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When holiday shopping, consider these items starting at $3
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As the holiday season approaches, check out this gift guide for thrifty suggestions on cute and cool stuff that may be perfect for someone on your shopping list.

Red hot: A recycled leather sleeve (Starbucks) for getting a grip on a steaming cup o' joe makes a great teacher gift — $5.

Stamps of approval: For a teeny price, a set of self-inking stamps in seasonal shapes (Michaels) provides tons of fun. Just put out paper and lets kids go to it — $3.

Pop art: Tree-shaped fudge bites in chocolate-dipped pie-shop flavors (sweetjubileegourmet.com) make a sweet treat. We loved the pecan and pumpkin-pie flavors — $4.

Merry and bright: Your mail carrier or carpool pal will love how much light these tiny LED flashlights shed. In six sharp colors (store.bwtc.com; use code GH12 for free shipping) — $5

The right circles: Luxe-looking, scalloped 5-inch bone frames (Cost Plus World Market) add global chic to any snapshot. Also in blue and ivory — $10.

Hanukkah helpers: Your friends can always use a set of silicone trivets (thekoshercook.com) to serve hot latkes (use code GH8NIGHTS for free shipping) — $10 for 2.

Sweet spot: A dozen decadent caramels (liddabitsweets.com) in a patterned pack, no wrap required (get 10 percent off with code GH10) provide a simple treat— $6.

It's a wash: The hand soap in this ornament-inspired dispenser (The Body Shop) is spiced with ginger extract and honey for a luscious holiday scent — $8.

Shake it up: In hammered rose-tone gold, a classic cocktail shaker (HomeGoods) really raises the bar. Swanky shakers and a bottle of spirits can make for an easy gift — $10.

Clean sweep: The world's easiest hostess gift may be this beautifully boxed trio of hand wash, dish soap and countertop spray (mrsmeyers.com) scented with Iowa pine — $12.

Hold steady: Thrill a world traveler or techie teen with a tiny, magnetic tripod (bandh.com); attach a camera for hands-free portraits or to film no-jostle videos. Also comes in an iPhone-compatible version — $15.

Sleeping cutie: Bundle the family's newest addition in 100 percent organic cotton footie PJs (burtsbeesbaby.com) in candy-cane stripes with a matching hat. The stocking cap makes the outfit extra adorable — $15.

Novel idea: Start a young reader's library off right with delightfully designed renditions of a dozen beloved tomes (Amazon.com), or treat your book-club buddies to a volume or two — $15.

Crock stars: These mini-casseroles (fruit-passion.com; use code FP2012 for free shipping) contain candles in delectable scents, such as Coriander and Olive Tree, and can later be repurposed to hold trinkets. Also in red, plum and white — $15.

From self-inking stamps to footsie PJs, here's how to fill your list
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