holiday gift guide http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18365/all en-US 16 Easy, Delicious and Homemade Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas-treats-gift-509805851-small.jpg" alt="christmas treats gift" title="christmas treats gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall and hunting for bargains this holiday season, why not take to your kitchen? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts?ref=seealso">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a>)</p> <p>Forget that dry soup mix and heavy-as-a-rock fruitcake &mdash; homemade, edible gifts can be a real treat, not to mention being very economical. Stop fretting over what to get your growing list of recipients, and surprise them with some of the following tasty (and easy!) gifts.</p> <h2>1. Infused Alcohol</h2> <p>Infused spirits make beautiful gifts, and who doesn't like getting booze? Luckily, less is more when it comes to these flavorful drinks, and there's no need to go top shelf, so you can give an alcoholic gift without breaking the bank. <a href="http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/05/diy-vs-buy-how-to-infuse-spirits-at-home-flavored-vodka-or-rum.html">Follow these guidelines</a> and pour into bottles or jars with a label.</p> <h2>2. Quick Pickles</h2> <p>This crunchy, salty, and tangy snack is to sure to delight. <a href="http://greenvalleykitchen.com/quick-pickles/">Quick pickles</a> are quick (&hellip;yep), easy, and you can change up the flavors depending on your mood. Use saved jelly jars and attach a nice label for a special gift.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Macaroons</h2> <p>Macaroons are pretty, really tasty, and so easy to make. Make traditional <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/first-place-coconut-macaroons">coconut macaroons</a> for Hanukkah or Christmas gifts, and package them in plastic gift bags with red ribbon. Make them extra special by dipping them half-way into melted dark chocolate.</p> <h2>4. Seasonings</h2> <p>Spice mixes are convenient, but the store-bought varieties can be lackluster and often contain unnecessary fillers and chemicals. Whip up some <a href="http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/more-healthy-salad-dressing-recipes-italian-and-thousand-island">Italian seasoning</a> or <a href="http://blog.lexienaturals.com/2013/01/homemade-cajun-seasoning.html">Cajun seasoning</a>, garnish with a pretty label, and give as flavorful gifts. Note that these recipes (and others) are easily doubled and tripled.</p> <h2>5. Matzo Candy</h2> <p>An easy and delicious treat for Hanukkah, simply dip squares of matzo into melted chocolate, and sprinkle with crushed peppermint or nuts for a festive looking candy. Unless you want to <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/toffee-matzo">get fancy about it</a>!</p> <h2>6. Peppermint Patties</h2> <p>This refreshing after-dinner candy is a crowd-pleaser, and <a href="http://www.ohnuts.com/blog/homemade-peppermint-patties-recipe-2/">fun to make</a>. Dress them up by sprinkling crushed peppermint candy on top while the chocolate is still warm. Put a dozen in a small, parchment paper-lined tin for excellent gifting.</p> <h2>7. Spiced Nuts</h2> <p>Spiced nuts are a favorite snack around the holidays, and with so many variations, they make a perfect treat for a loved one. Try these roasted <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sugar-and-spice-nuts">Sugar-and-Spice Nuts</a> or <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Jessicas-Spiced-Pecans">Jessica's Spiced Pecans</a>, and present them in a pretty mason jar.</p> <h2>8. Granola</h2> <p>Homemade granola is economical, easy, and healthier than store-bought varieties. It lasts for a couple of weeks in an airtight container and can be made in lots of flavors, so it's a great gift. Start with a <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30062-basic-granola">basic recipe</a> and mix up the nuts and fruit for variety. Pistachio and cranberry is especially festive!</p> <h2>9. Dog Treats</h2> <p>Have friends or family who love their dog above all else? Wish them a happy holidays by bringing a <a href="http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-nutrition/Recipe-Ideas-for-Quick-and-Healthy-Homemade-Dog-Treats#link3">tasty homemade gift</a> to their pooch!</p> <h2>10. Fudge</h2> <p>The varieties of fudge are endless, and as long as you follow the directions, it's also easy to make. Impress your loved ones with some <a href="http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2012/11/white-chocolate-fudge-with-cranberries-and-pistachios/">White Chocolate Fudge With Cranberries and Pistachios</a>, <a href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/nutella-caramel-pretzel-fudge/">Nutella Caramel Pretzel Fudge</a> (or maybe a little of each!).</p> <h2>11. Syrups</h2> <p>Try making a homemade syrup for an easy but impressive homemade gift. Save pretty bottles and fill them with <a href="http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/homemade-vanilla-coffee-syrup/">Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup</a> (for your friends addicted to Starbucks) or <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/08/homemade-raspberry-syrup/">Homemade Raspberry Syrup</a>, which goes beautifully on top of pancakes.</p> <h2>12. Preserved Lemons</h2> <p>For your friend and family that love to cook, give them a beautiful jar of <a href="http://www.daringgourmet.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-preserved-lemons-moroccan-middle-eastern-cooking/">preserved lemons</a>. This easy-to-make jarred fruit adds vibrancy to lots of dishes. Don't worry if they aren't ready in time &mdash; just put an &quot;open by&quot; date on the tag, and they'll have a tasty treat that keeps giving for months later.</p> <h2>13. Truffles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/2014/02/easy-chocolate-truffles">Truffles</a> are easier to make than they seem, and they are so decadent and delicious that they make a fantastic gift. Plus, you can roll them in different ingredients (cocoa powder, coconut, nuts, the list goes on) and they make a lovely display.</p> <h2>14. Olive Tapenade</h2> <p>Save that nice-looking mustard jar to fill with your very own <a href="http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/black-olive-tapenade/">homemade olive tapenade</a>, and the recipient will be more than impressed. Include recipe cards with ideas for using the condiment for a nice touch.</p> <h2>15. Popcorn</h2> <p>Instead of giving a giant Christmas tin full of artificially flavored popcorn, make your own gourmet version. <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/popcorn-recipes">Popcorn</a> is easy to make and you can flavor it in lots of ways. Make a few kinds and put them each in pretty bags with ribbon and a label.</p> <h2>16. Chocolate-Dipped Everything</h2> <p>Want to make something look and taste fancy? Dip it in chocolate. Try melting dark, white and/or milk chocolate and dipping strawberries, pretzels, shortbread, or anything else that sounds good to you. Make them even prettier by then dipping into finely chopped nuts, holiday sprinkles, or sea salt.</p> <p><em>What edible gifts do you whip up for the holidays? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party">7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment DIY edible gifts gifts holiday gift guide Homemade Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:00:10 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1263566 at http://www.wisebread.com Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift_guide_image_text.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have your shopping list ready? Are you checking it twice? And are you at a loss for what to get your friends and family? Instead of wandering the busy mall hoping for inspiration, we&rsquo;ve got hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list, no matter what your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-stress-free-holiday-gift-giving?ref=seealso">5 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Giving</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></strong></p> <p>Want to go a step beyond gifts that are useful? Every single one of the items on this list can help save money. Now THAT is a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">31 Great Gifts that Keep on Giving</a></strong></p> <p>Don't give something that'll end up in the junk drawer. Instead, try one of these creative gifts that will be appreciated for months (or even years!) to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Eliminate the phrase &quot;it's the thought that counts&quot; by giving one of these awesome, useful gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to spend a fortune to show someone you care. Find something cool to give in this collection of affordable personalized gift ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season">Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season</a></strong></p> <p>Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of &quot;stuff&quot; they own. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">How to Buy Art as Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Beautiful original art doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you&rsquo;d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts">9 Useful Kitchen Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>There some kitchen items that have become part of my life in the past year that I now can't live without, that would make great gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a></strong></p> <p>This year, lessen your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time &mdash; buy gifts at the thrift store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for at a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15</a></strong></p> <p>Find the perfect gift in the nick of time, with 10 last-minute gift ideas that cost less than $15.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>Need some non-crafty, hardly homemade gift ideas, all for less than $5? Here are 25 with something suitable for nearly everyone on your gift list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don't need money to give great gifts &mdash; instead, give the gift of your time with one of these thoughtful ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></strong></p> <p>The holidays are already upon us, and some of us are completely and utterly broke. Here are a few ideas for time and skill-related gifts that you can give to friends and family, and maybe even acquaintances.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-almost-nothing-on-gifts-this-year">10 Gift Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing</a></strong></p> <p>We all love to give gifts, but sometimes tight budgets make it difficult. Use these ideas to give thoughtful gifts without spending much &mdash; or any &mdash; money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></strong></p> <p>There's still time to craft an affordable, meaningful homemade gift with one of these 25 awesome ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Infused alcohols, or liqueurs, are easy to make at home and are always welcome gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></strong></p> <p>Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts">7 Savory Food Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>I love sweets, but by the time December gift-giving comes around, I can feel my cavities forming. Here are some savory alternatives to traditional sugary gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always hard to have a person on your list who has everything. Here are some gift ideas for just for them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>What do you get for the guy who seems to have everything (or, at least, wants almost nothing)? Check out this list of practical and experience-based gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-ideas-for-practical-people">Gift Ideas for Practical People</a></strong></p> <p>What do you buy for people who hate to spend? These gift ideas will thrill the cheapskate on your list by saving them money.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></strong></p> <p>Bonus or no bonus, the gifts in this guide to giving to co-workers won't break your holiday budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods?ref=seealso">Frugal Office Party Foods</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unique-holiday-gifts-for-booklovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></strong></p> <p>It's hard to buy a book lover the right book. These bookish gifts, some for reading, some to make reading easier, are bound to please your bibliophiles.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></strong></p> <p>Buying a gift for a boss will make them feel appreciated, which they're sure to reciprocate.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></strong></p> <p>The best thing about giving cool, thoughtful kitchen gifts to the avid home cook? The delicious home cooked gifts you'll enjoy for years to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-gifts-for-teachers-10-great-possibilities">10 Great Gifts for Teachers</a></strong></p> <p>No more apples, mugs, or other unwanted gifts. This year, consider one of these 10 winners, all suggested by teachers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></strong></p> <p>Whether your geek is into comics, Star Wars, Lego, or steampunk, you can make a cool, thoughtful gift they'll love once for being DIY and twice for being nerdcore.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gifts-the-man-in-your-life-really-wants">8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants</a></strong></p> <p>Truthfully, no man wants a cardigan for Christmas. Here are some surefire gifts to make the men in your life smile.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff your favorite techie's stockings with some of these great gadgety gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></strong></p> <p>If strong fences make good neighbors, what do great gifts make? Give a couple of these this holiday season and find out!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fitness-gifts-for-15-or-less">20 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>From cyclists to swimmers, find great (and inexpensive!) gifts for the fitness-lovers in your life.