We might draw names at work, or in our book clubs for gift exchanges... or we need a little stocking stuffer or two at Christmas, or even something to bring along to lunch with girlfriends. And very often it is a good idea to have a few things on hand for those unexpected situations, too where an impromptu gift becomes necessary. You may have an extra guest at your festive dinner, or perhaps your son brings a new girlfriend home with him for the holidays...
Big costly gifts would be inappropriate at times like these, so I have put together a list of things that you can pick up for from $1 to $20, that would be welcomed by the runners on your list.
I have several pairs of these little gloves in all different colors. I keep them in a bin in my hall closet where I can easily grab a pair on my way out the front door. They peel on and off quite easily and are small enough to fit in a pocket. And if they get lost, not a big deal! I pick them up locally in drugstores and supermarkets for under $1 a pair. And yes, even the men on your list will appreciate them in darker colors.
I discovered these last year when I found one on the street. And this year I scoured the outdoor stores until I finally found them at Eddie Bauer for under $9 a pair. They are actually made to fit on bicycle spokes but you can easily put them on coat buttons or shoes... they blink on and off... and make you visible in the dark. Very practical and kinda cute, too. They come in all different colors.
Individual Protein Powder Packets
I love the convenience of these pre-measured packets. They are so handy to tuck in a gym bag or a suitcase and I never travel without them. They make up quickly for a snack or a meal on the fly. A box of 4 of these Clean and Lean Protein packets is $14. If you use my affiliate code eatrunsail at NuZest-USA you can get %15 off your order.
I won my Spi-Belt in an online contest a couple of years ago and was pleasantly surprised by how handy it is. I can put all kinds of things in it... keys, credit cards, money, gel packs, tissues... and keep my hands free. Some will hold your smartphone. They come in a wide assortment of colors and styles starting at under $20.
I don't favor any one brand over another when it comes to lip balms... for myself, I prefer one with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30... but when purchasing for gifts, I tend more to think about seasonal flavors and cute containers, honestly. You might try Burt's Bees or Chap Stick or even The Body Shop if you are looking for something a little fancier. You can spend as little as $1 on a tube... check around. Men like them too.
What is your favorite go-to inexpensive gift for the runners on your list? Anything you buy in bulk to have on hand?