10 Thoughtful Gifts Under $25

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Whether you’re searching for last-minute gifts, in need of a few stocking stuffers, or just frugal and proud of it, let our guide to gifts under $25 help you find the right surprises for everyone on your list.

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1. Good + Well Supply Co. National Park Candle

Good + Well Supply Co National Park candle in Redwood
Good + Well Supply Co.

Now you can share the beauty of our national parks in candle form: Good + Well Supply Co. has created 20 evocative scents that will stir your sense of adventure. Try Acadia’s sea salt, dunes, and driftwood, Olympic’s red cedar, oak moss, and earth, Rocky Mountain’s juniper berry, peppercorn, and spices, and more luscious fragrances.

Find It at Good & Well Supply Co. for $24 and also at these other retailers:

2. Stirrings Craft Cocktail Bar Ingredient Set

Stirrings craft cocktail bar ingredient set
Patrick Gibbons

Your giftee can craft pro-quality cocktails with this trio of tasty mixers. The set includes 12-ounce bottles of blood orange bitters, simple syrup, and authentic grenadine for making manhattans, whiskey sours, tequila sunrises, and more (recipes are right on the labels).

Find it at Stirrings for $15.

3. The Public Domain Review Selected Essays, Vol. V

Public Domain Review Selected Essays Vol. 5 jacket image
Public Domain Review

With a cover drawn from a lithograph by 19th-century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, this 208-page illustrated collection brings together essays about narcoleptic walruses, witches, death masks, and other obscure topics, all inspired by works in the public domain. Volumes I through IV are also available and just as thought-provoking.

Find It at Public Domain Review for $20.

4. Kuhn Rikon Click n’ Curl Spiralizer Set

Kuhn Rikon click n' curl spiralizer on Amazon
Amazon

This space-saving kitchen gadget will help your giftee keep a New Year’s resolution to eat fewer carbs. Pick a peeler—toothed blade for spirals, smooth blade for ribbons—and snap on the large or small cone. Then, just twist a chosen veggie (we tried zucchinis) against the cone to make veggie noodles or ribbons for salads, stir-frys, and more.

Find It at Amazon for $18.

5. Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans

Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans from Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly

Harry Potter’s fave candy makes a perfect stocking stuffer—but beware of the truly gross flavors mingling with the standard sweets. Among the tutti-frutti, watermelon, and cherry beans, you might find those redolent of earwax, dirt, or vomit. Delicious!

Find It at Jelly Belly for $3 and up.

6. Hubble Space Telescope 2019 Wall Calendar

Hubble Space Telescope 2019 wall calendar on Amazon
Amazon

Time and space come together in this wall calendar, which features actual images snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope far beyond Earth's orbit. The 16-month layout includes 12 incredible photos of the Bubble Nebula, Jupiter’s moon Io passing in front of the planet, the birth of a star in the constellation Cygnus, a swirling pair of interacting galaxies, and many more.

Find It at Amazon for $12 and also at these other retailers:

7. Creature Cups Lobster Mug

Creature Cups lobster mug on Etsy
Creature Cups

Filled with coffee or hot cocoa, this glazed, handmade mug might look like others from your kitchen cabinet. As you drink the beverage, a double-clawed lobster appears out of the murk. Other colors and creatures—including manatees, spiders, unicorns, and French bulldogs—are also available, and each is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

Find It at Etsy for $18.

8. Rifle Paper Co. Art Prints

Rifle Paper Co. art print by Ann Bond
Rifle Paper Co.

Know someone who’s redecorating, or a friend who just moved apartments? Rifle Paper Co.’s affordable art prints make great housewarming-slash-holiday gifts. Based on original paintings from artist Anna Bond, the collection includes a series for virtually anyone on your list: favorite cities, floral designs, reimagined vintage travel posters, birds, inspirational quotes from great thinkers, and much more, all illustrated in Bond’s colorful style.

Find It at Rifle Paper Co. for $24 each.