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FUltimate%20Gift%20Guide-%20Thoughtful%20Ideas%20for%20Every%20List%20and%20Every%20Budget.jpg&amp;description=Ultimate%20Gift%20Guide%3A%20Thoughtful%20Ideas%20for%20Every%20List%20and%20Every%20Budget" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Ultimate%20Gift%20Guide-%20Thoughtful%20Ideas%20for%20Every%20List%20and%20Every%20Budget.jpg" alt="Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gift guide gifts holiday gift guide Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098827 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-holiday-party-dv785011-small.jpg" alt="family holiday party" title="family holiday party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For party hosts, the holidays are happiest when guests are thoughtful enough to bring a little show of gratitude for all the behind-the-scenes vacuuming, shopping, and turkey basting that goes into putting on a killer soiree. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer?ref=seealso">8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer</a>)</p> <p>For guests, the key is finding a gift that shows tact without breaking the bank. So what can you bring that's both gracious and budget friendly? Read on for our roundup of the best pennywise hostess gifts that are sure to keep you on the guest list permanently.</p> <h2>1. A Great Bottle of Wine</h2> <p><a href="http://guides.wsj.com/wine/entertaining-and-celebrating-with-wine/how-to-pick-wine-for-a-party/">Simple, flavorful, and inexpensive</a> are the mainstay traits of every great party wine. &quot;This means that, while we may love riesling, for instance, we'd avoid it because many people don't love it, or at least don't know they'd love it if they gave it a chance,&quot; write wine experts Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal's &quot;Tastings&quot; column. Instead, Gaiter and Brecher recommend muscadet from France, a widely available dry and juicy white that rarely offends (Domaine de la Quilla makes one that retails for about $11). They also suggest petite sirah from California, an earthy, blackberry-infused red that's delightful in cold weather (Bogle, Concannon, and Guenoc are some of the top producers, with bottles averaging between $10 and $15).</p> <p>Just be wary of wines being pushed on you by salespeople, the columnists warn. Often it's not so much because it's the perfect party wine, but rather that there's a glut in the market and the store wants to unload their inventory.</p> <h2>2. Festive Wine Glasses</h2> <p>One of the most imperative tasks of the holiday party host is making sure there's enough glassware. But it's easier said than done when there are those guests among us who have the unseamly habit of using a fresh glass for every drink. So why not help out by bringing one painted with pilgrims or snowflakes?</p> <p>Check out this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Turkey-Wine-Glass-Thanksgiving/dp/B006294JSW/ref=sr_1_11?s=home-garden&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414516548&amp;sr=1-11&amp;keywords=thanksgiving+wine+glass">turkey wine glass</a> by Marge ($18.95) or this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Lolita-Acrylic-Glasses-Holly/dp/B004ELQA0K/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414516372&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=holly+wine+glass+set">wine glass painted with acrylic holly berries</a> by Lolita ($18.50). They're functional, fun, and will be beyond appreciated by that straggling party guest who wandered in late looking for a spot of eggnog, but can't find a clean cup.</p> <h2>3. Homemade Dessert</h2> <p><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cashew-snowballs">Cashew snowballs</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/nutmeg-shortbread">nutmeg shortbread</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/linzer-cookies-with-spiced-jam">linzer cookies with spiced jam</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gingerbread-cookies-with-royal-icing">gingerbread cookies with royal icing</a>, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggnog-recipe2.html">eggnog</a>, and <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/creamy-caramel-sauce">jarred creamy caramel sauce</a> are all examples of crowd-pleasing holiday desserts that travel well and are simple to serve. They're also made with relatively few ingredients, which means they're budget-friendly (we calculate about $25 or less for a batch of any of the aforementioned delights) for those of us who don't mind doing a little holiday baking.</p> <h2>4. A Mason Jar Filled With Everything You Need to Make Your Own Holiday Cookies</h2> <p>If you're clumsy in the kitchen &mdash; or short on time &mdash; simply <a href="http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/12-healthy-homemade-gift-ideas">package all the dry ingredients you need make those gingerbread cookies in a mason jar</a>. And don't forget to include a tag with the recipe and a festive holiday bow. In addition to relieving you from baking duty, this gift comes with an added bonus for the party host, too: They can bake and enjoy this delicious cookie batch all for themselves long after the party guests have gone home.</p> <h2>5. Party Crackers</h2> <p>Party crackers &mdash; also called Christmas crackers &mdash; are a holiday party tradition dating back to Victorian England. And today they make for a fun and unexpected gift for party hosts and guests alike. These aren't the kind of crackers you eat, by the way. They're fun party favors filled with riddles, rhymes, toys, and, of course, <a href="http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/party-crackers.htm">wearable tissue paper crowns</a> that tumble out of the packaging when you &quot;pop&quot; the cracker open. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HW71PC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001HW71PC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2HB7KG7VIFWIYAFS">set of 12 party crackers</a> dressed in crimson bows and berries will only set you back $24.99.</p> <h2>6. A Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, or Fresh Pine Garland Centerpiece</h2> <p>Holiday plants dress up the table while allowing the hostess to enjoy them for weeks after the party is over. But many of the most popular plants will cost you upwards of $40. The red or white amaryllis, for example, is one of the priciest flowers you can buy during the holiday season. Luckily you can get a beautiful potted poinsettia plant for about half that price. A Christmas cactus or fresh pine garland centerpiece are just as lovely and will only cost you about $10.</p> <h2>7. A Cinnamon, Peppermint, or Warm Apple Pie Scented Candle</h2> <p>The holiday season is full of delectable aromas &mdash; cranberry sauce, pine needles, gingerbread. And luckily these tantalizing scents have been bottled up in colorful wax jars so we can bask in their goodness even when there are no cinnamon apple pies baking in the oven. We recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Thymes-Gingerbread-Aromatic-Votive-Candle/dp/B00N9B1KHY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414517425&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=gingerbread+candle">this gingerbread votive</a> ($12.50) by Bath And Body Net or this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Candle-22oz-Large-Housewarmer/dp/B00FO8NKJG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414517574&amp;sr=8-1-fkmr0&amp;keywords=cranberry+stuffing+candle">turkey and stuffing scented housewarmer</a> ($19.99) from Yankee Candle.</p> <p><em>What clever, affordable, and adorable hostess gifts will you be bringing to holiday parties this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts">16 Easy, Delicious and Homemade Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment gift guides gifts holiday gift guide holiday party hostess gift product reviews Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1253612 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Fun Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-ways-to-give-experiences-instead-of-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-fun-ways-to-give-experiences-instead-of-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-scuba-327448-small.jpg" alt="scuba" title="scuba" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Giving an experience, or even one&#39;s time, as a holiday gift, in the place of things that people may not really want, is becoming more and more popular. Think about it. Giving an experience means that your recipient won&#39;t have something else to clutter their home, and it means that they get to do something that is fun and meaningful for them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget?ref=seealso">The Ultimate Gift Guide</a>)</p> <p>If giving experiences appeals to you this holiday season, here are just a few ideas to jumpstart your thoughts.</p> <h2>For the Kids</h2> <p>Kids usually have a long list of things they want, but that doesn&#39;t mean you can&#39;t treat them to fun (and educational?) experiences, instead.</p> <h3>1. Annual Passes</h3> <p>Give an annual pass to something they&#39;ll enjoy returning to, like the zoo, the aquarium, or a really nifty science museum. This is an especially frugal idea if you plan to visit these places multiple times in a year anyway, as these passes usually pay for themselves in 2-4 visits. My kids love to feed the giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo over and over again, or watch how Heran the tiger progresses in his training at the Denver Aquarium. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h3>2. Field Trips</h3> <p>If your kids are in school, give a day off &quot;field trip&quot; somewhere exciting. Take them to an amusement park or an age-appropriate theater show, and throw in a meal at a fun restaurant.</p> <p>Give each of your children a day in your life. So many kids crave their parents&#39; time and attention, so knowing that you set aside the stuff that they usually see you doing in order to be with them means a lot. Even if you can&#39;t afford to go anywhere exciting, your kids will enjoy spending the day with you one-on-one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon?ref=seealso">15 Free Ways to Entertain Kids</a>)</p> <h2>For Your Spouse</h2> <p>A great thing about giving your spouse an experience is that it can be one you experience together.</p> <h3>3. Time Off</h3> <p>Give them some time off. You can give them a weekend without work, where you will take on all the tasks that would have been theirs so that they can rest, relax, and catch up on things that are important to them. If you want to, throw in gift certificates to some of their favorite places so they can pamper themselves that weekend, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-frugal-ways-to-brighten-your-spouses-day?ref=seealso">Frugal Ways to Improve Your Spouse&rsquo;s Day</a>)</p> <h3>4. DIY Classes</h3> <p>Pay for the two of you to take classes in something you think you&#39;d enjoy but have never done. Try cooking or art classes in your neighborhood.</p> <h3>5. Mini Vacation</h3> <p>Plan a small vacation. Maybe you can reserve your favorite camping spot, or get a room in a quaint bed and breakfast near an area you&#39;ve always wanted to explore. This doesn&#39;t have to be anything extravagant &mdash; the important thing is that the two of you get away together. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways?ref=seealso">14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a>)</p> <h2>For Everybody Else</h2> <p>From the foodies you know to adventurous travelers, you can give all sorts of interesting, thoughtful experiences.</p> <h3>6. Babysitting</h3> <p>Offer to babysit for a night, or two, or even a whole weekend for a parent you know. This is a gift that is virtually free for you to give, but that is also very meaningful for the parents who receive it. Not only does this mean that they get some free time, but it means that they won&#39;t have to worry about their kids because they know their munchkins will be with someone they trust. And if you wonder whether this is really giving an experience, think about it from the parent&#39;s perspective. Time off plus no kids equals a chance to do something they love without having to worry.</p> <h3>7. A Special Meal</h3> <p>Learn to cook a unique meal that your foodie friend will love. If your friend likes a particular kind of cuisine, you can watch videos on YouTube that can teach you how to make dishes your friend will love. Not only is this an experience you can share with the recipient, but the people who get to taste test your practice sessions probably won&#39;t mind, either. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-cuban-recipes?ref=seealso">10+ Tasty Cuban Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>8. Cooking School, Part 2</h3> <p>If your foodie friend would prefer to learn some new cooking skills themselves, take them to one of the classes mentioned above, or offer a gift certificate.</p> <h3>9. Personal Travel Experiences</h3> <p>If you know someone on your list who is planning a trip, see if you can&#39;t buy a special experience for them while they&#39;re there. <a href="http://vayable.com">Vayable</a> is a website that specializes in offering unique experiences to travelers by connecting them with locals who offer tours or lessons that might be hard to find otherwise. You can also contact the local travel bureau in your recipient&#39;s destination and see what they suggest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-travel-off-the-beaten-path?ref=seealso">Why You Should Travel Off the Beaten Path</a>)</p> <h3>10. Some Holiday Cheer</h3> <p>Spend some time with the recipient now that the holidays are in full swing, just experiencing the season together. Bake cookies, make hot chocolate, build a gingerbread house, and string garlands. Purchase all of the supplies and invite a group of people whose presence will be meaningful to the recipient, and you have a great gift for someone who just adores the holiday season.</p> <h3>11. A Bucket List Item</h3> <p>Buy the recipient a gift certificate to do something they&#39;ve always wanted to do. Whether it&#39;s base jumping, paragliding, or waterskiing, you can help the person knock something off their bucket list. If the price tag is too much for you to carry alone, organize a group of people who can give the recipient the adventure of a lifetime. If all of your friends are web savvy, <a href="http://www.shareagift.com/">Share A Gift</a> can be a great way to make this happen online.</p> <h3>12. An Experience Certificate</h3> <p>If you just can&#39;t decide how they should spend their time, let them choose their own experience. You can buy a gift certificate to a website like <a href="http://www.cloud9living.com">Cloud 9 Living</a>, where your recipient can choose their own adventure. I know my husband would love to be a fighter pilot for a day, and I&#39;d drag him along on my hot air balloon ride. Giving a gift like this not only means that you don&#39;t end up buying them something that isn&#39;t meaningful, but it also takes the hassle out of things on your end. You don&#39;t have to plan anything, and they still get an adventure that is special to them.