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What things under 10 to 20 dollars

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Blatantly stolen from this forum(my other favorite time waster), I thought I would ask here, cause y'all have good ideas too, and I'm curious like that.

No more useless ties for dad, candles for mom, picture frames for the sister. We really want to think about gifts that would help a person live better, do something faster, make life simpler. Please suggest an item you have that has become indispensible at home, in the kitchen, for your pet, at the office, etc.

What do y'all think?

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My plug-in kettle and a really large tea mug ;)

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Plastic bag dispenser. I have an obsession with reusing bags for trash. My family thinks it's a riot, but hey, the things have handles that easily tie up our bathroom/bedroom/living room trash.

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Oh yeah, and my big whiteboard calendar. That thing has saved my ass about a million times.

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my Handi-helper (part thin spatula, part cutter)

several tea strainers on hand (not just one)

really thick shea butter hand cream

really thick, insulated long hot mitts

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I have the most amazing orange peeler that I won at a tupperware party. I'll see if I can find it online later.

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collectionsetc.com is a great place to buy cheap gifts

there are these really nifty voice recognition alarm clocks at Rite Aid for $9.99

I went to Forever21 and spent $15 and bought 4 things for my SIL (make up case, mirror compact, manicure set and a necklace)

A gift card to a coffee shop

Coin counter banks are $10 at Rite Aid/CVS

Portable razor thin shaver set is $13 at Avon.com

http://www.mcphee.com this is a really cool website with funny and useful gifts that are cheap

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Electric blanket

Digital watch with three alarms, a timer, and a chronograph

Edit: oops, I missed the $10-20 bit.

Kitchen scissors

More socks

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yoga DVD

although they mention candles as not being the ideal, i have to admit that aromatherapy stuff is high on my list

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Oh yeah, and my big whiteboard calendar. That thing has saved my ass about a million times.

Hells yea!!! And if you can find one that is half white board and half cork board, even better!! Never lose those scripts again ;)

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I dunno what it's called, but my brother got it for me from sharper image.

It's a base and 5 blinking, alarming things, that you can attach to things you commonly misplace-- car keys, cellphone, etc. You then sound the alarm, as it were...

Very nice for the ADHD.

Anna

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My bird identification book. (circa 1972) It is so much fun to look up birds you don't know.

I know I'm a nerd. heh

olga

PS If you have older people on your list, get them a jar-opening gadget. I have a good one if you would like me to take a picture of it. Arthritic hands really have trouble opening jars.

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Medication and Chanel lipstick - well lipstick and lipgloss a few dollars more but worth it.

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I actually have a little $9 alarm clock that I bought in 1994 and it's traveled *everywhere* with me. It's put up with a lot of abuse, and it's one of the things I stuffed in my bag when I left Virginia. I love that alarm clock, but I can't find anything like it anymore, so I hope it lasts forever. It's just a little digital alarm clock that acts as a flashlight if you hit the snooze button. That is the one thing that's changed my life.

I like the idea of a jar opener too.

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Used navy Doc Martens mary janes (eBay)

silicone spoonula (lots of places)

Le Creuset Silicone prep bowls (lots of places, I got mine at Whole Foods)

insulated reusable shopping bags (mine are from Trader Joe's)

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My dog Bingo. He cost me $13.47.

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lithium or chocolate. good chocolate.

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I pay less than that for my meds each month, so I'd go with that ;)

Or my heatable wheat bag. That keeps me warm. My filofax, which I got on sale. Headphones for my Ipod. Potato peelers. That's about it.

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an empty journal with a pretty cover

a gift card for a restaurant/coffee/pastry/whatever shop

a magic bag (i recommend everyone have five of these things)

oddly-coloured thumb drives

movie tickets

interesting coffee mugs (or interesting coffee)

REALLY good thread as my family is again practicing a $25 limit for everyone no matter what - after a few years it gets harder to think of new cheap ideas.

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electric pencil sharpener

garlic press

pill organizer

nice soap

gift certificate to a book store

great chocolate

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Crock Pot! I always use mine. I just recently had to buy a new one because my other one stopped working.

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REALLY good thread as my family is again practicing a $25 limit for everyone no matter what - after a few years it gets harder to think of new cheap ideas.

Thanks, but I stole the idea, and if anyone is stumped, I highly recommend looking at the link in the original thread, there are ideaas there I would have never thought of...

Here's one that's free, but it takes some time - I absolutely love my RSS feeds from Real Simple and Tip Nut because they are chalk full of crafty ideas and money saving tips - not to mention recipes, make-up, and decorating tips (for those that like such things)... and I don't pay anything for them.

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omg, that magic bag thing is exactly what I want!! thanks for posting it.

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A awesome Pineapple Slicer. it leaves the core and when you pull the pineapple out its sliced and juicy!

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Mexican lime or lemon juicer from a Mexican market 214745.jpg for $3 (they make them for lemons and oranges too!) soo much juice so little work!!!!

my southeast Asian sticky rice pot sticky_rice-07.jpg whole set up $8

that changed my life because I can now make perfect coconut mango sticky rice and eat the whole damn thing ;)

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