9. Effin’ Birds Playing Cards

Effin' Birds poker deck playing cards
Effin' Birds

Audubon probably never pictured his painting of an Eastern bluebird chirping “Keep it in your pants,” nor did ornithologist Thomas Bewick imagine his regal hawk calling out “Eat farts!” from on high. Effin’ Birds features those mashups (plus many with more profane sayings) in this delightfully coarse poker deck.

Find It at effinbirds.com for $20.

10. Native Union Belt Cable

Native Union BELT charging cable
Native Union

Hate tangled cords? This stylish 4-foot charging cable loops up neatly in its integrated leather belt, so your gift recipient will never have to undo snarls. The BELT cable is available in a variety of earthy tones for Apple Lightning (marine, taupe, zebra, cosmos, and rose) and USB-C (zebra, marine, and taupe).

Find It at Amazon for $25 and also at these other retailers:

This Automated Tea Machine Brews Tea Bags and Loose Leaves With the Convenience of a Keurig

BRÜ
BRÜ

The convenience of Keurigs has changed the way people get their morning coffee, but for tea drinkers, the options have been far more limited. Though companies have released their teas in K-cup pods, you’re usually beholden to a more limited selection in terms of flavor variety and leaf type. The BRÜ is looking to change that by giving tea drinkers an automated brewing machine that allows for full customization, like temperature control, cup size, and the option to actually choose from your favorite loose-leaf teas and bags. With more than $180,000 in pledges raised already, the BRÜ has shattered its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter. But you can still get your own machine for just $95 by heading here before the campaign ends on November 1.

The BRÜ looks just like a Keurig in many ways—there’s the water tank, the familiar spout, and the drip tray. But with this machine, you're in control of far more. If you want a small cup of strong, bagged green tea, it's just a few button presses away. If your friend then wants a weaker glass of loose-leaf white tea that's not too hot, it can be ready in minutes, all without the hassle of dealing with a traditional kettle. With its stretch goals already reached, the company is even working on a setting for cold tea, which will brew a small but concentrated cup of hot tea, then dispense chilled water on top of it.

If you act fast (like fast, fast) you can still score the $95 BRÜ package, along with a glass mug. The next tier starts at $115 and includes a similar haul, but this time it’s for the BRÜ+ machine, which the company says dispenses the water in a way that actually cleans the tea chamber after each cup.

The BRÜ won’t be available for the holidays, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift this Christmas, you’ll receive a gift card voucher. Orders are expected to start going out for delivery in April 2020. For more information, head to the BRÜ Kickstarter page, where you can become a backer until November 1.

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11 Amazing Gifts for the Beer Geek in Your Life

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ValentynVolkov/iStock via Getty Images

Whether you're picking out a gift for the beer lover in your life or just want to grab something for yourself, you're going to want to do better than the same old “Will Work for Beer” T-shirt that you've seen a million times before. That's exactly why we compiled a list of the best beer-related artwork, books, and accessories to complement your love of suds.

1. The Very Many Varieties of Beer; $40

PopChart Labs's Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer Poster.
Pop Chart Lab/Amazon

It can be hard to find tasteful home décor that reflects a love of beer. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab has you covered. The design outfit has created a number of beer-themed posters over the years (sadly, the scratch-off beer poster is no longer available), and The Very Many Varieties of Beer is their most awe-inspiring. The 24-inch-by-36-inch poster maps every type of beer style available, along with its suggested glassware, so you'll never again confuse a porter with a stout.

Buy It: Amazon

2. uKeg 64 oz Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer; $149


GrowlerWerks/Amazon

Growlers offer a great way to bring home a beer that doesn’t make its way into cans or bottles, but they’re not perfect. Unless you plan to drink all 64 ounces in a single sitting, you’re likely to end up with flat beer. Presenting, a solution: The uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler uses a CO2 cartridge to ensure that the last pour from this growler is as lively as the first, and its custom tap makes it easy to pour one out.