</p> <p><em>Are you thinking of giving an experience as a gift this holiday season? Tell us about your plans in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-ways-to-give-experiences-instead-of-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Buying Guides buying guide DIY gift guide holiday gift guide travel Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:24:59 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1100562 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6608549961_ae24fb380f_z.jpg" alt="The Hunger Games pin" title="The Hunger Games pin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there is someone on your holiday list who is <em>the biggest fan ever</em> of something, or someone, it's pretty easy to make them happy by giving them anything that displays their love. Here are some ideas for the fanboy or girl in your life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget?ref=seealso">The Ultimate Gift Guide)</a></p> <h2>Fan Wear and Gear</h2> <p>Get some neat fan-designed shirts, posters, phone cases, and more from sites like <a href="http://www.redbubble.com/">Redbubble</a>, <a href="https://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a>, <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10887956">Cafe Press</a>, <a href="http://society6.com/">Society 6</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10379051">Spreadshirt</a>, <a href="http://www.deviantart.com/">DeviantArt</a>, and <a href="http://www.zazzle.com/">Zazzle</a>. One of my favorite sites for unique shirts celebrating my favorite shows is <a href="http://www.teefury.com/">TeeFury</a>, although they only have T-shirts listed for 24 hours, so it's harder to find shirts as a gift.</p> <h2>Anything Autographed</h2> <p>Search on eBay for an autographed poster or memorabilia. Celebrities also often offer autographed items on eBay for <a href="http://celebrity.ebay.com/">charity auctions</a>.</p> <h2>Board Games</h2> <p>Look for themed board games on Amazon. For example, check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4ZG7K2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B4ZG7K2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Clue: The Big Bang Theory</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1589944607/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1589944607&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Battlestar Galactica Board Game</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CFXCDZA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CFXCDZA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">The Walking Dead Monopoly Survival Edition</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games?ref=seealso">5 Great Card and Board Games</a>)</p> <h2>Key Chains, Action Figures, and Other Tokens</h2> <p>If it's a hit movie or TV show, chances are there's an action figure. Get a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B89LZ4C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B89LZ4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Breaking Bad Walter Action Figure</a> or the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MPFXX4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003MPFXX4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Mad Men Joan Holloway Doll</a>. Look for unique but practical items like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00686FLNQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00686FLNQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Game of Thrones Coaster Set</a>, <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11216962">Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt</a> (ThinkGeek.com), or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074BTDF6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0074BTDF6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">The Hunger Games Shoulder Bag</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-lessons-from-the-hunger-games?ref=seealso">What The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About Finance</a>)</p> <h2>Costumes</h2> <p>If clothing is your friend's thing, you can find replica clothes of their favorite characters. Doctor Who fans will love the <a href="http://abbyshot.com/doctor-who/eleventh-doctors-jacket/">Eleventh Doctor's Jacket</a> (AbbyShot.com).</p> <h2>Replica Props</h2> <p>Give an iconic replica prop, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PAV95Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006PAV95Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Malcolm Reynolds' Metal-Plated Pistol</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D1ALGWC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D1ALGWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Game of Thrones Robb Stark's Sword</a>, and you'll have a friend for life.</p> <h2>Collector's Editions, Scripts, and Behind the Scenes Extras</h2> <p>Fans will devour anything and everything related to their obsession. Seek out collector's editions that include extras like interviews or commentaries. Star Wars fans would love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419704702/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1419704702&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Star Wars: Frames</a> to put on their coffee table. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CNW9ZOA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CNW9ZOA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition on Blu-ray</a> includes a frameable map of Oz, collectible award pin set, Ruby Slippers Sparkle Globe, 52-page hardcover photo book, and more.</p> <h2>Event Tickets</h2> <p>If you can swing it, there's nothing that gets a fan's heart pumping more than to be in the same room as their favorite character. <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/">Comic-Con</a> tickets are notoriously difficult to get, but there may be other smaller events you can surprise your pal with.</p> <h2>Interviews, Bloopers, and More</h2> <p>If you have the time and skill, you won't have to spend a dime for the fanboy or girl in your life. Just search <a href="http://www.youtube.com/">YouTube</a> for interviews, behind the scene stuff like bloopers, and other appearances, and put them together on a DVD or video file for their enjoyment. (As a courtesy, you should contact the owners for permission.) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks?ref=seealso">Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a>)</p> <h2>Fan Fiction</h2> <p>For many fans who just can't get enough, some fan fiction will satisfy their desires to see more of their characters. Check out <a href="http://www.fanfiction.net/">FanFiction</a> and put together a nice collection as a gift. (Again, contact the writers for permission.)</p> <p><em>What cool stuff are you getting for your fanboys or fangirls this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gifts holiday gift guide product reviews Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:48:10 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098883 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-148424445.jpg" alt="gift wrap" title="gift wrap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most wrapping paper hits the trash or recycle bin as soon as the gifts are opened. But, you can avoid throwing your hard earned dollars along with the wrapping paper in the trash this holiday season by using a few clever alternatives. Here are several ways to save on holiday gift wrap, while still making your gifts look great. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reusable-gift-wrapping-the-wrap-that-keeps-on-giving?ref=seealso">Reusable Gift Wrapping Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dish Towel Wine Bag</h2> <p>Why not make the wrapping part of the gift by using a decorative dish towel? Try out <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/gifts/wrapping/creative-gift-wrapping-ideas-00000000014208/page21.html">Real Simple's idea for a dish towel wine bag</a>, or wrap a towel around a nice bottle of olive oil, candles, or other round items to spruce up your gift. You can easily find cheap and pretty tea towels and dish towels at discount stores, home stores, and dollar stores, or use your own if you have a big collection on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars?ref=seealso">10 Great Wines Under $10</a>)</p> <h2>2. Brown Mailing Paper</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-187006289-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Rolls of brown postage paper can be used to make some <a href="http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/12/14/gift-wrapping-ideas/kraft-paper-stamps-gift-wrap/">decorative holiday gift wrap</a> for a lot less than a regular roll of wrapping paper. Get creative and use stampers, unique ribbon, stencils, twine, paint, or glitter to add some holiday flair. Or, in similar fashion, <a href="http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/12/14/gift-wrapping-ideas/make-your-own-design-gift-wrap/">transform economical, recycled brown craft paper</a> using stickers to turn boring old brown into instant holiday wrap.</p> <h2>3. Seek Out Stores With Savings</h2> <p>These days, dollar stores have a host of gift bags and decent quality wraps, and it's hard to tell that some of these items only cost a buck. <a href="http://www.target.com">Target's</a> dollar bin also has smaller rolls of wrapping paper around the holidays. For fancier wrapping papers at bargain prices, try places like <a href="http://www.homegoods.com">HomeGoods</a> and <a href="http://www.tjmaxx.com">TJ Maxx</a>, which always have some beautifully embellished, heavier-weight rolls near the checkout area at holiday time.</p> <h2>4. Jars, Tins, and Plates</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-160771161-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can upcycle medium and large-sized glass jars, or buy some <a href="http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-shortcuts/mason-jars-gift-wrapping#slide-2">cheap mason jars to gift</a> all sorts of items. Dollar store holiday plates and tins also make great gift packaging. These items all work well for edible gifts, such as cookies and candies, as well as for small soaps and candles. Embellish your jars with glitter pens or paint to add a nice holiday touch, or simply add a festive ribbon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-find-free-or-cheap-mason-jars?ref=seealso">Where to Find Free or Cheap Mason Jars</a>)</p> <h2>5. Potato-Chip Bags</h2> <p>Only <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/274678/gift-wrapping-ideas/@center/307035/santas-workshop#276436">Martha Stewart could come up with potato-chip bag gift wrap</a>, which is not only clever and festive, but eco-friendly. Re-use a large, empty potato-chip bag by opening it up to reveal the shiny silver inside. After a good cleaning and drying, you now have some great foil wrapping paper, which is perfect around the holidays.</p> <h2>6. Shopping Bags</h2> <p>I never throw away good retail shopping bags, especially those that have decent handles, cool designs, or blank canvases. You can easily use these bags for gifts by dressing them up with bows and ribbons. Or, hide the store name on the bag with some clever holiday labels or stickers to make a one-of-a-kind gift bag.</p> <h2>7. Fabric</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-452050481-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Use your leftover fabric scraps to make any gift look fancy. <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/274678/gift-wrapping-ideas/@center/307035/santas-workshop#235324">Fabric as gift wrap</a> works great on just about anything, but I especially like to use it for candles, jewelry, and small home goods, where I just tie a bow around the top to make a little sack. Craft stores also have loads of cheap holiday fabrics for sale, which are great for the task.</p> <h2>8. Magazines</h2> <p>Try using some beautiful holiday-themed food, landscape, or flower pages from home magazines or retail catalogs for some nice wrapping paper. Or, <a href="http://papercrave.com/weekly-wrap-41-recycled-magazine-gift-wrap/">use magazine pages based on color and pattern</a> to make unique gift paper in whatever way you choose.</p> <h2>9. Tissue Paper</h2> <p>Tissue paper comes in almost every color and pattern and is a lot cheaper than regular wrapping paper. Use it to wrap odd-shaped gifts or stocking stuffers. I especially like the tissue papers that have a shimmery surface or glitter. Even dollar stores have a big selection of holiday themes and colors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <h2>10. Lunch Bags</h2> <p>Decorate the typical brown paper lunch bag with festive designs and stickers to make a unique gift wrap option. You can also punch holes in top and string the bag with holiday ribbon or use greenery sprigs and twigs from outdoors to <a href="http://rustic-crafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lunch-bag-gift-wrap.jpg">make an ordinary, economical lunch bag look festive</a>.</p> <h2>11. Maps</h2> <p>For a truly worldly feel this holiday, <a href="http://www.homegoods.com/blog/2012/02/21/repurposing-your-old-maps-five-fun-ideas/wrapped-in-old-maps-creative-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas/">reuse old maps as gift wrap</a> to make for some unique and stylish-looking presents. You may have some old map booklets hanging around or even scout some out at a flea market or thrift store for a few dollars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store?ref=seealso">Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>12. Collect and Reuse</h2> <p>If you haven't already been collecting and reusing the gift wrap you receive, you can at least start this year. At my house, we always have big collection bags under the tree while we open presents, so we can easily sort nice bows, boxes, gift bags, and wrapping paper to use again. You'd be surprised how much you can reuse and how far it goes towards next year's holiday season.