GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
One survey indicates that 10% of shoppers wait until the last-minute to finish Christmas shopping. I suspect the number’s higher. Some people like it that way. The Frugalista Gift Ideas that follow should give you great gifts to pick up or great ideas.
Most listings have physical stores. Take the product name, along with the SKU or item number if available on the web page, to the store.
Have a socially conscious recipient? Who also loves chocolate? The Feed 8 Godiva Origins Collection makes the perfect gift. 2 each pieces from Ecuador, Costa Rica and Uganda. Each sale means eight school meals for children in these countries.
$25; godiva.com for locations. (Available in local boutiques: http://www.godiva.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Godiva-Site/default/Stores-Find
Give them something that’s kind to our environment and smells heavenly. The soy-bean based Thistle candles also serves mankind. Handmade by the residents of the Women of Magdalene, these candles support women survivors of addiction, violence and prostitution. Citrus Vanilla, Tea Tree Mint, Lavender, Tuscan Earth $18.00 – 8 ounce http://store.thistlefarms.org/
Dr. Jane Goodall is renowned for her lifesaving work with gorillas. This miYim eco-friendly plush, stuffed gorilla is part of the Jane Goodall Wild Animal Collection. Made of untreated, unprocessed, unbleached natural cotton, with coloring from plants and minerals . Your little recipient will love to hug this cuddly critter. Your purchase benefits the Jane Goodall Institute, which has a goal of supporting all living things.
Tocca is known for superb smelling candles. The Havana Candelina combines sugarcane and rum. Sugar and spice–an unlikely, exquisite scent. One that lasts 30 long hours. Candle in custom-made cut glass. Other scents available. Tocca also has a great selections of rich lotions, parfums, body washes, etc. Check here.
The Archipelago Botanicals ‘Excursion’ Glass Jar Candles come in 11 scents. All utilizing essential oils, like lemongrass, sage, hyacinth, bergmot, sandalwood, vanilla, tobacco leaf, verbena, ginger, lavender, etc. All hand poured. 8 colors available.
Also check out Archipelago Botanicals Signature Soy Wax Candle in a decorative box. $24
Someone on your list might love the L’Occitane ‘Verbena’ Perfumed Sachet to scent closed areas like closets. Comes in an attractive polished cotton bag.
Baby Doll Bedding Grandmas Port-a-Crib Package comes in handy on any overnight stay. But doubtful anyone will appreciate this convenience more than the grandparents. Includes bumper and two fitted sheets. 9 colors available
The Grizzly Bear Plush works for girls and boys. Both will love the soft and cuddly feel of it. It also looks realistic.
$19 $15 potterybarnkids.com
The St. Jude Give Back Bear give the kid a snuggle buddy and benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pamper someone’s baby with the Weleda Calendula Baby Starter Kit. This has everything the recipient needs for the care of baby’s delicate skin. All natural. Comes in handy travel kit.
Products in the Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Holiday Kit regenerates, inspires; softens and protects the skin. Naturally, without harsh, artificial additives, using organic pomegranate seed oil. Kit includes body lotion and body wash. Makes a great petite gift or bundler.
The Jack Black Jet Set Traveler Set helps to keep his face a thing of beauty. Portable, with just enough products (3) to make it a doable daily task. Products are SPF 20 and free of all the bad stuff (parabens, sulfates, synthetic junk and more). Set includes facial cleanser, moisturizer and triple cushion shave lather. ITEM # 1208040
Would he appreciate knowing that his morning shaves saves a tree? The Pacific Shaving Company, through Trees for the Future, plants a tree for every purchase. Get him the natural and eco-friendly Pacific Shaving Gift Pack. Includes shaving oil, shaving cream, a nick stick, and blade oil.
This lovely storage box keeps cherished keepsakes. Sixteen hand-crafted roses peek out from the clear lid of the Rose Friendship Box. Give them a constant reminder of your special bond.
$50 $40 redenvelope.com
Scarves often make good gifts. This versatile Simply Vera Wang Ruched Scarf makes a great one. Stylish too.
$32 $16 kohls.com
Spa Sonic Skin Care System Face & Body Polisher might be a practical gift. Still, it will enhance your recipient’s beauty and pamper at the same time. All the tools they’ll need for a fresh, radiant complexion.
$60 sale $40 kohls.com/
Simple Pleasures 4-pc. Bath Set Black and White Tote pampers your recipient’s body. Bubble bath, body butter, bath crystals and shower gel in a stylish and handy tote.
$22 sale $11.00 kohls.com/product
A perfect gift for a girl. Simple Pleasures Sweet Body Butter Gift Set makes a great petite gift or stocking stuffer. Or, separate the six body butter tubs and enhance other gifts. Six scents, like cherry vanilla and mango.
$12sale $5 kohls.com/
Chronicle Books ‘Wine Tasting Party’ Kit 64-page illustrated booklet demonstrates optimum wine testing technique. Includes 4 tasting notepads, wineglass markers, 4 reusable cloth wine-bottle covers and wine-tasting cheat sheet.
The Oriental Bottle stopper, part of Elad Yifrach’s L’Objet Collection, makes any bottle look graceful and beautiful. Made of silvertone metal. A Bamboo Wine Bottle Stopper also available in gold for $29.
$80 $42 $30 (with Extra 30% off) http://www.lastcall.com
For the exercise disciple or those with 2013 intentions. The Central Park Yoga ruched panel legging.The ruching, skinny fit and spandex mix helps them look great as they jog. A waistband, wide leg version also available. $48 Loehman’s $20 $15 http://www.loehmanns.com/
Healthful reasons to make olive oil part of our diet abound. Olive Oil from Tree to Table provides education on this fruit. Also includes lots of recipes for the health conscious and/or cook on your list.
