The Savvy Five: Gifts Under $25


As if our to-do lists weren’t long enough now that we’re moms, we’re amazed at how the holiday gift list just keeps growing. The teachers, the babysitters and the kids’ new BFFs all need to be remembered. So here’s our annual (and always popular), Five under $25 gift guide for all the ‘no less important but much tougher to buy for’ people in your family’s life.

For the Favourite Niece/Nephew, the Kid Next Door, the New Baby…Any Kid Really
Simply Colors Personalized Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Why It Made the List: Kids love the bright, fun colours and having their name or favourite image on the punchy, personalized shirts (there are 10 colors of shirts, 17 different fonts, 24 ink colors and 34 different illustrations which means the sky’s the limit when it comes to the creative process) and you’ll enjoy the easy-to-use website (it lets you see exactly how your creation will look), and the free shipping in November and December. Custom-design at mass prices—you ‘simply’ can’t go wrong.
(from $22.17, available from

Wild & Wolf Tape MeasureFor Great Aunt Mildred
Pretty Useful Tools Measuring Tape by Wild & Wolf
Why It Made the List: We love the William Morris design, which comes from a collection of wallpaper housed in London’s Victoria and Albert museum in London. And Great Aunt Mildred will love having a useful everyday object—a tool she can call her own—that looks like a work of art.
($12.99, available from Valhalla Cards)

Eliza Perry Double Ring Drop Silver EarringFor the Babysitter
Double Ring Drop Silver Earrings
Why It Made the List: It’s hard shopping for teenagers these days, especially when you only have $25 to spend (we noticed you can hardly even get a t-shirt for that price in some of the more popular-with-teens stores these days). But we think your money will go a very long way with a pair of Double Ring Silver Drop earrings from Eliza Perry Designs. The classic yet current design is sure to be a hit, no matter her style.
($25, other designs available as well, from


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