</p> <h2>13. Boxes Only</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-184888087-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>When it comes to gift giving, a solid colored box in good condition and some ribbon may be all you need. Plain white shirt boxes look just great with any type of ribbon. Or, dress up a shoebox by covering it with decorative paper or paint to house your gift. This works great for breakables that you don't want your recipient turning the gift upside down in order to unwrap it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-hacks-that-will-save-your-money-and-your-sanity?ref=seealso">Money-Saving Gift Giving Hacks</a>)</p> <h2>14. Kid Paper</h2> <p>Don't underestimate the little artist in the house for making some personalized, cheap wrapping paper. Use holiday art from school or hand your kids some blank white copy paper or a sketch pad and let them go to town with paint, markers, or crayons to make grandma's gift extra special this year.</p> <h2>15. Newspaper</h2> <p><a href="http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/creative-gift-wrap-ideas-1209#slide-3">Newspaper gift wrap</a> can add an unexpected twist to someone's gift this holiday season. Think of the comics section for kids or whimsical gifts, the home and decorating section for small goods and the sports section for sports-themed items.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite economical gift wrap ideas?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Cheap%252C%2520Clever%252C%2520and%2520Attractive%2520Ways%2520to%2520Save%2520on%2520Gift%2520Wrapping%2520Paper.jpg&amp;description=15%20Cheap%2C%20Clever%2C%20and%20Attractive%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Gift%20Wrapping%20Paper"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Cheap%2C%20Clever%2C%20and%20Attractive%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Gift%20Wrapping%20Paper.jpg" alt="15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Buying Guides gift wrap gifts holiday gift guide Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:30:43 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1098854 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons Why You Should Ask for Cash This Christmas http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-ask-for-cash-this-christmas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-why-you-should-ask-for-cash-this-christmas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-105774894.jpg" alt="cash gift" title="cash gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling guilty because you&#39;re considering asking for cash this Christmas? Don&#39;t. The best gifts don&#39;t have to be hand-selected from a secret boutique or wrested from the panicked grasp of another shopper at 4:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Sometimes, the best gifts are the simplest, and cash is supremely simple, versatile, useful, <em>and appropriate</em>. In fact, here are 10 reasons why cash should be on your Christmas list this year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-give-kids-cash-for-the-holidays">5 Reasons to Give Kids Cash for the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cash Doesn&#39;t Expire</h2> <p>Go tell Santa cash doesn&#39;t expire. Unlike gift cards which, <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/gift-cards-and-certificates-statutes-and-legis.aspx">according to various state laws</a> may expire after five years of the date they&#39;re activated, cash is always good.</p> <h2>2. Cash Is Fee-Free</h2> <p>Again, <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/gift-cards-and-certificates-statutes-and-legis.aspx">based on state law</a>, some card issuers may leverage an inactivity fee for gift cards that haven&#39;t been used within a certain period. If you&#39;ve forgotten about that gift card to your favorite shoe store for the past 12 months and you happen to live in Kansas, you may have lost a portion of the balance by the time you&#39;re ready to buy those new wedges. But cash is fee-free&nbsp;&mdash; no need to refer to a map to determine how it will be treated once you reach the cash register. Isn&#39;t simplicity a beautiful thing?</p> <h2>3. Cash Is Universal</h2> <p>Cash is accepted everywhere. No need to look for little logos on the front door of your favorite business; the green stuff works everywhere, every time. The same can&#39;t be said for checks, debit cards, credit cards, or gift cards.</p> <h2>4. You Almost Never Need to Return Cash</h2> <p>Except in rare cases of embarrassment (This is too much!), guilt (I don&#39;t deserve it!), or error (Wait, you gave me a hundred, not a ten) there&#39;s almost never a need to return cash. That means no receipts to track, no trips to make, and no long lines to wait in.</p> <h2>5. Cash Always Fits and Never Goes Out of Style</h2> <p>One size fits all, and the tailoring is timeless. Cash works for everybody and lets them choose the when and where of their gift. It usually never gets orphaned in the back of a closet or stuck on a shelf with last year&#39;s skinny jeans.</p> <h2>6. Cash Is the Perfect Stocking Stuffer</h2> <p>Tucked in an envelope or rolled and tied with a satin bow, cash is an ideal stocking stuffer. It&#39;s as if the green stuff was made to fit in a stocking hung with care. And what could make a candy cane or box of chocolate-covered cherries taste sweeter than a bit of cash to go along with it? For more ideas on how to creatively give cash during the holiday, <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/wrapping-christmas-money/">check out these great cash-wrapping ideas</a> from crafting website, <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/">C.R.A.F.T.</a> (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift">Ways to Give Cash as a Gift</a>)</p> <h2>7. Cash Is Personal</h2> <p>Depending on how you look at it, cash can be a supremely personal gift. With cash, the gift-giver acknowledges that he may not know the intricacies of your taste or exactly what you need. And, rather than give an object as some offering to out-dated decorum, he gives cash instead &mdash; letting you choose what you want, buy what you need, or combine it with other funds to purchase something extra special.</p> <h2>8. Cash Can Be Saved</h2> <p>I may be an oddity, but when I&#39;m asked to come up with a Christmas wish list each year, I&#39;m always at a loss. I tend to keep my wants and needs pretty low-key and whatever small things I might really want, I pick up on my own throughout the year (usually on sale or second-hand). Asking for cash at Christmas may seem crass, but it lets me &quot;buy&quot; exactly what I want &mdash; a slightly larger savings account. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-online-savings-accounts">Top 5 Online Savings Accounts</a>)</p> <h2>9. Cash Pays the Bills</h2> <p>The holidays can carry a bit of irony with them. Often they fill our lives with temporary largesse even though the rest of the year we may be struggling just to make ends meet. Also, all of those gift obligations come at a financial price, many times stretching our already tight budgets to the breaking point. Cash can alleviate some of the financial stress of making it through the holidays or recovering from them. Though it might not be the sexiest use of a gift, paying bills with holiday cash can bring some peace of mind. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-stress-free-holiday-gift-giving">Stress-Free Holiday Gift Giving</a>)</p> <h2>10. Cash Isn&#39;t Clutter</h2> <p>Go check your closets, the attic, the basement, and the garage. What did you find but bins full of ghosts from Christmases past? Instead of adding to your Jacob Marley menagerie, why not simply ask for cash this Christmas? Save it, donate it, use it buy something you&#39;ll really enjoy (and use up!). No bins, no boxes, and no totes required.</p> <p>Ultimately, the holidays are about giving in whatever form we choose to those we care about the most. And, as times change, so do some of our standards of propriety. Far from a quick, last-minute, or impersonal gift, cash may be finally coming into its own as the new &quot;currency&quot; of thoughtful holiday giving. With all the choices we have today, all the venues available to buy through, and the mobile nature of our world, now more than ever &mdash; cash is king at Christmastime.</p> <p><em>Have you ever asked for cash at Christmas? Would you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-ask-for-cash-this-christmas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-financial-gifts-to-give-new-grads-besides-cash">9 Smart Financial Gifts to Give New Grads Besides Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cash gifts holiday gift guide Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:30:51 +0000 Kentin Waits 1098677 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Gift Ideas for Crafters http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hobby-137741509.jpg" alt="crafts" title="crafts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Got someone on your list who loves to make her own jewelry, sew his own clothes, and is a minor celebrity on Pinterest? Here are some ideas that'll to help you cross your friend off your holiday shopping list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper?ref=seealso">10 Gifts You Can Make With Paper</a>)</p> <h2>1. Decorative Tape</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=decorative%20tape&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">Decorative tape</a> is an essential item in any crafter's arsenal and they can't get enough of it. A popular type is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJSQY3E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJSQY3E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Washi tape</a>, which comes in gorgeous designs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">20+ Useful Gifts</a>)</p> <h2>2. Metal Stamps</h2> <p>Customize jewelry with initials and designs with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=decorative%20tape&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">metal stamps</a>. Pick up this highly rated how-to guide to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596681772/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1596681772&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">making custom jewelry</a>.</p> <h2>3. Screen Printing Kit</h2> <p>Create your own shirts and other accessories with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=screen%20printing%20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">screen printing</a>. Simple and easy to get started today!</p> <h2>4. Rotary Cutter</h2> <p>Easier to handle than scissors, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B7M8WU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B7M8WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">rotary cutter</a> makes cutting a variety of fabrics simple. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains?ref=seealso">Easy Homemade Curtains</a>)</p> <h2>5. Glue Gun</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009XTPAO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009XTPAO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Glue guns</a> can glue material such as wood, plastic, metal, ceramics, fabric, and more. A must have for any crafter. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C6LMY6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004C6LMY6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">glue gun helpers kit</a> will be a useful addition as well.</p> <h2>6. Martha Stewart</h2> <p>Martha Stewart, the queen of crafters, will inspire and bring out the creative juices. Get a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005WYSJQ6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005WYSJQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Martha Stewart Living Magazine</a> subscription or her <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307450570/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307450570&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Encyclopedia of Crafts</a>.</p> <h2>7. Fusing Kit</h2> <p>For those who love to make their own jewelry, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O5ULP4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O5ULP4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">fusing kit</a> allows you to create stunning pendants, earrings, and bracelets in your microwave!</p> <h2>8. Embroidery Machine</h2> <p>An embroidery machine will allow you to add fun, colorful designs on your creations. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVMZA4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVMZA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Brother Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine</a> includes a built-in embroidery design library of 70 designs, or upload your own.</p> <h2>9. Sewing Machine</h2> <p>If your friend doesn't already have a sewing machine, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQM1DE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000JQM1DE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Brother CS6000i</a> is <em>the </em>machine to get, according to over 2000 reviews on Amazon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sewing-machines?ref=seealso">Top 5 Sewing Machines</a>)</p> <h2>10. Die Cut Machine</h2> <p>Die cut machines cuts various types of material, such as paper, cardstock, and fabric, to specific specs and designs. The three most popular machines are the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R83VKE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007R83VKE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Silhouette Cameo</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WOV83M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WOV83M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Cricut Expression</a>, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BWJCCI6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BWJCCI6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Sizzix Big Shot</a>. You can also pick up <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005S2O61E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005S2O61E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">replacement blades</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BD10GZ4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BD10GZ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">cartridges</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CE3CGM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CE3CGM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">other accessories</a> if your friend already has one of these.</p> <h2>11. Thermal Laminator</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010JEJPC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0010JEJPC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Thermal Laminators</a> allow you to create reusable items like calendars and signs, protect projects like posters, collages, and a host of arts and crafts projects.