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Great Gifts for $30 or Less

Does the thought of buying another shave kit or another pair of plaid pajama pants make you cringe? If so, here are a few fresh gift ideas—that also won't break the bank— to get you started on your holiday shopping this season.

For the Kids: Crafty Christmas Holiday Crate, $19.95 + shipping

Kids ages 3-7 get a chance to be creative this holiday season with this unique hands-on kit. Kiwi Crate’s limited-edition holiday crate, specially designed to encourage learning and development, comes complete with all the materials kids need to make three special ornaments or their own, unique winter wonderland.

For Her: My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating, and Dreaming, $12.47 Amazon

I’ve bought three of these books now—one for a friend, one for my niece, and one for myself. No matter how old she is, she’ll have hours of fun with this interactive coloring book. Created by London-based illustrator, Nina Chakrabarti, its pages are filled with beautiful illustrations of shoes, dresses, hairstyles, and hosiery from today and fashion’s past. Peppered with historical notes that encourage young readers to learn about other cultures, this book truly is inspiration at its best.


For Parents, Grandparents, or In-Laws: NPR Station Locator Map, $10

Whether it’s Mom and Dad taking their annual trip down to Boca or your in-laws finally doing that long-awaited cross-country road trip, they’re going to need something to listen to in the car. And the NPR Station Locator Map allows them to retreat to the warm confines of public radio no matter where they might be.

For Him: Rick’s Pick’s Top-Seller Pack Mini, $25.95

This mini pack features three of Rick’s Picks best sellers including the People’s Pickle, a classic dill; Phat Beets, which have been pickled with rosemary, ginger, and lemon; and—my personal favorite—their prize-winning Mean Beans, crunchy green beans pickled with cayenne and fresh dill. Aside from these delectable delights, the Vermont-based company has a whole range of other pickled products with silly-sounding names like Hotties (super hot pickle chips with habanero) and Smokra (pickled paprika okra). Whether he’s hosting this month’s poker night or has just volunteered his bloody mary-making skills for this Sunday’s tailgating party, he’ll be the head honcho with these these pickled treats that really pack a punch.

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