Budget Gifts that Make a Statement

December 5, 2012    |    By +
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Everyone starts out the season with lofty ideas of what they want to get for everyone on their list. Then they assess their budgets! But, I have found some incredible gifts for your friends and family that won’t make you apply for another credit card. I searched high and low to find gifts that reflect the hottest trends of the season (and the year), but don’t cost a fortune. Enjoy!

MEN: Scout Gear

Oddly enough, we have been seeing this trend pick up over the last few years and came in extreme handy with the arrival of Super Storm Sandy. Classic tough guy, outdoorsy designs are one of the best budget bets for men this holiday season. Case in point, the Bear Grylls Survival Kit $17.

I also love the Stanley Classic Flask – $25 because the compact 8 oz. size fits in his pocket. The BPA-free stainless-steel bottle won’t leave any off-tastes in your beverage. The wide-mouth opening makes it easy to drink and refill. He will feel like a classic and rugged dude when he brings this on camping trips, hikes, and tailgating adventures.

WOMEN: Home Infused Deliciousness

Loose leaf tea is so trendy right now and these fun diffusers are popping up everywhere to make tea seem less stuffy and more fun. Tea infusers (around $10), throw in some nice loose leaf tea and you are golden.

People are spending more time indoors and are taking a turn toward being more resourceful in more ways than the traditional DIY routes. Kits like the DIY Cheese kits ($26) are great, affordable gifts for the cheese lover, hostess, or DIY diva.

GADGET LOVERS: App-cessories

App-cessories are taking the gadget world by storm. They make downloading a gaming app feel more like the real thing, hence a lot more fun! And, they are super affordable.

Transform iOS devices into the perfect angler adventure as the gyroscope produces authentic fishing challenges in the AppFishing reel ($20). The adjustable reel can detach to suit both left and right-handed anglers. Download the free Appfinity World Fishing Challenge for your child, and they will find themselves knee-deep in angler adrenaline! You can also opt for the App Blaster ($17.99) to play laser tag with your iphone!

If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, the Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60) is an app supported pinball controller that connects wirelessly to your iPad. Play 1 or 2 players or teams – you won’t believe how real the spring-loaded launcher and flippers feel! Just slip your iPad into the console, download the free app and play on 5 free tables – Wild West, the Deep, Snow Pinball, DaVinci and Jungle Style.

PARTY HOSTS: Conversation Starter Bar Accessories

More than just amusing conversation pieces, these whimsical wine openers ($35 – $49) are not only well made, but their unique designs will make tending your bar even more entertaining. I love the bull whose horns pull out to reveal a corkscrew and the seal where the ball on his nose comes out to reveal the corkscrew. These are guaranteed to be on display for years to come.

I also love these unique Shot Glass/Bottle Toppers from Pottery Barn ($14.99) Penguin, Polar Bear, or Deer to add a festive touch to a bottle of wine or a rowdy round of shots. They are so beautifully made that you will want to keep these out on display whether in use or not.

Want to see more budget friendly gifts? See the Top 10 Best Gifts Under $25!



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.