</p> <h2>12. 3D Printer</h2> <p>A 3D printer will allow any crafter to create a variety of customized items. It's also a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer">versatile device that can help anybody save money</a>.</p> <p><em>What's on your crafter's wish list this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide crafts gifts hobby holiday gift guide product reviews Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:24:05 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098788 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Tool Gifts for Fixer Uppers http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-tool-gifts-for-fixer-uppers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-tool-gifts-for-fixer-uppers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tools-153560388.jpg" alt="toolbelt" title="toolbelt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="181" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like everyone has a home project going on these days, and whether you know someone who is giving a room a facelift or taking on a major remodel, the holidays are the perfect time to gift them the right tool to help in their endeavor. These 10 tools aren't just incredibly cool, they have a wide range of uses. Pick one or two for the DIY-enthusiast on your list, and be sure to add a few to yours as well!</p> <h2>1. Pulverizer</h2> <p>One of the most challenging (and fun) parts of any DIY project is the demolition, and if bustin' stuff up is on your loved one's to-do list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VSSG3O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VSSG3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Stanley FatMax Xtreme55-120 FuBar III</a> will make an excellent gift. This multi-tasker weighs over eight pounds and is balanced perfectly for maximum striking power. Use it to get a start on holiday renovations with its ability to pry, split, bend, and destroy!</p> <h2>2. Oscillating Tool</h2> <p>Designed to make quick work of cutting, scraping, sanding, and more, the oscillator has been on the market for years, originating with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4OCTX2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B4OCTX2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">top-of-the-line Fein brand</a>. Most DIY experts keep one in their arsenal, since you can buy almost unlimited attachments for unlimited jobs around the home. For those who are watching pennies, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JRJE4M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005JRJE4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Dremel MultiMax</a> is a more reasonably priced alternative for handling the same tough jobs of cutting grout and scraping carpet adhesive.</p> <h2>3. Infrared Thermometer</h2> <p>Finding leaks in insulation in your home can be a pain, but with a thermal leak detector (like the one made by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LMTW2S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001LMTW2S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Black and Decker</a>), it's so fun &mdash; it feels like a game! The handy gadget measures the temperature of surfaces to determine where warm air is escaping; use it on your walls, ceiling, and floors to handle pesky drafts. This tool can also be used for troubleshooting HVAC systems, fridges and freezers, and even car engines!</p> <h2>4. Rechargeable LED Work Light</h2> <p>Most shops have poor lighting, and many work projects take place where there may be no lighting at all. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002T4AEGK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002T4AEGK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Cooper Lighting LED130 Might-D-Light 80-LED Cordless Light</a> is extremely portable, featuring a hinged &quot;batwing&quot; design for free-standing without a base. (Or use its magnetic feature to stick it to any metal surface!) Pop in Ni-Mh batteries for quick charging at home or on the go with the included AC/DC charging adapters.</p> <h2>5. Racheting Wrench</h2> <p>For when you can't have all of your tools with you, a handy catch-all like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042AM7E6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042AM7E6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Black and Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench</a> could save the day (and lots of space!) It's an affordable solution featuring 16 standard and metric, color-coded socket sizes. The regular handyman will find it useful for a number of odd (and not-so-odd jobs), including furniture assembly, car repairs, and home remodeling.</p> <h2>6. Pocket Driver</h2> <p>While most DIY'ers want a gift that represents power and speed, there are times when something modest is in order. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BEE12U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003BEE12U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Bosch Pocket Driver Kit</a> is a small driver that can fit into the nooks and crannies that prevent other drivers from working properly, but it provides enough torque to make fast work of most jobs. The handy LED light helps shine a light on your project, and its 20 clutch settings keep it versatile in ever-changing environments.</p> <h2>7. Pocket Hole Joinery System</h2> <p>For the handy man or woman that has everything, a unique gift like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DYFISG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DYFISG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Kreg Pocket Hole System</a> may be in order. This unique kit lets even beginner carpenters make perfect joints without glue, clamps, and complicated geometric calculations. Just drill a hole at an angle into one workpiece, and connect it to the other piece with a self-tapping screw. Build cabinets in days instead of weeks, and watch your projects get done!</p> <h2>8. Power Strip</h2> <p>What does the average DIY'er wish they had more of? Power! But finding a place to plug everything in can be a challenge. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007X5RERW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007X5RERW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Stanley PowerSquid</a> allows you to plug five devices into grounded outlets in any position. A three-foot cord and on/off circuit breaker ensures that your workspace is safe, and this flexible alternative to a regular power strip gives even bulky adapter plugs a place to power up.</p> <h2>9. Sharpener</h2> <p>A dull knife blade isn't just cumbersome, it can be downright dangerous! Gift your favorite handyperson the ability to always stay sharp with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O8OTNC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000O8OTNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">PocketPal Mutifunction Sharpener</a>. This tool can handle both standard and serrated edges, making quick work of a lifeless blade. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone wishing to keep their cutting tools in top-notch condition!</p> <h2>10. Multitool</h2> <p>You don't have to be a Boy Scout to follow the motto of &quot;Be Prepared,&quot; and giving a gift like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XU9NXW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XU9NXW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Leatherman Skeletool Multitool</a> ensures that your loved one can be ready for anything. This smaller-than-average multitool weighs less than six ounces and packs the following tools into one slick-looking sheath: pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, bottle opener, stainless steel blade, and universal bit driver (with bits).</p> <p><em>Any tools on your wish list? Any DIYers on your gift list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-tool-gifts-for-fixer-uppers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Buying Guides buying guide gifts holiday gift guide product reviews tools Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:48:06 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1098712 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheers to the Holidays: 10 Affordable Wines Perfect for the Season http://www.wisebread.com/cheers-to-the-holidays-10-affordable-wines-perfect-for-the-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheers-to-the-holidays-10-affordable-wines-perfect-for-the-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-187375129.jpg" alt="wine" title="wine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everybody thinks that the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are holiday dinner essentials, but they've never dined with your family, have they? You know the real star of the show is the case of wine hiding in the corner to help you get through the holiday.</p> <p>This year, save some money on your saving grace by stocking up on budget bottles to kick off this annual season of giving (and breathing very deeply). Thus, here are 10 fresh and flavorful picks to help you conserve cash and sanity this Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa &mdash; all $15 or less.</p> <h2>2012 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc</h2> <p>($10.99)</p> <p>We start drinking early on Thanksgiving Day in my family &mdash; if only to recharge after a night of pre-holiday festivities (&quot;Black Wednesday&quot; is the biggest night out of the year, dontcha know) &mdash; and the <a href="http://www.cecchettiwineco.com/Buy-Wines/Sauvignon%20Blanc/17">2012 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc</a> is a nice wine to dip into after breakfast as we prepare the midday snacks. It opens with crisp and refreshing aromas of grapefruit and lemon citrus with subtle grassy characters that lead into a clean finish. Perfectly fine all by its lonesome, the Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc also complements shellfish, like a cold shrimp cocktail before the afternoon's games kick off.</p> <h2>2012 A to Z Chardonnay</h2> <p>($15)</p> <p>Oregon isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of on-the-mark wine, but the <a href="http://atozwineworks.com/chard.html">A to Z Oregon Chardonnay</a> may change that. With a pop of the cork, aromas of kiwi, tangerine, white peach, and quince waft from the glass, followed by deeper, more complex aromas like honey, melon, and beeswax. Upon first swish, notes of pear and toasted coconut reveal themselves in a concentration balanced by firm acidity that provides vitality and persistence. Pair with <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/salmon-rillettes">salmon rillettes</a> to tide company over until supper is served.</p> <h2>Palacio de Borno Verdejo Rueda</h2> <p>($14)</p> <p>If you're forgoing a turkey this Thanksgiving in favor of a more exotic meal &mdash; say, something with a Spanish flair &mdash; then you might want to try the 2012 <a href="http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1141091">Palacio de Borno Verdejo Rueda</a> from Rueda, Spain. The Rueda region of Spain excels at producing crisp, minerally white wines made from the Verdejo grape. The favorite white wine of Spanish natives, this particular Rueda is a perfect example of the fruity and incredibly pure Rueda style. Consider sharing a glass with your amigos as you munch on tapas of chorizo and cheese.</p> <h2>Rey Santo Rueda</h2> <p>($9.99)</p> <p>Another great pick from the Rueda region of Spain is the <a href="http://www.bagandstringwine.com/product-p/02536.htm">2012 Rey Santo Rueda</a>, a smooth blend of 50% Viura and 50% Verdejo grapes that produce a fine nose of pineapple and passion fruit aromatics with mineral notes. Rich and well structured on the palate, this Rueda pairs well with roasted fish and chicken.</p> <h2>Skinnygirl Chardonnay</h2> <p>($11.99)</p> <p>Watching your weight around the holidays? That's no fun &mdash; but you'll have an easier time choosing between another drink or a second dessert if <a href="http://skinnygirlcocktails.com/the-cocktails/the-wine-collection">Skinnygirl Chardonnay</a> is on the menu. A complex combination of white peach, French oak vanilla, and orange blossoms, this wine with a light finish and rich flavors lets you leave room for one more smidge of pie with zero smidges of guilt.</p> <h2>2012 Hahn Winery Pinot Noir</h2> <p>($14)</p> <p>Hailing from California, this <a href="http://store.hahnwinery.com/Hahn_Winery_Pinot_Noir_2012_California">Hahn Winery Pinot Noir</a> harvested in fall 2012 provides aromas of dried plums, black currants, and cola, while notes of black cherry, vanilla, and spice linger on the palate. A silky mouthfeel builds on fresh acidity as you savor its depth of flavor &mdash; after an appreciative pause for its deep purple color. Perfect for serving with a nontraditional bird, such as duck, goose, squab, or pheasant, or a well-braised rabbit.</p> <h2>2011 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti</h2> <p>($15)</p> <p>As long as you're not serving fava beans as a side dish, you can offer this <a href="http://wineawesomeness.com/wine-list/rocca-di-castagnoli-chianti-rosso-della-rocca-tuscany-italy-2011.html">Chianti from Rocca di Castagnoli</a> without inciting fright. Ripe notes of pomegranate and mulberry lead into secondary notes of balsamic, tomato, braised fennel, and herbs, making it the perfect complement to a savory Italian-style feast. Pair with an al dente pasta with a robust red sauce.</p> <h2>Terra Fossil Cabernet Mendoza</h2> <p>($11.99)</p> <p>Born from hand-selected grapes from Mendoza, Argentina, this <a href="http://worldwinesathome.com/Terra_Fossil/Terra_Fossil_Cabernet_Mendoza">100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Terra Fossil</a> features complex aromas of dark fruits, spices, and black pepper to complement a strong, elegant, full-bodied structure. Well balanced with velvety tannins, this mature red wine pairs well with spicy dishes and game, including lamb and bison.</p> <h2>Casa Larga Cab-Merlot</h2> <p>($12.99)</p> <p>If chocolate dishes are on the dessert table, you'll want to pour a glass of <a href="http://www.casalarga.com/index.cfm?method=storeproducts.showdrilldown&amp;productid=2847cb62-bb40-acdc-0e7d-82a70bcfc2b9&amp;ProductCategoryID=707aa007-1b78-7bfe-4cfe-9f0f174a33bb&amp;WineryID=ac96dc47-bb2a-7f76-f34a-e9fd51c1aec9&amp;WineTypeID=&amp;ProductType=&amp;wineVarietalID=&amp;wineRegionID=&amp;vintage=&amp;lowprice=&amp;highPrice=&amp;WineBrandID=&amp;WineAppellationID=&amp;lowletter=&amp;highletter=&amp;OrderBy=PXPC.DisplayOrder%20Asc,%20P.ProductName%20ASC&amp;ShippingState=NY">Casa Larga Vineyard's medium-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot</a> and enjoy an extra special treat as you wash all that deliciousness down. Dark berry and oak aromas complement a velvety palate developed as a result of grapes hand picked very late in the season to maximize ripeness and tannin development.