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29 Cool And Random Last-Minute Gifts Under $25

Time may be running out, but there are still plenty of neat lil' gift ideas left.

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1. A ping-pong set that'll transform any table they already have into their new favorite game.

Two kids playing ping pong with a net over a wooden table
Amazon

It comes with an expandable/retractable net (so it can fit the width of your table) with adjustable clamps, two paddles, two balls, and a mesh carrying bag so you can take it on the go.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (also available in white).

Promising review: "This thing is great! I bought it as a stocking stuffer for my husband and he loves it. We actually set it up on the dining room table. It's very sturdy and the poles that hold the net are spring loaded so it holds tight no matter what size your table. The clamps that hold the poles up are also spring loaded so there's no damage to the table. It even comes with a travel bag and takes less than a minute to set up and take down. I'd highly recommend it to anyone with limited space or who likes to camp. I would also recommend buying a few more ping pong balls, though. It comes with two but they aren't the best." —Philip or Laura

2. Essence's Lash Princess mascara, which over *50,000* 5-star reviewers swear by for dramatic length and volume *without* clumps, thanks to the flake- and gob-free formula and cone-shaped brush.

A reviewer's lashes before mascara, after one layer, and after two layers, with dramatic length and volume after
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Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte ($23) for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E. Miller

3. A chunky knit satin-lined winter beanie to keep their head toasty warm when the temperatures drop *and* help protect their hair from damage and moisture loss without disrupting their style or curl pattern.

Beautifully Warm

It's also super stretchy to fit your hair!

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 10 colors and packs of two) or Beautifully Warm for $24.99 (available in 11 colors, each listed separately plus a version with a faux fur pompom).

Promising review: "Finally a winter hat that I can actually wear. I’ve had it for a good part of the winter now and I’m so happy with it. Often right after I wash my hair I just put it in a silk cap while I do things around the house as it’s drying so it's not in my face. Recently if I need to go out I put my hair in my hat because it’s silk-lined, so it does the same thing and just looks like I’ve got a winter hat on. When you put it on your already styled hair, it doesn’t mess up the curl pattern at all. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it." —Aliana K.

Beautifully Warm is a Black-owned business that makes satin-lined hats including both winter styles like he one above, plus and cap-style hats with a scrunchie in the back designed for natural hair. They make kids' sizes too!

4. A pair of meat-shredding claws for the barbecue or rotisserie chicken aficionado in your life. Seriously tho, do you know all the great ways you can rehash chicken?

The black claw-like shredders and a piece of meat
Amazon

If you don't we're talking about 24 Easy Meals You Can Make With Rotisserie Chicken.

Get them from Amazon for $11+ (available in three colors).

Promising review: "This has to be one of the best gifts for your favorite foodie. It's excellent for so many different kitchen tasks. Makes a big shredding job easy as slicing bread. I've bought several of these for gifts and they were much appreciated. They come in many different colors. Easy to store and a very handy tool to have around for BBQs and Thanksgiving. Pretty much any time that you are working with a large cut of meat, beef, poultry, pork, even a melon, you name it, this is the tool you'll want to reach for every time. Moving from pan to platter would otherwise be unmanageable and spell train wreck in many cases. Not so with these. You will not be disappointed!" —Angelonia

5. A cozy mermaid tail blanket so they can live our their ~fantasy~, aka when someone asks them to do something, they can say, "I can't get up — does this look like the ocean to you?!"

A model in the purple tail-shaped blanket
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

Promising review: "Fast delivery! Beautiful, high quality product. The color and quality far exceeded my expectations, considering the reasonable price I had paid. The material is soft yet heavy, like a comfy cable-knit sweater. The blanket even comes with its own drawstring carrying bag, which will make it easy for my daughter to pack it for college. We washed it on the hand wash cycle in our washer, and it came out perfectly with no stretches or color running. At the risk of sounding like I work for their company, I believe this truly a gorgeous product that you will be very pleased with!" —LisaKay

6. A Facetory sheet mask subscription box for the gift of relaxation & a little me time *AND* wow-I-didn't-know-my-skin-could-feel-this-good hydration.

The set of seven sheet masks
Amazon

Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too — so you know the what amazing things you're putting on your face.

Get a curated box from Amazon. It's available in three levels: $8.90 (includes four entry-level masks), $19.90 (includes seven premium masks and a skin care item), or $34.95 ($23.77 for the first box; includes two-three full-sized skin care products and three-fore sheet masks) — all with free shipping.

Promising review: "It's fun to try out new masks that a well-reviewed by experts (I'm definitely no expert), and I love the subscription model! This weekly face mask tradition has helped banish the Sunday scaries this fall/winter." —Emily Berglund

7. A just-the-right-size planner with a stately faux leather cover, tabbed sections, gold foiling, and weekly and monthly sections so they at least feel like their life is in order. Mood.

