Sure shoppers may be willing to spend a little more this holiday, but retailers are well-aware that most are still seeking budget-friendly items to cover more people on their list.
To cater to a widening range of personal budgets, affordable gifts will play a role in business game plans and remain a big part of present exchanges among consumers. But this year, it's not simply limiting the dollar spend, but rather finding that extra value in product functionality and usability, even within these lower price-point gifts.
Click ahead to have a look at some hot ticket goodies that cost less than $25.
17 Nov 2010
The back-to-school fashion statement extends into the holiday season, as girls around the country drool over this jeans-legging hybrid.
A slew of research analysts have called jeggings the hot apparel trend this fall as they fly off retail shelves. And at $5 a piece at Five Below, be sure to leave plenty of room under the tree for every color, cut, and wash.
In its latest luxury-designer partnership, Target has teamed up with English leather goods brand Mulberry to launch a limited-edition handbag collection—Mulberry for Target.
Along with apparel, accessories is one of the hot categories this holiday, with a wide range of affordable items to update the wardrobe.
Target's contemporary purse that comes in velvet, patent, and leopard prints will be a trendy purchase for bargain hunters.
More-luxurious online retailers are highlighting gifts below $25 as well. On Gilt.com,this pricing tier is filled with fashion and home decor accessories.
That includes celebrity-designed cocktail rings like the Grayce ring by Molly Sims, pictured here, for $25. Eyelash extensions and treatments have also been popular, with items such as Tarte's Lash Accessory Kit for $16.
Whether it's the influence of "Jersey Shore" or fashion magazines, bold bling, along with a bit of discretionary spending, is back.
The mega-faced watch has caught particular attention as celebrities and reality stars sport these not-so-inconspicuous accessories around their wrists.
At Target, the retailer's exclusive Xhiliration brand echoes this trend with their own version of the oversized watch that comes in metallic pink, teal, and purple for $12.99.
This pint-sized beauty kit sold by MyTagAlongs on Amazon.comis yet another functional stocking-stuffer. It contains tweezers, scissors and knife, a screwdriver, flashlight, magnifying glass, and pen, all in one credit card-sized pouch.
The market for social currency and virtual goods is expanding day by day, and chances are, someone on your gift list is on Facebook and has purchased some sort of digital item—whether it's games, applications, or a virtual teddy bear.
The $15 Facebook Credit GiftCard was created exclusively for Target, but comes in $25 and $50 denominations as well.
Gifts cards aren't simply pieces of plastic with monetary value this year. The LEGO-branded Target gift card comes with a 31-piece LEGO set, while others like the Elfin' Around card, pictured here, record personalized messages that play back in an elf-like voice.
According to a holiday survey conducted by Accenture, 56 percent of consumers pointed to gift cards as what they'll be buying this year, with 40 percent saying they'll buy as many as three.
Adults and kids alike have fallen for the Silly Bandz bracelet rage this year. Beanie Babies maker Ty has jumped on the bandwagon, creating Bandz shaped in its favorite beanie silhouettes, like Kiwi the frog and Cookie the dog, along with Peanuts characters. See the entire collection at Five Below.
An oddball gift, but a creative gesture for any coffee-lover—the coffee tree. A pound of ground coffee can cost as much as $16, but a tree ranges from 80 cents to $8.00 through various sellers, including Hirt's Garden on Amazon.com.
Potted coffee trees can thrive in 65 to 80 degree weather and requires watering every couple days. It takes about 8 months to ripen and can grow up to two to three feet tall.
It's a pillow. It's a pet. It's a pillow pet!
This commercial-gone-viral has pillow buddies infiltrating mall stands and homes across the country. Sold on Amazon.com as well, several of these animals are climbing the ranks on the online retailer's bestsellers list as the holiday approaches.
Electronic gadgets too hefty a price?
Accessories and digital game downloads offer a more affordable alternative for the tech-lovers on your list. At Gamestop.com, games such as Electronic Art's "Need for Speed World" is available for instant download purchasing.
Spend a little more time, but not more money. Customizable mugs, mouse pads, blankets, and playing cards can be manufactured to incorporate photos of your choice. Kodakgallery.com has a holiday shopping guide of items below $20, which include photo ornaments and calendars.