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Gift Guide $25 and Under | Friends & Co-Workers

For the last three years or so, I've done a Yankee Swap with my girlfriends and then I have one at work as well - I find these gifts to be the hardest to buy because I'm often given a budget and I feel the need to pick something that works for a variety of people's styles. Last year I found a really unique print of our office from a seller at a fair and this year I decided to scope out UncommonGoods for the same reason - a one stop shop of sorts for unique and handcrafted gifts - hopefully the one gift that everyone keeps stealing because they love it so much...that's my goal with every Yankee Swap! 
Gifts under 25 from uncommongoods
The budget we were given this year for both Yankee swaps was $25 - keeping that in mind that really did help narrow down my search! I wanted to pick out items that I would actually want to keep in a Yankee Swap. Do you ever buy something and secretly wish that you could swap and bring home your own item?! 
State Slate Cheese Board || This has been on my own wish list for a while now! I actually think it would be fun to add cheeses to the board from the region they come from! I'm oddly enough a huge fan of cheese...I don't think I'm alone there! 

Garlic Grater & Oil Dipping || This was actually a gift that Gary and I got all the couples in our families last year and for ourselves!! You grate the garlic and then add in the oil and you can dip your bread in there! It's super easy to clean and the flavor is really fresh! 

Crackling Candles || There is nothing better in the winter than a roaring fire, but for most of us - we don't have a fireplace - so these little candles that actually crackle are a fun alternative! 

Carry-On Cocktail Kits || I've started to see these everywhere and I think they would be so fun to gift to people that travel a lot or anyone that likes a cocktail or two...which is everyone! This Moscow mule one is fun and now they even have a champagne edition

All Natural Sriracha || I have a hard time finding someone that doesn't like sriracha these days, but this one is all natural and doesn't have any preservatives. 

Merlot Infused Coffee || So there isn't any alcohol in these coffee beans, but they are aged in oak wine barrels which give them the Merlot flavor! Imagine that after dessert...or for your morning coffee! 

Infused Water Bottle || I'm not sure there is one person in my office that doesn't have a water bottle at their desk, but none that are infused water bottles! I have actually wanted a water bottle like this for a few years now! 

The Jot Block || How cool is this desktop organizer. Forgetting post-it's and writing the important stuff for the day on the erasable top! Genius! 

Bath Shots || Whether it's a co-worker or a friend, we all like to relax and bath time just isn't the same as it used to be when we were kids! Adding something fun to your bath to help relax is definitely the way to go. 
What's your go to gift for a Yankee Swap? Do you like to get creative?

Thank you to UncommonGoods for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. 

51 comments

  1. How fun is this, great price points on quality items! Love the cheese board and cool water bottle. Happy Thanksgiving to you most beautiful lady!! Eat, drink and be merry!

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  2. We're on the same page today! :) Love this! The Carry On Cocktails are so fun and you can never go wrong with candles! Love that cheese board too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. That cheese board would be the perfect gift for anyone! And a carry on cocktail kit with champs?! You can go ahead and send that my way! :)

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  4. I love all these gift ideas! The Merlot coffee sounds amazing. I'm going to have to check this out for my husband! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  5. It's always nice to get a budget number to work with, makes things alot easier! I love these unique gifts, especially the cheese board!

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  6. I love these gift ideas! The jot block is genius and I'm all for merlot infused coffee! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  7. So many cute ideas but I love that cheese board!! Happy Thanksgiving!! :-)

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  8. You are so right about these types of gifts being difficult, but you really nailed it with some great ideas. That slate cheese board is an amazing gift idea!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  9. These Uncommon Goods gifts are seriously AWESOME! So perfect and pretty much has any personality covered! Have an awesome Thanksgiving love!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  10. I kind of want the United States cheese tray for myself. (; haha All these gift guides do is make me add things to my own wish list. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Biana!

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  11. These are all great ideas! I do a gift exchange with coworkers, and sometimes I get a name of someone I'm not super close with, so some of these would be perfect!

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  12. I'm so glad I saw this! I need a few ideas for girls in the office, these are perfect!

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  13. These are all such great ideas, thank you for sharing them. I have been stuck on what to get a few people and some of these would be great for them. Funny story about the crackling candles, a woman once returned a used candled to the store. She goes there is something wrong with this candle, it makes noises!! I said was it a crackling sound and she was YES, why does it do that? I said it is a crackling candle, it is suppose to make that noise. The poor woman, was so embarrassed. I took the candle back anyways. haha I love crackling candles!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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  14. i just LOVE that jot block. and the mixology cocktail kit is perfection. and the merlot coffee. haha i just want all the things clearly. love that they are at a good price point too! can't go wrong all the way around. have a wonderful thanksgiving girly!!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  15. These are all such great gift ideas for that price point! I think I may need to g='gift' myself those coffee beans!