Buy It: Amazon

3. The Oxford Companion to Beer; $43


Oxford University Press/Amazon

Beer lovers can be a little obsessive about their passion, and if you’re shopping for someone who’s thirsty for knowledge, there’s no better place to start than this comprehensive reference. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the Oxford Companion crams an incredible amount of information about beer culture, history, styles, brewing methodologies, and more into 900 pages. Even the most well-versed know-it-all will learn something from this text. And if you’re shopping for a beer-loving foodie, Oliver’s classic book The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food makes an excellent gift, too.

Buy It: Amazon

4. USA Beer Cap Map; $35

USA Beer Cap Map on Amazon.
Beer Cap Country/Amazon

Brewers keep making more intricate and beautiful bottle caps, and it’s a shame to just chuck that art into the trash each time you pop a bottle. If your giftee is trying to drink their way through all 50 states, this fun wooden map helps them keep track of progress while preserving standout caps.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Glass Set; $30


Libbey/Amazon

Pouring a beer into a glass enhances the whole sensory experience each sip offers. By allowing the user to better see and smell what they're drinking, the glass is a valuable aid in fully enjoying each brew. And since different shapes of glasses suit different styles of beer, a beer geek’s glassware collection can never be too large. While there’s a dizzying variety of cool brewery-branded glassware on the market, this six-piece set from Libbey covers all the bases and enables your favorite beer geek to sip everything from dense Russian imperial stouts to refreshing German hefeweizens. Plus, at just $30, it's a steal.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit; $48

Beer Making Kit.
Brooklyn Brew Shop

With a little know-how and the right recipe, home brewers can make beers that rival the offerings of their commercial counterparts. If someone on your list wants to dip their toe into the home brewing waters, Brooklyn Brew Shop offers kits that come with almost everything they'll need to make a gallon of beer. With styles ranging from Everyday IPA to Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeño Saison, there’s something for everyone.

Buy It: Brooklyn Brew Shop

7. BEER SOAP VARIETY PACK; $35


Swag Brewery.

For a number of reasons, it can be hard to enjoy a delicious, hoppy IPA whenever you want one. Enter the next best thing: catching a pleasant whiff of brew. Swag Brewery crafts soaps made with real beer. Available in nine varieties—including oatmeal stout, IPA, and Belgian witbier—these soaps will finally give you even more reason to wash your hands.

Buy It: Amazon

8. The Comic Book Story of Beer; $15

The Comic Book Story of Beer.
Ten Speed Press/Amazon

There are centuries of history in every pint you drink. And in this punchy comic book by writers Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, with art by Aaron McConnell, you can learn about the story behind beer, from its most primitive days as a curious drink fermented in clay pots to its impact on European culture and its rebirth as a booming industry after Prohibition.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Coasters with Built-In Bottle Openers; $18

Beer coasters with built-in bottle openers.
FuhlSpeed/Amazon

These stainless steel beer coasters don't just feature cool art that any hophead can enjoy, they also double as bottle openers to make your brew a bit more convenient. This is one of those ingenious products that makes you just sit back and wonder why you never thought of it.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Westmark German Hermetus Resealer Bottle Opener; $10


Westmark/Amazon

Downing an entire 22-ounce bomber of a boozy imperial stout or double IPA in a single sitting can be a delicious but questionable decision. With Westmark’s clever bottle opener, saving part of the bottle for the next day is a little easier. The Hermetus opener pops caps like normal, but once your giftee is ready to call it quits, it slides across the top of the bottle to form a tight, bubble-preserving seal.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Beer of the Month Club; $40 and up


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Don’t overthink this. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, you can’t go wrong by simply getting them what you know they love—beer. Craft Beer Club takes the guesswork out of choosing the right brew by sending out 12 or 24 bottles of craft beer (in four different styles) with each shipment. You can choose from monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly packages.

Buy It: Craft Beer Club

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