Halloween has come and gone, you've packed up your Lady Gaga costume, and have been giving in to your cravings for pumpkin chai.
That can only mean one thing: It's time to start stressing about holiday gifts.
We've got you covered with five LearnVest-approved gift ideas that won't kill your wallet—or your reputation as a great gift giver. We know that we've tried to teach you to save money in your sleep, but we also recognize that you shouldn't be stingy when it comes to holiday gifts. So, we've found hip but finance-friendly gifts that don't upset our LearnVest Experts. But, never fear—after that, we'll be on your case to keep saving once again!
We love this handmade clock made from a recycled bicycle chain because it's highly unique and also beautiful. Buying from websites like Etsy reconnects you with the people who create your products. This gift has a story, is affordable, AND supports local artists.
Try a classic wool-cashmere scarf, originally priced at $50 but now selling for just over $15.
For the Man in Your Life
For the hip boyfriend who loves his old-fashioned spirits, enter the Whisky Stones! These specially-designed "ice" cubes cost $20-$55 and cool down his drink without diluting it or scratching the glass. Natural soapstone has the ability to maintain its cold temperature for extended periods of time, so he can schmooze all night if he wants to. The gift set comes with six stones and two sharp-looking sipping glasses.
For your Best Friend
We love this DANNIJO Jacinda ring. At $82, the ring comes in four colors, is adjustable to fit any finger, and is straight from the fall 2009 runways. As an added bonus, use the coupon code "LEARNVEST" for 10% off upon checkout. Coupon good for the week!
For Your (Or Someone's) Child
At only $10, this Curious George lunchbox is a cute accessory that any boy or girl would be proud to tote. To pack some extra juice, consider hiding some fun pencils or other school supplies inside.