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    Default GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    Hi - I'm hitting a dead end with ideas for a holiday grab we do with friends, both male and female. Anybody have any great suggestions? I need 2 gifts (me & DH) - every year I say "thats a great idea got to remember if for next year" but I'm drawing blanks. TIA

    Lisa

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    janeybwild is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    $25 worth of instant lottery tickets :)

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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    - Those vacuum sealers for wine bottles - they work really well.
    - $25 gift card to a bookstore, or a restaurant, or a music store
    - A nice set of mugs - I love the Christmas ones from Restoration Hardware
    - A silver keychain

    I'd check out overstock.com. They have cute gifts, and shipping is never more than $2.95, so you don't have to buy a bunch of things to make the shipping worth it.

    Have fun! I always recommend a grab bag with DH's family, because we usually pick a name and buy one gift for the person we pick, but no one ever goes for it.

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    gatorsmom is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    *What about a smoothie blender (blender with a spout for easy serving)?
    *How about a family boardgame (like the new Monopoly Here and NOw or cranium or the updated edition of Twister)?
    *What about a house safety pack with a batterie-less radio and flashlight (you know the ones that have to be charged by hand?) and a really nice American Red Cross First Aid Kit (there are ones on sale at Target where a portion of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross).
    *What about a radio/cooler plus one of those lawn blankets you can use on the grass for picnics?
    *What about an interesting book about trivia like "Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things" by Charles Panati?
    *What about gift certificate/tickets to a showing at your local IMAX theater? or tickets to the local science/fine arts museum?

    Does that help?

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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    popular gifts that people have 'fought' over at exchanges i've been to:

    - a really nice pen (like one of those astronaut pens or a sensa)
    - starbucks gift card in an insulated coffee mug
    - nice bottle of wine
    - head lamp flashlight (not quite sure why, but all of the guys fought over this one, one year) and then those wind up/don't need batteries 'emergency' flashlights you can get at costco the next year - same thing, all of the guys tried to 'steal' it.
    - manicure/pedicure gift certificate from a local chi-chi nail salon - you can guess who was fighting over this one...
    - this year, i am thinking of getting a pair of 'yak trax'. several of the catalog companies have them and they look kinda fun.

    lori
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    urquie is offline Emerald level (3000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    favorites at our family gift games are lotto tickets, a nice bottle of liquor (bailey's or tanqueray gin), and nice chocolates (frango mints or see's candy).

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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    Oooh, great post. We have to buy two male and two female Yankee Swap gifts this year for $25. I haven't gotten anything yet so these ideas are really helpful. Here are a few I've been thinking about...
    for the guys:
    From L.L. Bean($19) Yaktrax
    http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/user_files/36702.jpg
    I'd maybe add some disposable footwarmers.

    for the girls:

    From L.L. Bean(Med.size $24)-I have this and it's a good size for us
    http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/user_files/36703.jpg


    Wilton Ultimate Bake and Carry Set($30-I'd use one of the coupons to make the $ limit)From Bed Bath and Beyond


    http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/user_files/36704.jpg

    ~Leslie

    SAHM to...
    Ryan 8/14/00
    Matthew 2/14/03







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    Twin Mom is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    I think most movie theatres sell packages that include 2 movie tickets and popcorn/drinks. Not sure where you live but it might be under $25. LOL.

    If you can spend a few bucks more, the game Blokus is always fun. We bought it for a DS of a friend and the DH pretty much took over the game b/c he liked it so much. It's for ages 5+ so the whole family can play together.
    Mom to b/g twin middle schoolers!

    Our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. -- Wilhelm von Humboldt

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    KBecks is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    Things that are popular at ones I've been to

    -- gas gift card
    -- coffee beans
    -- ornaments
    Karen, mom to three beautiful boys, 10/2004, 7/2006 and 10/2008!
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    KBecks is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default RE: GRAB GIFT IDEAS FOR $25

    Oops, nevermind.
    Karen, mom to three beautiful boys, 10/2004, 7/2006 and 10/2008!
    trying to spend less time online, doh!


    *I regret choosing circumcision for my sons.*
    Our new arrival is NOT circed.

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