</p> <h2>The Gambler Malbec</h2> <p>($11.70)</p> <p>After all the dishes and children are tucked away for the evening, break out the cards, dice, and dollar bills for some family-friendly competition. <a href="http://www.getwineonline.com/sku01552_CULTIVATE-MALBEC-THE-GAMBLER-750ML">&quot;The Gambler&quot; Malbec</a> from Cultivate Wines is just what the Maverick ordered for these reindeer games with its broad and brawny mouthfeel of blue and black fruits, leather, and spice. Better still, Cultivate Wines donates 10 cents of every dollar in gross sales to local charities across the United States &mdash; so you won't feel as bad about downing a few bottles in a single sitting.</p> <p><em>What're your favorite affordable wines for the holidays?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheers-to-the-holidays-10-affordable-wines-perfect-for-the-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Buying Guides buying guide gifts holiday gift guide wine Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1098711 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Holiday Gifts That You (Yes, You!) Can Make With Paper http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holppr-185866995.jpg" alt="origami" title="origami" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you an artist or a crafter? Do you like making handmade gifts, but you're bored with the usual round of knitted/crocheted gifts, and you're not sure what else there is?</p> <p>Well, you don't need to look any further than your newspaper, wrapping paper stash, or that ream of paper just waiting for your printer.</p> <p>Unless you have little kids, paper is usually overlooked as a material for making presents. After all, a handmade card only goes so far. However, there are many, many other things that you can make out of paper, many of which actually turn into classy, nice presents. Still skeptical? Check out these 10 ideas for gifts you can make out of paper.</p> <h2>1. Papier Mache</h2> <p>You can make almost anything out of <a href="http://www.gourmetpapermache.com">papier mache</a>. Whether you'd like to make a fun sculpture for a child's room, a piece of religious art, or maybe a set of safari or forest animals for display, papier mache can be your friend. At its most basic, you mix pieces of newspaper with diluted paste, attach them to some sort of mold, and wait for them to dry. However, the site above has some more sophisticated ideas, too, if you want to do a more complex sculpture.</p> <h2>2. Paper Airplanes</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holppr-147707020-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Do you think paper airplanes are just for kids, and that most of them don't really fly anyway? Think again. These <a href="http://www.paperairplaneshq.com/paper-airplanes.html">paper airplanes</a>, for example, come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Practice folding your favorites for a whimsical gift, or fold several and let the your recipient test them for distance, acrobatics, etc.</p> <h2>3. Paper Models</h2> <p>You can build castles, vehicles, buildings, dollhouses and interiors, and lots more out of paper. If you're not sure where to start, you can buy these already printed and ready to be assembled, or you can print your own. Check out <a href="http://www.papermodels.net">some of what's available</a>, so you can get a feel for how this works, then decide if you want to design your own or purchase someone else's design.</p> <h2>4. Quilling</h2> <p>Quilling is basically art made out of paper that is cut or torn into thin strips, curled, and arranged. You can start with a simple project like <a href="http://www.craftexpert.co.uk/QuillingGuide.html">this delicate filigree pendant</a>, and work your way up to more complex ones like <a href="http://www.thinkthe.me/articles/40-inspirational-quilling-patterns/">these inspired designs</a>. Also called paper filigree, quilling can be a fairly simple way to make beautiful and unique art that your friends and family will be proud to display.</p> <h2>5. Other Paper Art</h2> <p>If quilling isn't your thing or you want something a bit more sophisticated, get some inspiration from these works of <a href="http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/29/the-beauty-of-paper-art/">paper art</a>. The site doesn't link to many instructions, but that's kind of the point. Use these pieces as a jumping-off point or as inspiration for what simple paper can actually create, then do some experimenting. Trial and error can get you far in the world of creating with paper, and you'll probably come up with something fun and memorable for your intended recipient.</p> <h2>6. Origami Nesting Boxes</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holppr-174456996-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Origami is often relegated to the realms of children or Japanese artists. However, paper folding can also create beautiful and useful gifts. These <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272584/origami-nesting-boxes?lnc=535a7dbc53cee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&amp;rsc=taxonomylist_crafts_paper-crafts">nesting boxes</a> from Martha Stewart are easy, as well. Choose some high quality paper and simply follow the directions to create boxes in all sorts of sizes. You can even choose a theme, like Christmas boxes or boxes to go with the decor of a particular room.</p> <h2>7. Paper Mosaic</h2> <p>If you're working mostly with scraps of paper or looking for a gift project that can use the scraps left over from other papercraft projects, try making a <a href="http://carlisclan.blogspot.com/2008/08/scraps-and-glue.html">paper mosaic</a>. You'll want to lightly sketch your picture onto canvas or paper before you begin, then organize your paper scraps by color. Finally, you can arrange them onto the picture and fix them in place with glue. Let the project dry, and you have a homey piece of art that will be a bonus in any home.</p> <h2>8. Tissue Paper Trees</h2> <p>Are you sick of wrapping with your tissue paper, or wishing you could use some of those colors that don't really fit in with the holiday season? Make a <a href="http://spunkyjunky.blogspot.com/2010/11/tutorial-tuesday-tissue-paper-christmas.html?m=1">tissue paper tree</a>! These are easy enough that the kids can help you make them, and yet they're decorative for the holiday season and beyond. Try making a whole forest of them in several different sizes, or make large ones to flank a fireplace or a sofa. These are great for when you need a lot of similar gifts, because they come together quickly and they're always a hit.</p> <h2>9. A DIY Journal</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holppr-185691426-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The writer in your life probably has plenty of journals already, but they don't have one handmade by you! While making a book by hand is <a href="http://curiouslycrafty.wordpress.com/tutorials/">no small task</a>, the final product is something that will be treasured for a long, long time. If you don't know anyone who will fill a blank book with words, you can always make one of these and then fill it with photos, drawings, or notes for the recipient.</p> <h2>10. A DIY Journal From an Old Book</h2> <p>If you want to make a book but don't want to start from scratch, or if you have an old copy of a book your recipient will especially enjoy, try making <a href="http://makezine.com/craft/how_to_new_journal_from_an_old/">an old book into a blank book</a>. Again, this can be a fairly extensive project. However, if you use high quality paper and perfect your craftsmanship, you could be creating an heirloom.</p> <p>These are just a few of the projects you can make from paper that would also make high-quality gifts.</p> <p><em>Have you ever made a gift from paper? What did you make and how did you do it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-ways-to-give-experiences-instead-of-stuff">12 Fun Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY buying guide DIY gifts holiday gift guide paper gifts Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:48:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1098524 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-dv056085d.jpg" alt="friends toasting" title="friends toasting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finding gifts for neighbors is notoriously difficult. First, you have to decide if you're giving neighbors a gift. If so, which neighbors will you give a gift to? Then you have to decide what to get them. I can't help you decide the first two questions &mdash; those are personal to you. But if you're looking for gift ideas, here are some of my favorite gifts for neighbors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>Hot Cocoa and Mugs</h2> <p>Nothing says winter like sipping hot cocoa in front of the fireplace. Pick out two festive mugs and pair them with your favorite hot chocolate. If you really like your neighbor, splurge on some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000GH6UQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000GH6UQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Mexican hot chocolate</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CREXWSO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CREXWSO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">European sipping chocolate</a>. If your neighbors aren't big hot cocoa drinkers, you can substitute coffee or tea for hot cocoa.</p> <h2>Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar</h2> <p>If a handmade gift is more your style &mdash; or you're low on cash &mdash; cookie mix in a mason jar is a budget gift option that still says &quot;thoughtful.&quot; Simply layer the ingredients in a jar, then add a ribbon and a note, and you have a creative, attractive, and delicious gift. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Gingerbread-Cookie-Mix-in-a-Jar">Gingerbread cookies in a jar</a> add a seasonal flair, but <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/julias-best-ever-chocolate-chip-cookies-in-a-jar/">chocolate chip cookies</a> are the classic choice. You can buy 12 mason <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YVOS0Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004YVOS0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">jars for $10 on Amazon</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>Houseplant</h2> <p>When the leaves have fallen from the trees and snow covers the ground, a pretty houseplant can add a splash of life to an otherwise dreary winter backdrop. A poinsettia is a popular holiday choice, but you can also opt for plant that will last through the winter, like a ficus or an orchid, or a plant <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality">that's especially good at improving indoor air quality</a>.</p> <h2>Gift Certificates to a Local Restaurant</h2> <p>If you know your neighbor likes to dine out and you have some cash to spend, a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant is a great gift. <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-5674461">Restaurant.com</a> always has great deals on dining certificates (though theirs usually come with restrictions and other terms).</p> <h2>Bottle of Wine</h2> <p>A decent bottle of wine is a stalwart option in the holiday gift lineup. Pick a bottle with a festive label and tie a ribbon around it for a gift that is sure to please your favorite neighbor. And you don't have to spend a fortune &mdash; you can <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/150-best-15-dollar-and-under-wines">get recommendations on good wines under $15</a>.</p> <h2>Date Night Gift Pack</h2> <p>If you're friends with your neighbors and they have young kids (and you like said kids), one of the best gifts you can give them is a couple of hours of free babysitting. Your neighbors get to go on a date, you get to spend a couple hours playing with their kids. Trust me, as a parent of a two-year-old, I would love this gift even more than cookies or wine.</p> <h2>Kindle Gift Card</h2> <p>There's something about winter that makes curling up with a good book very appealing. If you don't know your neighbor's taste in books well enough to pick one out, but know he loves to read, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;docId=1000645851&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Kindle gift card</a> is the perfect gift.</p> <h2>Scarf</h2> <p>If you're a knitter, consider making your favorite neighbor a scarf. Unlike consumable gifts, a scarf will last forever and remind your neighbors of your generosity for a long time to come. A scarf is the perfect knitwear for a gift because, unlike with a hat or mittens, you can approximate size and be confident it will fit. If knitting isn't your thing, <a href="https://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/knitting/scarf?q=scarf&amp;order=most_relevant&amp;view_type=gallery&amp;ship_to=US&amp;min=&amp;max=29">there are hundreds of scarves on Etsy for under $30</a>.</p> <h2>Homebrew</h2> <p>If you happen to brew your own beer (or have a friend who will let you borrow her equipment), homebrew is a personal, inexpensive gift for your neighbors. Depending on which <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BCFUBU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001BCFUBU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">beer kit you buy</a>, the price ends up being about $0.50/bottle, or $3.00 for a six pack. Name your brew and design your own labels for a memorable gift. I gave my neighbors homebrew one year &mdash; complete with a label featuring my dogs &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homebrewed-beer-make-your-own-and-save-money">and it was a big hit</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts?ref=seealso">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a>)</p> <p><em>What have you given to (or received from) neighbors?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gifts holiday gift guide holiday gifts neighbors product reviews Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:24:05 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1098645 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-186283277.jpg" alt="using smartphones" title="using smartphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is there a techie in your life who seems to already have everything? While the most on-trend gadgeteer can throw you for a curveball when it comes to big gizmos, it may be possible to surprise and delight with tech items that can easily fit into a stocking. Skip the socks, candies, and orange this year; these goodies are on the top of every geek's wish list! