Best Gifts: $25 or Less

On a budget? See our picks for presents that won't prevent you from making student loan payments.

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Bobbi Brown’s most timeless colors for eyes and lips meet up in the nClassic To Go Palette ($25). The compact includes three eye shadows, two lip colors and a mini high shimmer lip gloss that'll have anyone looking like a million bucks. GET IT:
Your favorite reader can accentuate their stash with a laser-cut stenciled typography bookend ($14.95), sure to make for any story’s happy ending. GET IT: or 3307 M St. N.W.
Watches are a functional present, but these colorful slap watches ($19.99), available in 10 colors, will add some fun to telling time. And your buds will no longer have an excuse for being late.nGET IT:
The Motorola Talkabout 2-Way Radios ($19.99) could occupy your nieces or nephews for hours... you can hope. A set of walkie talkies can also help coordinate some serious snowball fights.nGET IT: Radio Shack.
Not sure what to get the reader in your life? Amazon's put together a Best Books of 2011 guide, with prices as low as $9 for Kindle editions and $11 for hardcovers. GET IT:
This set of triple-milled, gently scented soaps ($16) includes the scents of winter pine, winter berry and winter spice, skin will smell as jolly as it looks and feels squeaky clean. GET IT: or 3222 M St. N.W.
Real Simple
The gift that last all year! Year-long magazine subscriptions are great presents, and the recipients (AKA, moms) will be reminded every month that you're their favorite child. GET IT: Amazon.
This Mini Hibachi Grill ($22.75) is great for making s'mores, or anything else that won't raise concerns about salmonella. It comes in a three piece set which makes cleaning easy. Power with hot coals or candles. Great for dads and boyfriends.nGET IT:
OK, we're cheating on the price, but these Skull Candy Headphones ($29.99) are great for cool girls who don't talk to strangers. These awesome quality headphones double as an accessory -- making you'll be the coolest giver ever, assuming you can handle going $4.99 over your limit. GET IT:
Keep your pals "Classy" with this entertaining textbook on all things ladylike ($16.99). The cheeky guide offers advice on everything from how not to dress for formal occasions to how to not make a scene at the airport. Give the gift with caution to a woman who may actually need it. GET IT:
Urban Outfitters
Paper cuts are so not cool. Cheer up your accident-prone sib with a stocking stuffer of "What Happened?" bandages ($7 per pack), and get everyone else to think they got the cut from a ninja fight or danceoff instead. GET IT: or 3111 M St. N.W.
A blown glass art-deco vase ($14.99); hanging wall vase ($7.50) are great as a hostess gift. Adds a classy touch to any boring area.nGET IT:
We'd be remiss if we didn't include a Godiva box on this list. There's always the classic Gold Ballotin, but don't count out the Ultimate Dessert Truffles Gift Box, which includes red velvet cake truffle and caramel apple tarte. GET IT:, Union Station or 3242 M St. NW.
Barnes & Noble
Honing in on America’s obsession with all things bacon, the "I Love Bacon!" cookbook ($13.17) offers 50+ recipes from top chefs around the country on everything from bacon-themed salads to cocktails GET IT: or in stores.
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