Top 5 (dazzle with love + sentiment) gifts under $25

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Dear Cookies,

booksIts not a Smart Cookie secret that the most memorable gifts we receive are from the heart. So why not skip the flashy designer merchandise this year (and their outrageous price tags!), and gift heartfelt gifts that are guaranteed never to go out of style with the changing seasons.  Here are our top 5 Smart Cookie approved gifts for under $25 to dazzle your loved ones with love + sentiment!

1. Books Are Beautiful

A special treat for our Canadian Cookies is this collection from Random House Canada, appropriately titled Books Are Beautiful.  Order directly from here, and for under $15 you can give the reader on your list hours of beautiful, sweet escape into their favourite book.

For US Cookies, check out this gorgeous retro designed copy of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility for under $15.jane austen books

2. Artifact Uprising Instagram Book

From a company we simply cannot get enough of, Artifact Uprising, we love the idea of gifting Instagram friendly softcover books. Create gorgeous books filled with the Instagram pics of your loved ones you’ve been snapping all year long.

These softcover books’ layouts are designed with your Instagram images in mind. Upload your favorite images and design in just minutes a photo book suited for small square images.

Artifact UprisingThese books are available in two sizes (5.5×5.5″ and 8.5×8.5″) and start at just $10.99 for 40 pages.

Canadian Cookies, Artifact Uprising is now shipping to Canada, but there is an extra cost. So please check here for all of the details.


Book Cover3. Custom Book Cover From a Vintage Painting

Using a $2 painting, readily available at your neighborhood second hand thrift store, its possible to craft up gorgeous custom book covers for a notebook or personal journal. If you’re willing to take a little time and a venture into the world of DIY, then this could be the gift for you. Jump on over to OhHappyDay for the complete info.

mini map4. Mini Scratch Map

For the traveler on your list, gift the scratch-off mini-map that will show where they’ve been or can be used to plot their dream itinerary. Simply rub off the golden finish to reveal colorful continents, capital cities and fun facts – and create a color-coded log of your journeys.

$18.99 US Cookies
$22.79 Canadian Cookies

5. Custom Play List

We found this idea at Real Simple and just couldn’t resist. That made-for-your-ears-only mixed tape that you once created for your boyfriend, sister, or BFF is back. Load your custom mix onto this USB stick, tuck it inside the cassette tape, and then write down the songs titles in old-school style.

mixed tapeFor US Cookies $24.95 at Cgets.

For Canadian Cookies $29.50 at Chapters Indigo.

(Yes, this does break our under $25 rule. But we thought this was just too good not to include and we did dig up some online promo-codes to help with savings here!)

So give love + sentiment this holiday season that your friends and family will cherish!

Happy gifting!


Smart Cookies


  1. Donna

    Love your gift ideas. The Canadian link provided for the custom play list leads to dead end though :-/

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