The Holiday Hat: Gifts Ideas Under $25

For holiday teacher gifts this year, we are going to give personalized notes along with a sweet-scented gift. I am going to pick out something from Philosophy’s Holiday Gifts Under $25 list. I am leaning towards the Cinnamon Buns Ornament – it’s only $6 and this is truly one of their best scents for the holidays. Not to mention, the packaging is adorable.

A hand-written card is always a great way to go. Especially if you’re giving something a little “less formal” – like a gift card. For our team appreciation event at W Scottsdale (seen here), I purchased holiday cards from Target, slipped in a $15 Starbucks gift card and wrote each person a note from our heart.

If you’re looking for additional ways to save this season, or you’re like me – and love to give extra “little” things to the ones you love – below is a list I put together of gifts ideas under $25.

25 Gift Ideas Under $25

1. Personalized memory game by Pinholepress- $19
2. French Bulldog Coin Bank – $18
3. Candy Cane Salt Sugar Scrub by Philosophy – $25
4. Whiskey Stones for the particular drinker – $19.95
5. Pretty iPhone case from Anthropologie – $24
6. Super-chic Passport & Luggage set from Z Gallerie – $19
7. Table Topics, always a present-stealer at work gift exchanges – $20
8. Verve Champagne Flute by Crate & Barrel – $12.95
9. Chloé Eau de Parfum miniature duo – $18
10. Elf of a Shelf DVD at Target – $9.95
11. Neiman Marcus ’40 Lane Peanut Brittle’ – $25
12. Owl Kitchen Timers, very retro and cute! – $8
13. Face plates for the kids (we have this and love) – $10
14. Personalized holiday labels to put on your homemade gift – $12
15. Pins and Needles Pinwheel Gloves – $20
15. Suri’s burn book (for the girl with a sense of humor) – $12
16. Alphabet mugs at Pottery Barn – $10
17. Domino: The Book of Decorating – $20
18. Golf ball personalizer – $22
19. Watch me Melt Snowman (for the kids or kid in you) – $15
20. Cranberry Infinity Pashmina – $10
21. OPI Tinsel Town Set – $19.50
22. One Hope Bottle of Wine (50% goes to charity) – $19
23. Dylan’s Candy Bar Holiday Hot Cocoa Set – $20
24. Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof cookbook $20
25. William-Sonoma Soap & Hand Lotion Set – $29.99 (close enough)
One more … Cheryl’s cookies is a bit over the $25 range, but way too delicious to pass up- $44. My aunt just sent us some of these cookies and they are pretty amazing. And that is not just my 39 week pregnant self talking.

Don’t forget about Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012 List – it’s on Sunday, November 18th. You’ll get a lot of great holiday gift ideas, I’m sure of it.

The Creative Hat: Design Sponge at Home

My girlfriend, Britany, bought me this charming book for my birthday. It’s a great read for those fabulous designers, bloggers, a DIY-ers that you have in your life. Design Sponge at Home is a book written by blogger extraordinaire, Grace Bonney. A blogger turned book author? I swoon.

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, the most popular single-site design blog to-date. Thank you to my interior-designing friend, Britany Simon for introducing me to a wonderful decor book. There are so many clever DIY projects that I must try.