Freckles in April: Gift Guide: $5 and Under!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gift Guide: $5 and Under!

Last year Janssen and I put together a $5 Gift Guide for the holidays because she was invited to all these Favorite Things/Under $5 parties (and I was not) and we got to talking about how difficult it can be to find good stuff in the $5 and under category. We had a blast coming up with our guides and pretty much the moment we published our posts we decided to do it this year as well. We even got RA in on it this time around! We each came up with 20 ideas so hop around and see what the other girls found!

The key to giving inexpensive gifts is presentation. A couple colored pencils wrapped with twine or a pretty ribbon and a gift tag feels special even if you only spent $3. The dollar store carries all kinds of ribbon options for cheap and I love using basic office supply string tags as gift tags.

1. Salt Dough Ornaments (DIY - practically free)

The words "salt dough" probably conjure images of lopsided, obviously homemade creations. But a lot of the ones I've seen around the web are downright gorgeous. Odds are good you've already got all the ingredients in your pantry (1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water). Pick up a stamp or two and some ink and you'll have gorgeous handmade ornaments in no time.

2. New Dish Towels ($.79 apiece)

Dish towels aren't meant to be a long term investment. They get gross fast and it's a good idea to replace them at least once a year. Wrap up 3 or 4 of these Ikea dishtowels with a ribbon and you've got a gift that hits that happy place between pretty and practical.

3. Glow Bracelets ($1)

We have a friend who always has glow bracelets on hand. She buys them at the dollar store and brings them everywhere and they are so. much. fun. We brought them camping. We wore them for night volleyball. She busts them out when our kids are bored. Brilliant.

4. StarWalk App ($2.99)

I'm cheating a bit here since I included this one in my Valentine's Day gift guide earlier this year. But that doesn't change the fact that this app is AWESOME and would be a super cool gift.

5. Applecore Cord Wrangler ($1.99-$4.99 depending on the size)

RA actually pointed me toward these last year and I think they're so awesome. Who DOESN'T have a tangled set of headphones on their desk at all times?

6. Triangle Peg Game ($2.69)

Have you ever played this game at Cracker Barrel?? It's crazy addictive and so much fun.

7. Rolling Pin Measuring Rings ($2.95 on sale from $8.95)

This is one of those things that I never think about until a recipe is like, "Roll dough 1/4 inch thick" and I bust out my ruler because I am completely incapable of visualizing what 1/4 inch looks like. And what if my dough is 1/4 inch on the edges but not in the middle?? If only I had those rolling pin ring things! 

8. e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow ($3)

I love e.l.f. makeup. It's great quality for the price. The Celebrity and Wild shades of mineral eyeshadow are in my daily rotation.

There's a whole $3 gift section on the site! I love this set of 3 polishes (comes in several different colors). 

10. Chopsticks
11. Asian Dipping Dish

My husband was born and raised in Hawaii then served a 2-year mission for our church in Japan. He eats many of his meals with chopsticks and we eat a LOT of Japanese food around here. I love these chopsticks and dipping dishes!

12. Rubber Watch ($4.86)

Erica has this! Affordable, stylish and useful! I love a good white watch.

13. Decorative Mirror ($1.99)

10"x10" wood mirror (I think this is like a Microsoft Paint representation of the mirror?).

14. Tulip Metallic Fabric Paint ($3.99 at JoAnn's)

For your crafty friends. Strangely, I get a LOT of use out of my gold metallic fabric paint.

15.Washi Tape ($3)

So cute. This shop has lots of different options for under $5.

16. Fun highlighters ($4.99)

I use highlighters all. the. time. I couldn't even tell you for what. I love this pack of 5! You probably can't tell from the tiny picture but they all have fun prints on them. Because, you know. Why not?

17. Notecards ($4.99 and under at Kinko's)

I love to have a pack of blank notecards on hand at all times. They're perfect for thank-you notes and last minute birthday cards and whatever else. Kinko's had a bunch of different cute options for $4.99 and under.

18. Loose Knit Scarf ($3.99 on sale from $12)

A winter staple in 3 easy to wear neutrals.

19. Double Blossom Belt ($5 on sale)

A little holiday glitz and glam for cheap.

20. Metallic Clutch ($5 on sale)

I'm a huge fan of cheap fancy clutches for nights out when all I have to bring is a credit card and some chapstick. I love this metallic croc one!

Don't forget to check out last year's guide for even more ideas then hope on over to Janssen and RA's blogs to see their picks!


  1. LOVE your ideas! I'm totally making the salt dough ornaments!
    I always have trouble thinking of useful teacher gifts that don't break the bank, my go to gift is a cute mug from the Anthropologie clearance rack. This year they are cute big tea cups that were like $3 or so.
    Also new Expo markers in a cute package or ribbon would be great! Thanks so much!
    One more- I love making jewelry, so buying supplies to make several of the same item usually comes out to be cost effective. And there are tons of options and tutorials.

  2. One more thing! Those Ikea dish towels would be fabulous wrapped around some homemade bread

  3. Chopsticks are such a good idea! My husband would seriously love that gift.

  4. i need #4 so bad. SO BAD.

  5. As with last year, a great list! I've taken notes - this will greatly help my shopping!


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