10 impressive holiday gifts for $25 and under


When your holiday gift list starts to resemble the credits at the end of a movie, adhering to a strict budget can be tricky. The solution: gifts under $25. These small but stylish treats tick off a lot of (gift) boxes. They show friends, colleagues and pampered family members that you care, but they don’t burn a hole in your wallet. They’re also ideal as last-minute presents, stocking stuffers or for Kris Kringle scenarios when you want to slay. The key is locating affordable yet remarkable options that don’t appear low-cost. Read on to discover intoxicating moisturisers, invigorating fragrances and buttery shadows—all available for a song.

Too Faced Pretty Little Present

Few brands embrace the yuletide spirit quite like Too Faced. This year, founder Jerrod Blandino was feeling nostalgic for the Christmas cookies his mother baked when he was a child. Hence, all the frosty colours, gingerbread scents and candy cane packaging. This ornamental gift features two minis: the brand’s bestselling mascara and a peachy pink gloss with a glitter finish. ($24)

Ren Clean Skincare Silent Night Stocking Filler

Silent night, holy night, all is calm—let’s stop right there and admit that things might be not be perfectly peaceful this season. But here’s a thoughtful token designed to help in the sleep department during an often taxing period. This duo of mini sprays deposits anxiety-reducing essential oils onto a pillow to encourage slumber. ($20)

Frank Body Shower Together Kit

This caffeinated double act will inject some exfoliating power into their shower. The original coffee formula effortlessly buffs away dry skin and boosts circulation. The rose gold version does the same and leaves behind an ethereal luminescence that is so fitting for the holidays. ($19.95)

Floral Street The Discovery Set

From the quirky English brand that makes vegan, sustainable and unapologetically floral scents comes this eight-piece set. It’s a brilliant option for women who like to switch up their perfume as often as their shoes. Chances are she’ll pluck a favourite among them, and be back for more. ($23)

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

This tub of fragrant butter is so deliciously hydrating that countless people have it on repeat. It taps a softening blend of shea butter and aloe vera to quench dry skin, while a medley of floral, fruity and musk notes leaves behind a delicate fragrance. ($20)

bareMinerals Matte on The Double

Moisturising matte lip colours are like beauty’s mythical creatures. Do they even exist? Turns out bareMinerals has cracked the elusive formula, and paired two flattering shades together in this tempting offer. The long-lasting formula will surely withstand kissing under mistletoe. ($23)

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+ Superscreen Cracker

Conventional bon bons are filled with plastic trinkets, paper hats and lame jokes. This year, choose one with our bestselling SPF 50+ sunscreen instead. It will certainly come in handy on Christmas Day, given how many of us dine al fresco, and it might even inspire an everyday routine for those not already practising one. ($22)

MECCA MAX Eye Shadow Quad

Each of these vegan and vibrant shadows quads—there are three wearable iterations—is equipped with a harmonising mix of shades in matte and shimmer finishes. They’re small enough for a clutch, and rich enough to transform a look. At this price, you might as well buy two. ($12.00)

Morphe The Jeffree Star Beauty Sponge Trio

Win kudos from a makeup obsessive with these Jeffree Star-approved sponges for Morphe. Their chiselled edges make applying foundation, concealer and highlighter a breeze, while the Barbie-pink shade means they’re a cinch to locate. ($24.00)


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