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  16. So many good ideas-- buying these kinds of gifts are always tricky, but I would be totally happy with just about any of these items!

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  17. They seriously have the best gift ideas! Merlot infused coffee? YES please! Hoping you're feeling better and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the fam <3
    Green Fashionista

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  18. I love doing Yankee swaps but def wish I could take home my own gift sometimes lol These are some great ideas!

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  19. These are all great ideas!!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  20. I love UncommonGoods. They are the best for the person you just don't know what to get! You really cant go wrong with cheese slate boards, cutting boards, candles, and fun snacks/beverages!

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  21. Omg, girl, ALL of these gift ideas are amazing! I love cheese, too, so I love the idea of swapping out the the cheese board for the state the cheese is from, that's such a cute and clever idea! I also love the garlic grater and infused coffee, I've never tried anything like it before! Girl, I want to come work in your office, haha. Seriously! You give the best gifts and you always know where the bests spots are to eat! Thanks so much for sharing, my gorgeous friend! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with your loved ones; I'm very thankful to have discovered your amazing blog!!!

    XoXo,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  22. Love the bath shots & the jot block!! Both are great ideas!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  23. So many great gift ideas in this post - isn't Uncommongoods the best? They have such a unique selection of products. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  24. LOVE that cheese board! And the carry on cocktail kit is such a great gift for the guys!

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  25. Love all of these ideas. The bread dipping thing sounds like a winner! My friends and I have one of these (we call it "dirty santa") next weekend and I need to get on the ball! Have a fabulous thanksgiving!

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  26. The carryon cocktail kit is the best - would be fought over for sure!

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  27. These are perfect ideas for a gift swap! The water bottle is definitely a great pick for a co-worker! Love me some UncommonGoods!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  28. These are perfect gifts for a gift exchange! Definitely something different than the usual scarf (which I still like as well, ha!). And merlot infused coffee?! Yes please!

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  29. These are all great ideas! I LOVE that cheeseboard. I don't have one and it's on my Christmas wishlist. I hope that you guys have a happy happy Thanksgiving, B!

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  30. So we're planning on doing a swap like this at work as well, and I love your idea for picking items that you would want to keep! I know that I'd love that cheese board! So cute!

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  31. The crackling candles sound like a great gift! & that cheese board looks so yum. :]


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  32. These are such awesome and unique finds! Love them all.

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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  33. Is a Yankee Swap the same thing as White Elephant? I really love the cheeseboard! So cute.

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  34. I have been a fan of Uncommon Goods for YEARS! Have bought from them many times! Love them! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  35. All of these are such great ideas! I definitely purchase things that I wouldn't mind if I got stuck with!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  36. I have seen that infused water bottle floating around and I'm so intrigued by it! Such a great roundup girl!

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  37. I love Uncommon goods, they have such great stuff and unique ideas! I am so curious about this coffee. I can't even imagine what it tastes like, but it sounds delish!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  38. Awesome guide! That coffee is perfect for my best friend!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  39. Some beautiful presents! I would be happy with lots of these gifts! Love that desktop!

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  40. Love uncommongoods! They have so many unique things!

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  41. That site does have a lot of fun & unique gifts. I can't wait to use our slate cheese board (and all our other wedding presents for that matter) once we move. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  42. These are so great! I love those candles and I can always use some bath shots! What lady couldn't!? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  43. Every time you do one of these posts, I think before reading "Please don't let her list what I plan to get her this year." And lucky me... I'm in the clear!! But I do have to say that cheese board is fabulous! :) Happy Thanksgiving doll! XOXO, R

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  44. Yankee Swaps are SOO difficult for buy for but Uncommongoods has some awesome stuff! I love that cocktail kit (champagne edition).. genius! Hope you have the best Thanksgiving!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  46. Fabulous list of picks--I think anyone would be happy to have these. I know I would!

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  47. Oooh I love some of these ideas! I always like finding new and unique gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Love this! I'm hosting our npo holiday party on Friday and I've asked everyone to bring gifts for this... without ever thinking about what I was going to bring, lol!! Thanks for sharing!

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