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25 Unique Christmas Gifts Under $25

Can you believe that it’s almost October? Before you know it, the Christmas season of 2008 will be upon us. There will be rushing and frenzy to find the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

I love Christmas, and it’s certainly a wonderful religious celebration. But shopping can be a real drag. It’s hard to find unique Christmas gifts, especially for those hard-to-shop-for people. I’m one of those people.

Thus, here’s the first in a series of posts on finding awesome gifts for Christmas. It can be done, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can find great and memorable gifts without breaking the bank. You’ll see!

Without further ado, here are 25 unique Christmas gifts. Yep, 25 of them.

Lil Guppie Multi-Tool

This little gadget is on my Christmas list. 🙂 It’s a handy pocket multi-tool that doubles as a money clip. The Lil Guppie includes a razor sharp blade, adjustable wrench, carabiner, flat & phillips screwdrivers, and a bottle opener. You know it’s cool!

Buy one for $19.99.

Laser-guided Scissors

I can’t cut in a straight line. Sadly, I don’t even think a laser guide would help me. But maybe these scissors are exactly what some crafty person on your Christmas list needs.

Get them for $17.99.

Swedish Firesteel

You never know when a fire might be needed. This handy fire starter would be a great present for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. Heck, anybody who lives in a hurricane-prone area could probably put this to good use.

Light it up for $15.99.


I love games. This slick little game was invented in Sweden. It’s deceptively simple to learn, but the strategy can be hard to master.

Yours for only $24.99.

Squishy Bowl and Cup

Don’t you hate it when there’s not a clean bowl or cup at work? This bowl and cup is made out of squishy plastic that retains it shape to hold food or liquid, but they can be squished to fit into your pocket or bag. A perfect unique Christmas gift for a cubicle warrior.

Get squishy for $16.99.


With the rising cost of everything these days, it doesn’t take an environmentalist to care about energy usage. Plug the Kill-A-Watt into your outlet, then plug your electrical device into it. You can monitor energy usage and see what’s hogging your juice.

Check your wattage for $24.99.

Micro Pliers

I’ve got a soft spot for neat tools. These micro pliers fit on a keychain, but they still include a blade, screwdriver, and bottle opener. That’s a lot of punch in a small space. Perfect for the mechanic or repairman on your Christmas list.

It’s a steal for $9.99.

Japanese Pocket Puzzles

These little pocket puzzles make great stocking stuffers. There are a variety of puzzles to choose from, and they’ll certainly provide some fun entertainment for the recipient.

Stretch your mind for $9.99.

Not a Paper Cup

Paper cups aren’t eco-friendly, but Starbucks cups are fashionable. The “Not a Paper Cup” solves the problem. It’s a double-walled ceramic cup that holds 12 ounces of your favorite beverage. And it’s dishwasher safe, since nobody likes hand washing things.

Save a landfill for $19.99.

Staple Free Stapler

I hate staplers. Staples cause papers to catch on each other. They prick my fingers. And they’re just a general pain. The Staple Free Stapler solves that problem. It makes a tiny cut in the corner of your papers and folds the paper in on itself. Papers stay together with no staple!

Save a staple for $5.99.

The Red Swingline Stapler

But if you’re going to have a stapler, there’s no substitute for the red Swingline. It’s a great stapler for anyone’s office needs. And it’s a great piece of nostalgia for us Office Space fans.

Get one for $21.99.

Original Sock Monkey

I had a sock monkey when I was little. I carried it everywhere. If someone on your Christmas gift list likes cuddly animals, this classic monkey might hit the spot. They’re so cute!

Only $14.99.

Mini Pet Cactus

Does anybody on your shopping list need a companion? Cactus gardens are great, but they can’t travel with you. This little pet cactus fits right on your keychain or bag. It can go everywhere, keeping you company all the time. I’ll bet your friends don’t have one of these.

Grow one for $8.99.

Wooden War Engine Kits

What guy hasn’t wanted to build a war engine? These catapult and trebuchet kits make it possible! And they’re great for a little inter-office warfare.

Get the catapult for $19.99.

Perfect Pocket Toothbrush

Do you know anyone who travels frequently? This slick travel toothbrush could be a great Christmas gift. The handle holds toothpaste. Turn the knob to dispense the toothpaste. Then tilt the brush downward to move the toothpaste to the bristles. When you’re done, you can immediately place the ventilated cap back on the brush. This is too neat!

Keep your teeth clean for $17.99.

Auto LED Flashlight

This cool LED flashlight charges in your car’s cigarette lighter. When you need a light, it’s at-the-ready. This can be handy for many situations. Great for late-night car repairs, reading a map, or even finding your way to the door.

Illuminate things for $24.99.

