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42 Little Gifts Under $10 Anyone Would Love To Receive

Affordable finds they'll actually love.

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1. An oversized mug that has a delicious mug cake recipe printed right on its side, perfect for those chilly winter evenings that practically beg for a lazy dessert.

Pier 1

Get it from Pier 1, available with the Gingerbread cake or Peppermint Swirl cake recipes for $5.38.

2. A set of 10 unicorn-horn makeup brushes to add a little bit of fantastical whimsy to any beauty newbie's collection.

Promising review: "Honestly was very surprised with how soft the bristles on the brush were. The handles feel like cheaper plastic, but for the price of the product and the quality of the bristles, definitely worth the purchase." —Amazon CustomerGet them on Amazon for $11.99; also check out an 11-piece mermaid set for $9.99.
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Promising review: "Honestly was very surprised with how soft the bristles on the brush were. The handles feel like cheaper plastic, but for the price of the product and the quality of the bristles, definitely worth the purchase." —Amazon Customer

Get them on Amazon for $11.99; also check out an 11-piece mermaid set for $9.99.

3. A wine aerator that goes directly into the bottle, so they can pour as usual but enjoy the ~upgraded~ taste (no matter how cheap or fancy their bottle happens to be).

Promising review: "Great gadget for a great price. Easy to use and does its job well. It's a nifty little thing. It pours smoothly and aerated well. I wash it by rinsing and running hot water through it and that seems to work." —Chicago Sports FanGet it on Amazon for $10.99.
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Promising review: "Great gadget for a great price. Easy to use and does its job well. It's a nifty little thing. It pours smoothly and aerated well. I wash it by rinsing and running hot water through it and that seems to work." —Chicago Sports Fan

Get it on Amazon for $10.99.

4. A little animal cord protector to fiercely guard their fraying charger cable from further damage.

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $6 each (available in 19 animals) or a similar version from Amazon for $5.97 each (available in 19 somewhat different animals).
Urban Outfitters

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $6 each (available in 19 animals) or a similar version from Amazon for $5.97 each (available in 19 somewhat different animals).

5. A watercolor horoscope mug featuring the constellations and a ~positive quality~, so they can start their mornings remembering one of the many things that make them special.

Get them from World Market for $7.99 each.
World Market

Get them from World Market for $7.99 each.

6. A pack of 16 hydrating sheet masks with over 1100 positive reviews that's the closest you can get to giving them the gift of soft and glowing skin.

Promising review: "This contains a great assortment of masks. Most seemed to have a fruit base. The sheets were easy to unfold and put on. I find they don't stay on the face when sitting or walking around, so this is a lay down and relax mask. There was a lot of concentrate in it but a minimal smell. It was very light and natural smelling, not like a perfume. This sheet has eye folds; you can either leave then down or you can fold over your eyes. (This is the first sheet I have used that had this feature and it was great.) The mask left my soft and smooth and felt wonderful on. It had a cooling effect that was very soothing while wearing it." —Elizabeth CameronGet the pack on Amazon for $10.96.
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Promising review: "This contains a great assortment of masks. Most seemed to have a fruit base. The sheets were easy to unfold and put on. I find they don't stay on the face when sitting or walking around, so this is a lay down and relax mask. There was a lot of concentrate in it but a minimal smell. It was very light and natural smelling, not like a perfume. This sheet has eye folds; you can either leave then down or you can fold over your eyes. (This is the first sheet I have used that had this feature and it was great.) The mask left my soft and smooth and felt wonderful on. It had a cooling effect that was very soothing while wearing it." —Elizabeth Cameron

Get the pack on Amazon for $10.96.

7. An elegant metal hair claw that disguises what's actually an easy, lazy hairstyle as something a little fancy.

Free People

Get one from Free People for $10 (13 metals/styles available).

8. A fill-in-the-blank book you can customize to reflect all the sweetness, goofiness, and happiness of your relationship with your S.O. — or your mom, or your grandparents, or your best friend.

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Promising review: "This was my first Christmas with my boyfriend, and I got this as a stocking stuffer. He ended up buying the "What I Love About Us" version and we had so much fun looking through them and seeing our similar/different answers. The prompts are really cute and simple but allow for a lot of creativity, and you can set the mood with each page whether you want to be funny or sweet. This was one of our favorite gifts." —Kerry C.

Get it from Amazon for $10+ or Barnes & Noble for $9.95 (available on both sites in many versions).

