college of your choice.

A basic Penn State shirt as pictured above can be found at Fans Edge. Many other styles and colleges are available online. (Fans Edge)
Long sleeve t-shirts provide a layer of warmth for the winter. Fanatics also sells professional sports team merchandise. (Fanatics)


The cold weather during the winter makes keeping drinks warm tough. Insulated mugs or travel mugs will benefit for a night at home or busy mornings. On the other end of the spectrum, most people do not want to hold an ice filled water bottle, so an insulated water bottle will prevent cold hands.

Above is a 14 oz Rambler mug from YETI in army green. Lids for the mugs are also able to be purchased. (YETI)
The 9 oz S’well bottle pictured above is in the shade moonstone. The same style bottle is available in 17 oz and 25 oz. (S’well)