Gift Guide

Gifts for $25 and Under

Want to celebrate someone without having to take out a second mortgage? We've got great options that won't break the bank.

By Denise Castañon

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

Whatever the occasion: anniversary, birthday, bestie acknowledgement, treating yourself—there are times when you need something to say "yay" without the outlay. For the times when your bank account is on the lean side, but your love is boundless, opt for one of these thoughtful, budget-friendly choices. Bonus: We’ve included picks made right here in Portland.

Candle Holders, Whiskey + Wine Local

$20

These two-toned, speckled, taper candle holders are made right here in Portland—level up and get yourself some matching trays too. 

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Kinto Unitea Unimug, Cargo Local

$20

Image: Cargo

Watch as loose-leaf tea blooms in this lovely glass mug with an ingenious strainer housed in the cap. Bonus: It can go in the microwave and dishwasher, and comes in several soothing color options. 

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Krakatoa Chili Bowl, Tropical Salvage Local

$3-5

Grab four of these simple, wooden bowls for a budget-friendly housewarming gift that will set you back $20, at most. Food-safe and sustainably made, there are so many uses for these handsome little bowls; they can hold everything from small portions of stew to condiments to taco bar toppings—even rings and earrings. 

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Seekers/Finders Mountain Sunrise Tote Bag, Tender Loving Empire Local

$15

Even the hardiest of outdoor adventurers can’t live on MREs alone. This boldly colored reusable bag will remind them of time spent in the wilderness—even while waiting in the grocery checkout line. 

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A Tea Leaf Monstera Adansonii Earrings, Potted in Portland Local

$22

Plant lovers with a brown thumb will be thrilled to receive these lightweight, dangling, monstera-leaf earrings fashioned right here in Portland from raw brass and featuring gold-plated ear wires. All components are also nickel- and lead-free.  

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RX Letterpress OMFG What Can’t You Do mug, Crafty Wonderland Local

$20

For that friend who is a model of perfection, which should be annoying but somehow isn’t because they are just that good. Or, you know, to remind yourself of just how great you are. What you can't do is pass up this mug, people. 

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Microcosm Publishing Artisan Journal, Union Rose Local

$16

Image: Union Rose

From shopping lists to light-bulb moments, this leather-bound journal can capture it all. But sweet details like floral print on the trim lines and a ribbon place holder might lead your giftee to use it as a special diary to record those innermost thoughts. 

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