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Best (and Most Affordable!) Gifts of the Season

The best gifts for your friends and family, from appliances to home accents to power tools and more.

$25 and under

  • Vienna wall clock, allen + roth: Welcome in the New Year with this elegant wall clock. The two-toned bronze/black frame encloses an antiqued finish background for a traditional look. The 30-inch clock runs on 1 AA battery. $5

  • Snowflake pillow cover, Etsy: This pillow cover is the perfect holiday accent -- as an unexpected hostess gift or for welcoming friends to your own home. $24

  • KOR Delta hydration vessel, charity: water: Each purchase of this water bottle supports the efforts of an organization called charity: water to bring, clean safe drinking water to the 800 million people currently living without it around the globe. It’s a great gift for the holidays anyone can use. $20 or $24

  • Flutterfly wall stickers, WallCandy Arts: A child’s bedroom walls enlivened by these butterfly stickers set the scene for fantasy garden parties or treks through nature. The peel-and-stick collection of removable and reusable decals are easy for children to rearrange themselves. $25

$50 and under

  • Rustic cutting boards, Etsy: This set, crafted from reclaimed, natural-edge wood, can become the centerpiece of a wine, bread and cheese party with French farmhouse style. $45
  • Triple-light sneakers for kids, Sketchers: This pair of ultra-glam sneaks will have your toddler or child’s feet blazing a trail during the holidays. Now on sale for $40 at Zappos.com.
  • Power screwdriver, Black & Decker: Help out the do-it-yourselfer in your life with a new power screwdriver. Black & Decker’s 4-volt Max Gyro screwdriver stays charged and ready for up to 18 months and comes with an LED worklight. $40

$75 and under

  • Keepsake boxes, Chris Kamm: This New York Museum of Arts and Design artist’s charming keepsake boxes spur moments of reflection or gratitude. Each hand-carved cherry wood box is inscribed with an expressive quote from a legendary mind, varying from the offbeat genius of Albert Einstein to the folksy wit of Will Rogers. $68
  • Lithium-ion heated jacket, Kobalt: Perfect for the outdoor adventurer, this heated jacket keeps you warm in any weather condition. High, medium and low temperature settings allow versatile warmth and comfort levels, and the jacket is wind- and rain-resistant. $70
  • Tibetan Singing Bowl, Field Museum: A striking decorative accent, the singing bowl is actually an instrument, which can be played either by rubbing a mallet around the rim of the bowl to produce a complex chord or by gently striking the bowl to produce a warm gong. Singing bowls have been made in various parts of Asia since the 12th century, and this one, crafted in Tibet, is a beauty. $60

$100 and under

  • "Seconds" series of dessert plates, Jason Miller: This line of fine china challenges preconceived notions: Do decorations always need to be centered? Is the whole bird depicted better than half? Elegant "mistakes" are artfully and carefully applied in this unique set of four plates. $90
  • Aprons, Studio Patro: The chef in your life will love the cafe apron set from Studio Patro. A linen apron is accompanied by a French stripe tea towel and a handcrafted wooden spatula. A $112 value, this set is now specially priced at $88. The site also offers a variety of attractive linen tea towels starting at $24

  • Turkey fryer, Char-Broil: Charbroil your family’s holiday turkey without the oil in a deluxe turkey fryer. The TRU-Infrared Gas Oil-less Turkey Fryer features a 16,000 BTU burner enclosed in a stainless steel casing. It cooks any large cut of meat up to 16 pounds and requires no oil to purchase, preheat or dispose of. Inject your favorite marinades and even use rubs. $99

  • Wine cooler, Frigidaire: This 8-bottle chiller is tailor-made for wine enthusiasts who like to entertain. With a black finish and interior light, the unit makes popping the cork handy and stylish. $100

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