The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes gifts you find in your stocking on Christmas morning are just as great as the big gift sitting under the tree. And if you’re wondering what stocking stuffer gifts to buy this year, I’ve done some shopping for you. Well, you’ve still got to buy them, but I hope you’ll consider this array of goodies.

Funky Monkey
No, not a new board game, but a tasty snack that both young and old will enjoy. Funky Monkey is a package of freeze dried organic fruit with no added sugar. I’ve sampled the Bananamon, Purple Funk, Carnaval Mix and Jivealime and loved all four flavors. If you’re looking for a healthful snack to slip into the stocking or even the backpack, this is a good choice. Available at www.amazon.com where you can buy them in packs of 12 which puts their price at just $1.83 or at stores like Super Target, check out their fun Web site- www.funkymonkeysnacks.com.

Eco Lips
And if you’re looking for another organic product to slip into the stocking, check out Eco Lips ($1.99) and Eco Tints ($3.99). Or even the Eco Tint 3 pack for just $9.99. They’re available in many ‘flavors’, check out the Kiwi-Strawberry! Perfect for the recipient to slip into a purse or backpack. And especially appreciated during the cold winter months ahead. www.ecolips.com.

Eco Me
Okay, here’s one more gift item in the organic category. Visit www.eco-me.com Lots of stuff for your body, home, even the pets. Check out their Element Body Scrub for $7.50.

When it come to inexpensive gifts that look anything but low cost, it takes a lot to beat ELF www.eyeslipsface.com. Their products get two thumbs up from me. Most items are just $1. My top picks are the Therapeutic lip Conditioning Balm, and the Nourishing Cuticle Pen made with avocado and almond oils. And for just three dollars more, the sell body care products in four different scents. My fav is the Lavender Blossom hand cream and body butter. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter and details of upcoming promotions. And another plus from buying from ELF…a free magazine subscription.

Encourage Reading
Here’s something to slip into the children’s stocking, it’s a bookmark that lets them know how long they’ve been reading. Available at Barnes and Noble and Borders. Just $8.95 and check them out at www.mark-my-time.com.

Something for Everyone
Here’s a great site I stumbled across www.chinaberry.com. Lots of great stuff at budget friendly prices… and not to mention an online outlet area too. Who could ask for more?

Winter Sippers
Everyone loves a warm drink during the holidays, but how about adding some extra pizzazz to apple juice and cider with Spice Hunter Winter Sippers. They have a sale going on right now and prices range from $1.99 to $5.59. www.spicehunter.com.

Oriental Trading
I’ve never bought anything from this company, but their catalog seems to find its way into my mailbox. They have a whole bunch of holiday related items that are just made to be stocking stuffers. Most of the stuff you can buy in bulk for holiday parties too. www.orientaltrading.com.

Fit Decks
We know the holidays are all about indulgence, but when January rolls around, the recipient of this gift might really like you. It’s the Fit Deck cards with various exercises like yoga, office, and stretch printed on them for just $9.95. Best thing is you can take them anywhere and it’s a bit like having your own personal trainer for a lot less money. www.fitdeck.com.

Holiday Bear
And check out the Ulta Bath Holiday Bear, now only $4.99, it’s a bear with hand and body cream. www.ulta.com And while you’re there check out their Stocking Stuffer section. Plus, they’re offering a free pair of PJs with a $30 fragrance purchase. And yes, there’s more. You can order three free samples with your order. Orders over $25 have free shipping. Definitely a site to check out if you have some more holiday goodies to buy.

Still Not Sure?
If you can’t find anything or are really running low on cash, one of the last places I shop at is the local supermarket or drugstore. They sell a whole lot more than food and cosmetics these days. Chocolates, mittens, paperback books, and yes, sample size products perfect for the stocking and wallet.

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