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10 Gifts Under $10

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The holiday season is here and so the shopping begins. If you’re like me, you’re breaking your piggy bank right about now and using every penny you can find. It’s also a huge hassle figuring out what to buy for each person. To help keep your holiday spending low, I have come up with ten different gift ideas that are all under $10.

1. Fuzzy Socks

The holidays are all about getting cozy and what’s more cozy than fuzzy socks? Depending on who you’re shopping for, choose a pair that fits their personality.

Fuzzy Socks Holiday Gift

Photo © Abercrombie & Feast

2. Coffee Mug

Everyone drinks something hot, whether it be coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. There is an infinite variety of mugs out there that are cheap and you can find one that perfectly fits the person you’re shopping for. To supplement the mug, place a packet of hot cocoa inside before you wrap it.

Coffee Mug Holiday Gift

Photo © Top Dreamer

3. Used Novel

For a very personal gift, go to a used-books store and pick out your favorite novel. Write something personal on the inside cover for an added touch!

Used Novel Reading Book Gift

Photo © PhatCatVintage

4. Winter Hat

You can’t go wrong with a winter hat! You can go for a goofy monkey hat or a thick furry one, either way it’s always a big hit.

Winter Hat Gift

Photo © aliexpress

5. Homemade Cookies

If you can bake, bake a batch of holiday cookies, tie them up with a nice ribbon and give them out as gifts. They are a personal and tasty gift!

Homemade Cookies Gift

Photo © saveroomfordessert

6. Scented Candle

This is a perfect gift for moms or any female. You can buy a large holiday candle to accommodate the person’s favorite scent.

Red Scented Candle Gift

Photo © Ikea

7. Box of Chocolates

If you’re visiting someone for the Holidays, this is a great gift for the host. Who doesn’t like chocolate?

Box of Chocolates

Photo © flowerno5

8. Gift Bag of Travel Minis

If you know someone who has travel plans coming up, get some travel-size goodies. Pick a variety of travel-size minis such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and lotion and throw them into a gift bag for your future traveler.

Travel Size Toiletries

Photo © Couponing 101

9. Gift Card

Pick up a $5 or $10 gift card to their favorite coffee shop, store, or restaurant. Sometimes the simplest and smallest gifts are the most appreciated.

Visa Gift Card Gift

Photo © FreeStuffWorld

10. Lend a Hand

Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You may know someone who needs help moving or your mom might need her driveway shoveled, either way doing someone a favor or lending a helping hand can be the best gift of all.

Shoveling Driveway Snow

Photo © tommelodaywerner

 

Do you have any holiday gift ideas you’d like to share? Tell us in a comment below!

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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

Filed under: College Life, Food, Health & Fitness, Money/Budget, Tips - BookRenter Team
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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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Halloween Costumes For Serious Procrastinators

Filed under: DIY & Crafts, Fashion, Money/Budget, Seasonal Celebrations, Tips - Angelina
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By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore

If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.

BookRenter Android Halloween Costume

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Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.

BookRenter 60's Hippies Halloween Costumes

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So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:

1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”

If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!

Real Simple Halloween Costume Orange Shirt Pumpkin Pi

Photo © Real Simple

2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”

These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?

Halloween Costume Group of College Girls Dressed As Grapes

Photo © Buzz Feed

3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”

If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!

Halloween Costume Bug Idea

Photo © Martha Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!

What will your costume be?

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Thank You Gifts For Abroad

Filed under: Money/Budget, Tips, Travel & Abroad - Angelina
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Whether you are planning to stay with a host family, in a hostel, or with friends, it is a good idea to always have some small trinkets to give as gifts to whomever shows you a little hospitality while you are abroad. Not only will you be presenting yourself in the best light, you will also be presenting your country positively, which is something a lot of travelers don’t think about.

Rest assured buying thank you gifts doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many inexpensive things you can pick up that will be sure to satisfy and are easy to travel with!

1. Magnets

Magnets make great gifts because they add life to a kitchen! Plus, anyone who comes over to their house for a meal will most likely ask about them and that makes it a gateway to a great conversation about how a wonderful traveling student gave it to them as a little thank you.

Cute Refrigerator Magnets

Photo © Sarah Benning

2. Postcards

I have pen pals from Africa, Spain, and even just a few states in the U.S. and postcards are one of my favorite little gifts to get. I love having something to pin up on the refrigerator, around my room, or on my bureau mirror, and your kind friends, hostel works, or host family will too!

Costa Rica Postcard

Photo © Katrina Communications

3. Homemade Goods

Anything home-made or handmade from your state is always a great gift. People love supporting local businesses and areas. Some ideas could be: jewelry, candles, jams, or chocolate. If there is a local market in your town on weekends, chances are it is a jackpot for inexpensive goodies like these.

Handmade Earrings Jewelry

Photo © Fashion Diva Design

4. Keychains

Add a little flair to your someone’s key ring with a unique keychain with their name or a cool design on it. Each time they reach for their keys, they will think of you.

Don't Worry I Got Your Back Funny Keychain

Photo © Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still in doubt? Think about what you would like to get as a gift from someone and go with that. As long as you put some thought into it, you can’t go wrong. Mostly it’s the idea of being appreciative to those who welcome you into their space for your extended travels. Show them they have made a difference!

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Back To School: Things To Consider

Filed under: College Life, Education, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.

1. Schedule

It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.

College Student Class Schedule

Photo © koofers

2. Books

What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.

College Student Used Rental Textbooks For Courses

Photo © Hunter College Librarie

3. Budget

How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.

Female College Student Budgeting Her Money For Spending And Saving

Photo © EMPOWER NETWORK

These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.

What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?

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