Our Five Under $25

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It’s not the “B-list” because these people are too important! They are just plain hard to buy for. And as moms, we are amazed every year by how long this list keeps getting.
Thus our new gift category emerges—the “no less important but much tougher to buy for people”. You know, the school teacher, the gym coach, the sitter, that wonderful woman who cleans your house every week and Great Aunt Eunice.

We’ve put together our annual top five picks to help you out with that list. And they’re all priced under $25 (and all available online), ‘cause time and money is what we are all trying to save. Right?

1. For the New Family
imageEvery new calling comes with a list of excuses and parenting is one job where apologies are often required. The New Parent Apology Cards ($11.66) for parents who are striving to be as “perfect as the family on the box our car seat came in” but not quite making the grade. These hilarious pre-printed cards make that apology note so much easier and so much funnier.

image2. For Great Aunt Eunice (Mildred’s sister)
Celebrations from Real Simple ($23.00) is filled with practical entertaining tips and inspiring images for those who know how to entertain and those who don’t. It will bring out the savvy hostess in anyone.

3. The Girlfriend image
You weren’t supposed to exchange this year but you know she’ll show up with something. So help her colour code her family with the Whomi Family Wall Calendars ($15.99 U.S.). With a different coloured section for each family member and aesthetically pleasing enough to hang on your fridge in the new kitchen, this is a gift that any mom could use to be just that much more organized.

image4. The Family Next Door (or those Distant Cousins)
Create and connect as a family with the Cranium Fun Folio: Family Edition ($14.06)—a new do-it-yourself keepsake book that allows families to discover and celebrate themselves. All ages can enjoy putting it together and the end product will be something to cherish forever. Available from amazon.com

5. The Babysitter/Ballet Teacher/Gym Coach

For more gift ideas, check out our 2005 Gift Guide (but don’t blame us if they have sold out already).

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