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks?ref=seealso">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Inspector Gadget DVD Boxed Set</h2> <p>For the first time ever, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DY9528Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DY9528Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Seasons One and Two</a> are available on 12 DVDs, giving your 30-something tech lover a nostalgic way to enjoy the holidays. (And for the Gadget fan who craves holiday spirit, the new DVD &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DT55OSG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DT55OSG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas</a>&quot; is the perfect bonus gift.)</p> <h2>2. SensoGlove Golf Trainer</h2> <p>The next-best-thing to having a PGA pro giving you feedback on your &quot;death grip&quot;, this digital golf glove can help perfect a too-tight swing for under $90. The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098LF4A8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098LF4A8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">accurate coaching glove</a> uses unique technology to display tips on a tiny sweat-proof display, calculated at a rate of 80 pieces of feedback per second!</p> <h2>3. FitBit One</h2> <p>Getting exercise and counting calories may not seem like a fun way to spend the holidays, but this little gizmo makes a healthy lifestyle somewhat like a game! The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095PZHPE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0095PZHPE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">tiny FitBit counts steps</a>, sets activity goals, and even tracks sleep &mdash; giving the wearer an effortless way to keep health records that can wirelessly sync with your PC for discovering trends and making changes for the long-term.</p> <h2>4. Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods</h2> <p>All Angry Birds fans should have already downloaded the Angry Birds Star Wars II app, but <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=star%20wars%20telepods&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">playing with the new &quot;telepods&quot; toys</a> will take the action to a whole new level. Just place these little figurines directly onto the screen of your device via the included telepod base. The characters are collectible, as well as provide for hours of new game play variations.</p> <h2>5. Levenger L-Tech Plus Pen</h2> <p>With <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C6OV93A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C6OV93A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">the L-Tech Plus Pen</a>, you get the prestige of a classy writing instrument with the practicality of a stylus (because you're more likely to type out an email than transcribe a letter). For those who already own a classic Levenger, but feel left out of the ability to swipe and tap, there are conversion kits priced at much lower than the complete stylus hybrids.</p> <h2>6. Doctor Who's Sonic Screwdriver</h2> <p>Replica toys are all the rage come Christmas time, but it's nice to find something that has a purpose in the bottom of your stocking, as well. With the Sonic Screwdriver from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009P5YXO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009P5YXO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">the 10th Time Lord</a>, you'll get a UV pen, a messaging-revealing light, and sound effects that only other Who fans will understand or appreciate. (Find <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FHXMDC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003FHXMDC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Screwdrivers from the 11th Doc</a> &mdash; with fewer features &mdash; also at Amazon.com.)</p> <h2>7. Ticket to SXSW</h2> <p>If you've got a several hundred dollars to throw down on an &quot;experience&quot; gift, then buying a gold ticket to the <a href="http://sxsw.com/attend">2014 Interactive Sessions</a> is an excellent way to spread holiday cheer. The Austin, TX tradition is an event that techies, developers, and gamers won't want to miss, and the free gaming exhibits alone offer days of mingling and hands-on video game interaction. (Be sure to snag a hotel close by as soon as possible &mdash; good locations sell out fast!)</p> <h2>8. Roku 3</h2> <p>Streaming video is becoming so popular that many have canceled cable &mdash; and barely noticed its absence. With the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BGGDVOO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BGGDVOO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Roku 3</a>, you'll have access to most of the shows you loved on cable (many for free) and dozens of extra &quot;channels&quot; to amp up your entertainment options. The set-top box is small, taking up less room than a Wireless DVD player, and includes a motion sensing remote that allows for gaming and private audio via headphones. This powerful gadget is almost all you'll need for hours of entertainment this holiday &mdash; and beyond!</p> <h2>9. Lego iPhone Case</h2> <p>For the Lego fan, it's always the right time to create, and your phone is now the best place to start a build. The Belkin case for the iPhone 5 is the &quot;official&quot; Lego-branded case, with regulation sized studs covering the surface and ready to become part of your next design! The cases come in a variety of colors, but all protect your phone from damage while inspiring imaginative play. (Find them for the Touch, as well &mdash; at <a href="http://shop.lego.com/en-US/LEGO-Belkin-Brand-iPhone-5-Case-Blue-Purple-5002518?fromListing=listing">the Lego store</a>.)</p> <h2>10. &quot;Deck&quot; Wireless Speaker</h2> <p>There are too many wireless speakers on the market to count, and they represent every shape, size, and color. But does your speaker allow for &quot;heist&quot; mode? The <a href="http://solrepublic.com/shop/deck-wireless-speaker.html">Deck, from Sol Republic</a>, is a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F4B2LZM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00F4B2LZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">wireless speaker the size of a smartphone</a> that lets up to five friends take turns controlling the tunes (hence, the &quot;heist&quot; term). With a wireless range of up to 300 feet and a 10-hour battery life, this is musical freedom in a stocking stuffer!</p> <p><em>What's on your techie's little gadget wishlist this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gifts holiday gift guide product reviews tech gifts Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:48:04 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1098527 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baking-2751387-small.jpg" alt="baking" title="baking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Baking is one of those things most people look forward to around the holidays &mdash; the cookies, the cakes, the breads &mdash; oh my! They're fun to make, and they're some of the best, most frugal, oh-so-thoughtful gifts you can give. The problem is deciding <em>what</em> to bake, because while most people love getting baked goods as a gift, they tend to get pretty inundated with cookies and sweets, often more than they can (or ... um ... <em>should</em>) eat. So, I dug out some delicious recipes that are both a little out-of-ordinary, and have a longer shelf life so that your friends and family can enjoy them right into the New Year. Here are 15 beautiful, homemade gifts you can bake, including simple, savory, sweet, and distinctly seasonal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts?ref=seealso">7 Savory Food Gifts</a>)</p> <h2>Simple (Non) Baking</h2> <p><img style="line-height: 1.6em; opacity: 0.9; width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holbake-131545039-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Sometimes the best way to gift fresh baking is to leave the baking to the recipient. The holidays are so busy and so filled with gatherings and food, it can be nice to give something that'll be fresh and fragrant when whoever you're giving it to has some time to really enjoy it ... which, let's face it, probably won't be until January. Here are a few simple ideas.</p> <h3>1. Scone Mix</h3> <p>Scones are delicious and simple to make, but they're best straight out of the oven (with lots and lots of butter!). You can choose any scone recipe you like; just combine the dry ingredients in a jar and include a label with instructions on how to complete the recipe. This <a href="http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2011/12/cherry-oat-scone-mix-homemade-gift-with.html">cherry oat scone recipe</a> is super simple &mdash; and even includes a printable label for your jar. Remember, presentation is everything!</p> <h3>2. Muffin Mix</h3> <p>Muffins are easy enough to make from scratch, but many people still buy muffin mix. The homemade ones are so much better, and a simple muffin mix makes a great gift for beginner bakers. This <a href="http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/11/cinnamon-spice-muffin-mix-free-printable.html">cinnamon spice muffin mix recipe</a> has just the right holiday flavors. Include some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-tea-go-the-10-best-online-tea-merchants">gourmet tea</a> or coffee for a perfect breakfast treat.</p> <h3>3. Frozen Bread Dough</h3> <p>If you enjoy making fresh bread, chances are just about anyone on your list will enjoy receiving it. If you deliver an unbaked loaf, you'll also be giving the gift of the <em>smell</em> of fresh-baked bread, which is almost as good as the taste. Here are instructions on how to <a href="http://breadbaking.about.com/od/beginnerbasics/ht/freezedough.htm">freeze and thaw bread dough</a>. Once you've got that down, you can make just about anything, from a <a href="http://www.aperturesandappetizers.com/basic-soft-white-sandwich-loaf/">simple white sandwich</a> bread, to these <a href="http://flourarrangements.org/2013/10/pumpkin-dinner-rolls/">adorable pumpkin dinner rolls</a> to <a href="http://thebatterthickens.blogspot.ca/2013/09/giant-cinnamon-rolls.html">cinnamon buns</a>.</p> <h2>Sweet Baking</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holbake-160237202-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When you think holiday baking your probably think Christmas cookies. No one turns those down, but there are so many other options. Here are a few of my favorites.</p> <h3>4. Poppycock</h3> <p>Every year, my mom makes a sweet, sticky, nut-studded popcorn mix called <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/appetizers-and-snacks/poppycock-2/">poppycock</a>. No, I have no idea why it's called that, but it's delicious. There are many many variations of sweet popcorn. When packaged in a sealed bag or container, it keeps well for several weeks. I like this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/355397/caramel-almond-popcorn?czone=holiday%2Fsantas-workshop%2Fsantas-handmade-gifts&amp;gallery=274972&amp;slide=355397&amp;center=307035">caramel almond version</a>.</p> <h3>5. Granola</h3> <p>Homemade granola makes a great gift. It's healthy, it's delicious, and it tastes way better than anything you'd get in the store. Plus, you can load in as many nuts, raisins, and other goodies as you want. This <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/12/homemade-holiday-granola-recipes-plus-5.html">holiday granola recipe</a> has all the right spices, and is beautifully packaged with a cinnamon stick. You could also whip up some <a href="http://sweet-treats-baking.blogspot.ca/2013/10/copycat-kind-bars-gf.html">homemade granola bars</a>. They make a great, healthy treat for both kids and adults.</p> <h3>6. Mini Bundt Cakes</h3> <p>Bundt cakes are simple, delicious, and, because they're very moist, don't go stale as quickly as other cakes. That's especially true if you prick them with a fork and soak them with rum, brandy or some other liqueur of your choice. (You should totally do that, by the way.) Mini bundts are also cute and portion-controlled, which people seem to like. There are so many bundt recipes it's hard to know where to start, but I like the holiday flavor of these <a href="http://kirantarun.com/food/2013/10/18/plum-tea-cakes/">plum bundt cakes</a>. You could also try <a href="http://lifescoops.blogspot.ca/2013/09/cranberry-orange-mini-bundt-cakes-or.html">cranberry orange</a>. If you're really having trouble deciding, go with <a href="http://www.thisgalcooks.com/2013/10/02/mini-chocolate-bundt-cakes-coffee-glaze/">chocolate</a>. Everyone likes chocolate.</p> <h3>7. Truffles</h3> <p>Truffles are sweet, delicious, adorable, and relatively easy to make. Plus, they always look amazing in a holiday candy box of some sort. You could try these unique <a href="http://www.traceysculinaryadventures.com/2013/10/pumpkin-spice-truffles.html#.UmqxjPmminp">pumpkin spice truffles</a>, <a href="http://www.incrediblyedible.org/2013/10/cacao-seed-truffles.html">healthy, date-sweetened truffles</a>, <a href="http://dajana-bakerscorner.blogspot.it/2013/09/white-chocolate-strawberry-truffles.html">white chocolate strawberry truffles</a> or, you know, <a href="http://talentadongchef.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/classic-chocolate-truffles/">go with chocolate</a>.</p> <h3>8. Biscotti</h3> <p>Biscotti were originally designed by the Romans as a portable, non-perishable food that could be carried by travelers. Recent recipes have gotten a lot more flavorful than those little rock cakes, but the results still keep well. Try this recipe for <a href="http://www.sweetsonian.com/2013/09/guest-post-chai-tea-biscotti/">chai tea biscotti</a>. Or, keep the flavors simple with this <a href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2013/09/08/maple-glazed-biscotti/">vanilla white chocolate version</a>. And don't forget about <a href="http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/chocolate-biscotti/">chocolate</a>.</p> <h2>Savory Snacks</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holbake-173313060-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Christmas tends to revolve around sweet things, but it's definitely possible to have too much of a good thing here. Plus, not everyone likes sweets. Here are a few savory options to try.