Looking for affordable holiday gift ideas that won't leave you looking like a cheapskate? Then you've come to the right place!
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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 shoe rack or closet organizers
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A Restaurant.com Certificate
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. 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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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 Farmer's Almanac, bulbs, seed bombs, gardener's soap, plant tags or saved seeds from your garden
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For the Techie
LED bulbs are the bulbs to have if you're into cutting-edge technology, 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 bulbsContinue to 5 of 12 below.
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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 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 or a gas card
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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 or a basket of gourmet foods for the entire office to share
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Laminated Trail Maps
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 or a stainless steel water bottle
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Half Price Books Gift Card
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 hpb.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 bookstore, custom bookplates or a gift card for eBooksContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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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.
Other Ideas: silicone baking cups, a good quality olive oil, premium baking chocolate or homemade vanilla extract
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For the Coffee Lover
Save your favorite java junkie some change by giving him a reusable coffee filter. With paper filters off his shopping list, he'll be able to splurge on better beans.
Other Ideas: homemade chocolate spoons or flavored syrups
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For the Golfer
Hunting for lost golf balls is never fun. Make the task a bit easier by buying the golfer in your life a golf ball monogrammer.
Other Ideas: golf balls or a personalized golf towel
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For the Person Who Has Everything
What do you give the person who has everything? Storage boxes!. They're attractive; come in many shapes and sizes, and many can be folded up between uses.
Other Ideas: velvet hangers or a grocery bag holder