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Best Gifts Under $5

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A $5 gift doesn't have to be a cheap gift. Wow the people on your shopping list with these great gifts under $5:

1. A Local Food Item

Honey
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Every locale has its special foods – maybe it's a particular salsa or a hand-crafted variety of chocolates. Identify what that special item is in your area and you've got a great gift at a great price.

2. Seeds and Planting Supplies

Cilantro
Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber
Pick up a couple packets of seeds that are suitable for a windowsill garden – chives, cilantro or basil, perhaps – some small pots and soil for an inexpensive gift that will keep giving all year.

3. A Good Pair of Socks

Fuzzy Socks
Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber
Give the gift of snuggly warmth in the form of a nice, thick pair of socks. For the best deal, buy a multi-pack; and divide it among several people on your gift list.

4. Fancy Soap

Triple Milled Soap
Photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

Five bucks will buy a couple really good bar of triple milled soap in a wrapper that's so pretty you won't need to mess with gift wrap.

5. Fruit

Oranges
Photo &copy Flickr user Wesley_Oostevogels

Fruit baskets don't have to be elaborate to be nice. Pick out $5 of fruit from the grocery store, and deliver it in a pretty basket.

6. Gourmet Chocolate

Green and Black's Chocolate Bar
Photo courtesy PriceGrabber

Invest your fiver in a couple bars of premium chocolate, like the Green and Black's organic bars pictured at left, and your popularity rating is sure to go up.

Tip: Stretch your chocolate-buying dollars even further by searching for coupons online before you head to the store.

7. Reusable Shopping Bags

Target Reusable Shopping Bag
Photo &copy Flickr user jen_rab
Most grocery stores – and many big-box stores – now sell reusable shopping bags for 99-cents a bag. Pick up five of them for the perfect eco-chic gift.

8. A Gift Card for eBook or Song Downloads

iPod
Photo &copy Flickr user MJ/TR

Everything and everyone has gone digital these days, so a gift card for eBook or song downloads is sure to be a HUGE hit – even if it just has $5 on it.

9. A Restaurant.com Gift Certificate

Ordinarily giving someone a $25 restaurant gift certificate means spending $25 on a restaurant gift certificate. However, that's not the case when you shop through restaurant.com. Take advantage of one of their frequent sales and you could net $25 certificates for as little as $2 each.

10. An Emergency Snack Stash

Granola Bars
Photo &copy Flickr user Andrea_44

Getting a snack craving when you're at work is the worst because it leaves you turning to vending machines or convenience stores for munchies – not good for your waistline or your wallet. Put together a collection of healthy snacks for someone on your list, and call it their emergency snack stash.

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