9. A bar of irreverent identity-based soaps (yes, soaps) because there's (probably) nothing better than laughing really hard with the person after they open their gift.

American Eagle

Get them on American Eagle for $9.95 each (7 varieties available).

Psst...if you're looking for the Soap for Single Ladies that was previously in this post, it looks like American Eagle's sold out... but you can find it from Whiskey River Soap Co. for $8.95.

10. A deck of cat-lovers playing cards for the meow-rriest post-holiday poker games you've had in years.

Different cards have different cats — and fun facts about each breed! Get them from Stage Stores for $9.99 and a dog-lovers version for $9.99. The dog one's also available from Bas Bleu for $7.95, or Amazon for $11. (They're backordered on Amazon though, which means they won't ship until they're officially back in stock. It does say they will still arrive before Christmas!)
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Different cards have different cats — and fun facts about each breed!

Get them from Stage Stores for $9.99 and a dog-lovers version for $9.99. The dog one's also available from Bas Bleu for $7.95, or Amazon for $11. (They're backordered on Amazon though, which means they won't ship until they're officially back in stock. It does say they will still arrive before Christmas!)

Or a set of ~lenticular~ cat or dog (or shark!) cards to distract your fellow poker players with their holographic charm.

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A surefire strategy to win, right?

Get them on Amazon for $8.27+.

11. A pack of four bath bombs that will fizz away stress and worries, one brightly-toned color at a time.

Promising review: "Sent this to a friend. She used one right away! Was thrilled to receive this. Said it was one of the best bath bombs and left no residue. Nice scents and packaging for gift giving! A treat for her and the price is amazing!" —Geekfamily2008Get the four pack on Amazon for $5.99 (+$5.99 shipping, which comes out to about $3 per bath bomb. It's over $10, but you can also get a different highly-rated set of 10 bath bombs on Amazon for $20.87, or about $2 per bath bomb).
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Promising review: "Sent this to a friend. She used one right away! Was thrilled to receive this. Said it was one of the best bath bombs and left no residue. Nice scents and packaging for gift giving! A treat for her and the price is amazing!" —Geekfamily2008

Get the four pack on Amazon for $5.99 (+$5.99 shipping, which comes out to about $3 per bath bomb. It's over $10, but you can also get a different highly-rated set of 10 bath bombs on Amazon for $20.87, or about $2 per bath bomb).

12. A ring cleaning pen to help all of your married friends keep their wedding bling satisfyingly clean and sparkling.

Promising review: "I’ll be honest and say that I hate having to drop off my ring at the jewelers to have it cleaned. It takes a couple days and it’s just a hassle to make that stop to drop off and then stop again to pick up every single time it gets dirty. So I was talking with someone who owned the dazzle stick and she absolutely loved it! She said you have to get it if you constantly want to maintain a shiny ring. Not even a day later did I make the purchase and I am more than pleased. My ring gets super cloudy on the sides and this dazzle cleaning pen wiped it all away!! It’s incredible, you won't be disappointed." —KristinaGet it on Amazon for $5.49.
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Promising review: "I’ll be honest and say that I hate having to drop off my ring at the jewelers to have it cleaned. It takes a couple days and it’s just a hassle to make that stop to drop off and then stop again to pick up every single time it gets dirty. So I was talking with someone who owned the dazzle stick and she absolutely loved it! She said you have to get it if you constantly want to maintain a shiny ring. Not even a day later did I make the purchase and I am more than pleased. My ring gets super cloudy on the sides and this dazzle cleaning pen wiped it all away!! It’s incredible, you won't be disappointed." —Kristina

Get it on Amazon for $5.49.

13. A tarot-card art print to be a meaningful and beautiful addition to their growing collection of prints.

SheCanLiftAHorse / Etsy

Get them for $10 each from SheCanLiftAHorse on Etsy: Strength, The Lovers, or six other card designs.

14. A 30-piece colored pencil set because their coloring book pages are about to rival even Monet's best shades.

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $7.49.
Barnes & Noble

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $7.49.

15. A pair of stud earrings to be the perfect punctual accent no matter what outfit they pair 'em with.

Get them on Modcloth for $9.
Modcloth

Get them on Modcloth for $9.

16. A pack of two Sriracha key chains so they'll never be forced to choke down another meal without their favorite condiment ever again.

Urban Outfitters

Weirdly, though, they don't come with Sriracha — you'll have to fill them from your personal stash.

Get the pack of two from Urban Outfitters for $8.

17. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey that experienced home chefs and newbies will obsess over alike — it makes adding just the right flavor to all kinds of dishes (from fruit to chicken to ice cream and, yes, pizza) almost too easy.

Promising review: "It's just the right amount of heat to make it interesting, but not so hot that it'll interfere with other flavors. One of my peeves about spicy versions of normally non-spicy items is that it's often all about the heat but the flavors imparted by the chiles aren't particularly noticeable or interesting. This honey has a great chile FLAVOR to it, in addition to the heat, but it doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the honey at all. I like it on buttered toast and on fried chicken equally well, and this has definitely become a staple "sauce" for me!" —S. FergusonGet a bottle on Amazon for $9.61.
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Promising review: "It's just the right amount of heat to make it interesting, but not so hot that it'll interfere with other flavors. One of my peeves about spicy versions of normally non-spicy items is that it's often all about the heat but the flavors imparted by the chiles aren't particularly noticeable or interesting. This honey has a great chile FLAVOR to it, in addition to the heat, but it doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the honey at all. I like it on buttered toast and on fried chicken equally well, and this has definitely become a staple "sauce" for me!" —S. Ferguson

Get a bottle on Amazon for $9.61.

18. A set of six woodland creature chip clips certain to make them say "Aww!!!!" out loud every time they open their pantry door.

Get the set of six on Amazon for $3.99.
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Get the set of six on Amazon for $3.99.

19. A clip-on, rechargeable selfie ring light so all your group selfies (and even their mouthwatering food photos) are always perfectly lit.

Promising review: "Love this little light; it was one of the cheaper ones but still works great. I do make up for weddings and events but don't always have the perfect lighting conditions to take pictures of my work. This allowed me to take great iPhone pictures without a flash blinding my clients. it also has three different settings and runs off batteries which I love. No dealing with chargers that stop working or you can lose." —ScottGet it on Amazon for $8.99.
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Promising review: "Love this little light; it was one of the cheaper ones but still works great. I do make up for weddings and events but don't always have the perfect lighting conditions to take pictures of my work. This allowed me to take great iPhone pictures without a flash blinding my clients. it also has three different settings and runs off batteries which I love. No dealing with chargers that stop working or you can lose." —Scott

Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

20. A pair of socks any Potter-fan will treasure like they're priceless, the same way Dobby dearly loved his very first sock.

Get them on Amazon for $7.99.
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Get them on Amazon for $7.99.

21. A set of ceramic Mason Jar measuring spoons or salt and pepper shakers that'll be the perfect little addition to their farmhouse (or hipster) kitchen.

World Market

Get them from World Market on sale: the measuring spoons for $3.49 (originally $6.99) or the salt and pepper shakers for $4.99 (originally $9.99).

Also check out the set of ceramic mason jar measuring cups on sale for $6.49! (Originally $12.99.)

22. A reversible-sequin ~mermaid~ pillow cover because it's practically impossible to have too much color and sparkle in life.

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Note that it's just a cover/case, not the full pillow — you'll have to get an insert ($8.99 on Amazon) or just use a pillow you already own.

Promising review: "I cannot wait to give these to my daughters for Christmas! I'm glad I read previous reviews otherwise I might not have realized that these were only pillowcases. The quality was excellent for a great price and I just went to Walmart and purchased $4 pillows in the craft section to fill the cases with. These were well worth the money." —Jaime Hallez

Get one on Amazon for $6.98 (23 colors/designs available).

23. A screwdriver keychain because there are countless opportunities to use a Phillips or flathead in everyone's life, you just don't notice them until you actually have the tools.

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Promising review: "If life has taken you to the point that you need a key chain screwdriver I think you'd be hard pressed to do better. I like these a lot and have had a few occasions to put them to use where they've solidly performed." —Paul

Get them on Amazon for $7.49.

24. A pair of spiky dryer buddies who will be charming little laundry assistants and major money-savers, because they soften clothes without the need for softener or dryer sheets.

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Promising review: "My clothes seem to dry faster with these. I still use half a dryer sheet for anti-static properties. It seems to get more animal hair off my clothes since it agitates the surface while tumbling.

Edit: Throw them in the washer with a load from time to time if they get smelly. Worked with mine!" —Duracell

Get them from Amazon: the hedgehogs for $4.99 and the puffer fish for $8.

25. A terracotta brown sugar bear they simply soak in water, gently dry, then pack in with the brown sugar to keep it from hardening up into an impossible-to-use rock.

