December 4, 2013

The $5 (or less!) Gift Guide - 2013 Edition

Putting together this $5 gift guide every year is seriously one of my favorite things. I love online shopping, and I REALLY love a bargain. Also, I almost never make an online purchase without consulting Kayla first, so working on this together every year is just pure fun

It's amazing how many cool things there are for under $5 (you can check out the 2011 guide and the 2012 guide too). 

And if you're looking for stocking stuffers, these are great options too. When I see a stocking stuffer guide with items that are $25 or less, I think, "These people get (or give) way better stockings than I do." 

(As usual, I highly recommend going through Ebates if you're going to do some online shopping, since it'll show you a bunch of coupons for any given store, plus you get anywhere from 2% to 10% of your purchase price back in cash). 

1. Long Party Candles ($2.50 for 12) - I love these alternatives to standard birthday candles. They come in a whole host of colors and ship for free. If I were attending a favorite things party this year (missing the annual Texas one. . . ), this is what I would take. I guess I'll just have to order some for myself instead.

2. Sidewalk Chalk ($1.99 for a 24 pack) - My girls are sidewalk chalk fiends (Ella draws with it, Ani tries to eat it). We can never have enough of it.

3. Tulle Skirt for Little Girls ($4.00) - I'm sorry, but this is darling. It also comes in pink and white, but the gold is my favorite.

4. Initial Hankies ($4.99 for 3) - These are listed as being for men, but I think they'd be a great gift for a woman too.

5. Keychain Measuring Tape ($3.49) - Top of my list for an inexpensive gift for men. Or for me.

6. Hand-crank Flashlight ($4.99) - Doesn't need batteries. Enough said. (Okay, one more thing. How great is that red color?)

7. Plaid and Polka Dot Hairbows ($1.80 for 2) - I know it looks like a bowtie. But it's actually a hairbow. Next time I'm in Forever 21, I'm totally picking a set of these up.

8. Citrus Reamer ($3.95) - My juicer is tiny and inefficient, and this is also much cuter.

9. Coarse Kosher Salt ($1.00) - All recipes are salted something or other, so some coarse salt is always useful. I have a huge box of the Morton variety in my pantry, but you can also get fancy with pink sea salt and whatever from the bulk section of most grocery stores.

10. Earphone Winder ($4.95) - How cool are these? Cannot tell you how many times I am irritated by my headphones ending up in a giant wad of knots. And I love the cute colors.

11. Twig Pencils ($3.99 for 12) - I am not at ALL artistic (seriously, I can hardly draw a straight line), but I love these so much. Just using them to write a grocery list would make me happy.

12. Headband ($3.80) - I like that this one has wire in it to help keep its form and also so it's not slipping off your head all the time. I think I'm finally ready to jump on the headband train.

13. Map Tacks ($5 for 100) - Am I the only one who loves push pins? I have tons of them.

14. Lunch Box ($2.48) - I think a lunchbox is the most useful thing ever (and a great way to avoid waste). Next time I'm at World Market, I'm picking up two or three of these for family outings.

15. Memo Clips ($0.95) - A cute way to display pictures on a bookshelf or hold cards or notes on your desk. Not that the post-its-all-around-your-monitor look isn't a good one.

16. Stamp Pens ($3.99 for 6) - Looking at these makes me desperately miss having an IKEA 10 minutes away.

17. Patterned Paper Straws ($4.00 for 25) - My mom bought me a couple of sets of these for my birthday and they just make EVERYTHING look darling.

18. Chalkboard Labels ($3.99 for 6) - I'll admit that I don't much care for chalkboard (because chalk gives me the creeps), but I know I'm alone in this. These are a fun way to label containers, gifts, and drinks.

19. Knit Beret ($5.00) - This year, I've really started warming up to hats. It's time to start wearing some winter ones.

20. Mini Cheese Slicers ($1.48 for 3) - This makes me want to have a cheese party. But then, what DOESN'T make me want to have a cheese party? (Actually, why share? I'll just sit alone in my kitchen and eat all the cheese).

And now go check out Kayla's list for the other 20 suggestions!


  1. Love these lists! Now I want to make the trek to the nearest Ikea (and a few other places).

  2. 5 and 6 are going in the boys' stockings, because those are two things they are obsessed with. Thanks!

  3. Dude, I could use that flashlight. And I just sent the link to the chalkboard labels to a friend who is looking for something similar! :)

  4. dang Janssen - I thought I was done with my Christmas shopping!

  5. I'm all about eating cheese alone and not sharing. Thanks for the ideas! These are awesome!

  6. This is so awesome. I'm totally buying those pencils!

  7. My husband is a chef, and he swears by the citrus reamers over a standard juicer.

  8. The post-its-all-around-your-monitor look--sounds like my world.

  9. Seriously, I love this more every year. Also, must have a cheese party when we next see each other (except maybe hide it all from the husbands/babies?).

  10. $5 and under, you're speakin' my language. Earphone winder and bento box are calling my name.

  11. Perfect ideas to tie up all my loose strings! Thanks!

  12. OK, you put me to shame with this list. I didn't even think of going down to $5 because ... jeez, it feels like everything costs more than $5! I just did a $10, $15 and $20 gift guide.

    Also, I'm with you on the stocking stuffers. My favorite (for adults) is a $1 scratch-off lottery ticket.

  13. Mini cheese slicers!! I want!! (And they don't sell them online...which means I must venture to the World Market, stat!)


  14. What a great bunch of cute ideas! I always struggle with stocking stuffers and these are perfect! Thanks!


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