Gift Guide: 10 Thrifty Gifts for 2010

>> 11.17.2010

The 2010 holiday season sure is a competitive one! I feel as if Black Friday has turned into an entire month. I don’t want to steal Thanksgiving’s thunder by popping in early with a gift guide, but I feel like it’s about time to think about affordable alternatives to jumping into the hectic shopping scene. What I’m trying to say here is that we don’t need to leave our families to shop on Thanksgiving Day (*cough* Walmart/ Sears) in order to get great deals. We also don’t need to stick to online retailers who happen to offer free shipping or

There are so many amazing small business owners out there offering quality products at unbelievable prices; why not make this the year of the handmade and handpicked? With thousands of shops, has something to offer for everyone. Here are 10 ideas to get you started in 2010:

This year, say, "I thought ahead and had something made for you" instead of "it was the last one left."
I love this 8 x 10 print as it is, but I can't help but imagining swapping in my newlywed friends' name and a rich brown to match their decorating style. For just $15, OurHumbleABoweD will do that for me.

I've decided that Kim is crazy... crazy-good at art and crazy to charge just $36 (including shipping) for her customized pet pieces. You work with YellowBrickHome to offer a pic of your favorite pup (or cat... or hamster) and she'll turn it into a modern masterpiece.

One Size Fits All
Have you ever bought an insecure (obviously size small) teen a size medium sweater? Not only will the ego blow be huge (and I might or might not know from personal experience), but the sweater won't be worn. Instead of ruining Christmas for everyone, go for pieces that will be sure to fit ;).
Eighty-two listings for charms at $10 and under (including shipping!)... is there anything else I need to say about rjcharms!?

I can't say this loudly enough: I LOVE SHOE CLIPS! They're genius little shoe transformers that anyone can wear. I'm not sure that any are cuter for the winter holidays than these $20 velvet bows from No144.

You can tell the recipient that you bought this $35 neck warmer from Anthropologie and she'll be impressed (and absolutely believe you)... or you can just tell her it's handmade and blow her away. I dare you to find Alouetta's quality at this price in retail stores.

This $12 Shop Houndstooth charm started as a custom gift for a friend... and thank goodness because who doesn't have a coffee buddy who would appreciate a little holiday love?

 For the Hostess
...because a hostess might like something other than wine (I think).
If they're hosting a holiday party, they love parties. Why not support the habit with more party goodies. To make a "party in a box" gift, just combine some $10 handmade drink stirrers by tearinguphouses with a stack of cute cocktail napkins, written directions for your favorite drink, and a mixer.

She's trendy, she's cool, and she has invited you into her home for the holidays. Thank your host with this cute, modern $13 piece by Colie's Crafts.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving
When affordable just isn't enough, buy a gift that serves multiple purposes... or provides for multiple people.
Effiehandmade has come up with one heck of a multipurpose gift! Leather + cashmere + cutest ornament ever + gift card holder (the holder is built into the back) = $15 (did I mention the cashmere?)

I know I mentioned this in last year's gift guide, but calendars just have to be the most genius of affordable gifts. When you through in the fact that this colorful $10 printable calendar by pinkroses1220 can be reprinted for as many gifts as you'd like... well, it's just a no-brainer.

What are your favorite affordable gifts this year?


RJ @ A Life Designed November 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

What great gift ideas! I love the custom pet portraits - so fun!

Thanks so much for including me in your guide. :)

Mrs. Kat November 17, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

I've been saving little jars throughout the year with the intention of making facial scrubs for all my friends for Christmas!

Lauren November 17, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

I'm so glad you did this post again! I have been wanting a customizable pet artwork for awhile now! Great finds!

Rhonda November 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

I love that first print!

Amanda @ Tall Glass of Water November 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Wow! I am *so* getting my BF the pet painting for Christmas! Thanks for the great post!

Christina Lucas November 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

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Kerry at just-you-wait November 17, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

Wow, great list!!

Thanks for your enthusiasm about my cashmere gift card holder/ornament, Kasey! I'm so excited to have it included in your gift guide this year! :)

Kerry (aka effie handmade) November 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

Hi I am new to your blog and just clicked follow yayayaya!!! I love love the bow shoe clips! I am all about it. I look forward to poking around your blog :)

I would love for you to join me as well.

libbyjames November 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

I have been seeing shoe clips EVERYWHERE!! It's such a cute accessory idea! I'm loving them more and more. Thanks for sharing!

libbyjames November 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

I have been seeing shoe clips EVERYWHERE!! It's such a cute accessory idea! I'm loving them more and more. Thanks for sharing!

personalised photo gifts November 3, 2011 at 3:12 AM  

Very Nice Gifts, I found a online gift store of Redmoments. There are variety of gift available for each occasion. The best thing about redmoments is they can deliver your gift anywhere in India.

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