The state of the economy isn’t pretty. But we still want a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas. You needn’t spend a fortune to share holiday joy.
Here’s a smattering of affordable gift ideas and bonus gift promotions, as suggested by Redmond Town Center’s senior marketing manager, Christina Henning and the folks at Starbucks.
• For $5, you can buy a kids’ baking set at Bed Bath & Beyond. Borders offers Ghirardelli chocolates for $3-5 or a roll of Hanukkah stickers for $3.99.
• In the $5.99 to $10 category, Bath & Body Works has a $6 manicure/pedicure kit with any gift card purchase. Bed Bath & Beyond has a holiday-scented hand wash and body lotion set for $9.99. Macy’s has holiday socks for $6. Borders features a Hanukkah stamp set for $5.99.
• Want to spend between $10 and $20? Bed Bath & Beyond has Yankee Candle Sampler sets for $10 and up, a three-piece holiday shower fragrance set for $12.99, gingerbread kits from $10-20 and digital holiday ornaments or digital photo frames for $20. Twenty dollars can also buy you a holiday pin at Macy’s.
• For yourself or someone on your gift list, Starbucks has created a Gold Card for frequent customers. For a $25 annual fee, members received 10 percent off most purchases at participating Starbucks, from espresso beverages to espresso machine, as well as a complimentary beverage on one’s birthday and other exclusive offers and discounts. The Gold Card can be loaded with any amount from $5-500. Visit www.starbucksgold.com for information.
• Got $25-40 to spend on a gift? With any $30 purchase at Bath & Body Works, you can get a $10 gift card for your next purchase. Bed Bath & Beyond has a Sweet Dreams microwavable comfort pack for $25, a throw blanket and socks set for $30 and a five-piece hotel/spa gift set (bathrobe, sponge, hair towel, body wrap and sleep mask) for $40. Borders offers an electric menorah for $40.
• There are usually some people on your list who are picky and/or baffling. Or maybe you don’t yet know them well enough to predict their personal tastes. You can never go wrong with book ends, journals, photo albums or accessories for their electronics — whether it’s headphones or even batteries. While these don’t come with a “wow factor,” they’ll be appreciated when the recipient’s remote controller, flashlight, camera or other device suddenly goes dead — and they don’t feel like making a run to the store.