Promising review: "After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps... I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child... And that's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar... After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added to my lumpy brown sugar... Two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!" —Sneezeloaf Get it from Amazon for $5.34.
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Promising review: "After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps... I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child... And that's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar... After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added to my lumpy brown sugar... Two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!" —Sneezeloaf

Get it from Amazon for $5.34.

26. A highlighter kit with four luminescent, sparkling colors so they can shine like the superstar you know they are.

Several reviewers say this is a great dupe for the Alchemist palette...but you didn't hear it from me! Promising review: "I love it! I use it almost daily, it really is light enough to wear in the office and not look like I'm out to the clubs or trying to pursue an Instagram career. Plus it's good for lips and eyes as well as cheeks. Highly recommend especially for the price! It's a fantastic dupe and cannot beat the price. Package game really quickly, and looks great. No shattered pans or anything." —LucindaGet it on Amazon for $8.89.
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Several reviewers say this is a great dupe for the Alchemist palette...but you didn't hear it from me!

Promising review: "I love it! I use it almost daily, it really is light enough to wear in the office and not look like I'm out to the clubs or trying to pursue an Instagram career. Plus it's good for lips and eyes as well as cheeks. Highly recommend especially for the price! It's a fantastic dupe and cannot beat the price. Package game really quickly, and looks great. No shattered pans or anything." —Lucinda

Get it on Amazon for $8.89.

27. A set of beaded fringe earrings in their favorite color, proving that you've known each other long enough to find them statement earrings that they love.

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Promising review: "Beautiful earrings! I’m actually very surprised and pleased at how pretty these are. The tassels and tops are made from very pretty seed beads. At three-inches long they make a statement and are noticeable without being over the top or looking like “cocktail party earrings.” Great purchase!" —OtterBlonde

Get a pair on Amazon for $9.99 (19 colors).

28. A shiny mirror cube that will look pretty and interesting in any configuration, so they don't even have to be expert puzzle solvers to enjoy playing with it.

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Promising review: "Son is obsessed with Rubik's, and is able to solve the regular cube very well. This was a great next step challenge to him: the algorithm is not different, but the mirror faces to the sides adds just enough difficulty to the solve, without creating excessive frustration. If your kid learned to solve the regular cube, and is looking for another challenge, I'd say this is a great next step." —A. Sun

Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (also available in silver, although that color currently won't be in stock until Dec 10th. You can go ahead and order it now and count on it to arrive before Christmas, it just won't have two-day Prime shipping.)

29. A monogram mug to remind them of your days sipping coffee and sampling croissants in your favorite garden cafe.

Get it from Anthropologie for $10.
Anthropologie

Get it from Anthropologie for $10.

30. A three-drawer acrylic bathroom or makeup organizer that will ~clearly~ help transform their current storage situation.

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Promising review: "I have been looking for an organizer for my narrow medicine cabinet for quite a while. This is just the right size for hair ties, bobby pins, and barrettes. I may have to get a second one for cotton balls and q-tips." —W. Michael

Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

31. Or a nine-slot palette sorter because you've seen the big pile of eyeshadows and blushes just lying out on their counter (and heard them talking about how much they want to fix that problem).

Promising review: "I was expecting this to be flimsy & easily breakable, but I was very surprised. The acrylic is heavy and strong. I was able to fit two thinner palettes in each compartment, so it really holds more than nine, depending on your palettes." —Stephanie A. OsburnGet it on Amazon for $8.99.
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Promising review: "I was expecting this to be flimsy & easily breakable, but I was very surprised. The acrylic is heavy and strong. I was able to fit two thinner palettes in each compartment, so it really holds more than nine, depending on your palettes." —Stephanie A. Osburn

Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

32. An ice cream koozie to snugly fit around their favorite pint of Ben and Jerry's — they'll be able to eat as much as they want without their hands getting too cold OR the ice cream melting too quickly.

Unfortunately the pink one's no longer available! Get them from Goodey Studio on Etsy for $10 each: "Get your own" or "B.Y.O.S."
Goodey Studio

Unfortunately the pink one's no longer available!

Get them from Goodey Studio on Etsy for $10 each: "Get your own" or "B.Y.O.S."

33. A waterproof notepad and pencil because the thoughts we have in the shower shouldn't stay in the shower — it's where lots of people have their best ideas!

