12 Expensive-Looking Gifts That Actually Cost Less Than $25
Spare your bank account this holiday season by shopping smarter, not harder. Great gifts don’t have to set you back hundreds of dollars — in fact, we’d argue that some of the best presents cost less than a nice lunch.
Whether you're brainstorming gift ideas for Secret Santa or a White Elephant gift exchange, or shopping for stocking stuffers, we've rounded up the best cheap gifts (that look like they cost way more) from Amazon, Nordstrom, Saks, and beyond.
Read on below to see our top 12 picks for gifts under $25 — and add them to your cart now to make sure they arrive by Christmas.
ASTR The Label Araceli Mini Dress
It can be difficult to purchase clothes as gifts because people’s personal styles are unique and sometimes hard to read. Even so, we completely recommend this off-shoulder dress that’s currently available for a steal at just $25. Get this for your friend who loves Reformation and is travelling somewhere warm this season, and check out the tan version, which is even more affordable at just $15.
Mexcallen Mixing Bowls Set
Trade out their old, mismatched kitchenware for this eye-pleasing set of stackable bowls. The bold tones bring bright energy to the room, and the varying nesting bowl styles — including a colander, sieve, and measuring cups — make this a practical, easy-to-store solution for any sized space.
Marika Josie Verdant Mid-Calf Leggings
If fitness or athleisure is their game, take note: There are a handful of great Marika leggings on sale right now. We love this brand for its reliable no-show fabric (even in complicated yoga poses), and its eye-catching prints. Get these while they’re on super-deep discount, and be thankful to have at least some of your holiday shopping handled. (And maybe pick up a few pairs for yourself while you’re at it.)
NOTABAG Convertible Tote Backpack
This clever satchel takes the classic tote to a higher form. Its backpack style requires less effort when carrying around goods, and it folds down into a palm-sized pouch for easy packing. It also comes in six cute colors that make this bag worthy of being more than just a backup.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Detoxifying Treatment Mask
This natural beauty brand has become synonymous with cool girl skincare and, most importantly, its products deliver on their promises. This highly Instagrammable blue mask combines Cambrian blue clay and kaolin clay with geranium essential oil for a mixture that will gently pull excess oils and pollutants from your skin, all the while smelling amazing.
Madewell Chunky Medium Hoop Earrings
The earring of the year is undoubtedly the chunky gold hoop. A spin on an old classic, the wider diameter of these rings lend a modern, playful feel.
Arvin Goods The Crew Sock Putting Sustainability First
Socks and underwear are familiar faces in gift giving, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to swap out their well-worn and threadbare intimates from last year for brand new, luxurious items? These knit socks by Arvin Goods will keep toes warm, and look great peeking out from under boots.
P.F. Candle Co. Amber Jar Soy Candle
Earn major style points with this addictively aromatic candle by maker, P.F. Candle Co. This independent, LA-based brand produces super photogenic pieces and holds credibility as a status brand, without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors.
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Ban.do Getaway Passport Holder
A passport holder is a great gift for three reasons: it’s functional (keeps the giftee’s passport looking good as new for years), it’s cute (basically an extension of her purse, and a usually forgotten opportunity to accessorize), and it gives a compliment (you’re basically saying, “hey, I know what a jetsetter you are — you must get a lot of use out of your passport traveling to photogenic places all the time.”) Win on all three fronts for less than $25 this holiday season.
Free People 1809 Fragrances
Beloved brand, Free People, just launched its very first line of all natural fragrances, and, even though they are a touch over $25, we can’t wait to share them with everyone we know. Dubbed ‘1809’ after the address of the brand’s first office in Philadelphia, the fragrances come in three equally delicious scents: Camp, Surf, and Zen.
Female Form Vase
There’s nothing we love more than an elegant decorative piece that looks expensive but is actually affordable. This vase, which comes in four shades, celebrates women’s bodies and looks just peachy holding a single flower stem.