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Affordable Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List


Looking for affordable holiday gift ideas that won't leave you looking like a cheapskate? Then, you've come to the right place:

Baggu Reusable Shopping Totes

Baggu Reusable Shopping Totes
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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

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A Restaurant.com Certificate

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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

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Gardener's Journal

Garden Journal
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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.

Other Ideas: a 2012 Farmer's Almanac, bulbs, seed balls, gardener's soap, plant tags, saved seeds from your garden

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LED Nightlight

LED Night Light
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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.

Other Ideas: rechargeable batteries and charger, CFL bulbs

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Rand McNally 2012 Road Atlas

Rand McNally 2009 Road Atlas
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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

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Staple-less Stapler

Stapleless Stapler
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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

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Laminated Trail Maps

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For: The Outdoorsman

Collect maps for all the best trails in your area, then laminate them for a gift that any outdoor enthusiast would love.

Price: The cost of lamination

Other Ideas: a wind-up flashlight, a stainless steel water bottle

Half Price Books Gift Card

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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

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Misto Oil Sprayer

Misto Oil Sprayer
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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

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Other Ideas: silicone baking cups, a good quality olive oil, premium baking chocolate, homemade vanilla extract

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A Netflix Gift Subscription

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For: The Movie Lover

Unlimited free movie rentals is the ultimate gift for a cinemaphile. Purchase a gift subscription to Netflix, and you're sure to earn two thumbs up. You can go with a one-month subscription (very affordable) or treat them to a full year (still affordable) – whichever works best for your budget.

Price: Prices start at $7.99 for a single month.

Other Ideas: gourmet popcorn, homemade kettle corn nostalgia candies

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