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As soon as I think I am done Christmas shopping I think of a few more people I need to buy for. So to make things easier on myself I was looking for great ideas this morning and at yahoo.com I found a great list of cheap, good Christmas gifts. If you are in the same boat as me check out this list:

 

  1. Coffee – While a gift card to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts would do the trick, you could also buy your recipient the means to make his or her own coffee at home. Each coffee shop sells 1-pound bags of ground coffee, with Dunkin’ Donuts selling them for around $9 and Starbucks selling them in the $13-$15 range. And if your caffeine fiend instead uses a Keurig machine, you’re covered there, too. Dunkin’ Donuts sells 14-packs of K-cups for around $11.99, and you can get Starbucks brand K-Cups at supermarkets and other large retailers; Bed Bath & Beyond sells 16-packs for $15.
  2. Bananagrams – Bananagrams is like Scrabble for people who don’t want to spend two hours playing Scrabble. Alternatively, it’s like Scrabble for people who really like bananas. The game comes in the form of a banana-shaped bag filled with letter tiles, and the players race to use all their tiles to build words while others do the same. You can purchase the game on Yahoo! Shopping starting at $14.
  3. Beef jerky – (and its healthier cousin, turkey jerky) can make a great snack, whether you’re going for a hike or just need a protein-rich pick-me-up at your desk. But it can also be awfully expensive – we’ve seen 1.5-oz. bags of Jack Link’s brand jerky for $6 at our local supermarket. So why not make your own?
  4. The Slap Chop – a little plastic machine that helps you chop vegetables and nuts through a simple slapping motion – doesn’t actually get very good reviews, with Amazon users blasting it for its poor quality and dull blades. And truth be told, it’s mainly famous for its absurd infomercial. But it will make for an amusing gift at your exchange, and perhaps your recipient will be able to chop a few cloves of garlic with the thing before he or she gets sick of it. It can be had for just $9.99 at Sears. I just want to be able to say, “I gave you a Slap Chop”.
  5. Brownie Mix – You could always make brownies or cupcakes for your recipient, but keep in mind that this is a time of year when people are already drowning in baked goods, fruitcake and other treats, so your sweets could get lost in the shuffle and go bad before the recipient has a chance to eat them. So why not give your recipient the ingredients and let them bake when they want? Get a large, nice-looking jar and fill it with the dry ingredients of your favorite cupcake or brownie recipe; attach the recipe itself to the outside of the jar with instructions on how much egg and butter to add per cup of mix; and stick a bow on top.
  6. Cufflinks – with designs that included the logos for Batman, Superman, Ghostbusters and the Decepticons. You can even get cufflinks that look like tiny iPhones if your giftee is an Apple fanboy. Each pair of cufflinks is only $10 or $11 and ships for free.
  7. Tea Rex – You can always make tea using ready-made Lipton or Earl Grey tea bags, but true tea fanatics will want to mix their own blend of loose tea leaves, and what better way to steep those leaves than with a tiny green dinosaur on a chain? Just pop this dino’s head off, fill it with your favorite tea leaves. It can be had for under $10 on Amazon, though as of this writing there are only a couple left in stock; if Amazon sells out, FredFlare.com carries them for $14. And if you don’t think a dinosaur will be a big hit, other options include a robot and a yellow submarine.
  8. USB Flash Drive – As cloud computing becomes even more popular, the need to carry removable storage and memory sticks isn’t as great. But for the person who can never have enough memory, you can’t go wrong with a USB memory stick. Electronics retailer NewEgg.com has a number of USB flash drives for less than $10, including this 8-gigabyte model for just $7.99. And if your recipient just got a Nook Tablet and wants a little extra memory, a MicroSD memory card can also be had for less than $10.
  9. Or you could just go way over the top and buy everyone an i-Pad…just sayin.

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