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41 Of The Best Last Minute Gifts Under $25

The title of my eventual autobiography is "Waited Until Last Second: The Stories of Me".

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1. A star projector to transform everything — their car! their bedroom! their bathroom! — into what looks like a galaxy far, far away. This is a gift for children and adults alike; I'm sure you'll sound off in the comments if you disagree.

2. A copy of Humans by Brandon Stanton, a tangible companion to the beloved Humans of New York Instagram account. This hardcover is chock-full of gorgeous imagery and everyday people from around the globe divulging their most personal stories.

a reviewer holding a copy of the book

3. A National Geographic geode kit complete with 10 geodes and a 16-page learning guide to spark their interest in earth science (just typing that out gave me high school flashbacks... *shivers*). This STEM-approved present is fun, educational, and totally interactive.

4. A calligraphy guide book for anyone looking to improve their penmanship and eventually create their own Etsy shop. These easy-to-follow instructions will turn their doodles and scribbles into a work of legible art. Da Vinci? We (we in this context = me and my eyebrows) don't know him.

the book

5. A 50-pack of The Office stickers including their favorite characters and quotes from the series they have literally memorized line-for-line. A personal favorite: "The worst thing about prison was the Dementors."

the stickers

6. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda — because don't ~throw away your shot~ at giving them the perfect present. They'll definitely be ~satisfied~ upon receiving this. There's a ~million things [they] haven't done~ and reading this is one of them. I'll stop now. I realize it's gotten out of hand. GOD I love Lin-Manuel Miranda.

7. A Taylors of Harrogate box packed with 48 tea bags for the Kermit (*insert Kermit drinking tea meme here*) of your friend group. This includes six varieties: English breakfast, decaffeinated breakfast, earl grey, organic peppermint, organic chamomile, lemon and orange, green tea with jasmine, and pure assam.

the tea box

8. A supremely cozy pom pom blanket they'll genuinely use all 👏 the 👏 time 👏. Their movie nights and Netflix binges will be improved by about 1000%, and it'll all be thanks to y-o-u.

9. A large duck chew toy that reviewers (myself included) rave about for its durability. This 'lil guy is truly the gift that keeps on giving because you won't have to replace it after a mere few days — my Frenchie has been chewing on the same one for ~5 months now and it's still going strong.*

10. A lace peplum top here to — and I cannot believe I'm about to say this — make them...want to not wear sweats for the day?! This hunk of lace is so gorgeous, they may even start dressing up for Zoom meetings.

reviewer wearing black lace high-neck top

11. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey to take their taste buds on an all-expenses-paid adventure. This all-natural honey, chili pepper, and vinegar mixture add the perfect touch of spicy and sweet to any meal, aka so long bland and boring dinners that looked more appealing when the YouTube chef made it.

12. NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque uses an impressive formula of bamboo stem cells, smart keratin, and an antioxidant-rich oil blend to enrich each strand with some much-needed TLC. Why not give them the gift of ~splitting up~ with split-ends?

hand holding jar of mask

13. Etude House Air Masks for fun, effective skincare that won't cost them a small fortune; they'll receive a 13-pack containing natural ingredients within different formulas (pearl to brighten, manuka honey to moisturize, tea tree to soothe, etc). Plus! These babies won't leave their skin feeling sticky, a common problem when it comes to sheet masks.

14. A Dobby figurine that one reviewer is using in lieu of Elf on the Shelf this year and in the words of Ron himself, ~brilliant~. This little guy has bendable limbs and can be comfortably placed in any nook or cranny throughout their home.

15. A portable cool mist humidifier they can stash in your car for a blast of ~aromatherapy~ whilst driving to the grocery store. If that seems excessive (which it doesn't), know that this can literally be placed anywhere — a bathroom, a bedroom, a closet, a WFH desk, etcetera.

the blue car humidifier

16. Stainless-steel cuff links personalized with their initial which means *wipes away eyebrow sweat* they won't even suspect that you waited until last minute to purchase their gift.

A reviewer's pair of the silver tone cufflinks in the letter A, with a rounded shape, outside lip around the engraving

17. Silicone nonstick molds so they can make donuts and bagels to their hearts content. "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime" except you teach via gifting these molds and the fish is actually a carb circle.

18. An Airbnb virtual experience so they can travel the 🌎 through their own laptops — they can learn how to make authentic Mexican tacos, visit an animal sanctuary (READ: piglets), trot through an Irish village, and so much more.

19. Kiss nail adhesives for the person who'd rather do one million push-ups than wait for lacquer to dry. With these, you just peel, press on, and that is it: no more sitting in salon chairs, no more bed sheet marks because the polish never properly dried. Reviewers swear they also last for at least three weeks — I think that says enough.

reviewer wearing red press-on nails

20. A copy of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, a fantastical (and morbidly funny) glimpse into the history of medicine. I'll just leave you with this: leeches.

the book

21. I Dew Care Disco Kitten Glitter Peel-off Mask uses soothing oat extract and exfoliating gem powder to reveal a brighter, more illuminated complexion. And while the formula is high quality and fab, the kicker is the aesthetics: a silver chrome face product? Sign me u-p.

