Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Holiday 2009 Gift Guide: Gifts Under $25

If you’re looking for an affordable gift or one to add to your recipient’s pile, I find the under $25 category to be pretty fruitful.  (If we’re being honest, if your budget is under $30, it opens even more doors for you!)  Many gift and value sets range in the upper $20s to upper $30s, but don’t forget — you can always buy one really awesome full-sized product for under $25 from most brands.

What are some of your favorite gifts under $25?

Buy Full-Size! If you know your gift recipient just loves X lipstick, it might not be a bad idea to help them stock up.  Consider lipgloss, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, or nail polish–so many shades to choose from!

China Glaze Wizard of Ooh Ahz Set ($18.00) is a great way to add a little dazzle to nails on a budget.

Philosophy’s The Recipe Box Set ($18.00) is a good option if you’re on a slimmer budget (or you just have a lot of friends and would like to spread the love a bit more). It’s a cute little set in a gift-ready box and red bow tied on top. It contains two 6 oz. shower gels: Sweet Creamy Frosting and Red Velvet Cake. It is available at, Nordstrom,, and Sephora.

Korres Cherry Lip Kisses ($19.50) is a trio of Korres’ Cherry Oil Lipgloss (includes Fuchsia, Natural Purple, and Nude shades). These are fun glosses, and when they’re available in a set? Totally worth it! You can pick this set up at (save 30% on $35 or more with code TEMPTALIA til 12/31!) and Sephora. Korres has a lot of value-packed sets available for holiday as well as year-round (nothing wrong with giving one of those, y’know), so if you’re thinking about giving the gift of Korres this holiday season, there’s a good variety of sets to choose from.

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Philosophy’s “A Kiss and a Wish” Set ($15.00) is a cute, easy-to-give gift that’s compact and affordable. It includes four miniature lip shines in the following scents: Raspberry Sorbet, Red Licorice, Pink Bubbly, and Candy Cane. You can find this set at Nordstrom,, and Sephora

Godiva Candles ($22.50 for 7 oz.) have some very aromatic scents that burn for apporixmately sixty hours. I don’t burn candles religiously, but I really love receiving them as gifts, because they’re something I do enjoy but don’t always feel compelled to actually purchase (though that’s been changing, ha!).

Philosophy Shower Gels ($16.00) come in a variety of scents, so you can easily personalize your gift for each person on your list. I adore these, and I practically collect them (though I use them!).

L’Occitane Try Me Shea Set ($15.00) includes several trial sizes of their Shea collection, including Shower Cream, Body Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner, Face Soap, and Hand Cream, all in a little pouch.

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3 thoughts on “Holiday 2009 Gift Guide: Gifts Under $25

  1. Kiran

    Do you know where the China Glaze Wizard of Ooh Az set can be purchased in Canada?

    Thanks xx

  2. K

    Unfortunately, none of those really work for the people I’m shopping for. :o( Especially not my dad and little brother. lol