10 Holiday Gift Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

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Tips on gifts that won't hurt your bottom line

You're making your list and checking it twice, and then you decide to double-check your bank account before the spending commences. If you find your wallet is not quite as full as your heart, here are 10 memorable gifts to spread the holiday spirit without hurting your bottom line.

1. Mmm mmm good

Want to touch someone's heart? Go through the stomach. Layer the dry ingredients of your favorite baked good in a large Mason jar, attach a recipe card, and you'll have a sweet treat that's sure to please.

2. Riddle me this

Give a book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku to help someone stay sharp.

3. A cup of cheer

With chilly temperatures here to stay, a thoughtful and cozy gift could include a new mug and a gift certificate for a box of the recipient's favorite warm drink, whether that's coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

4. A night out

Are there parents of young children in your life? Perhaps the best gift you can give is the gift of time. Settle in for a night of babysitting so the parents can sneak away for a few hours.

5. It's a date

Movie prices have certainly gone up the last few years. Treat someone to a movie date – and spring for the snacks, too.

6. Strike a pose

Any grandparents in your life would surely love a calendar with their grandchildren's smiling faces welcoming every month of the year.

7. Spruce it up

Brighten up someone's living space with the gift of a potted plant.

8. All decked out

Who doesn't love a special ornament or holiday decoration?

9. Travel smart

Does someone want to jumpstart plans for a special vacation? Give a travel guidebook for even more inspiration.

10. Winter pampering

Whether it's a manicure gift card or supplies or new skin care products, don't let the falling temperatures prevent someone's skin from staying in tip-top shape.

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