10 gifts under $25

Posted by Sammi Mo on Dec 15th 2021

Not only are these gifts unique and made by local artisans, they are all under $25 to help you stay in budget. Purchasing any one of these products on Upworthy Market helps to directly support the artisans who craft their own products, so with every purchase, you're doing good.

1. Gemstone Tree

Displaying oceanic blue hues, the leaves of this petite gemstone tree are made from apatite. Joias do Rio offers this Brazilian gemstone tree, which is handcrafted with a trunk and branches made from gleaming brass wire. The tree stands atop a natural amethyst geode.

2. Elephant Incense Holders

Charoensri of Thailand creates this pair of ceramic incense holders in the form of an elephant carrying a lotus flower, both important symbols in Thai culture. The lotus flower is often a symbol of enlightenment, and the elephant has long been celebrated for its longevity, endurance, and strength. The incense holders are glazed in green with a crackled finish and have a small hole at the top for placing an incense stick. They can also be used with cone incense.

3. Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cocktail Ring

A single stone of blue composite turquoise rests atop this cocktail ring, presented by India's Aparna. The stone is surrounded by rope and swirl motifs on a sterling silver band for a look that attunes its wearer with the wisdom of the universe.

4. 3D Tic Tac Toe

Waraporn Khamsuk creates a challenging tic-tac-toe from Thailand. Handcrafted from rain tree wood, the game features a square board with nine standing pegs for the addition of complementary X and O shapes. Just like traditional tic tac toe, the goal is for one of two players to arrange their shapes three-in-a-row. With this game, however, the rules of the old pastime are brought into a three-dimensional space, fun for the whole family.

5. Beaded Bracelet

This double strand bracelet features cylindrical blue-green beads accented with brass. Hand crafted by Tiraphan Hasub of Thailand, this bracelet is a lovely pop of color accessory.

6. Hand Crafted Cotton Bag

Designed to hold your passport, but capable of holding a lot more, this beautiful sling is created by the House of Antigua Artisans. Cotton threads in cornflower, navy and eggshell are woven on a traditional loom to create the patterned fabric; the bag's long strap and trim are made of light brown faux suede. A zipper pocket on the front keeps small items close at hand.

7. Batik Rayon Sarong

Intricate floral motifs alongside borders depicting elephants and deer in bubblegum pink, cerise, and black surround a large circular motif in this elegant rayon sarong by Indonesia's Prayascita Dewi. The artisan employs the batik method to decorate each piece, a process where a wax resist is applied to the fabric before submerging it in vats of dye.

8. Floral Embroidered Clutch

Peruvian artisan Balvina Huaytalla designs this elegant clutch. Crafted of alpaca blend material, the irresistible handbag features a body of magenta with elegant floral embroidery that is performed by hand. It opens with a zipper to a cotton blend lining.

9. Colorful Nature Masks

Extravagant prints in dazzling colors celebrate nature. By Hari and Arthur, three rayon print face masks are contoured for fit. One bears a floral motif on cardinal red, while the other two feature abstract motifs. All are double-layered, are washable and reusable, with elastic to loop over the ears.

10. Sterling Silver Dreamcatcher Earrings

Two circular dream catchers are crafted of sterling silver, with elegant wire work and feathers with a combination finish hanging just below. Featuring petite blue stones of resin within their webs, these dangle earrings from Thailand are presented by Pichaya.