Creative, Thoughtful Gifts
for less than $10
We can't allow a difficult economy to rob us of the joy of giving thoughtful gifts to those we care about. The ideas on this page can be purchased inexpensively and presented with love.
Creative Gift Giving for less than $10
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*A pound of pistachios

*Child's artwork, framed

*Teacup with box of herbal tea

*Deck of cards and book of card game rules

*Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar

*Collage of special photos

*Gel pens and pretty stationary

*Bottle of sparkling cider

*Home baked bread, include recipe

*Disposable camera or rolls of film

*Holiday serving bowl or platter

*Photo album

*Makeup tote

*Prepaid photo developing envelopes

*Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup

*Jar of pure honey with biscuit mix

*Collectible sports cards

*Books
(there are still a few for under $10)

*Set of dish towels and dish cloths

*Pretty night shirt

*Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns

*Colorful Post-It notepads

*Address book

*Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief

*Chocolate

*Mandarin oranges or exotic fruit such as star fruit

*Lottery tickets

*Lipstick - buy a wild shade of red

*Cozy mittens or gloves

*Personalized or Christmas print coffee mug or tea cup

*Tire gauge

*Picture frames 

*Silly Putty - fun for any age!

*Baseball, golf balls, rubber ball....

*Night light

*Christmas ornament - home-made or store-bought

*Unique kitchen gadget like an egg slicer, grapefruit spoon, garlic press, etc.
*Deck of cards - search for one with unusual artwork

*Hair accessories

* A magazine

*Magnifying glass

*Gum or penny candy -
buy the stuff that takes you back to when you were a kid

*Novelty shoelaces

*Stamp pad and stamps

*Batteries

*Decorative wine stopper

*Journal or diary

*Modeling clay

*Tourque or a scarf - hand-knit or purchase in a store 

*Yo-yo

*Home made cookies

*Wallet or business card holder

*Travel games

*Coupons for fast food, or admission to museums or other attractions

*Underwear or socks - racy or plain, your choice

*Slinky

*Popcorn seasoning or spices

*Nail polish

*Toothbrush

*Airplane sized bottles of liquor

*Jigsaw puzzle or other puzzle game

*Tarot cards - they only work if you receive them as a gift!

*Small wooden trinket box

*Small stuffed toy

*Napkin rings

*Model airplane kit

*Personal radio

*Sidewalk chalk

*Personalized birth chart or horoscope book

*Thermal lunchbag

* Sheet music

*Gift certificate for fresh flowers
*Paperweight

*Fridge magnets

*Travel maps

*Long distance calling card

*Bird feeder

*Hand held calculator 
 
 *Packets of flavored hot chocolate or cider mix

*Die cast metal car

*Stationary or note cards

*Bath beads, bubble bath

*A copy of the gift recipient's favorite recipe - you can add some of the ingredients, too

*Stickers

*Pencil or pen - try a pen with purple ink, a giant pencil, a fountain pen, a twig pencil, etc.

*Desk or wall calendar

*Keychain

*Soap dish

*The hottest hot sauce you can find

*Seeds - try heirloom seeds or native wildflower seeds

*Fishing lures

*Glasses case

*Coloring book and crayons

*Coasters

*Pads of paper in novelty shapes

*Craft supplies - paints, brushes, wooden cut-outs, embroidery thread, beads, doll heads, kits, etc.

*House plant tools or decorative watering can

*Sports water bottle

*Vase

*Mouse pad  

*Exercise bands or hand weights

*Snow globe

*Cold mask (the kind you store in the fridge and wrap around your face to relieve aches and stuffiness)

*Travel mug

*Photos of the gift recipient as a child

*Christmas theme costume jewelry

*A tool - hammer, screw driver, pliers, etc.

*Harmonica

*Sewing, knitting, woodworking, needlework patterns

*Poster

*Kaleidoscope

*Decorative bottle opener or cork screw

*Silly straws

*Flashlight

*Address book

*Cedar balls for keeping closets and drawers fresh

Blank diskettes, cassettes, or CD's

*Piggy bank

*Kite

*Jar of homemade jam or syrup or canned fruit