22. Out of Print toddler socks for the littlest bébé in your circle. To be honest, this is more of a gift for yourself. I mean, their little feet! In these little library socks! It's the joy we need in 2020.

toddler library socks in yellow and pink

23. LED curtain string lights for folks who prefer dim ~mood~ lighting while spending their Friday night bingeing more true crime shows.

reviewer photo of the string lights hung above a bed

24. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy because their WFH setup is boring at best. Browse through a 32-page mini booklet that chronicles this little dudes origins, add in some batteries, and feel sheer joy as it dances ever-so-gracefully next to their laptop.

the red toy

25. A mini cross-stitch kit for a hobby that *isn't* Netflix. This includes everything they need to start on one of four The Nightmare Before Christmas designs: a tiny 32-page book with instructions, three pieces of cotton cloth, an embroidery hoop, and embroidery thread.

26. A W&P Porter ceramic mug as gorgeous as it is useful (I mean this screams Pinterest board). This is reusable, has a protective silicone sleeve, and comes with a secure lid press which makes this the perfect companion for daily morning strolls.

the black mug

27. A hiking logbook any nature buff would *love* to receive this holiday season. Packed with prompts that allow them to document each detail of each journey, this provides the ultimate way to encourage mindfulness — plus a keepsake they'll be able to re-read and reflect on.

28. A liquid-free, reusable rolling screen cleaner because it's about time they saw what their phone, laptop, and tablet looked like pre- permanent fingertips. A few quick swipes = no more smudges staring back at them whilst they attempt to binge the newest Netflix true crime series.

29. A dainty necklace that is the perfect in-between. This basic hunk of beauty is just the stuff when they want to fancy up a plain black dress but don’t want to wear anything too statement-y.

model wearing the necklace

30. A desktop tetherball kit to transport your childhood friend back to middle school gym class (but like, in a good way). This neat little gift comes with a tetherball pole and a 32-page illustrated mini book that discusses all the ~fun history~ behind the game. TBH this is very much the only sports gift I'd be happy to receive.

31. Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum formulated with vitamin C and grapefruit extracts — with daily use, you'll be waving ~arrivederci~ to dullness, dark spots, and breakouts in a jiffy. Reviewers even swear that a little goes a long way, aka they won't have to throw money at a new bottle every month.

the clear bottle with a white dropper cap

32. A handheld electric milk frother that makes it easy to whip up their very own, typically very expensive drink at home — and quickly. This stainless-steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Let their mouth water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milk shakes, and more. If they miss checking out new coffee shops, this gift is where it's at.

coffee in a mason jar with text "favorite milk frother"

33. Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, a recipe book jam-packed with 100 cocktail recipes that would receive an A+ on any report card. This highlights the grape-based spirits from Chile, Peru, and Bolivia to tequila-based concoctions in Mexico.

34. A BroadwayHD subscription if they hum show-tunes more than any Gaga or Bieber song. This service allows them to stream a slew of musicals, dramas, and Broadway classics — including the original Cats.

a sampling of the available musicals

35. A scratch paper art set because I don't miss the braces, but I do miss middle school art class. While these are intended for (*wrinkles nose in Winnifred Sanderson fashion*) children, they're also a fab de-stressor for adults as well.

36. Mini macaron cases that look delicious enough to eat, but alas — no egg whites were used in the making of these teeny tiny containers. These are perfect for storing dainty items (think your favorite earrings) in a way that won't get lost in the shuffle of an overflowing jewelry box.

the macaron storage cases in different colors

37. An H. P. Lovecraft-inspired cookbook so they can whip up a creepy feast. Delectable dishes aside, each recipe is packed with ghoulishly funny text and gorgeous illustrations that make this the *only* book they'll want to display on their coffee table. Halloween = in their heart 365 days of the year.

the book

38. A silicone popcorn maker capable of making 15 cups of popcorn in under four minutes. They'll just have to add in some kernels, ~pop~ it in the microwave, and their movie marathon feast is now ready to be devoured.

39. An ergonomic foot rest that basically *forces* them to improve their posture. Not only will this prevent slouching over their laptop, but it also helps alleviate the back and foot pain they'd experience as a result of said slouching.

reviewer using black foot rest under desk

40. A set of Kitsch spiral hair ties — and before you question whether these genuinely pass of as gifts, the answer is a unanimous yes. These coils won't dent their hair, won't feel constricting when worn on their wrist, plus who actually has enough hair ties? No one. Mine have a three-second window before they go missing forever.

41. A compact Dash juicer because we demand OJ fresher than the prince of Bel-Air. This easy-to-use gadget holds up to 32 ounces of liquid and is equipped with adjustable pulp control, aka *they* can decide whether or not they want to eat orange bits between sips (#pulpisgross).

reviewer photo of blue and white juicer with lime juice inside

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