Yes, Virginia, there is a holiday gift you can buy for less than $25.
We know that families have to stick to a holiday-time budget, and often that includes a few inexpensive gifts. We've plucked from our Ratings some low-cost yet substantial items to add to your list. All of these are less than $25.
Remember to visit our Holiday Gift Ideas & Guide over the coming weeks. You'll find all of our gift recommendations and shopping advice, including tips on ways to save.
Chocolate: Christopher Elbow 21-Piece Collection ($42)
Not the typical, mainstream chocolate and not for the faint of heart. Artistic looking, ultra-smooth chocolate houses an array of bold, unusual flavor combinations such as buttery caramels that taste of rosemary or balsamic vinegar. Well-blended with a notable flavor variety.
Dip in to our chocolate buying guide.
Headphones: Panasonic RP-TCM12 ($10)
Given its $10 price and very good sound, these headphones make a great gift—especially if the giftee is known to lose pricier earphones. You can also splurge on two, a primary and a spare.
Learn more about what to look for when purchasing headphones with our buying guide.
Phone mount: iOttie HCLRIO102 ($20)
Among the suction-cup mounts, the iOttie HCLRIO102 ($20) stood out in our tests. It was stable, convenient, and attractively priced. As a universal mount, it should fit a wide variety of phones.
Toaster: Proctor-Silex Cool-Touch 22203 ($15)
Someone in your life must need a new toaster. Anyone moving into a first apartment? This $15 model makes toast nearly as well as top-rated models costing two and three times as much.
Read our toaster buying guide for more information on how to select a toaster.
Tire-pressure gauge: Accutire MS-4400B ($11)
Car buff on your list? Maybe someone with his or her first car? This is an invaluable piece of safety equipment. Durable, accurate, and easy to use, this stick-type pressure gauge measures tires’ air pressure from 5 to 99 PSI. The similar Accutire MS-4021B goes for about $10 and measures pressure up to 150 PSI.
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