30 Gifts That Are as Unique as Your Friend, All Under $25
What do you get for the person who has everything? It's a question I find myself pondering every year around the holiday shopping season when I'm confronted with buying gifts for friends and family who (quite frankly!) just don't need anything else. I could go the easy route of purchasing gift cards or basic stocking stuffers that I know they'll use — but that's just so much less fun. More recently, one of my favorite gifting tactics has been giving someone a product or tool that's so unique and unusual, they wouldn't have ever thought to put it on their gifting wishlist in the first place! Not only are these gifts so one-of-a-kind, but they're also often super-practical and affordable, too (we love that!).
In the spirit of this, I created a list of the most unique gifts under $25 that will put a smile on anyone's face. Whether you're on the hunt for an affordable find for your significant other, your best friend, or a family member, we have you covered! Treat them to the coolest home decor, like a stunning suncatcher, color drip candles, a beanie that doubles as a bluetooth speaker, and more. Get your loved one a murder-mystery-themed puzzle that will pique their interest and detective skills. The best part? These $25 gifts are all super-feasible. Keep reading to shop our top picks!
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones and Anvita Reddy
Best Practical Gift Under $25: Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup
This Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup ($20) isn't your average cup — in fact, it's way cooler. Crafted from a platinum food-grade silicone, the cup can collapse down to be only two inches tall, providing a compact and easy accessory that you can take on the go and easily squeeze into your bag when you're finished with it. Plus, it's even POPSUGAR editor-approved and made it into our holiday 2022 gift guide.
A Stunning Candle: Color Drip Candlestick Set
The Sainté.co Small Muse Candle ($4) is such a gorgeous and empowering home-decor find. Unlike traditional candlesticks, this set oozes a unique color drip design that's romantic and weird all at once. The artistic and abstract-loving friend in your life will definitely get a kick out of this quirky candle.
For the Stand-Up Comedian: That's What She Said Game
If they have the same sense of humor as Michael Scott, they'll be laughing nonstop with the help of this That's What She Said Game ($25). The product serves as a fun game to play with friends, and will definitely keep everyone entertained at the next game night.
Best Jewelry Gift Under $25: Personalized Spotify Code Necklace
If you and your bestie bond over music and love to create playlists for each other, this Personalized Spotify Code Necklace ($12, originally $15) is such a thoughtful find. Just create the playlist that's the ultimate soundtrack of your friendship, send over the Spotify code and any other customizations, and enjoy! Plus, who doesn't love receiving personalized jewelry?
For the Baker: Dash Mini Bundt Maker
If they love indulging in decadent and tasty baked goods but don't necessarily love the hassle of having to actually make the pastries, then you should definitely get them the Dash Mini Bundt Maker ($20). With this kitchen tool, anyone can make yummy bundt cakes in just 10 minutes, and it's easy to clean with its nonstick surface.
For the Beauty-Lover: Lawless Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss
This Lawless Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss ($25) has been all over our TikTok feeds lately — and for good reason! The affordable gloss gives lips a noticeably shinier and plumper finish without the hassle of lip injections or any invasive treatments. Plus, the internet-loved gloss is even POPSUGAR editor-approved, as detailed in this Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Plumper product review.
Best Relaxing Gift Under $25: Sleep Headphones and Eye Mask
Help them get a good night's rest with the Sleep Headphones and Eye Mask ($23, originally $31). This product is a bestseller on Amazon, and will double as the most perfect stocking stuffer to give the sleep-lover in your life. The mask even has padding to cushion their eyes for ultimate comfort.
The Coolest Desk Accessory: Storm Cloud
Whether they're working from home or redecorating their office space at work, this Storm Cloud ($25) is such a fun and mesmerizing gift for the science-lover. As the air pressure in their environment changes, the liquid inside crystalizes into different and unique patterns. It definitely doesn't get any more unique than this!
Best Home Gift Under $25: Walmart Ribbed Glass
Know a friend who's moving into a new apartment or just moving out for the first time? Help them spice up their new home space with this trippy and seriously unique Walmart Ribbed Glass ($10). The aesthetic glasses are both elegant and fun. Plus, one POPSUGAR editor even said they made her feel like a "home-decor influencer" in this Bubble Glass Cup product review.
Best Quirky Gift Under $25: Make Heads Turn Enamel Bookmark Pause
As any book-lover already knows, one of the best feelings in the world is getting so caught up in a story you just can't bring yourself to put it down. But perhaps with a helpful reminder — provided by this Make Heads Turn Enamel Bookmark Pause ($23), of course — your book-loving friend can get better about not reading too late into the night and making sure to prioritize their sleep schedule, too.
For the One Who Loves a Relaxing Drink: Sipski Wine Holder Seafoam
Transform their shower experience with the Sipski Wine Holder ($10). As unbelievable as it may seem, you friend can now actually enjoy their favorite glass of wine in the shower or bath with this convenient tool! If they love hard seltzers, they'll appreciate the Shower Seltzer Drinkware Holder ($10), too.
For the Music-Lover: Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones
Music is truly one of the best things in life. And thanks to these Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones ($20, originally $28), your playlist-obsessed pal can now keep their head warm through blistering cold winter temps and simultaneously listen to their favorite tunes, too. Talk about an all-in-one product!
For Baby Yoda Fans: Bitty Boomers Star Wars: The Mandalorian — The Child Bluetooth Speaker
If you can't get enough of Baby Yoda, get the Bitty Boomers Star Wars: The Mandalorian — The Child Bluetooth Speaker ($16, originally $20); it's so tiny, it fits into the palm of your hand. It also comes in other Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, and more.