It's all comes down to the routine: because it's not something you have to think about, showering lets your brain ~free associate~. Promising review: "You know when something pops into your head that you have to buy or finish, but it's a totally inopportune time, like when you're just falling asleep or when you're driving? Yeah, this happens to me a lot in the shower. I think shampoo activates my neurotransmitters or something. So I got this handy little notepad to keep in my shower. I love this thing!! It sticks to my sliding shower door and hasn't fallen down once. The pencil works great, and the paper has kept its form perfectly. Super impressed." —KimGet it on Amazon for $9.95, or a ~love notes~ pad for $9.95.
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It's all comes down to the routine: because it's not something you have to think about, showering lets your brain ~free associate~.

Promising review: "You know when something pops into your head that you have to buy or finish, but it's a totally inopportune time, like when you're just falling asleep or when you're driving? Yeah, this happens to me a lot in the shower. I think shampoo activates my neurotransmitters or something. So I got this handy little notepad to keep in my shower. I love this thing!! It sticks to my sliding shower door and hasn't fallen down once. The pencil works great, and the paper has kept its form perfectly. Super impressed." —Kim

Get it on Amazon for $9.95, or a ~love notes~ pad for $9.95.

34. A pack of three infinitely-reusable makeup removing cloths that require nothing but water to help their face be perfectly clean at the end of the day.

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Promising review: "This product... I have no clue how this works, but it does! Let me start by saying I was wearing a full face of make up. I mean foundation, contour highlight, eyeliner, seriously the whole nine yards. All I did was wet it and wiped my face, my jaw literally dropped. This is hands down my favorite make up remover at the moment. The best part is that they are reusable so you don't have to keep buying those expensive disposables that leave your face feeling greasy." —Heather and Ryne Griffith

Get the pack of three on Amazon for $2.97.

35. A set of six cactus coasters happy to save your table from your hot cup of tea on chilly evenings, and then from your friends' cold beers on the first day of summer.

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Get it on Amazon for $12.75.

36. A pen with a cap that looks like their favorite Harry Potter character's wand so they have an excuse to nerd out in everyday life (oh, and it comes with a little bookmark for their next re-read, too).

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Get them on Amazon for $8.50-$9 each: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Luna, Snape, or Voldemort.

Or get them from Barnes & Noble for $8.95 each: Harry or Dumbledore.

37. A cupcake decorating kit for the frequent baker in your life who also secretly wishes they could live in a world with unicorns.

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Promising review: "I thought this was a lot of fun to use. It's nice to get the three colors without trying to put all three icings in one bag. I was able to pipe an entire 9-in. layer cake in about 15 minutes with adding a bit more icing to each bag near the end. Getting the three couplers to lock together requires that you cut the bag at the right point so that the plastic bag doesn't cover the notches and grooves that are meant to interlock. I will definitely be using this again." —Nicole S.

Get it on Amazon for $7.26.

38. A set of three brush attachments for their drill that will make cleaning caked-on grime incredibly fast and maybe even a little fun.

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Promising review: "I had a linoleum floor that had a line in the flooring that just wouldn't come out, not even when I got down on hands and knees with a brush. Took it right off. Flooring that looked like it needed replaced is now like 80% or better. A couple bristles came out but not bad. The only thing I can say bad about it: hide your tooth brush because everything will start looking sooo good to scrub, there will be one spot you just can't get, and you will use your toothbrush to get it." —Dan C.

Get the set of three on Amazon for $11.99 (three colors available).

39. A friendly little pineapple pot whose mission in life is to keep someone company, be it at their kitchen table, work desk, or somewhere else entirely.

Get it from ChampuChinito on Etsy for $10; it's about the size of a regular mug, and unfortunately the plant's not included.
ChampuChinito / Etsy

Get it from ChampuChinito on Etsy for $10; it's about the size of a regular mug, and unfortunately the plant's not included.

40. A 52-week gratitude journal so they can spend a few minutes each morning or evening jotting down all the wonderful things in their life.

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There's a spread for each week with a (secular) inspirational quote, then space to write down three things each day.

Get it on Amazon for $6.54.

41. A set of four chicken wing or s'mores soaps because laughter and joy are the best medicines, and there's no way you and the person you give 'em to won't feel both the moment they open it.

AubreyEApothecary / Etsy

Get them from AubreyEApothecary on Etsy: four chicken wing soaps for $10.95, or one s'mores soap for $7.95.

42. A best friends necklace for your work wife who will show anyone she can the latest adorable video of her pup.

Get it on Amazon for $4.99.
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Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

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