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Great holiday gifts for $10 or less

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Trying to come up with holiday gift ideas that cut costs without limiting the festivities can give you a headache.

So, just have some fun with it, says Hillary Mendelsohn, author of “thepurplebook” series of shopping guides and founder of

“When you’re spending less, it’s about using your imagination, it’s about color, it’s about thoughtfulness,” she says.

“Gifts are meant to be thoughtful, not necessarily expensive,” Mendelsohn says. “And this is where that comes in more than any other gift — when you’re in a pinch to spend just a small amount of money.”

Looking for an inexpensive but fun gift and have no clue where to begin? Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Written by
Dana Dratch
Personal Finance Writer
Dana Dratch is a personal finance and lifestyle writer who enjoys talking all things money and credit. With a degree in English and writing, she likes asking the questions everyone would ask if they could and sharing the answers — along with smart money management tips from the experts.