For the One Who Loves Aromatherapy: Personal Aromatherapy Pendant
If they use aromatherapy to aid in anxiety relief, a Healing Crystal Perfume Bottle Pendant Necklace ($8, originally $10) might be a good idea! The pendant opens up so they can add a few drops of their favorite essential oils or even perfume to take on the go. Choose between a variety of healing crystals including amethyst, rose quartz, tiger's eye, and so many more.
Best Bedtime Gift Under $25: Kitsch The Satin Pillowcase
With this Kitsch The Satin Pillowcase ($19), you can sleep soundly and in total style, too. The pillowcase is wrapped in a chromatic design that's both chic and buttery soft, too! Pair it with the brand's bestselling satin eye mask for a cohesive bedtime ensemble.
Best Gaming Gift Under $25: We're Not Really Strangers Game
Whether it's your close friends and family or a truly complete stranger, the We're Not Really Strangers Game ($25) is an interactive game that lets you get to know the people you are playing with on a deeper level. It's all about empowering meaningful connections and growing the relationships in your life; we even reviewed it. Learn more about the product in this ">We're Not Really Strangers Game product review.
Best Kitchen Gift Under $25: Zulay Original Milk Frother
What better way to show how much you care than with a kitchen product that will help to make their mornings that much easier? This Zulay Original Milk Frother ($11, originally $22) will simplify the drink-making process for any coffee- or matcha-lovers. Not only do POPSUGAR editors love it (as detailed in this Zulay Milk Frother product review), but even Ashley Graham is a fan, too!
Best Fashion Gift Under $25: BP. Fawn Adjustable Faux Fur Slipper
Slip into something a little cozier this holiday season with this eye-catching BP. Fawn Adjustable Faux Fur Slipper ($20, originally $30). The bubblegum pink-colored shoe is giving major Barbiecore vibes, and we're totally here for it. Wear it around your house or even on a quick errand run — just like the supermodels do!
For the Traveler: Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary
This thoughtful Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary ($14) will help to make any traveler's world adventures that much more meaningful. The journal has space where users can proudly display their ticket stubs and also jot down memories from their trip. The booklet is so cool, it may even inspire them to book their next flight!
A Cozy PJ Set: Stars Above Top and Shorts Pajama Set
You can't go wrong with the softest, most luxurious pair of pajamas, and this Stars Above Women's Beautifully Soft Short Sleeve Notch Collar Top and Shorts Pajama Set ($22) is a winner. Not only will they want a few more pairs, but you just might want a pair for yourself, too! It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
A Sporty Gift Under $25: Playful Sports Mug
The Playful Sports Mug ($25) provides such a fun and unique way to start someone's morning off — especially for those who love all things related to sports. You can choose between a basketball mug with a hoop, a hockey mug with a net, a soccer mug with a goal, or a baseball mug with a glove.
For the Mystery-Lover: Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle
If you're shopping for the one who loves a good challenge, and the one who can solve mysteries and puzzles, then they'll obsess over this Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle ($19). They have to solve a 500-piece puzzle in order to uncover clues about the murder mystery.
A Gaming Gift Under $25: Cable Guys Toddler Groot Device Holder
If they are the ultimate gamer, then get them this fun and useful Cable Guys Toddler Groot Device Holder ($25). Toddler Groot can hold their gaming consoles, smartphone, and headphones, all while elevating any home space with a seriously cute and Disney-infused touch (a bonus in itself!).
For the Foodie: Sriracha Keychain
Give them the most useful gift on the market, the Sriracha Keychain ($20). It comes with a nine-ounce travel-size Sriracha bottle, a one-ounce keychain bottle, and a 1.7-ounce keychain bottle that they can refill with their favorite hot sauce. With this gift, they'll have hot sauce in all their bags.
For the Astrology-Lover: Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac by Stella Andromeda
If they're into astrology, we know they will love the Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac by Stella Andromeda ($9, originally $12). Not only can you get your astrology-obsessed friend the book of their own sign, but you can even help them to build a full astrological collection, too!
A Pleasant Surprise: Peekaboo Ceramic Mug
Start off their mornings with the Peekaboo Ceramic Mug ($16). The unique mug has a cute surprise nestled at the bottom of the cup that's sure to put a smile on their face and make their morning coffee or tea even sweeter! It also comes in a variety of other colors and designs.
A Hair Gift Under $25: Uncommon Goods Hidden Pocket Scrunchies
If I'm being honest, these Uncommon Goods Hidden Pocket Scrunchies ($20) are currently in my digital shopping cart as we speak — and can you blame a girl? Whether you're heading out to the gym, are going for a run, or simply want to opt for carrying less in your day to day life, this accessory will hold all of your essentials and double as a great hair tie when needed.
For the Mixologist: Cambridge Silversmiths Mixology Set
Any host or hostess will appreciate having this Cambridge Silversmiths Mixology Set ($15, originally $50) in their kitchen cabinet — especially for parties! The shaker tool features plenty of popular drink recipes that are printed all across the bottle. You'll look like a professional mixologist 24/7 and will be able to conjure up some seriously great cocktails, in the process.
For the Ultimate Sous Chef: Automatic Pan Stirrer With Timer
If they've got a million things going on, they'll appreciate the Automatic Pan Stirrer With Timer ($25). It's a nifty tool that will continuously stir their dishes on a timer while they do all the other things, like cutting veggies and herbs, cleaning up, and more.