</p> <h3>9. Crackers</h3> <p>Cheese platters and dip trays are common at Christmas, so why not give out homemade crackers? This <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/savory-crackers-recipe-clv1212">savory cracker sampler recipe</a> provides a base recipe you can split into four different cracker varieties, which makes baking them simple. It'll also make you look like a super-star.</p> <h3>10. Breadsticks</h3> <p>Everyone loves breadsticks, especially if they come with a delicious, homemade dip. These slender Italian &quot;<a href="http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/breads/bread-sticks-grissini/">grissini</a>&quot; make a beautiful and unique gift. They're also pretty easy to make, especially if you whip up the dough in your bread machine.</p> <h3>11. Snack Mix</h3> <p>You can call it Chex mix if you want, but it's tastier when you make your own. You also get creative license. Try this <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/spicy-snack-mix/">spicy snack mix recipe,</a> or mix things up by substituting your favorite cereals, nuts, and flavors.</p> <h2>Seasonal Show-Stoppers</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holbake-166669383-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Some gifts just scream Christmas, which is exactly what makes them so lovable. Here are a few of my favorites.</p> <h3>12. Christmas Ornament Cookies</h3> <p>Yes, you can make Christmas cookies that look like ornaments, and even hang them right on the tree. That's assuming you don't have kids. Or a dog. At any rate, <a href="http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com/2008/12/christmas-decorated-sugar-cookies/">this simple sugar cookie recipe</a> includes lots of photos of beautifully decorated cookies. Mine tend to be more ... uh ... <em>rustic</em>. I'll try not to hate you if yours are perfect.</p> <h3>13. Sugar Button Cookies</h3> <p>These <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/sugar-cookie-buttons-recipe-clv1212">simple, button-shaped sugar cookies</a> can be stacked and threaded together by running a ribbon through their button-holes. They're sweet and cute as a, well, you know.</p> <h3>14. Fruitcake</h3> <p>Nothing signals the start of the holidays like the appearance of fruitcake ... or fruitcake bashing. But honestly, I don't know where all those hard feelings come from; homemade fruitcake tastes like holiday heaven. I like a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/christmas-fruitcake/">classic fruitcake recipe</a> with plenty of candied fruits and spices. If that isn't your thing, try a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/White-Fruit-Cake/">white fruit cake</a>. It's a lot lighter, which might appeal to those who can't stomach a denser brick. I even found a recipe for a <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009/10/29/fruitcake-yes-fruitcake-%E2%80%93-get-over-it-this-is-good-fruitcake/">unique fruitcake</a> that uses banana and dried fruits. It's specifically for those who don't like fruitcake. Give it a try!</p> <h3>15. Dough Ornaments</h3> <p>Here's one gift you can bake that your recipients <em>can't</em> eat. And sometimes during the holidays, that isn't such a bad thing. This <a href="http://spoonful.com/crafts/salt-dough-ornaments">salt dough recipe</a> allows you to bake your own Christmas ornaments. If you put these together well and then paint and glaze them, they can last for years.</p> <p><em>Do you have a few home-baked gifts of your own? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheers-to-the-holidays-10-affordable-wines-perfect-for-the-season">Cheers to the Holidays: 10 Affordable Wines Perfect for the Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper">10 Holiday Gifts That You (Yes, You!) Can Make With Paper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink buying guide gifts holiday baking holiday gift guide holiday gifts Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:48:06 +0000 Tara Struyk 1096694 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-78154088.jpg" alt="office party" title="office party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering how to spread some joy to the folks you spend most of your waking hours with? Giving gifts to co-workers can be a challenge, especially if you aren't the one handing out the bonuses. Here are some presents to suit everyone's budget (and briefcase).</p> <h2>Fun Holiday Food</h2> <p>Let's start with the edibles (they always go first).</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cowkr-iStock_000021682498Small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>1. Sweet Treats</h3> <p>Nothing says &quot;Happy Holidays&quot; better than chocolate, or cupcakes, or cookies, or popcorn. Wrap up treats in a variety of paper cake totes found at <a href="http://www.michaels.com/Cake-Boxes/products-bakeware-packaging-cakeboxes,default,sc.html">Michaels</a>, and try these recipes for <a href="http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/tag/popcorn-recipes/">specialty popcorn</a> from Fabulously Frugal. You'll be the most popular in your office, for a few minutes anyway.</p> <h3>2. Chocolate</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ALQ6FA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002ALQ6FA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20" target="_blank">Emergency chocolate bars</a> (about $3 each) are a fun and inexpensive, and they're perfect if you work in a doctor's office or a hospital, or for stocking stuffers at any workplace. Animal loving co-workers will love chocolate bars from <a href="http://www.rescuechocolate.com/">Rescue Chocolate</a> (profits are donated to animal rescue organizations). They're kosher, vegan, handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY, organic, and delicious, and your co-workers will appreciate the good cause.</p> <h3>3. Cookies That Fight Pediatric Cancer</h3> <p>Another edible gift that gives back is gourmet cookies from <a href="http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org/Gourmet_Cookies_s/34.htm">Cookies for Kids' Cancer</a>. Knowing that 100% of the profits go to support their mission of finding new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer will warm everyone's heart this holiday.</p> <h2>A Gift Is in the Cards</h2> <p>Some things money just can't buy. For the co-workers who want for nothing, an expression of gratitude and wishes for a happy holiday handwritten in a beautiful card can be the most treasured gift of all. Consider supporting local artists who sell <a href="http://www.etsy.com/search?q=holiday%20note%20cards&amp;view_type=gallery&amp;ship_to=US">cards on Etsy</a>.</p> <p>For the co-workers on your good list, pick up a box of inexpensive note cards, and tuck a little something special into them. If you're at a loss for words, use the following suggested sentiments for a happy holiday.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cowkr-178958111-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>4. Lottery Tickets</h3> <p>Write inside: &quot;Here's to a prosperous New Year!&quot; If you happen to be particularly close with a co-worker, you could add, &quot;Working with you is like winning the lottery every day.&quot;</p> <h3>5. Gift Cards to the Movies or Their Favorite Coffee Bar</h3> <p>Suggested sentiment: &quot;Enjoy some time away from this place!&quot;</p> <h3>6. Charity Gift Cards</h3> <p><a href="http://www.tisbest.org/">TisBest Charity Gift Cards</a> allows the recipient to direct the designated funds to any of the 300 nonprofits listed on their website. It's a gift that you can feel good about giving and receiving. (Great for those who have everything).</p> <h3>7. Homemade Gift Certificates</h3> <p>Download free gift certificates from <a href="http://gifttemplate.com/">gifttemplate.com</a> and give a gift of &quot;one hour of phone coverage&quot; or &quot;one errand of your choice during lunchtime,&quot; or, &quot;drinks (or lunch) on me, after the holidays.&quot;</p> <h3>8. Writing Instruments</h3> <p>Pens make great gifts and there are so many options to choose from at every price point. &quot;Mad Men&quot; fans will love this one from <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10992228" target="_blank">1928</a>, or shop online from <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/gifts/office-gifts/writing-instruments.html">Papyrus</a> for more.</p> <h3>9. The Card Is Your Gift!</h3> <p>Co-workers who love gardening will love a <a href="http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/catalog/stationery-gifts/01115/pocket-garden-pack">pocket garden of plant-able cards</a> from Botanical Paperworks.</p> <h2>Touchy Feely, Comfy Cozy</h2> <p>Everyone loves giving and getting warm and fuzzy gifts. Even the smallest of tokens can make a co-worker feel special. According to Monica Smith of Richer Resources, gifts have a way of contributing to a close knit family feeling to any office or business . To help make the rest of the year go by with greater camaraderie and less stress, consider:</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cowkr-iStock_000029010834Small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>10. Inspirational Quotes</h3> <p>You can find beautifully rendered, easy to read, inspirational reading for around $12, such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0977626946/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0977626946&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20" target="_blank">Mankind's Wisdom from Aristotle to Zimmerman</a>.</p> <h3>11. Fun Socks</h3> <p>Kendall Perez of <a href="http://www.hasslefreesavings.com/">Hassle Free Savings</a> says that she loves giving gifts to her coworkers and feels it is totally appropriate to buy them something small during the holidays. To save money at her favorite retailer, she recommends <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/mobile-coupons/">the Coupon Sherpa mobile app</a>. Last year she scored five pair of fun argyle socks at Target for just $5!</p> <p>Earth friendly co-workers will appreciate socks from <a href="http://www.cuipo.org/who-we-are/about-us">Cupio.org</a>, a lifestyle brand dedicated to preserving prime rainforest around the globe. For <a href="http://www.cuipo.org/shop/product/pid/341">men</a> and <a href="http://www.cuipo.org/shop/product/pid/325">women</a>.</p> <h3>12. Warm Gloves</h3> <p>A pair of one size fits all stretchy gloves with a simple note, &quot;Thanks for lending a hand throughout the year,&quot; is a warm and welcome gift. Found everywhere from under $2. DIYers can make them extra special by <a href="http://www.brit.co/touchscreen-gloves/">sewing metallic thread into the fingertips</a> for the friends at work who can't stop texting.</p> <h2>For Coffee, Tea, and Water Drinkers</h2> <p>Co-workers on caffeine will appreciate getting &quot;coffee with a cause.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cowkr-158326165-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>13. Coffee of Grace</h3> <p>Inspired by the spirit of the Rwandan people, Grace Hightower De Niro (yes, Robert DeNiro's wife) has created coffees to celebrate and support the coffee farmers of Rwanda at <a href="http://shop.coffeeofgrace.com/coffees/">Coffee of Grace</a>. Direct sourcing, fair trade, ethical practices, and environmental stewardship will put &quot;Joy to the World&quot; in everyone's cup all year round.</p> <h3>14. Joe Jacket Drink Sleeves</h3> <p>Perfect for the eco conscious coffee lovers in your office. The lightweight, cushy tapered <a href="http://www.joejacket.com/">drink sleeves protect fingers</a> from hot beverages. Just $7 from an Oregon based company with a passion for the environment, coffee, and animals.</p> <h3>15. Fair Trade Tea</h3> <p>The folks at <a href="http://www.zhitea.com/">Zhi Tea</a> also love the spirit of giving that the holidays embody. Hand blended in small artisan batches in Austin, TX, their teas are organic, and fair trade imports range from malty Assams from India to nutty roobios from South Africa to ancient tea trees in Vietnam. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-tea-go-the-10-best-online-tea-merchants">Where to Buy Tea Online</a>)</p> <h3>16. A Water Bottle That Filters</h3> <p>Tap drinkers in the office will appreciate the <a href="http://www.waterbobble.com/">Bobble</a>, a water bottle with a built in filter and available in an array of colors and three sizes. Bonus: you'll be saving about 300 plastic water bottles from the landfill.</p> <h2>Fun and Functional</h2> <p>Gag gifts are a waste of money, but 'tis the season to be jolly, so why not bring a little fun into the office?</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cowkr-187095393-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>17. A Waterproof Notepad</h3> <p><a href="http://www.myaquanotes.com/">Aquanotes</a>, a product inspired by brilliant ideas that hail from the shower, is a waterproof notepad that suctions to bathroom tile, allowing shower thinkers to write down their thoughts (before they're gone) on waterproof paper that's recyclable. A real find at just $7.</p> <h3>18. The Finders Key Purse</h3> <p>For $6.95, you'll want to give everyone in your office a <a href="http://www.isntthisclever.com/">Finders Key Purse</a>. One hundred designs to choose from, and just the thought of never fishing for your keys at the bottom of your purse (or messenger bag) will take some of the stress out of the holidays ahead!</p> <h3>19. PC Gadgets</h3> <p>Boost the spirit of any co-worker holiday with these playful USB chargers. Meet <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006U2NNBU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006U2NNBU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20" target="_blank">Andru</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJ7C4F0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DJ7C4F0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20" target="_blank">Andra</a>, from Gen. Or save your co-workers day with these cute <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=novelty&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=node%3D3151491" target="_blank">USB flash drives</a>.</p> <h3>20. Need more help? Ask a &quot;Cultural Concierge&quot;</h3> <p>Search <a href="http://www.headbutler.com/review-categories/products/">Headbutler's list of products</a> for lots of smart reviews by <a href="http://www.headbutler.com/who-is-jesse-kornbluth">Jesse Kornbluth</a>. Be sure to e-scribe to his <a href="http://www.headbutler.com/">website</a> for more suggestions on music, movies, and other cool stuff all year long &mdash; it's free, and my gift to you. Happy Holidays everyone!</p> <p><em>What was the best gift you ever received from a co-worker? The worst?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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