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We all have many, many gifts we need to buy during the holiday season, and sometimes I find the smaller gifts like lip gloss, makeup, pens and pencils, etc are often the most useful.

Buying someone a great present definitely doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money and while I can’t help you fight for a mall parking spot or wrap your gifts (I totally would too. I wrap a mean present), I can help you find some fun items!

Here are a few gift ideas that won’t break the bank, leaving you with plenty extra change for a non fat gingerbread latte or two. (Or three. No judgement.)

1.  Cost Plus World Market Mint Ceramic Chalk Spice Jar – $4.99

Such an adorable idea and it has a very whimsical Anthropologie feel without the Anthropologie price tag.

2. C.O. Bigelow Barber Body Lotion – $10.00

Can’t forget the guys! Give the guys in your life a nice little pampering gift.

3. Urban Outfitters Fluorescent Highlighter Pencil Set – $8.00

You are never too old for colored pencils.

4. Trompe L’Oeil Pencil Case – $12.00

Even though this is labelled as a pencil case, it could just as easily be a cosmetics bag. Who doesn’t need a whimsical little bag as a catch all for their purse?

5. ThinkGeek Games of Thrones Coasters – $9.99

Okay, this ups the gift guide nerd factor by a lot. But I know a few people who would go nuts for these and I’m sure you would as well.

6. Home Classics Geometric Fleece Throw – $5.99

I am all about soft throws to cuddle on the couch with and I love geometric prints. West Elm has some great ones as well right now, but this one from Kohl’s is a fraction of the price. So, basically what I’m saying is, who wants to buy this for my couch?

7. Cost Plus One Gallon Glass Storage Jar – $13.99

A glass storage jar is an elegant kitchen home decor gift and would also work in a living room or bathroom. A simple and chic storage option.

8. Benefit Cosmetics Full Glam! Ahead – $12.00

I love little cosmetics sets that let you sample different products before purchasing their full sized versions. Plus, the packaging is always super cute.

Happy Shopping!

Written by Meghan Wilson

Meghan Wilson

Meghan is an actor originally from Atlanta, GA, though she is probably the least Southern person you’ll ever meet. She spent the majority of her childhood in dance studios, before discovering that speaking onstage is awesome. She went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago, majoring in Theater and Art History. Her Chicago theater credits include A Fairy Tale Life with Emerald City Theatre Company as well as productions of The Robot Show, Stages of Grief, and Cherrywood at Northwestern. She performed in a workshop production of Alien Child at T. Schreiber Studios in NYC. Film work includes the comedic short In Love With a Nun and The Detention Teacher. You may also have seen her roller skating in a McDonald’s commercial, crying about being cyber bullied in Mississippi schools, or missing her basketball coach in a Jeep commercial. Meghan writes for her own blog as well, Bohemian Butterflies. A fan of Macy’s coupons, she also makes a mean collage and loves her DSLR camera. Currently, Meghan lives in LA, where she is constantly on the hunt for almond milk lattes.