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Great holiday gifts for $10 or less

Supplies with style
Supplies with style | Anke Schuetz/Getty Images

Supplies with style

Even if you work at a computer 10 hours a day, sooner or later you realize you need office supplies, says Christopher Lowell, designer and author of "Christopher Lowell's Seven Layers of Organization."

One useful gift for a co-worker or admitted workaholic is to pull together an attractive selection of much-needed supplies -- think oversized or color-coded -- and package them so the person can store, grab and use them easily. Sticky notes, push pins, paper clips and scissors fit the bill.

"Find a really cool container that goes with the person's decor," Lowell says. And from ornate glass jars to faux Chinese takeout containers in a variety of colors, there are a lot of options. "Really stuff this thing," Lowell says.

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