25 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $25

The best high-impact, low-spend gifts to celebrate the season.
By Truc Nguyen
25 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $25

You don’t have to spend a million bucks to make someone feel like a million bucks—and these cute but affordable gift holiday gift picks prove it.

Jae Polgar

This stoneware incense holder doubles as a paperweight.

Arch incense holder, $25 each,

25 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $25

Northern Reflections

Tis the season for cute and cozy gifting! With a variety of adorable prints and colours, these winter socks will keep you and yours nice and warm whether you’re trekking through the snow or putting your feet up by a fire.

Cozy Winter Socks, $18.99,

25 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $25


Healing Through Words by Rupi Kaur

The Canadian poet’s latest book offers guided writing exercises and an opportunity for reflection, which we could all use before wrapping up the year.

Book, $20 (on sale),

The cover of a book with a line drawing of a seated woman with long hair

Joe Fresh

This sweet set from the brand’s latest collaboration with Jillian Harris is also available in toddler and kid sizes. 

JF x Jillian Harris women’s toque and mittens set, $24,

A matching knit toque and mitts set in white, each with a red heart

Northern Reflections

Give the gift of wardrobe essentials with these super-soft turtleneck tees. Perfect for layering on those chilly winter days, it’s the gift that will keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy all season long.

Turtleneck Solid Tee, $18,

25 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $25


Matcha Dive

This handmade bamboo whisk by Toronto-based Matcha Drive will take their morning matcha ritual to the next level.

Hundred prong hand-made bamboo whisk, $18,

A bamboo matcha whisk in a turquoise container


Beauty lovers will appreciate this masking set, which includes reusable silicone eye masks and a sampler of the Canadian skincare brand’s popular HydrExtreme serum.

Small But Mighty hydration kit, $24 (on sale),

A skincare set with a reusable face mask, reusable under-eye masks and a sample size of serume


Let them experience afternoon tea at The Empress—the Fairmont’s luxe Victoria, B.C location— in the comfort of their own home.  

Tea at The Empress tea, $24,

A navy blue box of tea bags


Agha Studio

These pretty soaps are handmade in Surrey, B.C. using natural ingredients like olive oil and activated charcoal.

Soap bars, $13 each,

Three bars of soap–one white, one black, one caramel coloured–in paper wrappers

Rita Van Tassel Studio

This crafty company from Lunenburg, NS, offers a number of DIY kits for kids, including this adorable felt hippo. 

DIY felt hand stitching kit, $23,

A felt grey hippoRita Van Tassel Studio


This hand cream and lip conditioner pair makes a great stocking stuffer or teacher present.

Thé des Vignes hand and lip duo, $14,

A small gift set containing a tube of hand cream and a tube of lip conditioner


Sephora Collection

Split up this collection of six mini nail polishes between your friends or keep them all to yourself.

Mini Color Hit nail polish set, $20,

An indigo blue gift pack of six miniature nail polish bottles

Canada’s Best New Cookbook

This new release includes recipes and stories from notable chefs and restaurants across Canada. 

Book, $25 (on sale),

A cookbook with a blue and red illustrated cover featuring a plate and fork and knife


These elegant, flower-shaped earrings are available in two different hues–moss green, shown here, and pink. 

Retro flower hoops, $12,

A woman wearing a pair of black earrings in the shape of flowers



With notes of juniper, rose and hibiscus, this non-alcoholic gin is the perfect gift for mocktail enthusiasts. 

Pink Rose non-alcoholic gin, $25,

A bottle of pink non-alcoholic liquour.


Keep things fresh with these vibrant reusable beeswax wraps, handmade in Victoria, B.C.  

Beeswax food wrap, $12,

A package of wax food wrap with a mushroom print on it


Artisanal chocolates are always a good gift idea, especially when they’re made with oat milk (a.k.a. everyone’s favourite non-dairy option). 

Oat Milq chocolate, $13,

a chocolate bar with an illustration of a girl with brown hair on it


Rosewood Estates Winery

This affordable, semi-sweet mead is made with the winery’s own wildflower honey. 

2019 Mead Royale, $20,

A green glass bottle of mead


Scented with notes of bergamot, rose and leather, these 9-inch taper candles will make any room feel more cozy. 

Candlesticks, $23 for pack of three,

Three creamy taper candles, one twisted and two plain.


These socks, from Uniqlo’s latest collaboration with Japanese womenswear designer Mame Kurogouchi, are sleek and warm.   

Mame Kurogouchi Heattech knee high socks, $15,

Two pairs of knee socks, one white and one a mustardy-gold


Old Navy

A cozy plaid scarf is a timeless winter essential. 

Patterned scarf, $23,

A plush red, orange and white plaid scarf.


Help them stay warm and stylish in the city or on the slopes with a ribbed-knit hood. 

Ribbed balaclava, $20,

A knit cream hood.

Eco Kids

Made with organic fruit and vegetable extracts, these paints are safe for artists of all ages. Finger paints, $24,

A gift set of four tubs of finger paint.



This kid’s toque with oversized pom-pom “ears” is the cutest.

Olivia rib toque, $24,

A black knit kid's hat with two pom pom ears


Give the gift of flowers with this gorgeous candle, which  smells like magnolia, lilac and jasmine.

Flower Market candle, $25,

A white candle in a glass jar with a mauve label