No matter what else is going on in the world, the holiday season means it’s time to decorate the house, bake those holiday treats and choose presents for loved ones. And with tough economic times not quite behind us, many holiday shoppers will be searching for meaningful and reasonably priced gifts for friends and family.
Here are six ideas for gifts $25 or less:
•For photo lovers: Put all those family photos to good use by creating customized photo gifts and keepsakes. You can make your own at Snapily.com, which lets you take ordinary digital images and use them to create customized notebooks, bookmarks, scrapbook pages, photo cards and more with 3D and flip-book style effects.
Just choose a design, upload your photos, place your order and enjoy photo memories in a new and unique way. The customized notebooks are great stocking stuffers and cost $16.99 for large ones and $9.99 for small ones.
•For ladies who love being spoiled: Bring the spa to her bathroom. For example, Lush Bath Bombs replace boring old bath salts to make bath time more soothing. Lush infuses each one with delightful essential oils to enhance the fragrance and reward her for making it through the day. They cost only $3.95 to $6.95. Learn more at lushusa.com.
•For men who love being spoiled: It’s not only ladies who like luxuriating. A Spafinder.com gift certificate is a great way to show your man you adore him, or that maybe he’s in need of some manscaping.
The site is a helpful resource to find treatments, like quickie massages, you want in a spa near you. Prices start around $25. If you get one for yourself too, you can make a spa date.
•For music lovers: Grab an iTunes gift card online at store.apple.com. You can pick any amount — $25 is generous. Your friends and family will love finding new music and downloading favorite songs. It’s a great practical gift, since they’re probably going to do it with or without a gift card.
•For the environmentally conscious: Help your do-gooder loved ones do their part for the environment with a handy market tote. These adorable accessories let them avoid wasting plastic and paper bags during shopping excursions. You can find them at Cost Plus & World Market (worldmarket.com), for example, or your local specialty grocer. Prices range from $1.99 to $19.99.
•For chocolate lovers: Almost everyone likes chocolate. The Holiday Morsel Dozen from Fairytale Brownies is a perfect stocking stuffer and tastes the way it sounds — like a beautiful fairytale you never want to end. And even better, these babies only cost $22.90. Learn more at brownies.com.
And you might want to consider picking up a couple of these gifts for yourself. After all, you deserve it.