The brown planner with gold foil year stamp
Amazon

It also comes with stickers, and WHO doesn't love stickers. Plus 88 notes pages and reference info, which'll both be handy-dandy.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).

Promising review: "I just received my new planner, and I love it. It's larger (8.5x11), but thinner. The hardcover is flexible, but still durable, and beautifully made. The appearance of the planner is very professional. The weekly guide provides plenty of space to write down my daily schedule. The elastic bookmark helps to find my place quickly, and there two more ribbon bookmarks provided. I had to place the monthly calendar tabs myself. I can find the monthly calendar easily now. I would have liked if it was already in place, but I understand if there are people who don't use such features. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase." —Arlene W.

8. A pair of 14-karat gold-plated padlock dangles, because although they don't *literally* lock onto lobes, your giftee will love them so much that they might as well!

Small gold hoops with little padlocks hanging from them
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

Promising review: "I love these earrings! I wear them almost every day, I only really take them off if I’m taking a shower. They haven’t tarnished yet!" —BBRebBe

9. An ice sphere mold so they can whip up stunning (and slower melting) cubes to keep their fancy — or not-so-fancy — drinks colder than regular cubes without watering them down. Plus it comes with a cool funnel lid for easy filling!

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Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Promising review: "For decades I drank my bourbon and/or scotch neat. Then one day, at a friend's house, he accidentally poured me a drink on the rocks. I loved it, but it got watered down pretty quickly. A week or so later, at a restaurant, I ordered a bourbon on the rocks and it came with one great big ice ball. Perfect! I had to have a mold to make my own at home. Now I do, and it's a piece of cake to use, both filling and opening. That it makes four at a time is just a bonus." —Michael P. Stoops

10. Botanical Line Drawing, a how-to book filled with 200 step-by-step instructions and illustrations to teach you how to create your own stunning flowers, plants, and succulents — with just a pen!

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Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

Promising review: "I have never been that good at drawing. This book is the BEST because Peggy takes you through each design, step by step. She really breaks it down for you and it's easy to follow along. This book really is a must-have!" —TJ

11. An overflow drain cover so they can soak in a deeper (and therefore warmer) bath during these coldest months of the year. It just suction cups over the overflow drain so they can sit back and relax — a great stocking stuffer for the bath fan in your life.

A tub before and after use, with a deeper amount of water after
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know... THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness... all because of this little bit of silicone! Be careful if you have a refinished tub, as I do... remove those suctions SUPER gently and don't let them stick on too hard. Technically you're not supposed to use suctions with a refinished tub." —Anonymous

12. A silicone lip-exfoliating brush to finally banish dryness and chapping from their pout so they can break out those liquid lipsticks once again.

Model holding the brushes in three colors, showing both sides
Amazon

One side has smaller bumps for exfoliating away dead skin (you can gift it with a reviewer-favorite lip scrub, too!) and the other has larger circles to massage in their favorite lip oil or balm for hydration.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

Promising review: "I admit I was skeptical about this product, but my desperation made me click the BUY button. I just had a baby, and between all the milk I was pumping for the baby and caffeine drinking, my body was dried out and dehydrated. My lips were dried, cracked, and even bleeding — very painful. Even my tried and true expensive as heck lip moisturizer I use couldn't help. Having this lip brush did the trick and made all the difference. The exfoliation must have allowed my lip moisturizer to get better absorbed. I saw results in just a couple days. Now I have soft and supple lips again. I tried using a toothbrush and I would not recommend it. This silicone lip brush feels so good and since the 'bristles' or bumps' are shallow. I just needed to use a little bit of my expensive lip moisturizer and it was so easy to clean the brush afterwards. Where has this thing been all my life? I don't think I can live without it now." —Double-J

13. A pair of dress socks featuring Dwight Schrute wearing the CPR dummy mask so they can tug up their pant leg in an important meeting and get their work spouse to break down laughing.

 model in the grey socks
Amazon

If this isn't one of your favorite The Office scenes, you're just wrong.

Get them from Amazon for $13.95 (available in black and grey).

Promising review: "These socks are just like what is pictured. They are very detailed and the stitching seems to be of a high quality. My wife absolutely loved them." —Kevin Gordon

14. BuzzFeed's Tasty Adulting cookbook to walks them through cooking basics to ~build kitchen confidence~ plus 75 (dare I say it?) tasty recipes they can whip up with ease.

The cover of the book
BuzzFeed Tasty

Get it from Amazon for $14.68 or from Bookshop for $19.32 (order by 12/16 for priority shipping from Bookshop before Christmas).

15. A pair of pom-pom-topped slipper slides for a plush, old fashioned style you can wear year-round without overheating your tootsies.

