For: The Shopper
Reusable shopping totes are hot, hot, hot. Fortunately they're affordable too. Please the shopaholic on your list with one or more of the nylon totes from Baggu. They're colorful, durable and fold up into a little pouch when not in use.
Other Ideas: a coupon organizer, a small calculator, closet organizers
For: The Foodie
Select a Restaurant.com gift certificate for the food fanatic on your list, and treat him to a fabulous dinner at an equally fabulous price. $25 certificates are just $10 each.
Tip: Use the current Restaurant.com promo code to save as much as 80%.
Other Ideas: organic spices, wine from a local vineyard, homemade beer or liqueur
For: The Gardener
Give the gardener in your life a place to record all of her garden successes and ideas. My Garden: A Five Year Journal by Mimi Lueberrman is the perfect spot. It includes graph paper for planning, garden checklists and blank pages for journaling.
For: The Techie
LED bulbs are the bulbs to have, if you're into cutting-edge technolgy; but at $20+ a bulb they're not exactly priced to sell. Enter the exception to the rule: LED nightlights. They're just as high-tech, but can be had for as little as $8 a piece.
For: The Traveler
Ensure your favorite globetrotter gets where she's headed and back again by giving the gift of a Rand McNally 2012 Road Atlas. Sure GPS is great; but sometimes old school just gets the job done better.
Other Ideas: a travel guide to a destination that the recipient plans to visit, a subscription to Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, a gas card
For: The Office Worker
Treat each of your co-workers to a new toy without breaking the bank. A staple-free stapler is colorful, affordably priced and does away with the need for staples.
Other Ideas: a refillable pen, coffee, a basket of gourmet foods for the entire office to share
Laminated Trail Maps
For: The Book Lover
A big pile of books is a great gift for someone who likes to read; and it can be an affordable gift, if you opt for a gift card from halfpricebooks.com, where the books are cheap and plentiful.
Price: Available in $25, $50, $75 and $100 increments
Other Ideas: a gift certificate to a local used book store, custom book plates, a gift card for eBooks
For: The Chef
Dazzle the kitchen connoisseur on your list with the sleek, money-saving abilities of the Misto Oil Sprayer – a nifty gadget that eliminates the need for pricey use-and-toss cooking sprays. Just fill the chamber with your preferred oil; pump the lid up and down to build pressure; and spray.
Price:$10 for the aluminum model. $15 for the stainless steel model
For: The Person Who Has Everything
What do you give the person who has everything? A really great storage container like the canvas storage chest from the Rubbermaid Configurations line. It's attractive; includes cedar strips; has oodles of storage space; and can be folded up between uses.