Chowhound Gift Guide 2019: Under-$25 Gifts You Can Still Order on Amazon


crab spoon holder (best under-$25 gifts on Amazon Prime)

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping? Once upon a time, you would have needed to head to your local mall and battle the crowds to purchase last-minute gifts, but now, Amazons 2-day Prime shipping lets you order amazing presents right from your couch.

No matter who youre shopping for, youre sure to find the perfect present for them on Amazon, and as an added bonus, there are many fun products for $25 or less.

Related Reading: 15 Under-$15 Gifts for the Food Lover on Your List

We scoured the online retailer for the best, most highly-rated products available (all of which include Prime shipping). Here are our favorite budget-friendly gifts for everyone on your list:

Best Overall

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, $15.99


Amazon has a number of products with cult-followings, and one of them is this cute essential oil diffuser. The little gadget has more than 25,000 5-star reviewsthats 25,000 reasons that the URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser would make an ideal gift.

This diffuser releases a soothing cool mist for up to six hours per fill, and it operates silently so you wont even know its on. You can add a few drops of essential oils to make your home smell wonderful (and potentially help relieve stress), and there are also seven light-up colors to choose from for a soothing ambience.

Reviewers call the product delightful, writing things like, Need a gift idea for the person who has it all? Get them this, with some peppermint, lavender, and lemon essential oils, and they will thank you for years to come! Buy Now

Best Under $10

Wreck This Journal Everywhere, $9


If youre looking for an inexpensive gift, one of your best options is Wreck This Journal Everywhere, a fun little journal thats filled with artistic prompts. This version of the popular product Wreck This Journal encourages you to fill out the book as you go about your daily activities. It includes projects such as collecting man-made and natural objects, writing down what you see, drawing, doodling, and more.

Wreck This Journal Everywhere is just 6 inches tall, so its easy to stash in your pocket or purse. Some of the prompts are things like, Find 10 small items and glue them to this page, and Make a mark every time you spot a bird. Overall, its a great gift (just ask the happy reviewers), as it will encourage the recipient to be a little more engaged in their everyday life. (Its currently out of stock on Amazon except for through third party sellers, but the original Wreck This Journal is $9.59 and available for Prime shipping now.)

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Best Under $20

Crab Spoon Holder & Steam Releaser, $15.90


Looking for a little item to stuff in someones stocking? This Crab Spoon Holder is the perfect petite present. The silicone crab sits on the edge of a pot or pan while youre cooking, and his legs are raised above his head to hold your wooden spoon. He can also be used to prop open a lid to release steam. What can we say? Hes a versatile little guy.Buy Now

Best for Teens

Money Maze Puzzle Box, $9.90


Lets be honest: Teens probably appreciate money more than any other gift. However, thats not to say you cant make them work for it! The Money Maze Puzzle Box has a compartment in the center where you can place a few dollar bills, but the recipient will have to solve the 3D maze before they can open it.

The 3-inch cube features a maze that wraps around all its sides, and you have to position the inner ball properly in order to open the inner compartment. Reviewers say its just hard enough to be a little frustrating. Most teens can solve in it 30 minutes or so, and its a fun way to switch things up during the holidays. Buy Now

Best for Coffee Lovers

Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Container, $20.99


We all know someone who cant live without their coffee, and theyre sure to appreciate the Coffee Gator. This stainless steel container is specially designed to hold coffee beans. Its airtight design keeps oxygen out of the coffee, yet allows carbon dioxide to escape for optimal freshness. The lid even has a calendar wheel on top to help you keep track of the purchase date.

The Coffee Gator comes in seven colors, and each kit includes a glass travel jar and measuring scoop, as well. The container has thousands of positive reviews from people who call it the most awesome coffee-lover gift ever! Buy Now

Best for Tea Lovers

Solid Bamboo Tea Box, $24.95


If tea is your recipients drink of choice, theyll love this beautiful tea box, which includes a variety of useful features. The box is made from bamboo wood, and it has a self-standing magnetic locking lid with a glass window that keeps out dust and moisture. It has eight storage sections that can hold up to 126 tea bags, as well as a hidden drawer underneath where you can store spoons or other tea accessories.

