B’s Holiday Gift Giving Traditions | Gift Ideas Under $25

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I always LOVE to hear what other families do when it comes to gift giving traditions around the holidays. Do you buy for everyone in your family? Do you do a secret Santa? A grab bag? Do you make wish lists or is everything a surprise? Hearing everyone’s unique holiday traditions are so fascinating to me.

Holiday Gifting Traditions

Our family’s gift-giving traditions have morphed a little as we have gotten older. Growing up we received gifts from Santa and a few from our parents and we always bought gifts for one another (both for my sisters and parents… even if it was a $2 trinket from Santa’s workshop at school).
As a kid, getting these gifts was so fun, but picking out the “perfect gift” for everyone in the family was even better. Watching each person unwrap the gift I had chosen for them made Christmas morning extra special.

My Favorite Part of Christmas Morning

Years and years later, this is still one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. Although over the past few years, our tradition has changed just a tad. With marriages and babies, our group is growing, so instead of buying for my parents, sisters, and brother-in-law, we have strayed away from buying for everyone.

Instead, we secretly assigned each person someone else in the family to buy for (and the limit for the gifts was usually quite a bit higher since you were the only one buying that person gifts). Instead of trying to find all of these different gifts, we were able to focus more on just one person. That was fun for a few years, but we did miss that excitement of giving to every person and watching their reaction. And that’s why we have decided to change it up a little this year.

This Year’s Gifting Challenge

We are going to buy for everyone in the family, but are making the price tag for each gift under $25. That way no one is breaking the bank, yet we still have the chance to look for that perfect something and watch their priceless reaction.
I figured today I would highlight gift ideas for under $25 for the different personalities on my list. (And don’t worry, I asked them not to read this post today so nothing was spoiled!).

Gift Ideas Under $25

I hit up Marshalls for most of my shopping because I could get the most bang for my buck. Twenty-five dollars can go quickly, but at Marshalls, I felt like I was able to get a substantial gift for that price tag. Here are the stocking stuffer items I found for just about everyone in the family… all for under $25!

My Stylish Husband

One thing that Matt loves is colorful dress socks and one thing he needs is a new toiletry bag. He’s been traveling a little more with his speaking company and always finds himself scrambling at the last minute to pack what he needs. Marshalls had so many options so I grabbed a few pairs for $10… I know he will love them!

My Fashionista Sister

For my fashionable little sister, I went with items that I know she’ll get lots of use out of. The collection of red nail polish provides colors that will last ALL year long, which is why I picked it out. Some packs come in seasonal colors, but I liked this one because it had a little bit of everything and won’t be “out of season” after the holidays. She also mentioned recently that she needs new makeup brushes so when I saw these super cute gold ones, I instantly thought of her. Maybe this year she’ll finally teach me some of her ways!

My ‘Never-Sits-Down-To-Relax’ Sister

My older sister is a mom to a 1.5-year-old, but when she’s not playing mom, teacher, or varsity coach, you’ll probably find her running because she is currently training for her 3rd (!!) marathon of the year! Needless to say, Katie never sits down to relax so I picked out a few bath bombs to force her to take 5 minutes and actually RELAX for once.


My ‘I-Don’t-Need-Anything’ Mom

Like most moms, my mom NEVER asks for anything! I tried to create a “warm & cozy” theme so that she too can sit down and relax a little more than she does now (which, like my sister, is never). I bought her a candle and knit blanket with some pretty adorable pom-poms. And I also snuck in this knit hat that I thought was super adorable, versatile, and so her. She spends a lot more time playing outside in the cold now that she babysits her grandson, and now she can throw on this hat and be the cutest grandma ever… even though she already is!


Myself (Ha!) 

Please tell me I’m not the only one guilty of picking up a few items for myself when I’m out Christmas shopping? I spotted both of these items for such a great price that I decided to “treat” myself. I’ve actually been trying to commit to keeping my hair healthier this year by investing in shampoo that’s a bit nicer. When I saw this combo pack for under $25, SOLD. The long charging cord was another item that’s been on my shopping list for awhile. Matt and I have actually been sharing ONE phone charger for months so I was happy to finally splurge on my own… especially since it’s one that’s extra long and stylish, too.

Who’s on Your Holiday Shopping List?

