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10 inexpensive, thoughtful gift ideas

It’s hard to find the perfect gift, especially an inexpensive, thoughtful one. Here are a few ideas to make it easier on you and your budget - most are well under $50.

Etsy’s hand knit cloths 

Hand-knit cloths for the bath, kitchen or baby. If you can’t imagine making these yourself, Etsy’s online store has a plethora. Or, you can buy Ric cloths in a rainbow of color from Chee Soon Fitzgerald in Surry Hills or online here. Give with a scented soap, bath oil or maybe this ultra rich shea butter body cream from L’Occitane 9 - and you’re set.

Sheswai chemical free nail polish

Sheswai chemical free nail polish comes highly recommended by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. (It’s the only one she took with her to New York’s Fashion Week.) Buy a set of three in this juteLove Bag for your favorite fashionista.

Organic beeswax candles

This mini candle set makes meditating on the go extra special. Organic beeswax candles made in Australia are available online or stop by I Ran the Wrong Way in Surry Hills for all kinds of treasures.

Combine the candles with an inspirational book to set your loved ones on a peaceful New Year path. I like the simplicity of Melody Beattie’s Journey to the Heart. Her daily messages are written to cultivate creativity and confidence - perfect for writers, designers or anyone embarking on a new venture.

How to be Happy, Dammit... a cynic’s guide to spiritual happiness

For “self help for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self help” there’s “How to be Happy, Dammit... a cynic’s guide to spiritual happiness,” by Karen Salmansohn. Or, for the non-readers in your list, frame one of her limited edition prints, like this one: “Being awesome is the best revenge”.

wooden servers The Society Inc

For the cook in your life, these wooden servers from Sibella Court’s, The Society Inc. are sized just right for salad tossing and serving your favorite dishes.

The Good Life Adrian Richardson

Pair the wooden servers with the latest healthy lifestyle cookbooks, “Super Natural Everyday” by Heidi Swanson and “The Good Life” by La Luna chef, Adrian Richardson.

kepp cup

Design their very own KeepCup and give them a gift card from their favorite coffee shop to start their day off extra special.

hanging egg planter J. Schatz

Brighten their everyday with this hanging egg planter from J. Schatz. Available in a variety of colors to suit any decor.

 light bulb vase free people

Want to really impress? Make this lovely light bulb vase all by yourself with Free People’s easy 4-step process:


The latest rage in pony tail holders and headbands was designed by a new mom who found herself living in ponytails, but hating elastic bands (they gave her a headache and left dents in her hair), Out of desperation, she tied a nylon elastic around her wrist and the Twistband was born. Available in every color imaginable, as well as tie-dye, camo and jeweled, they hold any hairstyle, won’t leave dents and make a more stylish bracelet statement than a scrunchy. Customized colors and printed messages are also available. How’s that for thoughtful, smart design?

Happy Shopping!