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December 8, 2012

Bountiful gifts need not break the budget

From family and friends, to teachers and coaches, finding the perfect present for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. But with a little creativity, you can find a great gift without breaking your budget.

The key to finding the perfect present?: taking time to consider what your loved one most cherishes. Do they favor a specific hobby? How do they spend their free time?

If you’re picking a gift for someone you might not know well, such as your child’s teacher or school nurse, consider giving the person something to help them unwind and relax.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

For teachers, school nurses and coaches

The role models in your child’s life are often the people that would benefit most from a pampering present. Help them indulge in some relaxation by packaging up a basket of spa-inspired items.

Moisturizing beauty products with seasonal scents — such as the Softsoap Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum body washes — will keep skin smooth and glowing throughout the season’s festivities and conjure up images of favorite winter memories. Bundle with a lush loofah, mini manicure and pedicure kit, facial mask and lotion for a basket filled with items that will give them the opportunity to treat themselves to a little “me” time.

Homemade treats and photo collages are also great gift options.

For cooking and baking enthusiasts

For your favorite foodie, consider giving some fun and affordable kitchen tools, such as ninja gingerbread cookie cutters. If your loved one is known for their savory cuisine, consider purchasing an assortment of spices to add to their favorite dishes. Likewise, a new cookbook will help inspire creativity in the kitchen.

For travel lovers

For those on your list who love to hit the road and explore new territories, consider gifts that will make their travel more enjoyable. Passport covers, camera accessories, travel journals, or a mini alarm clock are all great options that won’t break the bank. You can also give them items that will remind them of their explorations.

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