Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Holiday countdown! 1 week!
We hit it...week one! Wow. Next week the holiday month arrives: December. We'll have some awesome budget-friendly news, ideas and yup, holiday fun that won't break that family piggy bank. I know many of you already buy presents throughout the year for family members, while some of you hit the Black Friday deals last week to pick up gift goodies.
But there are still some on that list, huh? I've got some gifts that cost under $25 and can be for anyone really (maybe not the newborn nephew, but a few of these can work for the over-12 crowd, for sure).
Great as a stocking stuffer for almost anyone, this Predict-A-Pen from The Container Store has six cool answers to anything you ask it, with just a click of the end. Only $5.99.
Everyone from the preschool teacher to your Aunt Courtney makes lists and needs to keep a notebook on hand, in a purse, or by the phone. Moleskine is the leader in notebooks and their Volant series is great. The pocket size is 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches, comes in a variety of colors, and you get two for $8.95!
Entertaining is hard work...make it easier and prettier with this Acacia wood serving piece at $16.95. From Crate and Barrel, it goes with any décor and can be used for bread, appetizers, even as the base of a centerpiece. A lovely hostess gift or a perfect present for your sister-in-law.
Books. I love giving books, but sometimes you don't know what a person is into...that is why I tend to give non-fiction books. For that office mate or your boss or even your Uncle Dave, pick one of these thought-provoking books and see a smile. Lately, I've been loving Gretchen Rubin's latest Happier At Home ($14), and you can never go wrong with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers ($11) or Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires ($13).
Kids, adults, heck, even the cat would love some of these faux-fur lined booties from Restoration Hardware. Choose from coyote, mink, lynx, arctic fox, chinchilla or sable, and the awesome part: they are machine washable. Treat those toes for only $24.
Which of these do you like? Maybe you have a great go-to gift that works for (almost) anyone? Share it!