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NEW YORK (MainStreet) Now that we're on the cusp of the holiday season, many people have begun focusing on gift-buying. Whether shopping for a friend, family member, or co-worker, most don't have a ton of money to throw toward purchasing extravagant gifts. Here is a list of ten great gifts that are thoughtful, creative and, best of all, only $10 or less!
The "Tinybook" from Printstagram. A company that is based solely around creating prints from Instagram photos, Printstagram is expertly trained in making sure that the many available enhancements and effects offered by Instagram come out looking just as perfect in print as they do on your smartphone. For $10, you can purchase not just one, but three Tinybooks! Each Tinybook measures 1.7 inches by 1.5 inches and consists of 24 photos. The Tinybook is also magnetic and can be used as creative fridge décor. It is a perfectly petite gift that everyone is sure to love!
Attention to those participating in "Mo-vember!" For the last ten years, November has been dedicated to raising money for men's health, primarily prostate cancer, in multiple countries around the world. What better way to show your support for the cause than by growing a mustache? Guysto get those charity 'staches looking perfect, this styling wax from Herban Lifestyle is for you. You'll have the perfect handlebar shape in no time!
Clever notepads like this one from Pier One are never dull and are quite useful. For $6.95 each, you can purchase notepads that are vacation packing list-themed, food shopping-themed, or, if you're the type who freaks out first and thinks later (like me) this self-therapy notepad will likely be your best friend. Don't worry...we won't tell if you gift this to yourself.
For the beauty buff, this nine-piece pedicure pail available at Ulta.com is a lifesaver for feetespecially in the winter! I'm sure all the boyfriends out there will concur when I say that, ladies, you might be able to hide your feet in the winter, but that doesn't mean that you should leave on your chipped nail polish for three months and ignore your pumicing regimen. Priced at $10, this kit comes equipped with nine great items including a foot lotion and soak, a nail file, and a nail clipper. Creatively named "Mistle Toes," this is a perfect gift for Christmas!
Sock It to Me
Going along with the theme of foot care, who doesn't love wearing cozy socks in the cold winter months? Kohls has a ton of choices to pick from. These fuzzy slipper socks come in 4 different colors and patterns, and the best part? 100% of net profits from the sale go to support the fight against breast cancer! For $5 per pair, how can you go wrong? If you want to take the luxurious feeling up a notch, Earth Therapeutics has a few different types of super-soft socks that are all infused with aloe vera and vitamin E, and are all priced around $9 per pair (also available at Kohls.com).
For those hard-working individuals who require hefty boots, it would not be far-fetched to assume that they also need some seriously sturdy bootlaces. If so, these make for a perfect gift. According to their site, CastleBrook Limited claims to have the toughest bootlaces in creation, and this page explains why. CastleBrook has done extensive testing on all of their products and the information on that can be found on their site. Starting at $7.99, these laces are definitely an inexpensive, thoughtful gift that keeps on giving!
If your recipient enjoys the occasional adult beverage (...who doesn't?), then be sure to check out these awesome bottle stoppers sold for $7.99 each at Bed Bath & Beyond. This high heel bottle stopper is perfect for your girlfriends and their wine obsessions...although, there's a good chance there may not be any wine left by the time you're finished!
After spending a ton of money through the holiday season, the easiest way to start saving again is to begin collecting your coin change. It doesn't get much easier than a personal bank that actually counts the coins for you! This digital savings bank available at Overstock.com is available for purchase at the small price of $8.99!
Godiva--To Die Fa
Chocolate lovers beware: Godiva Chocolatier actually sells chocolate that is delicious AND affordable! This 4-piece gift box includes signature truffles in flavors like salted caramel and hazelnut crunch, all placed neatly in a small gift box for only $10. I'm not sure about you, but if someone gave this to me, I definitely wouldn't hate it!
The Way It Crumbles
For a bit more of a personal touch, try out one of the variations of "cookie mix in a jar!" This recipe for gingerbread cookies from AllRecipes.com displays how to place all of the dry cookie ingredients into a mason jar and tie it up with a homemade, handwritten card that includes the baking directions. This is a very thoughtful gift that will impress many people, while still allowing you to be cost-effective. Pair it with a creative cookie cutter like this one, and this gift is sure to be a hit!
--Written by Ciara Larkin for MainStreet