Holiday Handbook: Gifts Under $10

Finding the right holiday gift when you are on a budget is challenging. So we tasked ourselves with finding the very best gifts for under $10. Many of our ideas include limited time offers, so jump now if you want a great gift at a great price.

The holidays are all about kids, so here are some kid-specific gifts:

Temporary tattoo hand puppets from

These zany animal faces apply onto a child's hand to turn their paw into a puppet. Soap and water washes the tattoo off. A set of eight costs just $7.95. These are fun presents to rip open on Christmas morning, and play with right away. We can imagine a 5-year-old keeping the puppet applied all day and eating Christmas dinner with a bird on their hand.

VIDEO: Becky Worley shows you how to find perfect gifts for the whole family.

Book sets from

Multiple books in a series are great gifts because they provide characters and stories that kids can get into over a long period of time. At they have a bunch of bundled books in their bargain section. I found a gorgeous Eric Carle board-book set for $10.77 and paperbacks for little kids in the $5 and $10 range, and Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew sets for older kids in the $7 range. The titles will vary with inventory, but you can find book sets and anthologies in bargain bins both online and in your local neighborhood bookstores.

Coupon stacked spa basket

Coupon stacking and drugstore rebates are hugely popular right now. Using Sunday circular coupons and online printable coupons, you combine offers with rebate programs to get products for free or next to nothing.

Rebate programs at drug stores like CVS and Walgreens work like this: you purchase an item but get back a store credit. For example, you buy a tube of toothpaste for $4. The store gives you $3.50 in "Extrabucks" or "Register Rewards." You can then use that credit on almost any purchase the next time you shop at the chain.

Since drug stores sell staples like detergent and cereal, these incentives do actually work. If you combine these offers with manufacturer and store coupons, the savings can be considerable.

Coupon experts Julia Scott from and Erin Gifford from helped me come up with an example of this concept.

These offers are active as of Dec. 7, but many expire within days. You can search coupon blogs for "Walgreens deals" or "CVS deals" to find the most current examples of these incentives and coupon stacking.


Buy 1 Shower Gel (full size) at $4.99 (.99 after $4 back in extrabucks)
Buy 1 Body Mist (full size) at $4.99 (.99 after $4 back in extrabucks)
Buy 1 Loofah Bath Sponge at $1.99 (no coupon or rebate)
Buy 1 Body Lotion (travel size) at $1.99 (no coupon or rebate)
Neosporin Lip Health $5.49 (free) (use printable coupon form the Neosporin website + automatic $2.50 discount at the register)
Buy 2 Merry Brite Mini Ornaments (12 ct): $1.99 (free after Extrabucks rebate)
Merry Brite Plush Santa Hat: $3.99 (free after Extrabucks rebate)

At Target:

2 Hershey's Bliss Chocolates $1 each (Use Sunday circular coupon from Hershey and printable coupon from
Total value: $32.81 for $7.96
CD for $2.74 & Digital keychain for $2.22

You can also use ebates or online rebates and discount codes to accomplish similar miraculous deals, although you have to factor in shipping, so it may be worthwhile to aggregate purchases from Web sites to try and qualify for free shipping.

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