The slippers in blush pink and grey
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $76.99+ (available in sizes 5/6–9/10 and four colors).

Promising review: "These slippers have a non slip light duty sole. Most slippers sold today have a thick hard sole designed to be worn outside. I looked far and wide to find a true ‘house slipper’ and these are PERFECT! I immediately ordered a second pair to have on hand. The little puffs make me feel all fancy and elegant in them!!" —Ali Benny

16. A five-in-one wine stopper that'll also aerate, filter out cork particles, pour neatly, and re-cork the bottle.

Wine pouring from a bottle with the stopper on it
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $9.68 (also available in several multi-packs).

Promising review: "Don't know what the 'flavor' category means with respect to these wine bottle stoppers but the stoppers work as advertised. A local vineyard was using them in their sample room so I assumed that since a vineyard was using them, they would work as advertised and they do. You can lay a wine bottle flat and it won't leak. Nice that it filters out cork crumbs." —Lawrol

17. A sloth to-do notepad to make their everyday tasks a little more cheerful. Is "take a nap" an important thing to get done? Absolutely.

A hand holding the notepad with sloth motif and to-do section, errands, people to contact, and appointments
BuzzFeed / Emma McAnaw

It has sections for their must-do tasks (with two different areas for top and lower priority), appointments, errands, and people they need to reach out to.

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

A BuzzFeed Shopping editor who loves sloths swears by this to help organize her day — check out her review in the July edition of our monthly review series! Here's a snippet: "And for anyone who's not a natural-born multitasker, this is great for you! I, for one, like to do one thing at a time so it's great to be able to list everything by time frame (like to do soon or to do after a nap) so I can think out the order of importance. I don't have to say how SATISFYING it is to check things off when I complete them — do I sometimes write things down just to give it a check? Maybe. It also has cute ways to motivate me, like a mood- and productivity-rating method in the form of sloths. Dare I say, I owe these little sloth heads full credit for keeping me out of stress mode every week — they just a have a way with...planning?"

18. An ice roller that'll feel ahh-mazing on tired, puffy, or just blah-feeling skin. For any skincare aficionado in your life, this is great for the feeling of an at-home facial.

A reviewer using the roller on their eye
amazon.com

Keep it in the freezer, or just pop it in for 10-15 minutes for a quick sesh!

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this ice roller!! It helps wake me up in the mornings. It reduces the appearance of puffiness especially around the eyes! It helps cool me off quickly when needed. It’s going to be a lifesaver this summer during the hot temperatures! I have MS and whenever I get overheated, it makes my symptoms flare up. This will definitely be a game changer for me." —Tressie Holden

19. A surprisingly soft tortilla blanket so they can wrap yourself up like the couch burrito they were always meant to be — and surprise the delivery guy with their new look. Wrap it in foil for an even MORE genius gift!

A model in the blanket
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in seven sizes and four colors and styles).

Promising review: "Love this tortilla towel! I ordered it, thinking that it would be a great novelty gift, cheap but funny. It's SO much nicer than I thought it would be! It's heavier than expected and definitely keeps you warm. I got it as a birthday gift and it was a BIG hit!!" —Rebecca Russenberger

20. A collection of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat prints for adding both style and information to their kitchen walls. It contains 20 8"x10" prints, including useful guides to different knife cuts, essential kitchen tools, kinds of salt, and more!

The book of prints
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $20.

Promising review: "Loved the cookbook and illustrations so I was stoked when these prints came out — cant beat the price. Used them to hang a gallery wall in our kitchen." —Tiffany L.

21. A resealable container of moisturizing sheet masks formulated to tone and prep their skin. In just a few minutes, their a.m. skincare routine just got a whole lot more luxurious.

The wipe-like container of masks
Amazon

Sheet packs packed in a container like makeup wipes?? Why didn't anyone think of this sooner!

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $24.90 (also available in daily honey (for use day or night).

Promising review: "Love the reusable plastic container they come in — really cuts down on the waste and mess! Nice light minty scent, really refreshing, my skin looks great after just three or four uses." —space kace

22. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey any foodie would love to add to their fit-to-bursting Condiment Cabinet. Drizzled on pizza, added to charcuterie boards, or even just on its own, this brings the sweet and the heat they won't be able to resist.

The honey being drizzled on pizza
Amazon

Need more inspiration? Learn more about the life-changing power of this honey in I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal.

Promising review: "Saw this on a Food Network show and decided to try! LOVE IT! Great honey taste with just a bite of heat at the end. My husband loves 'hot' and even grows his own peppers to eat on anything. He really likes this on his French toast and I like it with peanut butter. However, I just made baked beans and added tablespoon of Mike's Hot in addition to the brown sugar (reduced amount) and they were the BEST baked beans ever! I going to tell Mr Bush and Duke about Mike's Hot Honey!" —Ritakc

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Need to bring that hot 'n' sweetness on the go? You can get a 12-pack of hot honey packets from Amazon for $11.99.

