I’ll be sharing a small collection of various gift guides over the next couple of days/weeks with normal blog content sprinkled in the mix as well. As always, this won’t be a complete gift guide takeover, but I plan to feature similar gift guides to those I’ve published on the blog in the past that seemed to go over well with you guys!
Since stocking stuffers and inexpensive gifts are some of my favorites to shop for, I wanted to kick off this year’s PBF Gift Guide series with a roundup of gift ideas under $25. In fact, many of these gifts are under $10 and will hopefully pop out to those of you looking for that one special little something to wrap up for a loved one this year.
Also, if you have any gift ideas for me to include in my favorite Gifts That Give Back Gift Guide this year, please let me know in the comments section of this post!
PBF Gift Guide: Gifts Ideas Under $25
I ended up ordering a letter board for our family on Black Friday because it seems like such a versatile way to communicate everything from holiday greetings and Happy Birthday messages to dinner menus for casual get-togethers with friends and more. It’s the kind of gift I could see many people enjoying but not thinking to directly add to their holiday wish list.
This handy little cup keeps hot things hot for three hours (Coffee! Tea!) and cold beverages cold for nine hours (Wine! Cocktails! Iced coffee!). If you happen to reheat your cup of coffee 5 times every morning then I think you can understand the appeal of this gift idea! I also LOVE it for wine, especially when you’re on vacation or want to enjoy a cold glass of white wine on the back porch without it sweating and warming up too quickly. A great gift for coffee and wine lovers alike! These Corkcicle cups are selling out like crazy (probably because they were featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things this year – some additional colors are available via Things Remembered) but Swig and Sassy Cups seem to make similar 12-ounce cups with a lot of different colors available on Amazon.
I’m pretty sure this hot chocolate has been included in a gift guide every year since I began sharing gift guides on the blog. Apparently free samples work because Ryan and I first fell in love with this hot chocolate when we tried it in a Williams-Sonoma store and it blew us away. We ended up unknowingly buying it for each other for Christmas that year and now it’s something we buy every holiday season. The chocolate shavings make it feel a little more gourmet and special than usual hot cocoa and every cup is rich and creamy. The peppermint hot chocolate is my favorite flavor but every one I’ve tried has been amazing.
Gifts Ideas Under $10
The Invisibobble was a previous Things I’m Loving Friday feature and it’s something I use every single day. It does the best job of any hair tie I’ve found at eliminating the bump in your hair caused by pulling your hair back with an elastic and I use it to pull my hair up at night to save my waves when I curl my hair so they last for a couple of days. The Invisibobble is also great for creating a loose messy bun!
I wear slippers non-stop in the colder months and when I travel, I love packing slipper socks to bring with me to keep my feet nice and toasty. A new pair of cozy slipper socks is a fun gift to give and receive and I love the look of these Pudus Classic Slipper Socks and the Amazon reviews are fantastic. And if you’re looking for athletic socks, BOMBAS socks are the best and a huge hit with my entire family.
I know, I know. I am SO late on the Beauty Blender train but now that I’m on it, I am never, ever hopping off! I used to dot on my concealer using my fingers but once I discovered Beauty Blenders, they changed everything. They allow my makeup to go on smoothly and cover blemishes and dark spots with less makeup and better coverage. Win, win! I love using them to dab concealer on my face and also smooth it over the dark circles under my eyes. Even those who already have a Beauty Blender would probably welcome more of them as a stocking stuffer since they are disposable and should be replaced fairly frequently.
HECK YES, PopSockets!!! This little gadget took some getting used to but after four or five days of using it, I don’t know how I managed my phone without it. I have the larger version of the iPhone 6s and my PopSocket makes it much easier to snap selfies, prop my phone up when I want to watch a video or follow a recipe online and makes me feel more secure when I hold my phone and text or respond to emails. I swear by my PopSocket and with so many different patterns, colors and designs available, it’s easy to find one that will appeal to everyone on your gift list this year.
I don’t know what it is about drinking liquids through a straw but I greatly prefer it to gulping from a glass or a mug. I use my stainless steel straws daily and love popping one into a can of LaCroix or a tall cup of water. The Koffie Straws are my favorite for sipping hot coffee or tea in the morning and protecting my teeth from staining.
If you know a woman who loves to paint her nails but rarely has the time to do so, consider this fast-dry top coat! This nail polish was one of the best discoveries of 2016 for me (thank you to a blog reader for recommending it) because a few swipes of this top coat over any nail polish – essie, OPI, you name it – and your nail polish will dry almost instantly. It’s a miracle-worker especially when you want to paint your nails at the last minute and don’t have time to sit around, not touching anything for a bazillion hours. I LOVE this stuff so much!
Additional Gift Ideas Under $50
- Makeup Remover Cloth (This $7 cloth is AMAZING and powerful! It easily removes makeup, including stubborn eye makeup at the end of the day.)
- Portable Bluetooth Speaker (This $13 speaker has wonderful reviews.)
- Tassel Keychain
- Lil’ Chizler (A cheap but powerful food and label remover tool and a very useful stocking stuffer.)
- Initial Mug (LOVE Anthropologie’s new intial mug design!)
- Personalized Key Hanger (Love the rustic look of this Etsy find.)
- New Book + A Unique Bookmark
- Festive Candles
- Cozy Sweatshirt
- Essential Cocktail Book
- Custom Name Ring
- Body Butter
- 6-pack of Hand-Selected Local Beers