We are now firmly in Christmas mode, folks, and this shopping season is looking like a doozy.  A surge in consumer confidence is giving both hard working retailers and shoppers a reason to smile, but don’t use it as a reason to overspend!  Read on for fellow shoppers’ fabulous gift ideas that help recipients save time and make life easier, but are also beautifully priced!

Chris L. of Media loves his 20-year old Buick.   It runs great and is totally reliable, except for one thing: the heater never cranks out enough heat!  Last Christmas, he received a heated car blanket ($25 on Amazon), and in his own words, “was a total game changer”.  In his hour-long commute each day, it’s like driving a new car!  This year, he’s giving that same gift to family and friends, even those with newer cars.  Let’s face it, who wouldn’t love a warm seat waiting for you when you start the car.

Bethany A. of Downingtown creates Christmas keepsakes for family members!  In her wonderfully large extended family, chances are excellent that they’ll celebrate a wedding, new baby, home purchase, retirement or other special milestone each year.  That Christmas, Bethany creates a beautiful keepsake ornament with Styrofoam balls and faux jewels in the birthstone of the new family member, including the name and date of the Event.  Not only are they inexpensive, they are completely unique, beloved by family and kept for years.

Xavier B. of King of Prussia is a movie buff, as are friends and family.  Last year, at a loss for ideas, and a lack of shopping time, he gave out “100 Movies Scratch Off Posters” ($30 on Amazon), and it was a huge hit!  Recipients near and far keep him up to date on movies they’ve recently scratched off, and a handful of friends made a light competition out of it to see how many movies they could take in before the end of the year.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Christine F. of Philadelphia loves saving money, and shares my affection for all things Bob Ross.  In fact, she was hard-pressed to think of anyone on her gift list that didn’t love Bob Ross!  Let’s face it, people of all demographics totally mellow out when listening to that iconic painter work his magic.  When she found Bob Ross mugs on Amazon for less than $25, she sent them to family and friends near and far with the click of a button, and they loved them!  Pour in your favorite hot caffeinated beverage, and watch those beautiful “happy little trees” appear right before your eyes.  Another easy, inexpensive gift that the recipient will love and use all year.  Exactly what a holiday gift is supposed to do.

This Christmas and Hanukkah season, enjoy the lights, hug the ones you love closer to you, and find gifts that everyone is going to love, without breaking the bank.  Frugal On!

Kristen Hagopian is a Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist & Author of Brilliant Frugal Living.  “The Kristen Hagopian Show” airs Saturdays at 11A on WNPV 1440 / 98.5 , and Nationwide via the BizTalk Radio Network. She was raised in Delaware County, works in Montgomery County, and resides in Chester County with her husband and kids.  She is honored to be connected with the crew at the Detox Treatment Help Line (800-287-7891) and Elite Rehab (800-932-4082) to help get the word out about their proven strategies to steer the ones you love away from drug abuse. You can find her online at www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com