Top Ten Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas or Hanukah gifts can be hard to buy especially when you don’t know the person very well or can’t afford to spend very much on their present. The following are thoughtful but still inexpensive gifts to give everyone on your gift-buying list.

  1.   The Home T Iowa Home Shirt-$30- I personally own the t-shirt and the sweatshirt from this company and have given the t-shirts as gifts. The fabric is exceptionally soft and it’s very well made.  The company donates a minimum of 10% to Multiple Sclerosis research so you know with each product you buy here that you’re helping find a cure for this horrible disease.

  2. Headmaster's Office // Frankincense + Myrrh // Harry Potter Inspired Scented Soy Candle // 14oz Glass Headmaster’s Office- Harry Potter Inspired Candle-$28- This is appropriate for the Harry Potter fan in your life who also happens to love candles. This candle will fill their home with the scent of frankincense and myrrh which is especially good for the Christmas season and comes in a re-usable glass so they’ll be able to use your gift once the candle has burned away.

  3. Cell Phone Stand-$9.99- If your friend or family member has a bad habit of either losing their cell phones often or can’t seem to ever charge their phones, this stand will help them with both problems. This will look good on your countertop or desk and makes it easy to see any incoming messages without frantically searching for your phone.

  4. Wine Chilling Carafe-$27.67- Be sure to gift a bottle of their favorite wine to go with this wine chilling carafe especially if you’re in need of a host/hostess gift. It will keep wine chilled for up to 90 minutes without effecting the taste and is dish washer safe.

  5. Iowa Shaped Bamboo Cutting & Serving Board$19.99- You can get this in any state in the United States but if you have someone who is especially proud of being an Iowan, this is an awesome gift that they’ll be sure to use on a daily basis. Bamboo is the most renewable resource in the world so you’ll know your gift is good for the environment as well as durable.

  6. Camera Lens Travel Thermos-$10.99- A great gift for the photographer in your life who also happens to want to take their coffee on the go. Made to look like a realistic Canon SLR lens, this mug will keep their coffee warm while they go out on their photography sessions.

  7. Moodycards Mood Flip Over Messages– $11.88- Do you know someone who has trouble expressing themselves at work but still wants others to have an insight into their current mood? These flip over messages will tell their co-workers exactly what’s on their mind especially if they utilize the blank page to write whatever they want with the included erasable marker.

  8.  Crosley CR8005 Portable 3-Speed Turntable-$99.99- Does your friend both love records but hates being forced to leave them at home? Well, you’ve solved that problem with this portable record player. It comes in a multitude of colors to choose from as well as the option of Bluetooth.  This turntable will let your friend take the party with them no matter where they want to go.

  9.    Maxi-Matic 3-In-1 Multi function Breakfast Center– $39.23-  If you know someone who is short on counter space this would make a great addition to their kitchen.  There’s a toaster oven to toast small items, a 4 cup coffeemaker, and the top can heat up bacon or cook an egg on the small heating round.  Great gift for a college student or someone who just got their first apartment.     

  10.  10 Piece Holiday Dog Basket-$39.99- For the person who is hard to buy for and happens to love their dogs more than most people, this dog gift basket is great to keep in the car or anywhere where you might need an extra leash, travel bowls, absorbent pads and a few other items that will probably become helpful in a crisis.


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