The Bargain Babe: Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

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October 10, 2008 10:41 AM
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Gothic Tray

Serve up a chic gift with this classic platter. Made from high-quality melamine. The perfect gift for your favorite hostess. $19 at elsewares.com

Chanel Nail Colour in Dazzling

The color of the season is Chanel red. Give it to your best friend this holiday. $20 at uma.chanel.com

Bonnie Marcus "Busy Bonnie" Notepads

These magnetic notepads are the perfect gift for stylish girls looking to keep their shopping lists in order. Makes for a fun stocking stuffer. $7.50, bonniemarcus.com

Bond No. 9 Fragrances

Choose six fragrance samples from Bond No. 9. Each eaux de parfum is housed in sleek glass vial, hand-wrapped in award-winning colorful foils to look like mini bon bons. And, the price is just right: $15, BondNo9.com

Marie Claire Hair

Hair: It should be every woman's crowning glory - and with Marie Claire's fashion-forward guide, it will be. From care to cut to color, it contains all the practical information you need to know with glamorous and dramatic photos. $17.95 at barnesandnoble.com

Formula 210 Hand Cream

Made with a unique blend of emollients designed to mimic your skin's own natural lipids, this cream locks in and replenishes moisture. It has been clinically tested to increase skin moisture up to 210% in just minutes - and maintain up to 63% of that moisture at the end of the day. Perfect for the girl on the go! $15, Brookstone.com

Purse Holder

Pretty in paisley, this sweet little purse holder is an elegant gift for your favorite style maven. $14.95 at shopcatchingfireflies.com

Porcelain Campfire

Capture those golden days 'round the campfire with this mini campfire candle holder. Sure to warm plenty of hearts. $20 at uncommongoods.com

Mini WhoMi Weekly Planner

All of the functionality of a large agenda in one tiny package. This color-coded mini planner helps to track multiple activities and projects in one easy (and chic) place. $12, WhoMi.com

Carton Vase

Brighten her home this holiday with this sweet, nostalgic vase. Holds one or two flowers. $6.95 at cb2.com

Set of Three Expandable Wine and Champagne Sealers

Help your friends keep the party going with these hip little champagne and wine sealers. Comes in sets of three. $18 at qvc.com

Moo Sticker Books

You and your friends can personalize your laptops and cell phones with these delightful Moo stickers. Makes a great gift. From $9.99 at moo.com

Mix Tape USB Stick

It looks like an old-fashioned cassette tape, but it's a USB stick ready to store all your number one songs. Your favorite rocker will love it. $19.95 at wishingfish.com

Shemergency Kit

This clever Shemergency kit stores 24 compact solutions for all sorts of emergencies. Includes bandages, nail polish remover, and more. $20 at msandmrs.com

Boule Ladyluck Bugs

Bring a smile to your favorite faces with this four-piece box of chocolates from California-based Boule. Truly tasty. $14 at boulela.com

America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heriones

A fun read for the feminist on your holiday list, this informative book highlights the lives of women who helped change America. $4.98 at barnesandnoble.com

MUJI New York City in a Bag

This fun-filled bag is brimming with eight wooden versions of New York's most iconic structures. As stylish as it is educational. $15 at momastore.org
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