I have been posting a series on Facebook called 100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less. Each day I’ve been posting a gift idea based on an item that we use and love around our home. I’ve posted ideas for women, men, and children that are all under $25. It’s been pretty popular with some of you and you’ve asked if I would put it somewhere that you can see it any time you would like – so, here it is!
This is a spin off from my list last year 100 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts. I won’t be making it into an eBook this year so I’m putting it here for your reference.
I will list all that I have posted so far today, then I will try to update on a weekly basis…but I might get distracted by the cute baby in my lap, the dance party in my living room, or peeling stickers off the wall.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – some of these are affiliate links. GASP! Stacy, the money hungry blogger out to get all your hard earned cash. Yeah…right. I did spend some time putting this list together, so I do include affiliate links for Amazon. This doesn’t cost you anything if you do purchase…Amazon just gives me a small kickback for using their link. Everything I have listed is something we actually have and have purchased ourselves. You should know by now that I won’t tell you I like something if I don’t. I am very opinionated and don’t mind sharing it. I hate okra.
Not all links are affiliates (mostly just Amazon) – and if you don’t want to use my affiliate links, I’m totally cool with that. 🙂
Day 1 – Brownline Planner (price $12.49). This is one of the best things I ever did for planning…online calendars just don’t work for me. SO, if you have a paper lover in your life, I am sure they would be tickled with this planner. I use mine every day.
Day 2 – Play Tea Set (price $15.55). This was one of Annie’s votes. She has two sets and uses them almost daily. Her favorite set is from Ikea ($10) but she also has this set from Melissa and Doug. You can likely find it at any mass retailer or even a consignment store! Andy also likes playing with it! They have “tea time” regularly. A good gift for any young girl.
Day 3 – Personalized Ornaments from Mackley Wooden Gifts (price $3.25+). I order these every year for my niece and nephew. I love that you can get whatever picture and name you want. They always turn out so pretty – as has everything I have ordered from there. It’s something that can be kept and doesn’t take up much space. Personalized gifts rock!
Day 4 – Microfiber Drying Mats (price around $10). My sister got these for me and I LOVE THEM. I use them daily. They would be good for any person who spends time in the kitchen. Easily washed. They are from Bed, Bath and Beyond….so make sure you sign up and get a coupon from them for the best deal.
Day 5 – Unreal Candies (price varies but under $10 for sure). Do you have a candy lover in your life? I love these candies…a treat without worrying about food coloring. These are found at Target and Walgreens.They have “M&Ms” regular and peanut and even a “Snickers” knockoff!
Day 6 – Healthy Treasures Cookbook (price $13.57). This is a FABULOUS cookbook if you have a whole foodie in your life. I use mine all the time. It’s from a Biblical standpoint. The recipes are easy to follow and use easy to find ingredients.
Day 7 – Redbox gift card (price up to $25). Man alive we love this! You can rent a movie for just a bit over $1! Wahoo! Sure beats other venues for rentals. When we rent a movie (and don’t use the library) we rent from here. You can get a real gift card or a digital card. Good for the movie lover in your life.
Day 8 – Cart Cover ($16+ or less). I was able to find our cart cover at a consignment sale for $5. And man alive…it’s saved this germo-phob a lot of worry. Ha, ha! This would be a great baby gift for anyone on your list. It doesn’t take up much space at all – in fact, we just keep ours stashed in the trunk.
Day 9 – Classic Wooden Turned Pens ($19+ and free shipping). Y’all might not know, but Barry has his own Etsy store now – Living138 Designs. These pens are one of his creations currently available and they make a GREAT gift for any male or executive on your list…and don’t we all know how hard they are to buy for anyway?
Day 10 – Desk Fan ($15.99 or mass retailers for less). This got Barry’s vote. He uses his EVERY DAY at work. Of course, you can tell his is years old and isn’t made any more but they are super easy to find. Another good option for the executive in your life. And Barry should know.
Day 11 – eCloth. Man alive you guys. I bought my eCloth from Milk Allergy Mom and I never looked back. I actually don’t care to clean my windows now. The window cloth is AWESOME….and so is the dusting cloth – when I use it. I actually bought a good stock of these items to give for our Christmas gifts this year. She is having a $7.99 BOGO sale right now and shipping is FREE!!!
Day 12 – Hankies ($12.99ish from Amazon or from a store like Ross) . Okay, so I know we’ve already been labeled “gross” in the past because our family uses hankies…but I actually think they are a good gift! Especially for men – it was Barry’s suggestion. We use ours daily – Annie even has her own stack of character hankies, and she LOVES using them.
