It's the most wonderful time of the year. With the holidays approaching, this cheerful time of year can still be stressful if you're searching for that perfect gift on a budget.
Thankfully Nilu has everything you need to wow friends and loved ones this season without breaking the bank. Our 20 spectacular gifts under $25 dollars will give you some great ideas for upgrading your gift-giving skills this year.
1. Specialty Playing Cards
Got a best friend who’s always kicking your butt in spades? Gift them a set specialty playing cards from Piatnik. Each set has a different theme, from Frida kahlo, Banksy, and Famous jazz singers, this clever gift will surely impress any friend!
2. I Fucking Love You Trinket Tray $18
The “I Fucking Love You” trinket tray serves as a cheeky reminder of how much you care about the lucky recipient of this gift, and the gold flaked font that graces the ceramic plate makes it a great addition to a vanity or dresser.
3. Words of Wisdom Jar $22
The Words Of Wisdom Jar is the perfect gift for that loved one who's always dropping gems. This polite take on the “Swear Jar” comes with 30 strips of paper for your recipient to use at birthdays, graduations, or any celebration they choose where guests can leave inspiring words that’ll stay with them forever.
4. Animal Footsies by Cupcakes and Cartwheels $13
Got a new winter baby in your life? These adorable Animal Footsies from Cupcakes and Cartwheels are sure to delight any new Parent. The socks come in a variety of colors and each pair is equipped with rattles on the inside to intrigue that cute little one.
5. My ideas journal: $12
Surprise your most ambitious friend this holiday season with the My Ideas Journal. Based on the New York Times bestseller, “What Do You Do With An Idea,” this cute little notebook is perfect for jotting down big dreams and plans that they’ll hopefully share with you in the near future.
6. Vetiver Carnation Candle $25
Maybe you want to give someone the gift of unwinding after a long day! Our Vetiver Cardamon Candle makes that possible. The sweet yet slightly robust aroma is a much-needed relief to the senses, and the black transparent glass gives off a flirty festive vibe for that special someone. Pair with a gold wick cutter or candle snuffer.
7. The Sweet Flypaper of Life $25
Langston Hughes’ words dance on pages of “The Sweet Flypaper of Life, ” a riveting illustrative tale of Harlem told from the perspective of an ailing grandmother, Sister Mary Bradley. Breathtaking images taken by Roy Decarava paired with Hughes’s poetic prose grace every page of this compelling read, taking us on a journey through mid-century Harlem where happiness and joy still thrive despite misconceptions about the historically African American neighborhood. This gift will get you praise from any avid reader.
8. Blk AF 365 Medium Tote $25
Let that friend who holds nothing back when it comes to their blackness know they're appreciated this holiday season with our Blk AF 365 tote bag. The Afrocentric colorway makes it the best Kwanzaa gift!
9. Harlem Candle Map Mug $19
This beautiful black and white mug pays homage to the famous nightclubs and speakeasies of the Harlem Renaissance. Whether they’re sipping hot chocolate or egg nog, the vivid illustration is sure to be a conversation starter at any holiday party.
10. Drumstick Pens $12
These drumstick pens from SUCK UK will make a great stocking stuffer for your creative pals. A pair of drumsticks handily combined with ballpoint pens, for persistent amateur tappers and professional drummers. Know someone who thinks they're the next Phil Collins? With these unique pens your drummer can practice keeping a beat and in one swift rotation look busy at work! Also available in pencil form.
11. Swahili Beaded Bracelets $20
Handmade, fair-trade African bracelets are accessories that support culture and global unity. These multicolored bracelets will get your loved one plenty of compliments and are created by local Harlem makers.
12. FLO + THEO Body Oil $24
A good moisturizer is key to fighting the dry skin that comes with the season’s cold weather. Help a friend maintain that glow they developed over the summer with FLO + THEO Lavender flower body oil. This light yet deeply moisturizing oil spray is made from an all-natural blend of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and essentials oils!
13. Artisanal Woodbrick Print $25
Provide a rustic addition to someone’s home with an original artisanal wood print from NiLu. The piece we’ve chosen for this list sports a beautiful photo of Harlem’s iconic Apollo theatre, a work of art that’ll put a smile on the face of anyone who loves everything New York!
14. Charles White Strong Women Note Cards $20
Artist, Charles White, dedicated his life to depicting African Americans as solid and proud figures in paintings. Why not surprise an art history buff with note cards adorning some of his most important works today?
15. Wine Stopper from TWO'S Company $22
Is your friend known for bringing the loveliest Cabernet Sauvignons to all your get-togethers? Return the favor by gifting them a tool shaped bottle stopper to keep her spirits fresh, or a bottle opener of the same model.
16. 2020 Romare Bearden Calendar $25
Help your friend reach that new year’s resolution goal with a unique 2020 Romare Bearden calendar. No better way to keep track of your days than with a Calendar that makes you think.
17. “Little Feminist” 500 piece puzzle $18.00
This 500 piece puzzle set from Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist series is the perfect combination of fun and educational. Each piece pays homage to a woman that’s changed history in her own iconic way. The feminist in your life will definitely wanna break this out for a fun holiday get together.
18. Memo Box and Pen $10
I know apples are a common gift for teachers, but this adorable succulent covered memo box is just as useful as a healthy snack. That teacher that goes above and beyond for you or your little pupil will be thankful for the extra supplies.
19. "What Do You Do With A Problem?" by Kobi Yamada $18
”What Do You do with a Problem” by Kobi Yamada is an inspiring story for anyone at any age. The book highlights what one could potentially learn from a problem instead of being intimidated by it. A gift like this reassures your close pal that the tools needed to get through the toughest of situations can be found inside themselves.
20. PJ Lenox Lounge Coaster $10
Harlem's late, iconic jazz bar-restaurant featured on an original coaster. The image is printed on inkjet canvas using archival inks and affixed to canvas board and hand-signed on the back. Coated with protective polyurethane. Wipe dry!
Start Upgrading Your Gift-giving Game Today
The Holidays are meant to be a joyful occasion that brings you closer to friends and loved ones, let NiLu keep it that way by shopping with us this season.