I still feel like this mini shopping spree is too good to be true since I’m pretty much done with my $25 gift list and I only went to one store! But I’ll take it. Now all I need to do is wrap these treasures up and sneak them over to my mom’s to put under the tree (another one of my favorite traditions). But first, I would love to hear all about what your families do for holiday gift giving. Do you buy for everyone? Just one person? Do you put a price limit on it? I want to hear all the holiday fun!
*If you’re looking for more details on any of the items pictured here, be sure to check out the post I wrote over on Marshalls site later this month! I dove into the exact prices and details on what else you could pair with each product for gift ideas for everyone on your list.


  • Jackie B

    Bridget, did you get those beige Christmas stockings at Marshalls too? I love them! And yes,that hat will look cute on your mom!

    • Yes! Aren’t they so cute…love the texture!

  • Amber Leigh

    Marshall’s is for sure the way to go for Christmas shopping – definitely more bang for your buck and everything there is super cute!
    I have similar traditions in my family. Now that we’re all older and the fam is getting larger, we pick names out of a hat for our “Not-So-Secret Santa”. Everyone knows who has who that year, we set a spending limit (a pretty significant amount), and each person gives a wish list to their Santa.
    It’s so much easier (and way less stressful) to focus on one person instead of worrying about getting the right gifts for everyone! It’s a lot more fun too since only the person who had you knows what was on your wish list so it’s a surprise for everyone on Christmas morning when we watch each other open gifts. I also love, love, LOVE this tradition for my parents. Growing up, they already knew what everything was under the tree and they only got to open a few gifts from each other and my siblings and I. Now they get a ton of gifts on Christmas morning and they have no clue what everyone else got until it’s opened. They’re like little kids full of excitement in the morning and I love watching them and being able to provide them with as great of a Christmas as they gave us through the years. For me, that’s honestly the best gift! 🙂
    Whoops – sorry for the novel!

    Love that pom-pom blanket for your mom! I might have to pick up one of those for myself actually! I’m glad I’m not the only one who treats myself while out Christmas shopping….how can ya not?!

    • Love this glimpse into your holiday traditions, Amber! Casey’s family does a similar secret santa setup!

      And the pom-pom blanket is so cozy!

  • Erin

    usually we do about $50 in gifts for everyone in the family. luckily the family is not too big – 9 people, plus my husband, we tend to have a higher amount. But i think this year we’re going to take it easy on the gift giving. Though i still want to do gifts, but in more of a special way — like finding a few things that i think they’ll like versus a wish list which is usually the “bigger” things, which isn’t exactly in the budget. we’ll see!

  • Trang

    I, fortunately, do not have a lot of people to buy for, but the few that I have, I tend to go overboard on buying gifts. My 2 kids get spoiled because hey, you’re only a kid once right? They get Santa gifts, stocking stuffers, and gifts from me. I have found that it’s been much harder to shop for my 17 yr old son this year though. My husband and I don’t really do gifts for each other, but rather 1 gift for us combined. This year, it’s a club membership to a winery we really loved while in Walla Walla, WA last year. I love tasty gifts!

    • Ohhhh love the winery membership! And you’re such a good mom, Trang. I bet your kids love it!

  • Katie

    Casey, do you still do your favorite things party? I think that was from an old post. Such a fun idea.

    • Unfortunately, we didn’t do it this year because of schedule conflicts but we have to bring it back next year because it’s one of our favorite traditions of the season!! Such a fun excuse to get together and swap gift ideas!

  • Growing up my sisters and I always exchanged presents with each other but as we started getting married and having kids it got to be too much so now we just do an exchange with the sisters and brother-in-laws (12 people total). We use Elfster, a website you can post your wish list items and then your “elf” can mark what they are buying you without you seeing. I know my parents use it for ideas too. Super easy to make things a surprise, take out the stress, and get people what they actually want!
    I, of course, still buy for my husband, parents, in-laws, our son, and godchildren. Our son is in a cousin exchange on each side. He has 45 total cousins (seriously) and there is NO WAY we are buying for all of them! That would just in insanity in every way. We have HUGE families so exchanges are the way to go!

    • Oh my goodness, what a huge family (45 cousins?!)! That is so fun! We’ve used Elfster in the past and it totally works. Love that you can even put items you want on your wishlist on there!