My Short List of Cool Gifts under $25
1. A gift certificate to your local independent health food store. Healthy food (often a luxury for many) can be 'spensive!
Encourage your loved ones to eat well and support those local businesses in the meanwhile. Yum!
2. A metal water bottle. I love my Sigg brand bottles because I have put them in the dishwasher a frillion times and they're doing swell! Plus, they are pretty. Quench Steel Works has lovely designs (hand wash only) and I really like Earthlust's designs as well.
I take a full 1L bottle with me whenever I go out in the car (or the half-liter size for walking trips) so I don't dehydrate and start craving french fries. Great for hydrating during movies, yoga class, cocktail parties, game nights, etc. Those 1 liter bottles are the joint, but the half-size ones are useful for quick hikes and jaunts.
3. A flock of geese, chicks, or ducks -- or even a whole goat or cow -- to a needy family in your gift recipient's name from Heifer International. For example, a family in Africa, the Caribbean, or Asia that receives your gift of a flock of chicks can eat and sell chicken eggs, breed more chickens, and support themselves in a way that was previously impossible.
Heifer International is one of the most well-regarded global charities out there, and the idea is superb. Shutterfly partnered w/Heifer to offer really cute gift cards -- Heifer gives you a 20% discount plus free cards at Shutterfly. Gift levels range from $10 and $20 to $10,000 and beyond!
Lady Shop Tart!), in the interest of giving my $ to a local business instead of Barnes and Noble. It comes in today or tomorrow. Can't wait!
5. The Snuggie! I got one at my Bunko group's white elephant/dirty santa party and it was the talk of the party. I look like a Smurf wearing it. Terrible quality, super-thin fleece, but to liven up a family gift-giving gathering with laughter and a Snuggie fashion show, $14.95 at Target is a nominal fee, no? (Thanks Kirkland, for the brilliant Snuggie idea!)
6. Movie tickets or a gift certificate to your local art house / independent movie/ nonprofit theater (like the Nickelodeon in Columbia, SC or the Castro, Roxie, or Red Vic in San Francisco). Support the arts, yo!
Envirosax or Chico reusable shopping bags. I am addicted to my ultra-lightweight Envirosax bags and their pretty designs. They also happen to be incredibly durable.
And how about Envirosax's idea to wrap all your gifts in eco-friendly shopping bags instead of wrapping paper? GENIUS.
Loving the new Chico bag designs and shapes, including the Sling, the Messenger, and the Daypack. Cool! The little Chico bags are only $5. Hello stocking stuffers.
(Although they're a lil too small for me. The Vita and Vintage styles, $7 and $9 I think, are much roomier and more useful. Bigger armholes, etc.)
Other great gifts (under and over $25): really good cheeses, fancy salt, pro-quality chef's knives and cookware, spa or independent massage therapist gift certificates, zoo memberships, mixed CDs, MP3 players pre-loaded with lots of music, gift certificates to independent bookstores, buzzworthy cookbooks, etc.
What are your hot lil gift ideas? Comment below!