While the pile of wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree each year attracts ooh and ahhs, the little trinkets tucked inside stockings that hang from the mantel can often be the best gifts of the season. This year, there are more options than ever to give big but small gifts to all your friends and family. Many of them are even priced at twenty dollars or less.
If you like to put some greenery inside your loved one’s stockings, make the wrap part of the surprise. The Green Bilz Box is a puzzle in which you can place cash, gift cards, concert tickets, or other similarly sized items. The gift recipient can have a good time trying to get the inside prize by rolling a ball through a two-level maze. It’s challenging and fun and two gifts in one!
It is a gift that a grandparent will use and appreciate every day is a Picture Pen. This stylish little sock filler is a pen with a plastic case into which you can insert a photograph of a grandchild, a pet, or other grandmother’s or grandfather’s favorite subject. This is a gift that many people will appreciate and costs less than six dollars.
The useful device for any friend or family member who has a little hearing loss is the phone amplifier. This small device easily installs between the phone and the headset, and features fingertip control to boost sound up to three times louder than normal. It can be used with almost any standard or electronic phone and makes a really thoughtful gift.
Young people in the family will love a children’s desk. It is a portable desk that children can take with them in the car, to the park or wherever they want. The hard writing surface sits on a soft background that rests on your child’s lap. Side flaps with zippered compartments hold all the crayons or other craft supplies you want to carry. This is a gift that is also given to Mom and Dad as it keeps your little ones entertained for hours.
Another on-the-go item that will keep anyone entertained for hours is Pocket Solitaire. This handheld gaming device features several classic solitaire games, a timer challenge, and a game review feature. It runs on two AA batteries, so it’s easy to keep it going for as long as the player wants. It’s small enough to fit in a purse or pocket, and it’s a quiet and fun game.
Another fun sock filler for friends, family, or pets is the flying monkey. Dressed in a cape and mask, this stretchy ape can fly up to fifty feet when shot like a slingshot. It even gives a monkey cry while flying. Dogs love to chase it as much as kids and adults love to shoot it. Made of plush wool, it is a great toy.
Speaking of pets, everyone will have a blast with Dancing Pet Speaker. This cool sock case can be connected to an iPod and many MP3 players. Music comes out of the cat or dog speaker, and both animals dance to the beat. Put your arms up, turn on the music, and everyone dances.
The Electronic Hampster is another fun toy for people or pets. It’s cute and furry, and it rolls freely around the room when running on a battery. Watch the children or the dog chase you around the house, taking care of it, of course, to supervise it. It looks so real that you might even scare your friends when it sneaks in front of them.
If practical jokes or jokes are your favorite type of gift, there are several to choose from this year. A Car Bandaid Jumbo makes a great prank gift for a friend who tends to hit their car. Frankie the Fish is a perennial favorite, moving his mouth and head as he sings “Give Me Back My Filet O’Fish,” ideal for fishing enthusiasts or anyone who loves a fish sandwich. Give your friends some harmless fun with Racing Grannies, a pair of rope old ladies racing against each other on the kitchen table. And who wouldn’t laugh when Singing Toilet Paper starts its rendition of “Jingle Bells” as it begins to unwind?
There are many coin banks for the money savers on your Christmas list. Choose a Hershey Chocolate Syrup Bank, a variety of Elvis Guitar Banks, or a Miller High Life Bottle Bank. You can even choose a customizable money jar that allows you to display the recipient’s favorite photograph. Or give your favorite saver a coin counting bank that will automatically add up the contents when a coin drops. Each of these benches will nestle inside a bag, waiting to be used for next year’s Christmas savings.
Consider these amazing gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season!