The tea compartments are deep enough that you can stand up tea bags if desired, and people say its a worthwhile purchase either for yourself or as a gift. Buy Now

Best for Home Bars

The Original BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass, $19.99


The BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass is a cool, affordable item thats sure to wow anyone with a home bar. This unique piece of glassware features a real .308 bullet embedded in the side. The glass can hold 11-ounces of liquid, and it would make a great addition to any home bar.

Reviewers love the BenShot Bullet Glasses, writing that its a clever idea and makes an unbeatable gift for men: I bought a pair of these as a Christmas present for my brother-in-law. They were an absolute hithe LOVED them. Buy Now

Best for Cocktail Enthusiasts

Cocktail Shaker Bar Set with Accessories, $16.95


This Cocktail Shaker Bar Set is ideal for any at-home mixologists. The 24-ounce shaker is made from stainless steel and has an attractive mirror finish. It comes with a twisted bar spoon to help stir drinks, as well as a jigger, and cocktail recipe bookleteverything you need to make delicious cocktails like margaritas, cosmopolitans, and more.

The set is appropriate for both novice and experienced mixologists. Several reviewers who have worked as bartenders say the equipment is great quality for the price, and overall, buyers are extremely happy with this product. Buy Now

Best for Green Thumbs

Spade to Fork Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit, $23.97

Spade to Fork Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit


Anyone who loves gardening will enjoy growing their own herbs indoors with this kit. The highly-rated product includes the items you need to grow five herbs from seed. Youll get seeds for basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme, as well as compostable pots for each, soil discs, plant markers, and a comprehensive instruction booklet (it even has QR codes that take you to instructional videos).

The family owned brand sources seeds from their 40-acre farm in Oregon and claims they are certified organic and non-GMO; the soil and pots are organic as well. Buy Now

Best for Self-Care

Organic & Natural Bath Bombs Set, $24.69


Who doesnt need a little bit of self-care in their life? This set of 24 bath bombs would make a bomb gift, encouraging the recipient to relax a little bit during the hectic holiday season. The bath bombs are made from natural, organic ingredients like grape seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, and they come in six fun colors and a variety of scents.

These bath bombs help to nourish the skin, and reviewers call them small but mighty, writing that they break down nicely and smell great, yet dont make a mess of the bathtub. Plus, several note that the packaging is cuteperfect for gifting.

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Best Decor

Creative Co-op Eat Here Retro Tin Sign, $17.92


This retro-style sign would look cute in any kitchen. The metal design is in the style of 1950s Americana, and it features a red arrow around the words Eat Here. The bottom part of the arrow reads, Its cheap and homemadeperfect for any avid home cook. Plus, reviewers say its lightweight and well-made, especially for the price.Buy Now

Best Cookbook

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, $20.99


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat is a must-have cookbook for every home cook. This popular book is filled with useful lessons and information that will improve anyones cooking skills, helping them become more confident in the kitchen.

It includes 100 essential recipes, as well as illustrations and infographics, and reviewers say its the best text about cooking Ive ever read. Its both logical and fun so the lessons will stick. Buy Now

Best Appliance

Dash Mini Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker, $14.99


Many small appliances are quite pricey, but not this waffle maker. The Dash Mini Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker is a sweet, affordable gift to give to your loved ones this holiday season. The appliance makes heart-shaped miniature waffles in minutes, and its compact enough that its not inconvenient to store.

Keep in mind that this waffle-maker is truly miniits only a few inches across! However, it can also be used to make hash browns and panini, making it a versatile addition to any kitchen. Buy Now

See all our favorite gourmet food and drink gifts for 2019.

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