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10 Perfect Gifts for Christmas that Won’t Cost You a Fortune
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The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and people across the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa are about to enjoy an adrenaline-loaded season of giving and receiving, health and happiness and festivity galore. Of course the holiday shopping season needn't be a time of financial remorse, or difficulty, provided you pick the best selections at the most affordable prices. Around this time of year, there are many fabulous deals waiting to be had, ranging from first-class travel and tourism offers to top of the range technology deals, gourmet meals, clothing clearances, fashionable accoutrements and entertainment par excellence. The list truly is endless, and Christmas shoppers will be well and truly pleased with the bundle of options provided in this all-encompassing blog post. On that note I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a shopping experience that will please your pocket and the recipients too. Without further ado, let's get started with Santa’s Surprise list of richly rewarding Christmas shopping ideas!
What’s on Santa’s Gift List for Christmas 2015?
Money saving tips for Christmas shopping are among the most searched-for queries on the World Wide Web. In fact, a little homework goes a long way towards keeping more dollars in your pocket than you would imagine. First of all, your money-saving ideas for Christmas begin long before Christmas. All those Christmas decorations, lights, trees, stockings, banners, mats, cutlery, crockery and so forth needn't be purchased new every year – simply purchase one set of great quality Christmas-related home decor items and safely store it away. You'll be surprised how much money, time and effort by making intelligent choices first time around. Now that you've got all your Christmas decorations prepared, you will want to fill the Christmas stockings and the space beneath the Christmas tree with the best possible gift selections you can afford. And this is where things get interesting! Nobody knows the people closest to you better than you do. In this vein, you may be pleasantly surprised that the things your friends and relatives want most are not necessarily the most expensive ticket items at the department stores.
One way to save money – lots of money – during Christmas is by limiting the people you purchase gifts for to only those within your inner-circle. We're talking spouses, significant others, best friends, children and close relatives. There is no need to go on a spending spree for everybody working in your office or department, or for everyone in the carpool, book club, parents/teachers committee or other organizations that you may be a part of. For those people, meaningful Christmas cards or e-cards will suffice. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly more acceptable for friends and relatives to simply send greetings via e-mail, electronic cards or snail mail Christmas cards. Technology truly is working in your favor because it means that you have more disposable income to spend on your loved ones than ever before.
In this post we’re going to take a look at many different gift ideas that you can consider from hot-ticket items like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus, iPads, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Dinner Cruises, Annual Passes to Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens, high quality beauty and fragrance gifts, wearable technology devices by Android and Apple, Christmas hampers, Gift Vouchers to top-tier stores such as Starbucks, Macy's, William Sonoma, Gamestop and so forth. Affordability is a subjective determination, and for this reason, all of the aforementioned gift ideas have been listed for your benefit. The best way to gauge affordability is to put a price on it, and we will begin our listing with gift items under $50, under $100, under $500 and so on. Within each of these categories you will find a fantastic selection of incredible Christmas gifts that will be the envy of the Grinch and his cohorts!
Affordable Christmas Gifts under $50
This is the most popular category for shoppers the world over. Typically, gifts under $50 will include everything from Dollar Store items, through Target, Walmart, Kmart, Macy's and other globally renowned retail merchandise brands. Here are some great gift ideas that you can
1. Board Games
These are always a popular selection at Christmas time. They include hot items such as Bacon Opoly ($15), Five Second Rule ($17.99), Bounce Off ($17.99), Monopoly ($14.99), Operation Game ($12.99), Zombie Opoly ($12.98), The Game of Life ($15), and Risk ($25.99). These games are fantastic ways to spend time with friends and family during Christmas and they make for some of the best gifts you will ever give and enjoy the pleasure of. The beauty of board games is that they encourage interaction among people, and that's a rarity in today's high-tech age of immersive single player online games.
2. Jewelry gifts
These are a great option for spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and best friends. Jewelry is a personal gift, and it's imperative that you know the tastes and preferences of those whom you're giving the gifts to. Popular Christmas jewelry items include birthstone necklaces, engraved infinity necklaces, open heart necklaces, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver jewelry, charms and broaches, earrings, bracelets and the like. Of course, the costs can quickly spiral out of control when purchasing jewelry so be sure to keep your eyes on the tags.
3. Scented Candles and Fragrances
These are among the favorite gift items for Christmas shoppers. This category includes things like Christmas cents, candle holders and lanterns, candles, diffusers and fragrances, LED and flameless and so forth. The prices of these types of items range from a few dollars to under $50 – making these the perfect Christmas gifts!
