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Great holiday gifts for $10 or less

Secrets, candy and rare money
Secrets, candy and rare money © Svetlana Lukienko - Fotolia.com

Secrets, candy and rare money

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who really loves your culinary specialty? Give them the recipe. You can package it with something you use to make the dish, such as a wooden spoon or your super-secret ingredient.

Or maybe your recipient has a weakness for a particular type of candy. Get an old-fashioned candy jar and fill it, Mendelsohn says. "It's the most colorful gift in the world."

And if you're lucky enough to come across a $2 bill or a $1 coin, still in circulation, save them and give them to the kids as a fun gift.

"Get them a couple of $2 bills and a couple of gold dollars," Mendelsohn says. Check with your local bank to get them.

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