Ultimate Survival Kit Water Bottle

Everyone needs a survival kit. This one has your basic survival needs in a 32 ounce water bottle. It includes a carabiner, flashlight (with batteries), multifunction tool, whistle, compass, survival blanket, hand warmers, first aid kit, candle, waterproof matches, poncho, and zip-lock bag. Now you’re ready for a disaster.

Survive for $19.99.

Top Secret Password Notepad

We all know someone who writes their passwords on post-it notes stuck to their monitor. This password notepad is the perfect gag gift for them. Each page has space to write usernames, passwords, and notes for four different websites. This is the perfect way to keep those passwords secure. 😉

Buy one for $5.99.

Magical Bookshelf

If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift for a minimalist, this bookshelf should fit the bill. It’s simply a metal bracket that you mount on the wall. A large book on the bottom conceals the bracket and provides a platform for your other books. Look mom, no shelf!

Conceal your shelf for $12.99.

Singing Monkey Balls

I’ll let you read about these balls yourself. Basically, you spin, rub, and clap them together to make different melodious sounds. Cool stocking stuffer!

Make music for $4.99.

Cubicle Doorbell

How do people announce when they’re entering your cubicle? With the cubicle doorbell! Stick this unit outside your cubicle, and everyone can tactfully announce that they want to speak with you. It has 12 different sounds and 3 sound levels. A great Christmas gift for cubicle warriors!

Get a bell for $14.99.

Finger Drums

These finger drums are perfect for the musician on your Christmas gift list. Tap away and make some music! The drums light up when you hit them, and you can even record your ditties. I love it!

Drum it up for $24.99.

Thumb-Size Radio Controlled Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper is a bit old these days, but these tiny radio controlled Mini Coopers are still cool. They’re literally the size of your thumb! They run off a button-type battery, and they include full controls: forward, reverse, left, and right turning.

Race away for $9.99.

Caffeine Mug

Glass mugs are a nice change from the typical ceramic ones. And this one has a nice geek twist: the caffeine molecule emblazoned on the side. Great for the coffee lover on your Christmas gift list.

Drink it up for $7.99.

Obey Gravity T-Shirt

Since this is Legal Andrew, I felt obligated to include something law related here. I saw this shirt, and it cracked me up. You better obey gravity man!

Get one for $14.99.

Any others?

Have you ever received a great unique Christmas gift? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! What about your most wanted 2008 Christmas gifts?

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21 Responses to “25 Unique Christmas Gifts Under $25”

  1. Chuck Newton
    September 21st, 2008

    Thanks. Now my entire Christmas is taken care of. Well, the non-religious part of it anyway.

  2. Stacy
    September 21st, 2008

    Yeah Andrew, the kid in you really shines, I could only imagine how you get around Christmas time. My husband is the same way, he is a big fan of multi-tools and money clips, so he is gonna love that lil guppie combo, thanks for telling us about it.

    im sure he would also like the survival kit and firesteel but i dont want to start puttng ideas in his head cause i personally hate camping, lol

    and the swingline stapler that Milton cherished is a nice one too cause Milton is one of his favorite characters. he tries to get me to see this movie on a weekly basis and i havent even seen it completely once yet, lol

  3. Andrew Flusche
    September 22nd, 2008

    @Chuck – I guess I need to write a post entitled “25 Ways to Keep Jesus in Christmas.” So then I’ll cover all sides of the holiday. 🙂

    @Stacy – I’m glad you noticed some items that your husband would like. It sounds like he and I share some things in common. 🙂 You definitely need to see Office Space. It’s a classic!!

  4. SeaBird
    September 24th, 2008

    I love the mini-cactus!

  5. Andrew Flusche
    September 24th, 2008

    @SeaBird – Me too! I’d have to think of a great name for it, if I got one. Although I’m not sure what a judge would think if I walked into court with a cactus hanging off my briefcase. 😉

  6. Carm
    September 26th, 2008

    Thanks for a great post, Andrew. It’s fun AND useful. I know someone who would love a war engine kit, and my husband might have to have a radio controlled Mini Cooper. Great stuff!

  7. rajshree
    October 10th, 2008

    great and useful post!!!

  8. Bottle Openers
    October 17th, 2008

    Great post I think I will have to buy Lil Guppie Multi-Tool for myself 😉 this christmas it looks to cool to leave it up to someone else to buy it for me 😉 hehe

  9. judith
    October 29th, 2008

    Great ideas, but why not do something different and worthwhile by adopting an animal in a rescue home or sanctuary as a gift? A couple of years ago I adopted a donkey for my mum’s Xmas present. He was called Simon, and mum got regular photos and updates about him. She loved it. That made me happy and Simon was quite pleased too!

  10. Andrew Flusche
    October 29th, 2008

    @judith – Adopting a donkey is awesome!! My brother actually owned two donkeys a while ago: Jack and Jenny. Not very original names, but they sure were interesting animals!