All-natural candied lemons make up the Bitter Lemon Preserve. Its sweet-bitter taste works well with foods, like robust cheeses.
Even a novice cook can appreciate the Three Rubs Collection. Juniper Berry Rub, Fennel Pollen Rub and Mushroom Alchemy. Bonus: Wine Forest uses sustainable methods in gathering their products.
For the fashion conscious or those who’d like to be. This scoop Hacci ruch top will look good on almost everyone. Plus, it’s versatile. Your recipient can dress it up or down. $32 $17 http://www.loehmanns.com
In the colder climes, this button Collar Sweater might be more appreciated.
Scarves often make great gifts. Your fashionable recipient likely will fall in love with this versatile Simply Vera Wang Ruched Scarf.
$32 $16 http://www.kohls.com/
Many male office workers know there’s nothing like this crisp, no-iron striped shirt. Works great for the young man new to the office environs. Also in pink, 2 additional blues, purple and yellow.
$88 $56 EXTRA 30% OFF: $39.20 http://www.lastcall.com
A vest is often a good bet for your adult male recipient. This Tommy Hilfiger slim fit vest. $90 $50
You probably have recipients who would love a leather jacket. Even if its leatherette. This Max Studio jacket flatters most figures. Fully lined. Plus? It’s machine washable.
$98 $70 http://www.loehmanns.com/
The parents might not like it, but a younger female will think you’re the greatest. This darling Chiffon Printed dress features a flattering drop waist.
Plus, it’s machine washable.
$54 $20 http://www.loehmanns.com/
This Jersey Tank Dress might garner more approval. Certainly it has the right attitude for this recipient. Glamorous, sexy and comfy, made of lightweight, stretchable Jersey cotton. Impact entry guaranteed.
$31.00 $15.00 stylesofia.com
Or, one of the Derek Heart Bodycon Skirts. In various patterns and colors. $34 $14
The Studded Heart Purse has a detachable gold chain, gold studs and zips and the bottom. Non-traditional right? And it’s small.
Bees in Dijon, France make the Forest French Honey a wonderful treat for any recipient. All natural raw honey with an earthy and rustic flavor. Adding teas with this gift, optional.
The Dried French Lavender Wreath looks pretty any time of the year with its vibrant purple color. It also emits a soft lavender aroma. Bonus: The recipient could carefully extract a couple of the stalks, pull off the buds and put them in a sachet bag for the lingerie drawer.
A Dried Lavender Sheaf also available for $39
The Williams Ceramic Coffee Canister looks great on the counter. Sleek and practical. Made of white stoneware. The silicone gasket keeps whole or ground beans ready to brew. Handy scoop that stores in a side slot.
Justin Racz ’50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours’ Book gives women fair warning on who not to let put a ring on it.
Have a recipient who wears heels and has a walk to their destination? Give them the City Slips Foldable Ballerina Flats. These will also work as relief after a night out in dress shoes. Unfold the flats from the travel case. Replace with the heels. Aaah, sweet relief. Also available in leopard print, gold, ivory/.black, silver, matte gold, silver matte and black. For in-store inquiries, use sku #98110267.
$27 $20 EXTRA 30% OFF: $14.00 http://www.lastcall.com/
Many people can appreciate a nice key chain/fob. Especially one that makes finding keys easier. Also available in purple and orange. For in-store inquiries, use sku #98492569.
$50 $25EXTRA 30% OFF: $17.50 http://www.lastcall.com/
Some people do still write notes/letters. Even in the age of email and texting. This Savannah Stationery is beautifully packaged. Your recipient will also appreciate the graceful style of the paper. Also in pink. Less elaborate card sets available for $7, both in Savannah Card Set and the St. Regis Cards available for $7.
Retail $28$16 EXTRA 30% OFF: $11.20 http://www.lastcall.com
Believe it or not, people who write and/or keep journals would love the Pewter Crocodile embossed journals. Two journals. Lined pages. Presented with pretty ribbon and gift tag. Also in Platinum Python and Brass Python.
Set of Two Journals, Pewter Crocodile Embossed
Retail $62 $35 30% OFF: $24.50 http://www.lastcall.com/
For in-store inquiries, use sku #98312994.
The Feed 8 Godiva Origins Collection provides delectable Godiva chocolates for your recipient. That same box makes eight school meals possible to children in Ecuador, Uganda, and Costa Rica. Two chocolates from each country. Only sold in Godiva boutiques.
$25; godiva.com for locations
Spelt Flour Chocolate Brownie Tin from the Vegan Divas. Infused with dark chocolate chips. Serves 8.
Check for local stores here: http://www.harryanddavid.com/h/view/storefront
The Harry’s Gift Box Classic includes healthy fare, such as Harry & David’s gourmet pears, and decadent goodies like the chocolate Moose Munch.
$40 $30 http://www.harryanddavid.com/
Most people dislike dry skin. Travel makes worsens dry skin issues. Give the traveler on your list the Air O Swiss Travel Humidifier. It diffuses cool, moist air into the room for six hours. Plus, recipients use their own water bottle as the water source. Easy, convenient and healthy.
A wine drinker needs to be prepared. The Neiman Marcus Corkscrew & Case easily fits in your recipient’s luggage. Crocodile-embossed case looks good while traveling or in the purse.Includes knife and bottle opener.
$60$25 EXTRA 30% OFF: $17.50 http://www.lastcall.com/
For in-store inquiries, use sku #98492631
Do they make a lot of road trips? The Relaxzen Massaging Lumbar Cushion with Heat might be a godsend. Use in the car, at home or in office. AC or DC adaptor. The compact unit fits against the back of the seat. They may never get out of the car again.
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Hope found some Frugalista gifts to fit the bill. Or, at least got some ideas.
Happy Frugalista Shopping! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Wishing you a blessed and abundant New Year.
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