With the holidays fast approaching and the economy still reeling from the financial crisis, this year it's harder than ever to find affordable presents that your friends and loved ones might actually want. We culled the hottest items from some our favorite sites, including the MOMA Store, Uncommon Goods, and The Coolest Gifts, to bring you our top picks for under $25.

A paper-clip holder doesn't have to be something you surreptitiously pitch into the company Secret Santa pile. This magnetized, porcupine-shaped contraption is a gift you can proudly own up to.

Price: $24
More Info: MOMA store

Know someone with a lot of free time on his hands? The magnetic desk dots organizer is an entertaining— and inconspicuous—way to pass the time at the office. Oh, and we think it also helps organize.

Price: $20
More Info: Uncommon Goods

So she never has to see another staple pin again. Good for the environment, and hassle free.

Price: $10
More Info: See Jane Work

In an age where everyone downloads (steals, some might say) music from the Web, gifting someone a CD is passé. Try record coasters. Perfect for the guy who collects Zappa Albums, drinks White Russians, and calls people "dude."

Price: $20
More Info: Elsewares

Have a friend who loves candles… or just hates watermelon? Either way, the candle carver will appeal. Use the instrument to carve a tea light sized hole into an apple, pumpkin or any other fruit or vegetable to create an instant candle holder – straight from nature.

Price: $12.95
More Info: Candle Carver Company

A clock's a clock – they all tell the time. But some clocks do it with more panache.

Price: $18
More Info: greenergrassdesign

Know someone who's so environmentally conscious he carries used plastic cutlery around in his tote? You've found the perfect gift. Made of recycled bamboo chopsticks that would otherwise be discarded after use. Not for germaphobes.

Price: $20
More Info: Elsewares

It's an egg, it's a plant, it's an… eggling? A Chia Pet for the iPod era, it houses a miniature garden inside a ceramic egg-like structure.

Price: $9.50
More Info: Elsewares

Tired of cleaning up after your significant other around the kitchen? Combining form with functionality, these Japanese work gloves are one way to send a hint.

Price: $16
More Info: MOMA store

If she can grow this into a full tree you'll get her a puppy. Not for those who expect instant gratification.

Price: $22
More Info: Uncommon Goods

A tasteful way to offer constructive criticism to the home chef who regularly burns casseroles, overcooks steak or turns roast chickens into flaming birds.

Price: $20
More Info: MOMA store

Although it ruins that age-old dorm-room debate—Is Ramen best eaten with spoon or fork?—it makes late-night snacking just a little bit easier.

Price: $24
More Info: MOMA store

As if cake wasn't exciting enough. No Manolo Blahniks, but still a fun gift for wannabe Carrie Bradshaws.

Price: $15
More Info:Uncommon Goods

Made out of recycled bike chains, it’s that rare gift that can be appreciated by environmentalists and guys who still like to do wheelies.

Price: $10
More Info: Uncommon Goods

Makes the one-handed pass possible. Never put down your fork mid-meal again.

Price: $20
More Info:Uncommon Goods

Drinking and driving -- not so smart. Sipping from recycled windshield wineglasses -- a much better way to make these interests intersect.

Price: $22
More Info:Uncommon Goods

Keeps your, uh, fruit from getting bruised. The shock value is a bonus.

Price: $10
More Info: MOMA store

We won't tell you why this is useful – but you must know at least one sports fan who is unhappy about the high price of beer at games.

Price: $19.89
More Info: Prank Place

Ultra small and ultra cheap – this portable webcam is a good way to combat the age old "out of sight out of mind" phenomenon. For the constant traveler -- or just a loved one you want to keep tabs on.

Price: $19
More Info: USB.BRANDO.COM.HK

One of the cooler iPhone accessories we've come across so far, this wide-angle lens will broaden one’s perspective.

Price: $11.99
More Info: USB fever

20 Gifts Under $25

With the holidays fast approaching and the economy still reeling from the financial crisis, this year it's harder than ever to find affordable presents that your friends and loved ones might actually want. We culled the hottest items from some our favorite sites, including the MOMA Store, Uncommon Goods, and The Coolest Gifts, to bring you our top picks for under $25.

With the holidays fast approaching and the economy still reeling from the financial crisis, this year it's harder than ever to find affordable presents that your friends and loved ones might actually want. We culled the hottest items from some our favorite sites, including the MOMA Store, Uncommon Goods, and The Coolest Gifts, to bring you our top picks for under $25.

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