Day 13 – Lip Balm, etc from Lexie: Naturals ($2.50+). This is my favorite lip balm EVER. Vanilla Peppermint. It glides on beautifully and it smells and works great. Lexie also has other great options, like soap and natural deodorant. I bought several things from Lexie this year to give as gifts. And I know they will be a big hit!
Day 14 – Bow Saw ($9.98) Another Barry contribution! But actually, his mom has one and uses it a lot too. This is one of those tools that everyone should have around. Especially if you have trees in your yard. Another great gift for a man that won’t break the bank! Easily purchased at Lowes or Home Depot.
Day 15 – Memory Cards ($8.95+) If you have a photographer in your family…or even a mom who likes to take photos, this is a GREAT gift!!! So many things use memory cards these days – and it’s never a bad idea to have an extra one on hand. Even Annie’s little camera uses one! You an get a great price online or if you wait until Black Friday you can likely score an even better deal…unless you’re like me and afraid to leave the house that day.
Day 16 – Lidded Hamper for toys ($19.99). This was the solution that I came up with to corral Annie’s dolls and stuffed animals. It must all fit in here…and if it doesn’t, something has to go. This would be a great gift for any child…and also the mom. It’s working great here!
Day 17 – Color Wonder coloring books and accessories ($1+) Target and other mass retailers. My kids LOVE these things! And I love them because they don’t make a huge mess! They are great at home and they are great for travel. I have purchased mine online but I’ve had friends tell me they see them in the Target $1 section! I keep looking, but I haven’t lucked up yet.
Day 18 – Thermos Coffee Mug ($22.64). I am not lying when I tell you this is the best coffee mug of ALL TIME. Barry got me one and I loved it…so I got him one and he loves it. And now we buy them for gifts ALL THE TIME. It will keep your coffee hot for 5+ hours. I’m not talking kinda-sorta-warm…I’m talking HOT. Worth every penny for the coffee lover in your life. I’m serious.
Day 19 – Wall Words ($10+) from Etsy. This is one of my favorite little touches in our home. I love having the Word written on the wall. It’s a nice touch and a constant reminder. We have several of these in the house right now, and one day when we build I plan on including them in every room in the house. A great gift for ANY homeowner. And Etsy has about 1 million options.
Day 20 – Leatherman Micra ($20ish). Barry has carried one of these since he was young. And when we were dating, he bought one for me. I use it ALL the time. It’s so nice to have in my purse. It includes a pair of scissors and you wouldn’t believe how often I use those things. A good gift for men, women, or teenagers.
Day 21 – Mason Jar cell phone cover from eBay ($10ish). Barry bought me this…and I’m seriously in love with it. He says I’m mason jar obsessed – but I think it’s perfectly normal. eBay has all kinds of cell phone covers, but this one is great for the mason jar lover in your life…and everyone has one of those, right?
Day 22 – Felt Nativity. For their first Christmas, we gift each child with their own nativity set. This is the one we have chosen this year for Eli. It’s very child friendly so we don’t have to worry about them breaking it when they play with it. It’s also something they can keep for life – and it is special because it only comes out at Christmas, unlike our Willow Tree nativity.
Day 23 – Cloth napkins from Etsy or mass retailers (price varies). I love my cloth napkin stash. Even my kids love using them. It’s a great way to save some cash in the long run. Plus, when you have company over, they’ll think you’re all fancy. It’s just a nice little touch to make your dinner table more special. I think this is a gift that just about anyone would use.
Day 24 – Watercolor paint books ($4.99ish at Amazon or from Target). These are one of Annie’s FAVORITE things. And I love it because the water color is right there and I don’t have to hunt it down. Melissa and Doug also offers the paint books where you just need water and a brush…I remember those from back in the day! A fabulous gift for any child – girl or boy. Book pictured is from Target – Melissa and Doug option from Amazon.
Day 25 – The Red Cookbook from Bread Beckers ($6 plus shipping = $10ish). This is by far my favorite cookbook. It’s mostly baked goods, but it’s still awesome. There are even dehydrating ideas in the back. Sue gives lots of great information about wheat and how to bake with fresh flour…but even if you don’t have a mill, you will LOVE this cookbook. The Cream Cheese Biscuits are amazing!
Day 26 – Melissa and Doug calendar ($15.99). I got this for Annie and she just loves it. It’s helping her learn dates and the concept of time. When I say “in one week” I can show her on this calendar. It has magnetic pieces so you can easily change the months – and it has lots of little pieces for special occasions. I keep her extra pieces in a Tupperware box in our school drawers. Good option for younger children in your life.
