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35 Christmas money saving ideas for moms


  • The Charm Factory: Their beautiful foundational bracelet, signature heart charms and its lobster clasp are made from .925 sterling silver and is a keepsake a little girl will treasure!  If you’re looking to add just a charm or too they’ve got a vast array to choose from hobbies, religious and inspirational, sports, awareness ribbons and even Twilight inspired. ($24.99)
  • Bijoux in a Box: This do-it-yourself earring kit yields four pairs of beautiful earrings. The fun of the project is that the components can be combined in an infinite number of ways. This kit arrives with a variety of rich enamel drops, shells, and silver mini-charms and drops as well silver plated ear wires and rubber “earnuts” to make sure you don’t lose your earrings. ($22.00)
  • Ficklets: (pictured, below)For kids who struggle emotionally about wearing their eyeglasses, will love Ficklets; interchangeable eyewear charm huggers, designed to make eyeglasses fun and cool! ($4.95 a pair)

Video Games


  • 2K Sports’ Baseball Blast caters to younger gamers and allows up to four players to test their abilities in a variety of unique game modes, including skill challenges, puzzles, and trivia matches with more than 20 mini-games in all. Baseball Blast! Also includes entertaining play-by-play commentary by popular baseball personalities Rob Dibble and “Mr. Baseball” Bob Uecker. ($19.99)

Funky T-shirts

Every design in the verymeri – kidsT-shirt collection, has been created by kids of all ages and a percentage of sales from each tee goes back to the child designer and an additional percentage benefits a charity of the designer’s choice. Soft and colorful t-shirts that will remind kids about philanthropy and teach them entrepreneurship at a young age. ($24)

Teen makeup:

  • Nyx Professional Makeup Luscious Lip Gloss Collection: This makeup collection features five-color lip gloss palettes in bright, sunny shades.  Each mini palette features complementary colors that can be worn alone, or layered for a multitude of gorgeous lip looks. The glosses go on smooth and creamy and are available in seven different colors. ($7)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup Glitterati Glitter Cream Pallet: This multi-purpose, gel-based glitter cream palette is an all-in-one glitter kit in a wide range of show-stopping brights. The shades and formula can be used for added sparkle anywhere on the face or body. ($5)
  •  ecoTOOLS™: Actress Alicia Silverstone has teamed up with ecoTOOLS™ to design a line of eco-friendly and fabulous, cosmetic bags, ranging from a brush bag with a brush set to an overnight bag. Each bag is produced with a natural hemp material and uses a recycled PET lining.  ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone 5 Piece Brush Set and Bag ($15.99). ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Brush Bag ($12.99), ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Bag, ($8.99):

Gift certificates

  • These personalized gift certificates start at just $20 in NYC and $50 anywhere else in the U.S. A surprise could be anything from fire eating to a Kung Fu class, but your gift recipients won’t know for sure till they get there. It’s affordable, unique, and requires no planning on your end.

Kids who love to cook

  • Canterbury Naturals holiday treat mixes: For your top chef in training, your kids will adore whipping up Canterbury Naturals holiday treat mixes like Organic Sparkly Diamond Shortbread Cookie Mix, a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, or Fireside Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Mix or Pumpkin Spice Pancake and Waffle Mix. These organic mixes feature understandable ingredients like; cane juice, natural cocoa powder, natural flavors (that would be the almonds or peppermint), and salt. They make creating a sumptuous homemade treat simple. ($6-7.50)

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