Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Will you be able to spare a penny for the old man's hat? Americans spend a lot of money around the holidays on gifts. And many of us already have a sense of the big-ticket items we'll be giving this year. But don't forget the small (inexpensive) joys that bring Christmas to life.
Here are a few trendy and thoughtful stocking stuffers that won't cost you more than $10.
Field Notes Memo Book
"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."
Field Notes offers many fine pads and implements for the writer and serial list maker in your life. This tiny writing pad comes in graph, ruled and plain paper and makes the perfect gift for anyone who's constantly trying to organize his thoughts. It's just the right size for musings on life, keeping track of the funny things friends say or making To-Do lists. And this hip notepad will fit right in their back pocket.
Original Memo Book - Field Notes ($9.95 for 3)
Moss Terrarium Pendant
Looking for a necklace that will lead to shouts of "It's Alive!" Well look no further. Inspired by the current terrarium trend in home décor, this Moss Terrarium Pendant allows wearers to carry a piece of the whimsical mossy woods even as they move through their daily routine. Find it and other interesting gifts in the Doodle Birdie store on Etsy.
Moss Terrarium Pendant - Doodle Birdie (Etsy) ($10)
King Cube Ice Cube Tray
Is there such thing as the Cadillac of ice-trays? I'm here to tell you yes, and it can be found at The Brooklyn Kitchen. The King Cube Ice Cube Tray, made out of food-grade silicone, is specially designed to create ice cubes that take longer to melt. Your drink gets cold, but isn't all watery. The ice cubes easily pop out of the tray — unlike with most ice cube trays. That cold drink just got a little more refreshing.
King Cube Ice Cube Tray - The Brooklyn Kitchen ($8.50)
Baggu Reusable Shopping Bag
This is the kind of gift that someone opens up and doesn't immediately appreciate. But once they start using the Baggu Reusable Shopping Bag from Plastica, they will certainly be penning you a heartfelt thank you note. These bright trendy bags are made out of insanely strong, anti-rip nylon and can carry heavy groceries with no problem. They fold up small enough to easily fit in someone's purse. And possibly most importantly, each one prevents hundreds of disposable plastic bags from ending up in landfills each year.
Baggu Reusable Shopping Bag - Plastica ($9.00)
Clean Up Your Act Soap Dish
We all have someone in our lives whose act has just been sort of a mess lately. This soap dish from Fishs Eddy is a humorous little gift to push them in the right direction. Just think of it as an intervention and present all rolled into one!
Clean Up Your Act Soap Dish- Fishs Eddy ($4.95)
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Maude Standish is a writer who lives in a tiny coach house in Brooklyn. She is currently working on a screenplay and blogs daily about trends at The (t) Files.