Your best item ever..... Under $25.00
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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:28:47 PM
Every Christmas my family participates in a family grab bag. Anything we want can go on our list. As long as it is $25 or under. I'm so tired of writing sweaters, scarf or gloves. I want "Pea" ideas. You ladies are beyond a wealth of information when dealing with "products". So spill your ideas. What would you want!!! It can be anything from a magazine subscription,to make up, to a car gadget.

I'm interested in your ideas!! TIA!

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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:39:37 PM
I had to make a similar list recently (mine had a $20 limit). Most of the items on my list were under $20 - maybe I'll get 2! I put:

1. Flavored K-Cups (Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha, Chocolate Hazelnut, Caramel Vanilla, etc.)
2. Flavored Vodka (cherry, lime)
3. OPI Nail Polish (the Couture de Minnie collection is fabulous)
4. Hallmark Ornament - Hogwarts Castle; Cinderella's Castle; Why Are You Stealing our Christmas Tree (Grinch); Like Mom, Like Daughter; Cinderelly! Cinderelly!; Papa Smurf; or Promise of Peace
5. Trunk Organizer (Tuesday Morning had a cute one)
6. Home decor, picture frames, jewelry, etc. in a quatrefoil shape (very trendy right now).

I know you said you are tired of gloves, but if you don't have texting gloves, you NEED texting/electronics gloves. I also want some of those bags that clip onto the shopping cart then convert back into bags.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:40:30 PM
accessory for electronics (phone case, car charger, e-reader cover)
flavored coffee or tee
heated throw blanket (it is snowing right now here)
Sunday paper delivery (yeah I'm OLD - I enjoy reading the paper on Sunday)
bottle of wine (be specific)
magazine subscription (food, travel)
GC for car washes
movie tickets

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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:58:49 PM
GC to Ulta
Kcups for my Keurig
Cool kitchen "tools" from BBB

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:00:55 PM

Amazon gift card
travel pillow
stylus/pen combo
travel magnifying mirror
gift certificate for a pedicure
gift certificate for a favorite resturant

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:01:07 PM
Well, this only works if you swim laps, but a friend gave me a lap counter. It's a little ring that keeps track of my laps and time. It is seriously the best purchase!

Ideay pues?

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:05:51 PM
I got Sephora gift set for 24.00. I bought 4 sets of lip glosses for co-workers. I bought it online.

-If anyone you know likes french soaps, mistral soaps ( has a section for gifts under 30 (and under 25.00)

I also scour ebay for vintage stuff that my friends collect. For example, my team's paralegal collects vintage Strawberry Shortcake items, and I found a mint-condition SBS bowl for 19.99. (with free shipping) If anyone for whom you are buying gifts collects anything, I suggest you check ebay out. Same for and


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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:08:30 PM
We do a girls christmas party and gift exchange and our limit it $25.

This year I have already bought my gift- it's a OPI mini set of the top 10 colors of polish. Found it at a boutique but I'm sure Ulta has it.
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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:06:39 PM
Can you tell me what it means that you do a family grab bag? Is that like white elephant so your gifts have to be gender neutral, or do you divide by men/women?


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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:06:31 PM
Great ideas!

What are your favorite kitchen tools from BBB? I was looking there and Kohl's and saw some fun things but wasn't sure what was worth the space and money and what wasn't.

Does anyone have a pic of the bags that hang off a cart?


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Posted: 11/12/2013 8:17:43 AM
What a family grab bag means (for my family)is that all 20 of us write our names on our own piece of paper. We then write between 3-5 ideas down of what we would like. Then the sheets get folded up into a small square and placed in a hat. We all then pull from the hat. The only rule is you can't pull yourself, or someone in your immediate family. So no "swapping", or gag gifts.

Keep these ideas coming. I was considering kitchen gismo's. Also thinking of cosmetics?

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Posted: 11/12/2013 10:25:45 AM
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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:24:42 AM
Mr. 7 Hands... best tool ever. It has all these different screwdriver heads and is the perfect tool to keep in the kitchen drawer for those little house projects. It's my go-to gift.

What about a cookbook? I love giving people the "Our Best Bites" cookbook.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:34:43 AM
Good to the last drop - aka spatty daddy from container store
Opi mini collection for the San Francisco line
Mini highlighters for bible study
Vera Bradley good book cover (bible cover)- you can get sales colors for less than 25
New measuring spoons and cups
Bare minerals lipgloss
Fuzzy socks that have aloe in them

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:40:14 AM
For $25 I would love to get a Christmas scented Yankee Candle or a good bottle of red wine.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 4:33:06 PM
I love having my music with when I bathe or shower, so I love the cheap speakers that attach to my iPhone via the auxiliary cable. I bought a set at Target last year for $5 and I just replaced the batteries for the first time. I had an expensive speaker, but the humidity killed it.

I love the cooking products in the King Arthur Flour catalog, like the flavorings or sugars or mixes. You could get several for under $25. I also love the pans, but they are usually more than $25 each. I'd love one of the French blades that you use for slicing the top of your bread. My serrated knife does a great job, but that blade looks so cool.

Silpats - if you don't have one or more, these are wonderful.

Tea Forte are wonderful. I prefer the black based teas, but the herbals are good, too.

I like Berres Bros coffees - such great flavors and super nice people.

More later, after I check my wish list on Amazon



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Posted: 11/12/2013 4:40:14 PM
A gift card from :
Pottery Barn

Or a specified charm for my Pandora bracelet. (Yes, I want the cute little silver bird!)

I wish my in laws asked for suggestions. I get crap! (Seriously -- last year I got a wasp catcher for my b-day!)

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Posted: 11/12/2013 7:11:14 PM
In no particular order:

1. Pashmina scarves - I love them. Stylish and warm.
2. Sterling Silver earrings
3. A charm for my charm bracelet (not Pandora---traditional charm bracelet)
4. Cashew Bark
5. iTunes Gift Card
6. Book/Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card
7. Movie Gift Card
8. Panera Bread Gift Card
9. Martini and Rossi Asti Spumante

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Posted: 11/12/2013 7:20:30 PM
Mine would be cricut blades and mats.

Bubble bath, bath oil, vanilla wax melts for my scentsy smell good things.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 9:07:11 PM
Thanks for clarifying... I wasn't quite sure if you just needed ideas for yourself.

Sephora had a "Give me some lip" favorites kit for $25-- a whole bunch of lipsticks/gloss. It looks sold out online or I'd link you, but it was on my wishlist. I hope there are some in store here yet!

I like Urban Decay's new lipstick ($22) and want a new Bobbi Brown one ($25). Shiseido's cotton squares are my fave: $9.50 at sephora.

I drink a starbucks every day, so a $25 GC would be great for me. Or a Kohl's GC to get a new sweater.

I think I posted on another thread that I want some fiestaware-- either a couple of individual casseroles or something between that and my 2 quart pyrex.

I also want some blueberry KCups. Yummy.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 10:33:59 PM
I love the Philosophy shower gel/bubble bath/shampoo combos. They have some nice gift sets for under $25.

A cookbook from a Food Network chef

Fiestaware pieces

I got some really cute mini notebooks at Barnes and Noble last year. They reminded me of Moleskine, but they came in sets of four with really pretty patterns. I use them for my to do lists and a gratitude journal, meal planning, etc. I would love something like that with a nice pen.

Fun bangle bracelets


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Posted: 11/12/2013 10:38:50 PM
Penzey's spices. The vanilla is AMAZING, & I love a bunch of their spice mixes.
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