4. Coffee and Cocoa products
These are fantastic gifts for most everyone. We all know how enticing the morning cuppa Joe is, and everyone has seen those interminably long lines in the drive-through sections of Starbucks between 7 AM and 10 AM. Why not satiate your fantasies and those of your friends and family with high-end coffee and cocoa products. For example, you could purchase gift cards to Starbucks with top-tier coffee, cocoa and tea products readily available. Things like Holiday Blend, Christmas Blend, Decaf Christmas Bean, Espresso Roast, Teavana, Syrups and Sources, Starbucks Vanilla Syrup, Caramel Sauce and the like are readily available. Gift cards are the ideal way to spread some festive cheer. By the way, Starbucks cards are adorned with plenty of Christmas cheer, with Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and other decals emblazoned on them. You can choose how much you wish to send with amounts ranging from $10, $25, $50 and $100.
5. Winter Gloves and Scarves
Nothing says Christmas quite like a beautiful scarf and a pair of thermal gloves. There are tons of stores with end-of-year sales and plenty of beautiful accoutrements like gloves and scarves for the ladies and the guys. Things like jeweled oblong scarves, beanies, metallic thread scarves, sequin ruffled oblong scarves, cabbage rose scarves and others are available. And the good news is that most of these items are available for under $10. A decent pair of gloves at stores like JCPenney can go from as little as $4 upwards, with stretch leather gloves selling for $29 a pair. These are the ideal Christmas gifts, and they have plenty of utility value throughout the winter, year in year out.
Under $100 Christmas Gift Ideas
6. Amazon Fire
If you're looking for something for the kids or for yourself that is really top-tier, look no further than Amazon Fire. Low-cost tablets have never been better with the all-new fire by Amazon. Starting at $49.99 for the standard version and $99.99 for the Fire HD 6, these devices provide HD entertainment at an affordable price. The good news about the kids’ versions of the Amazon Fire tablets is that if they break the company will replace them – no questions asked. Sure, these products can fetch a hefty price, especially the Fire HDX 8.9 which retails at $429.99. Amazon Fire TV also retails at $99.99 and the good news is that there is free shipping available on all orders over $35 from Amazon.com, so it definitely pays to shop online.
7. Apple TV
Apple TV third-generation features 1,080 pixels for Wi-Fi connectivity. Depending on where you buy it, you can pay anywhere from $64.99 with free shipping at Best Buy to $69 at the Apple Store, $64.99 at B&H Photo Video World, $69 at Target and $69 at Staples. This product is really easy to install and it works terrifically well. It is also one of the best low-cost purchases you can make with a sleek and compact design. Take note that there are Apple TV devices that retail for substantially more than $100, including the 32 GB version for $149 and 64 GB version $199. Depending on what amount of storage you're looking for, you would choose accordingly.
8. William Sonoma Gifts
Everybody appreciates quality, and what better store to receive a quality gift from than William Sonoma. Their Christmas essentials collection is particularly enticing, with all manner of gifts of the day, and limited time offers available. These include peppermint bark products, hot chocolate shop, holiday candy, and so forth. Hot chocolates classic, gingerbread, frying pan sets and other nifty Christmas gifts are the stars of the show at this-high end retail giant. And the good news is that you don't have to break the bank purchasing products that will thrill and fulfil the recipients of your gift giving!
Gaming is big business – pure and simple. And in the US, nothing says gaming quite like GameStop. This nationwide retail giant features a vast array of products including stellar new titles such as Rainbow Six Siege at $59.99, Blast from the Past bundles starting at $59.99, Call of Duty Black Ops III for $49.99 and so much more. The range of products includes Xbox One, PS4, Bundles, Collectables, Retro Classics, PC, PS3, 3DS and various electronics.
Under $500 items are expensive, but these have year-round usage availability, and they include the following:
10. Theme Park Admissions
Believe it or not, theme parks are a favorite jaunt for kids, families and adults. If you know that friends and family, or even loved ones enjoy frequenting the likes of Bush Gardens, Universal Studios in Florida or California, Disney parks and the like, you may wish to consider purchasing an annual pass. Granted, these are not cheap, but they are well worth the expense. If you purchase a silver annual pass for Disney, you are looking at around $400 (with restrictions during certain dates) to enter as many theme parks as you want as many times as you want for 1 year. Much the same is true for Bush Gardens and their countrywide theme parks as well as Universal Studios in the Golden State and The Sunshine State.
Now that you know a little bit more about how you can spend your hard-earned cash this Christmas, it's time to get shopping. A little retail therapy certainly goes a long way and those who appreciate you most will certainly be thoroughly impressed that you took the time and effort to search high and low with top-quality Christmas gift ideas!