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Gift baskets are a great choice when you don’t really know what to get for someone but want them to know they’re appreciated. We’re talking teacher gifts, host gifts, or even a gift for the aunt you only see once a year. A quick tip: it’s smart to have cheap gift baskets in your gift stockpile so you always have something on hand for last-minute giving.
You can pull a gift basket together yourself with items from the Target dollar spot or Dollar Tree. But we found cheap gift baskets under $25 with free shipping to make things easier. Of course, we tend to lean into Amazon for fast and free shipping, but you can also score free shipping at Walmart on orders over $35 or as a Walmart+ member.
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1. Ghirardelli Holiday Hot Chocolate Gift Set
Ghirardelli Christmas mugs and hot cocoa kits are a gift-giving match made in heaven ($9.98, Walmart). Walmart seems to have the best prices for these combos (note that this listing is for one tumbler and cocoa set). On Amazon, we found similar cocoa-only gift sets ($13, Amazon) priced higher, and the Ghirardelli holiday hot chocolate gift sets with a mug ($17.99, Amazon) cost twice as much.
2. Body & Earth Lotion Gift Set
This hand and foot lotion care gift set ($11.99, Amazon) is a steal. It comes with three 1-ounce hand and foot creams in a stylish gift box. No one will know that you picked it up for less than $10. You might want to stock up on a few extras for your gift stash.
3. Cocoa and S’mores Kits
Treat them with a S’mores Box Set ($13.98, Walmart), including two snowman mugs, cocoa, and all the fixings for s’mores. You pay a little bit of a premium for Dove chocolate in this set, but we think it’s worth it for the wintery-themed mugs. We’re always looking for the best deal, so we kept shopping and found a similar s’mores and cocoa set ($11, Walmart) from Hershey’s for $3 less.
4. Meat and Cheese Holiday Gift Box
We found a variety of meat and cheese sampler boxes on Amazon ranging from $25 – $80. However, you could pick up this Hillshire Farms meat and cheese holiday gift box ($14.98, Walmart) with your online grocery order or have it delivered to your house. Walmart seems like the best bet for an affordable meat and cheese gift box.
5. Gourmet Coffee Syrup Gift Set
Your friend will feel like a barista at home when they can whip up their coffee house favorites with Jordan’s Skinny Syrups gift set ($14.99, Amazon). We feel good about this buy because we found other coffee syrup gifts for well over $20. And as a nice bonus, the recipient will save money, too. They can make many lattes or flavored coffees at home instead of hitting up a coffee shop for specialty drinks.
6. Barnett’s Christmas Chocolate Biscotti Sampler Gift Basket
Never show up empty-handed to a holiday party. Not when you know you can get a luxurious-looking box of chocolate biscotti ($14.99, Amazon) for less than you’d find at a bakery. We love gifts that look fancier than they really are.
7. Funky Chunky Gourmet Popcorn Sampler Variety Pack
Ready-to-eat treats make for a great gift basket. This 5-pack of Funky Chunky Gourmet Flavored Popcorn ($18, Amazon) comes with Sea Salt Caramel, Nutty Choco Pop, Peanut Butter Cup, Chip Zel Pop, and Chocolate Pretzel. The best part is that it’s almost half the price of this similar-flavored popcorn set.
8. Sweet And Salty Care Package
Save this sweet and salty gift basket ($18.99, Amazon) idea for your niece or nephew in college. It comes with 13 snack items, including Pirate’s Booty and Rice Krispies Treats. It’s impossible to buy individual snack sizes of 13 different treats for only $18, unless you’re going to put together gift baskets for several kids. But for a one-off gift, this is a cheap and easy way to do it.
9. Bath Bomb Gift Set
Bath bombs make great stocking stuffers, but individual bath bombs are sold for $3 or more per bath bomb. Bathing is an event with this 9-piece Body & Earth bath bomb set ($19.19, Amazon). It’s a great deal at just $1.92 per 3.5-ounce bath bomb.
10. Pop ‘N Dulge Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set
Snag five types of popcorn kernels and five unique seasoning flavors with this gourmet popcorn gift set ($21.98, Amazon). You can actually save an extra 5% if you apply Amazon’s coupon provided in the product listing. And if you compare it to movie theater popcorn, this deal is a no-brainer!
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11. 12 Coffees of Christmas Gift Set
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … coffee! But seriously, the coffee lover in your life will enjoy sampling different brews with the 12 Coffees of Christmas gift set ($25.99, Amazon). There are dozens of great coffee sampler packages online, but you could spend a small fortune on premium brews. We like this one because it’s about $5 cheaper than a similar sampler pack of 12 coffees.
12. Body & Earth Bath and Beauty Gift Basket
Beauty gift baskets can start at $40 and go up, up, up. If you look for sampler boxes with smaller sizes of soaps and lotions, there are good options for less than that. This ocean-scented spa gift box ($29.99, Amazon) was spotted for $22 in December 2022, so watch out for sales. It comes with hand cream, bar soap, a tin of body butter, a small scented jar candle, and a bath bomb.