Here is some sage advice to make holiday shopping enjoyable and effective while keeping an eye on your budget. And a whole lot of suggestions to get you started towards the ideal gift for everyone on your list, in every price range.
Don’t Break the Bank. These are all great gift ideas but be sure they fit into your budget. Set your budget and stick to it!
Nintendogs Bundle of Joy. Raise your own Nintendog on the Nintendo DS and enjoy some puppy love. $179.95.
Zen Micro MP3. Enjoy the best sound quality and clarity of a hi-fi that fits easily into your pocket. $224.99.
Zen Vision. Take all your movies, music and photos in a light, pocket-sized player wherever you need to be. $499.99.
Motorola ROKR Phone. $199.99 with a 3 year term exclusively through Rogers Wireless.
Fuji FinePix A350 Digital Camera. Great photo quality made simple. $329.
Kyocera KX444 Push To Talk combines a cell phone with a walkie-talkie, $229.99 or $39.99 with Telus Mobility
Bell MSN, Bell Mobility Customers can get MSN Messenger on select hand-sets for $3.00 a month, check out www.bell.ca for more details!
XBOX 360 places you at the centre of powerful nextgeneration games and entertainment experiences. $399.
Canon Power Shot A410, $199.99. For some amazing shots this holiday season!
Samsung YP-F1 Wearable Flash MP3 Player with Interchangeable Faceplates. $229.99.
Nike Zoom LeBron III, LeBron James’ signature shoe, $189.
Leadsinger LS2100 (contains 200 Songs) $129.99. Plug into your TV and you’re ready to Karaoke the night away!
Fossil. Retro-inspired leather strap with studs. $120.00 (JR8942).
Gifts $50 – $100
Enjoy the moment. Don’t get caught up in the rush and madness of last-minute shopping. Give yourself lots of time to look around and find great bargains – and to take a break if you need one.
Baby Phat, eau de parfum, $53.00 (50 ml) and $70.00 (100 ml).
Britney Spears’ new perfume Fantasy is about happy endings and enchantment. $63.00 for 50 ml.
City Glam by Armani $65.00 (50ml) and $88.00 (100ml).
Timex Watch, $69.99. Visit www.timex.ca for more great watches!
Timex Ironman, $89.99. Available at The Bay, Sears, Walmart and Zellers.
Nexxtech Infrared Wireless Headphones, $79.99. Available at The Source.
The SIMS 2, Holiday Edition for PC, $50.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe X Box, $59.99.
Fable The Lost Chapters for PC, $59.95.
Age of Empires III for PC, $64.95.
Norton AntiVirus 2006, $69.99.
Harry Potter Scene It? DVD Game, $59.95. Available at Chapters.
Accessorize Enchanted Butterfly Bag, $75.00.
Accessorize Leather Gloves, a warm and cozy gift! $55.00.
Braun Cordless Ceramic Steam Straightener plus refill pack, $57.00.
Gifts Under $50
Gift giving is not about grabbing the first thing you see, throwing a ribbon on it and hoping the person on the receiving end is going to like it. Put some thought into it! Keep track of the likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests of the special people around you, so at gift giving time you won’t have to “hope” they’ll like your gift – you’ll know they will.
Accessorize Enchantment Bead and Charm Bracelet, $25.00.
Accessorize Crystal Cocktail Ring. The perfect bling ring for the season! $22.00
Body Shop Sparkle Cube. Sheer pink fairy dust perfect for party shimmer! $13.00.
Smashbox Troubadour Set, $45.00. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.
Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo, Special Edition DVD, $39.90
Into The Blue. Escape the cold this holiday season! DVD, $39.90
Alias: Get access to official top secret files! $24.95.
Second Cup Coffee and Cookie Crackers, from $9.95 – $14.95. A different twist to the traditional holiday cracker!
Lugtagz Traveler’s Eye Candy. For anyone who likes to travel! www.lugtagz.com 3 for $12.00.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Oogie’s Revenge XBox, $49.99
Kensington Optical Wireless Mini All-In-One Mobile Mouse, $44.99. Available at Grand & Toy
Quip It! Reveal your inner kookiness! $39.95. Available at Zellers, The Bay and Home Outfitters.
Surf Diva. For anyone who has ever dreamed of jumping onto a board and catching a killer wave. Approximately $14.
Your Heiress Diary. Paris Hilton guides you as you write down the details of your own fabulous life, $25.
The Hero Project: 2 Teens. 1 Notebook. 13 Extraordinary Interviews. The perfect gift for someone into journalism, $19.95.
TAG Poker Pack. A fun scent and poker – a great gift idea! $12.99
Corpse Bride Figurines. 6″ for $11.99-$14.99, 12″ for $19.99-$34.99. Available at Toys R Us.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Planet Eccentric! Take a look at the world’s weirdest facts! $34.95.
Napoleon Dynamite Figurine. 6″ for $11.99-$14.99, 12″ for $19.99-$34.99. Available at Toys R Us.