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11 Smart Gifts $25 and Under

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Thoughtful, useful gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money. Whether you’re delighting friends and family with small indulgences or making their lives better with practical gadgets, these under-$25 gifts are a pleasure to both give and get.

1. MAXONAR PORTABLE IPHONE FAN; $12

One of the few things your smartphone can't do is cool you down. This gadget to the rescue: It's a clip-on high-speed fan you can aim at yourself at an outdoor concert, while hiking, or on a sweltering subway platform.

Find It: Amazon

2. ANKER POWERCORE+ MINI LIPSTICK-SIZED CHARGER; $20

Anker PowerCore+ mini Lipstick-Sized Charger
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Few things are worse than a dead phone. Save your friends from that predicament with this lipstick-sized charger, which holds one full iPhone 6 charge (and about one charge for most other phones). Available in five different colors, it's easy to slip into a purse or bag, and can be recharged with the included Micro USB cable.

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3. FRED MANATEA SILICONE TEA INFUSER; $10

Fred MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser
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Add a little joy to your loved one's morning ritual with this MANATEA infuser, constructed of food-safe silicone. Since it perches cutely on the edge of the cup, they won't have to worry about fishing it out with their fingers. If manatees aren't your thing for some reason (too adorable? too gray?), the same company offers a variety of other nautical infusers, including a deep sea diver, an octopus, and the "TEATANIC."

Find It: Amazon

4. RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS GLOWING COASTER SET; $20

Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set
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Impress the chemistry geek in your life with these pressure-sensitive coasters featuring radioactive elements, which light up when you put your drink on them. Each one in the set of four features the atomic number and isotopic mass of the most stable or common isotope of the respective element. Batteries are included.

Find It: Amazon

5. LIBRARY CARD ART PRINT; $12

Library Card Art Print
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Pay tribute to your favorite reader's favorite book with one of these old-fashioned library card prints, each featuring the Dewey Decimal System number, title, author's name, and first and last lines of a treasured classic—whether it's Tolstoy or Anne of Green Gables. Choose from two sizes (5x7 or 8x10) and a wide variety of titles (or customize with your own).

Find It: Etsy

6. CERAMIC HEDGEHOG PLANTER; $15

Ceramic Hedgehog Planter
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It's not every day you find a planter pretty enough to be given as a gift, but the gold accents on this hedgehog make him feel extra special. For extra fun, fill it with succulents or air plants (bonus: hard to kill!) before gifting.

Find It: Plum & Punch

7. PUBLIC DOMAIN REVIEW FINE ART PRINT; PRICES VARY

Louis Renard’s "Fish," Folio 4
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One of the most interesting history sites on the web also has a gift shop featuring prints of public domain images, drawn from the pages of natural history, travel, ethnography, and other types of fascinating books. (This one is Louis Renard’s Fish, Folio 4, from 1719—the earliest color publication on fish.) Prices vary, but many are around $25 and can be ordered with one of an assortment of frames for an additional fee.

Find It: Public Domain Review

8. PRE DE PROVENCE BUTTERFLY SOAP GIFT SET; $12

Pre de Provence butterfly soap gift set
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Soaps are an easy hit: Most people like to smell good. This pack of seven pretty shea butter-enriched guest soaps includes familiar favorites like lavender and rose, as well as more distinctive fragrances including sage and starflower. The slightly nubby texture gives them a rustic, hand-made feel that will look beautiful in a bathroom, and the scents will linger.

Find It: Pré de Provence

9. PURE VERMONT ORGANIC MAPLE SUGAR CANDY; $25

Mount Mansfield Maple Products candy
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Food purists won't be able to quibble with these: The only ingredient is pure certified organic Vermont maple syrup, formed into the shape of a maple leaf and coated with concentrated, crystallized syrup to keep it fresh. Straight from the people at Mount Mansfield Maple Products in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains, the candy is packaged in an elegant black-and-gold box and will last for 10 weeks on the shelf—assuming the giftee doesn't eat it all.

Find It: Amazon

10. CAPABUNGA REUSABLE WINE SEALERS; $13

CapaBunga Reusable Wine Sealers
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Store leftover wine without fear (even on its side) with these caps made of 100 percent silicone, which provides an airtight seal. Each cap in the set features "cheers" in a different language: "Cheers," "Prost," "Santé," and "Salut." Give it to your favorite vino-lover—one who also knows how to practice a little self-control.

Find It: Amazon

11. RAW HONEY SAMPLER; $18

Raw Honey Sampler
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Who wouldn't love these little luxuries? Eight varieties of pure raw honey, including seasonal harvests and herb-infused treats, straight from a family-run farm in Central Ohio. Aside from being tasty, raw honey is known for a host of healing benefits, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antibacterial properties.

Find It: Etsy

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Wrap yourself up in one of these quirky blankets.

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1. STAR WARS; $20.99

Star Wars blanket

This 45-by-60 inch polyester throw—which features a storm trooper, Yoda, R2-D2, and Darth Vader—is the perfect blanket for the young Jedi in your life.

Find It: Amazon

2. POCKET BLANKET; $30

Despite being 63 inches long, this blanket can be folded up to fit in the palm of your hand—making it great for impromptu picnics and beach hangs. It’s water-repellent and puncture-proof to keep you safe from whatever twigs or puddles lie underneath.

Find It: Amazon

3. BLAH BLAH BLAH; $199.99

Curl up with this Scottish lambswool blanket and tune out the world. The woven blanket is covered in connected “blahs” that honor the times you just stop paying attention. It’s also reversible: One side is white and the other black.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

4. TORTILLA BABY BLANKET SET; $48

Make yourself a little baby burrito with this clever tortilla-themed swaddling blanket and hat.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. ALICE IN WONDERLAND PAGE; $75

Before you get wrapped up in a good novel, wrap yourself up in this book blanket. This literary throw features Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland along with a passage from the title. It’s made with cotton and acrylic yarn so it has a little stretch.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. HARRY POTTER MARAUDER'S MAP; $34.62

Solemnly swear you are up to no good while wrapped in this blanket that resembles the Marauder’s Map that made its debut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Luckily, you don’t need a wand or secret password for it to work.

Find It: Amazon

7. TARDIS; $29.95

This fleece blanket is shaped like the TARDIS from the beloved television show Doctor Who. It will go great with your TARDIS slippers, pajama pants, and mug.

Find It: Amazon

8. PERIODIC TABLE; $89.25

period table blanket

How many times have you desperately needed to consult the periodic table in the middle of the night but had no way of doing so? Probably never, but you still might need this science-inspired throw. It’s 75 percent cotton and 25 percent polyester and promises to keep you warmer than an exothermic reaction.

Find It: Zazzle

9. WESTEROS; $34.99

Westeros blanket

Sleep under a map of the Seven Kingdoms (plus Braavos, the Flatlands, and more from across the Narrow Sea) from Game of Thrones. The polyester throw is perfect for staying warm while watching HBO (or planning an invasion).

Find It: Amazon

10. SPACE INVADERS; $33.97

This officially licensed fleece blanket is dedicated to the classic arcade game Space Invaders. It's delightfully retro and will look great next to your old Atari.

Find It: Amazon

11. STAR TREK; $17

Let the Enterprise shuttle you to sleep with this officially licensed polyester blanket. The print is only on one side, with a white underside.

Find It: Amazon

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