Gift Guide for The Frugalista
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM | Christina Nicole
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You’ve made a list of everyone you need to buy for this holiday season: family members, close friends, co-workers, a significant other (and don’t forget your lovable pooch or kitten!) and you’ve applied the dollar amount that you wish to spend. Yet, how often is it that when you venture out to the malls, you exceed that dollar amount and your careful budgeting goes out the window?

Each year my social circle seems to expand, along with the list of people I need to buy for. If you don’t have the luxury of doing a “Secret Santa” or a gift exchange that permits you to exchange with only one other person in your household or workplace, the cost of buying gifts for every person on your list can easily range anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars – not an easy credit card bill to swallow.

Even if your workplace or financial institution offers some type of holiday savings club, (I partake in one offered by work) there’s still a good change you’ll run over what you are willing to spend.  To help ease the pain of holiday shopping and spending, here's a list of several gift ideas for everyone on your list that will excite beyond the gift card (boring!) and will not require a whole lot of cash – let’s say no more than $50.  

Dad: tablet/cell phone case, a box of cigars, his favorite bottle of wine or alcohol, car care kits, travel accessories

Mom: her favorite perfume,  tablet/cell phone case, gourmet tea set, cosmetic case, fashion scarf

Sister: decorative journal/planner, nail polish set, hat/gloves/scarf set, ballet flats, cosmetic set

Brother: general admission tickets to a sports game, video games, docking station, movie passes, sport memorabilia

Grandmother: personalized photo mug, personalized towels and soaps, decorative candles, photo frames

Grandfather: books, music, movies, digital photo frame, personalized mug

Aunt and Uncle: Gourmet coffee basket, cheese and cracker sampler, gourmet chocolates, gourmet hot cocoa making kit

Pet: Gourmet treats, toys, blankets/pillows, collar or leash

Boyfriend: His favorite cologne, his favorite candy/food, movies, favorite bottle of wine/liquor

Girlfriend: Her favorite perfume, nail polish set, at-home spa kits, pajama sets, books

Co-worker: candles, baked good, gourmet tea or coffee sets, flower arrangements/poinsettias  

All gift ideas on the list above can easily be found for under $50. If you have any gift-giving ideas you’d like to share, please comment on the story below.

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