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Best Bets: Best Christmas Gifts under $10

Maybe your workplace is doing a secret Santa this year. Maybe you got an invite to a holiday party and want to bring a gift for your hosts (which is proper and good form). Maybe you need something for the mailman or your kid’s teacher or someone else you don’t really care about at all. Maybe you’re just cheap.

Whatever the case may be, we all sometimes need to find gifts that cost as little as possible. Just because you’re not spending much though doesn’t mean you’ve got to give up on good taste. They say it’s the thought that counts, and if you put a little thought into your smallest gifts, you can make them count, too.

Magazine Subscriptions

You’ve probably heard by now that print media is dying, and that iPads and Kindles are the wave of the future. All that aside, light reading is as enjoyable as it ever was. Magazine subscriptions are ridiculously cheap right now, with most running just over the cover price of one issue, and in most cases you can get two full years for around $10. The Chop recommends Esquire, Baltimore Magazine, Interview, W Magazine, The Atlantic, and Juxtapoz. It’s a breeze to order gift subscriptions online, although shipping of the first issue typically does take some time.

Alarm Clock

Ikea is well known for three things: good design, low prices, and shoddy materials. Their DEKAD alarm clock is two of those three things. Made of nothing but glass and steel, it’s as solid as it is stylish. Clean, classic design and a $6 price tag put it right at home in any room. Alternately, their lower level has a ton of housewares, textiles and decor items at budget friendly prices.

Handkerchiefs

A tie may be the default last-minute generic gift idea for men, but a set of handkerchiefs is a fraction of the price, and he’ll probably get more mileage out of them than any tie. This set of Dockers handkerchiefs from Kohls is on sale for $10, and presents well in that cylidrical package which might double to hold pens, change, or whatever.

Christmas Ornaments

A Christmas ornament is another pretty standard go-to gift, but the ones available at Ten Thousand Villages in Fell’s Point are anything but ordinary. This set of three is handmade in China and marked down to the ridiculously low price of $5.00. There are also options from India and Nepal as well as other handmade gifts from all over the world.

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Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sticking to a budget or treating yourself, any of these gifts will be money well spent. Have you received something inexpensive that made you smile? Come up with the perfect solution for secret Santa, maybe? Post your own economical gift ideas in the comments.

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Squidfire’s 10th Art Mart @ Fell’s Point Today

Wow. We had such a good time yesterday walking around Flowermart looking for plants, looking at girls and mixing up Lemon Sticks, that we’re totally sold on the whole buy-locally-from-an-open-air-market idea. And it looks like we’re in luck again, because there’s no shortage of them today.

In addition to the Waverly Farmers’ Market which we get to as often as hangovers allow, we’re also going to check out the Really Really Free Market at 33rd and Guilford which is running concurrent today from 7 am to 1 pm. RRFM is a nationwide progressive movement started by San Francisco pinkos. You ought to know by now that if there’s one thing the Chop can get behind, it’s nationwide progressive movements started by SF pinkos. This one appears to be made up locally of Hopkins students, and their parents buy them nice things, so we’re looking to score.

Squidfire's 10th Art Mart takes place in the Fell's Point square today. 11 am- 6 pm.

But wait… there’s more! Just in case leftover Ikea lamps and obsolete televisions don’t satiate our hoarding appetite, we’re going down to Fell’s to check out Squidfire’s 10th Art Mart. Art Mart gets bigger and more successful with each installment and this time around it will feature over 50 artists and crafters and run from 11-6, rain or shine.

Odds are you’re probably aware of the huge DIY arts and crafts scene here in the city, but have only seen scattered examples of it around town or online. Art Mart is a great chance to take it all in at once and see what’s available in the world of handmade goods.

It’s a great feeling when someone says “Oh my God, that’s awesome! Where did you get that?”, and it feels even better to say “Its one of a kind. I got it at Art Mart.”

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