Looking to fill up those stockings with some fun, funny, and sometimes functional little items? We’ve got you covered, with a bunch of great gift ideas that all cost under $25 and are small enough to stuff into those oversize socks you’ve got hanging over the fireplace.
THE BEST Gifts
Do you or someone you care about love wine? The worst-kept secret of oenophiles is that good wine doesn’t need to be expensive. For less than $6 a bottle, Wine Insiders will ship a selection of 12 to 15 bottles of you or your gift recipient’s favorite types of wine. Buyers will receive a code they can redeem for their wine.
Karakuri is the Japanese art of making papercraft automata. Originally published in Japan by artist and “paper engineer” Keisuke Saka, this book is filled with designs for fourteen different Karakuri models, including a tea-serving robot and a penguin on an iceberg that moves when you turn its crank. Best for ages 13+.
Do you love roller coasters? The guys at CoasterDynamix make teeny models of virtual thrill rides for your desk or bookshelf. They come in a variety of designs, including traditional, looped, and adventure-themed rides, each sold as an easy-to-build kit. Find more variants here.
Do you or your kids digging into your piggy bank and take money out too often? The Lusen safe will help you resist that temptation, because it has no openings other than its money slot. This stainless steel cube must be cut open with power tools if you ever need to get money out. Measures 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″.
Show your love for the classic VW microbus with this cast metal organizer from Troika. It’s based on the 1962 VW T1 Samba Bus, and offers storage for paperclips, business cards, pens, and other small office supplies. Its top works as a magnetic paperclip holder, and its pull-back friction mechanism lets it roll across your desktop.
This colorful, challenging, and unique 540-piece jigsaw puzzle from Uncommon Goods features a gradient field of color that wraps around a spherical surface. Its pieces are made from plastic which ensures they hold together firmly, and the finished globe measures 8.66″ in diameter.
Rolls-Royce makes the most elegant cars in the world. Authors Simon Van Booy and Harvey Briggs and photographer Mariona Vilarós take an insider’s tour of the factory where each Rolls is built by hand. The 296-page book incorporates elements of the UK automaker’s heritage, including vintage design sketches and assembly line photos.
Ever try to get a tablespoon to fit into the top of an olive jar? Cocktail Kingdom solves the common bartender complaint thanks to Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual. Meehan’s Mixology Measuring Spoons offer a narrower, arrow-shaped motif – plus Imperial and Metric measurements – on six stainless spoons.
Was somebody on your list naughty this year? Insist that they clean up their act with Duke Cannon’s 10oz. bar of black soap. It’s formulated with activated charcoal for its cleansing properties and scented with black pepper and bergamot. We suggest pairing it with the Tactical Scrubber to really scour away misbehaviour.
Between the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit and quarantining, there’s no better time to improve your chess game. This chess set from Showcase Plastics has a 12″ x 12″cast acrylic board with LED lighting. It’s available in a choice a variety colors for each side of the board, and includes a set of laser-cut acrylic chess pieces.
The sizes of regular measuring cups aren’t always obvious. But these clever cups from Welcome Industries are far more intuitive. Each cup is shaped like the fractional amount that it represents, so a 1/2-cup really is a half of a cup, and so forth. Made from durable, BPA-free Tritan, and includes 1/4-cup, 1/3-cup, 1/2-cup, and 1-cup sizes.
Pilgrim Soul’s unique journal is designed to stimulate creative thought with more than 50 fun exercises to loosen up your brain. Its creators say it’s best used when you’re high, which could also make your ideas a whole lot funnier too. The next time your boss wants to do a “brainstorming” session, whip out a stack of these.
Working from home doesn’t seem to have reduced the number of unnecessary work meetings. If you’re spending way more time on Zoom calls than you should be, then you need this mug from artist Will Bryant. The 14oz. diner mug says “I Survived Another Meeting” on one side, and “That Should Have Been an Email” on the other.
Do you find yourself vegging out on the couch too much? Tayto won’t judge! This jumbo couch potato is happy to hang out with you while you lounge. This huggable tuber measures about 13″ tall, and is filled with soft and squeezy polyester stuffing. Just don’t give in to the temptation to slather him in butter and sour cream.
Celebrate your love for the holiday classic A Christmas Story with Funko’s official card game. You’ll triple-dog-dare players to trade presents like the Little Orphan Annie secret decoder pin, a toy fire engine, and the infamous pink bunny suit while trying to avoid Scut Farkus and his little toady pal.
These pentagonal playthings have neodymium magnets along their edges, letting you assemble them into a variety of shapes, including a dodecahedron. Each set comes with 12 pentagons, and the more kits you buy, the more complex the objects can get. They come in Slate, Cobalt, Aqua, and Lava.
Never go digging around your utensil drawer for a specific bar tool again. This kit packs in five stainless steel tools including a strainer, citrus zester, bottle opener, stirring stick, jigger, and bar knife, along with a plastic storage caddy. Makes a great gift for cocktail lovers.
One of the many things we love about The Mandalorian is how they show concept art in the closing credits. This 256-page hardcover book lets you give some of these images a more permanent home. The book is packed with art and sketches, along with interviews with the cast, crew, and creative team behind the Disney+ series.
Celebrate your love for food and rock music with this 96-page cookbook filled with recipes inspired by rock music. The book features pun-worthy meals like ZZ Chop (Sharp-Dressed Lamb), Ramenstein (Du Hast Pork), and Fleetwood Mac & Cheese (You Can Cook Your Own Way), with fun illustrations from thirty great artists.
This adorable Baby Yoda Desktop Light will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf and will bring a bit of the Light Side into your life on days when you’re feeling like giving in to the Dark Side of the Force. Rather than running on Midi-chlorians, this cute but powerful being gets its energy from a couple of AAA batteries.
Look! Up on your wall! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an organizer shelf! Artori Design’s playful superhero shelf doubles as a piece of wall art. In addition to providing space on top for small items like watches, phones, and wallets, Supes’ extended arm and cape provide spots to hang keys or other stuff. Measures 16.5″w x 4.5″h.
You might not think it’s a good idea to clean your plates by wiping them down with more food, but these sponges from Fred suggest otherwise. There’s the The Breakfast Scrub if you love bacon, eggs, and pancakes, while the Washabi sponge set is for sushi lovers. Sold in sets of three.