23. A pair of monstera leaf statement earrings for a little gift for your trendiest friend that you you *don't* have to ~dangle~ your whole paycheck out to buy.

The pink earrings
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).

Promising review: "I bought these earrings to give my rehearsal dinner look a cute tropical vibe while keeping to our wedding colors! These are soooo cute. Well made and not heavy. I will wear these again and again and again." —Ken G.

24. I Love Science, a guided journal filled with writing, drawing, and other creative prompts to inspire people of all ages to explore different scientific areas.

The cover of the book
Ten Speed Press

It has tons of references in the front, including basic HTML code and a periodic table, plus quotes from notable women in the fields of science, technology, and math. Learning just got a whole lot more fun. It's based on Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or from Bookshop for $13.70 (to support local bookstores; last day to order with standard shipping is 12/16).

25. A Fenty Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer available in six universal shades that'll look gorgeous on lit'rally EVERYONE. Rihanna never lets us down.

The swatches of glosses on four arms with different skin tones — the gloss colors include pinks, browns, and clears
Sephora

Get it from Sephora for $19 (available in six shades).

Promising review: "My new favorite lip product! This is the perfect gloss to throw in your bag and use everyday. The color is natural, the formula is extremely glossy and hydrating! It stays on for hours and leaves my lips moisturized after it wears off. At first I was skeptical by the title 'universal,' but I lend this gloss to my friends and it looks gorgeous on all of them. It is TRULY the perfect lip gloss, will definitely be repurchasing!" —LisaVAbbyM

The last day for standard shipping is 12/17, and the last day for flash shipping is 12/19 — and you can also reserve online and pick up in-store!

26. A creative journal chock-full of prompts and activities designed to spark your creativity and bring out your inner...well...weirdo. This makes a great gift, even if you get a strange look when it's first unwrapped.

The cover of the journal
TarcherPerigee

Reviewers note it's great for kids and adults alike!

Get it from Amazon for $16.

Promising review: "A lot of fun! Unlike your typical journal, You're Weird has a lot of fun drawings, questions, and activities that help inspire and prod you to keep journaling. Every page is full of fun drawings and borders that are ripe for coloring when cutting loose after an hour-long strategy meeting. I got a copy at our local bookstore and plan on ordering another copy just for coloring. I'm sure even seasoned journal keepers will enjoy this book." —Jay Saenz

27. A sheet mask — FOR YOUR BUTT, because why should their face have all the fun? It'll moisturize and tone (hello aloe and chamomile), with one sheet for each cheek. 🍑

A hand holding the different kinds of masks
Amazon

They're available in four varieties:

* Slap It (retexturing & detoxifying with caffeine)

* Squeeze It (brightening & rejuvenating with citrus)

* Shake It (firming & illuminating with marine algae; currently unavailable)

* Bite It (hydrating and toning with collagen)

Get them from Amazon for $9.95 each.

Promising review: "I love these because great skin isn't limited to just your face and neither should the products that facilitate it! These definitely infuse the area with essence like a facial sheet and offer a moisturizing, gently tightening effect so you know they're working! I have tried other products designed for the same area and these were by far the best and least messy." —fountainsoda

28. An enamel pin for any truly clever girl. It'll make anyone read their denim jacket or backpack with ~rapt(or)~ attention.

The jurassic park-inspired pin with a raptor that says "clever girl"
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

Promising review: "I love love love this pin! It’s got a nice, sturdy feel to it and it doesn’t budge because it has two backings. I wear it on my purse." —EM

29. A ball launcher that'll be a years-long treat for any four-legged friends who love to R-U-N — gift to your dog, *or* to anyone who is just tired of throwing the often-soggy ball.

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Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

Promising review: "While my dog struggles with the concept of returning the ball to me, she absolutely loves this! We visit a huge dog park frequently, and this lets me throw a ball far enough that she really gets to run full throttle! I could never throw it far enough on my own to keep her interested more than one or two times before getting the launcher. Now, we can spend an hour at the park playing with it. I have one super tired dog when we go home. Tired dog = happy dog = happy dog mom. I also love that I don't have to pick up the slimy ball with my hands anymore, especially after she drops it in a puddle, because the launcher picks it right up. My dog gets so excited when she sees the launcher that she will bounce back and forth in front of me until I throw the ball. I only regret not buying one of these earlier!" —C. Fritzche

Find the perfect gift for any occasion, from white elephant gift exchanges to gifts for teachers, housewarming gifts to birthday gifts, and even the perfect gift basket if you’re truly stumped. Plus, check out the BuzzFeed gift guide for even more incredible gifting ideas.

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