Let’s talk about when it’s okay to be late—for a party, a dinner reservation (but no more than fifteen minutes) or to see family you hate (then just don't show up at all). But it’s NOT okay to be late with holiday gifts.
While I know it’s possible to pick up an emergency gift card at the supermarket or pharmacy—this really shows the recipient you couldn't care less . Lucky for you, it is completely possible to find a great gift without spending a lot of money or making much effort. Because who has time for that? Here are eighteen holiday gifts under $25 for every person on your list. If you’re spending more, just buy more than one.
DISCLAIMER: Prices can change, but the awesomeness of these gifts cannot.
Do you have a fashionista on your list? I’ve got your gift. Stars are everywhere this season. Normally $26, this on trend scarf is currently on sale for $12.98.
These mugs are bright, adorable and fun. Buy a set for a family and everyone gets a mug with their initial on it, or maybe for your office Secret Santa, making it kind of a custom gift. They are currently on sale for $5.00 each.
Do you know someone who recently got married, is into décor or has way too much jewelry (okay, that isn’t possible, but you get my point)? This is the perfect gift for just $24.
Omg, I love the Colour Me Good series by Mel Elliot. Give your friend who is a fan of Ryan Gosling, Benedict Cumberbatch, or James Franco the ultimate gift. There’s also a Taylor Swift book, but it’s currently sold out. Add a set of colored pencils to make a package as complete as the subjects of these books.
Candle-preneur Kyle Blitch was just on my podcast and he is hilarious. These candles not only smell good, but they also make you laugh with names like Motion of the Ocean. They normally cost $34.99 each, but if you use promo code SUCKMYWICKMAS, you get $10 off.
Do you have a friend who constantly complains about her hair? This kit has full-sized bottles of L’Ange’s Rival Heat Shield, Deja Vu Dry Shampoo and Grand Debut Root Booster. It’s currently $30 but you can use promo code AMANDA for 30% off (and yes, it works for anything on the site). Or just buy it for yourself. Check out the Facebook Live I did for L'Ange to discover more of my favorite products.
For just $25 you get a stobe (aka gloss), a liner and a matte. This is an easy idea for a While Elephant, Grab Bag with your girls or for any teenage girl.
This cute palette has nine eyeshadows, two blushes, a highlighter and a partridge in a pear tree. It’s $16, but a $48 value. I really want one for myself. So friends, if you are reading this...
Everyone loves Kate Spade, especially infants. Keep a friend’s baby or your baby stylish in these sweet socks for $20.
You can use this tray for candy, sunglasses, jewelry or anything. I can’t believe it’s only $20.
Nest’s holiday candles smell like a holiday party at a mansion, but for $16, so can any apartment.
Do you have a friend who is too cool for everything or always writing things down on actual paper? For $25, you can make a grown man (or woman) cry.
For the chef or someone who can at the very least make toast, this book is currently on sale for less than $12 and normally only $17. It’s also a treat for people who like puns!
Do you have a friend who has to stuff half their clothing in their carry-on at the check-in line making everyone behind them angry? For $18, you can make sure they are never embarrassed again. At least for that reason.
These ultra modern picture frames are super chic. Personalize the gift by including your own picture. It's a little more effort but totally worth it. There are several sizes currently on sale all under $20.
I need to pick my jaw up off the floor because I can’t believe this chic throw is on sale from West Elm for less than $15. You can also have it monogrammed for $9.50. What says you thought about things in advance more than a monogram?
Fancy steak knives can be pricey, but not these, which are currently on sale for $20. They look way more expensive than they are.
Especially around the holidays, there is nothing worse than needing a bottle opener and not having one. These fancy openers are from Neiman Marcus and are perfect for that anomaly of a guy who is equally bro-ey and sophisticated.