Day 27 – Melissa and Doug Responsibility Chart ($17.49). Have y’all gathered that we love Melissa and Doug around here? Annie loves keeping track of her chores with this system. I like that there are blank pieces that I can add my own ideas for her. She just likes placing the magnets where they go -hey, whatever works. This is available on Amazon or at mass retailers like Target. We found ours at a consignment sale.
Day 28 – Recordable storybooks from Hallmark ($10 and up). Annie and Andy each have one of these and they love them! My dad recorded the story for them and I think this is a priceless gift. Annie loves turning the pages to hear Grandad talk. This is a great gift if you’re a grandparent and have a grandchild that doesn’t live close by….or even if they live 3 minutes away like mine! I think other people may sell them, but I mostly see these at Hallmark. At Christmas, you can get some good deals there!
Day 29 – MagnaDoodle ($16.99 from Amazon or other mass retailers). This has proven to be one of the best toys EVER. I remember playing with them all the time when I was little too. Annie and Andy both love this toy and it’s super to take on trips because it’s not messy! Three cheers for MagnaDoodles!
Day 30 – USA Pans ($15+). Seriously, these are the BEST pans I have ever used. EVER. I’ve been converting all my friends to these pans as well. Since they aren’t “cheap” I am buying one new one at a time, as I have the extra cash, and slowly replacing my pans for this better option.
Nothing sticks to these babies. You don’t have to grease them and everything just falls right out – even brownies. Made from aluminized steel and coated with Americoat. Americoat does not contain PTFE’s or PFOA’s.
Day 31 – Craft Supplies ($1+) at Dollar Tree and other craft stores. Annie and I LOVE when people give us this type of thing. Annie especially. Pick up items and make a craft basket for your friend – filled with their favorite supplies. This is a very personal gift and one that will really be appreciated.
Day 32 – Cuppow ($8.99 at Amazon or also available at Target…but I think they are more there). This thing turns any mason jar into a cup. I love having it on hand. As you know, I love my mason jars…great gift for the mason jar lover in your life. And everyone has one of those.
Day 33 – Mason Jar Drinking Cup ($8+) Target, CVS, and other stores. I use mine all. the. time. I love that it’s also easy to take on the go. I think mine is from Walgreens. Some have reported that these are on clearance at CVS.
Day 34 – Little House Paper Dolls ($10.25) or any other paper doll set. Annie got these for her birthday and they are super cute! She loves playing with any set of paper dolls. They don’t take up much space at all and are a nice quiet toy if you need one for church or a doctor’s office. It’s such a classic toy and any girl would enjoy them.
Day 35 – Bird Feeder + Seed ($10+) Check Lowes and other stores for clearance. Barry got me this last year for Christmas and I just love it! It’s good for anyone that enjoys being outdoors. Right now is the time to buy because lots of stores will have them on clearance! Make sure to include bird seed.
Day 36 – Little Tykes TBall Set ($15.99). Andy got this for his birthday and both kids love playing with it. I love that it’s able to hang on the wall in the garage, so it’s not out in the way when it’s not being used. We bought another one for a gift because the price is great.
Day 37 – Camelbak cup for kids ($11+). I bought one of these on the recommendation of you guys. And boy, were you right! This cup rocks! It doesn’t spill and it’s great for travel. Andy loves it. I’ve got in on Annie’s Christmas wish list.
Day 38 – Oster Immersion Blender ($23.99 but PRICE VARIES). I love this blender – it makes soups and blended drinks (like Bulletproof Coffee) so easy! Amazon is all over the board with pricing…some days it’s high and some lower. Mine is from Target and I paid $21 but that was several years ago. Good gift for the foodie in your life.
Day 39 – Crocheted Dish Rags ($3+) from Etsy or a local friend. These are the BEST EVER! I love mine and can hardly use other dish rags now.
I purchase locally from Es’s Craft Essentials.
Day 40 – King Arthur Whole Grain Cookbook ($22.79). Honestly – one of the best baking cookbooks of all time. I love the Easiest 100% Whole Wheat Bread recipe. Actually, all the recipes I’ve tried have been successful. Great gift for anyone who likes to bake or even a newlywed couple.
Day 41 – Rain Gauge ($12ish) at Amazon or Tractor Supply/mass retailers. We love our rain gauge. I don’t know why, but it’s cool to say “Yeah, it rained an inch.” Be cool like us and get a rain gauge.
Day 42 – Play Doh ($1+) from any mass retailer or online. You can make your own play doh, but really we just prefer the kind you can buy. It’s so soft and colorful. I can keep both my kids busy and happy with this – and Mama gets a shower. Everyone wins! Fabulous gift for any child.