Personality perfect presents

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Black Friday is almost here and some malls are even opening at midnight that day!  So I put my personal shopping skills to work to see what’s out there for your holiday browsing and buying.  Read on to see gift ideas organized by personality and price and watch the segment to take a look at the loot.

Gifts under $10
For the clean freak gadget guy or gal:
  Aroma Home screen wipe is a cute stuffed tiger that is actually a cloth that quickly cleans computer monitors, laptops and LCD screens.  A fresh lemon zest scent is left with every wipe.  I found mine for $9.99 at Border’s Books. 

For the zen friend:  A tranquility mug from Pier 1 Imports is the perfect gift for your friend with Zen.  This beautiful cup allows your loved one to diffuse actual tea leaves instead of a tea bag for better quality tea.  The microwave and dishwasher-safe mug sells for only $6 at Pier 1 locations.

For the angel & animal lovers:  Pier 1 Imports is the place for all kinds of animal stuff as well as lots of angel candles, statues and ornaments.  See the segment to see some of the fun stuff I found there for the animal lovers on your list.

Gifts under $25
For the manic managed mom:  Buy a More Time Moms Family Organizer 2011 calendar for $14.99 and 5% of the profits go to children’s charities.  I like this calendar because it has giant squares that I fill up with my family’s crazy schedules!  It also comes with stickers that keep my kids interested in participating in our weekly calendar meeting.  And there is a big pocket in the back that holds important papers.  This manic managed mom recommends this one for the many manic managed moms that I know and love!

For the accessorize to glamorize gal:  For some new and inexpensive accessories this season, check out Payless Shoesource.  The chain has added an accessory line called Minicci that includes jewelry, purses and even stylish hats for gals.  I love my pink bling ball cap for bad hair days!  I found a pretty floral cocktail ring for my sister that only cost me $7.99 and a pink ball cap like my own for $12.99 that has an elastic back for a perfect fit.

For the serious student:  For the serious student who spends hours on a laptop, the My Cozy Colors Laptop Desk is thoughtful and functional.  Sold at CVS for $19.99 the cushioned desk also comes with a LED light, which I have found to be very helpful when typing at night. 

For the traveling diva:  Ulta beauty stores has a 73 piece cosmetic kit called the Color My World case worth $200 that sells for $24.99.  Pretty in pink and compact, this kit also travels with ease.  I got mine for $19.99 with my store coupon.  Look for Ulta coupons in the newspaper and register for the Ulta Club for continued savings at ulta.com.

For the lovely lounger:  One gift that seems to work for gals of all ages is a comfy robe.  I found a pretty red one at CVS that already comes in an attractive gift box for only $14.99. 

For the grilling guy or gal:  After every good cookout, cleaning up the grill is a drag, but essential.  So when I spied the Grill Daddy Pro, I got one to help my hubby.  With the power of steam, the big stainless steel brush cleans the barbecue grill with ease.  Get it for $24.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Walgreens and CVS.

More money, but worth it items
For the manic managed family:  A big ticket item for sure, but one that I found worth the money is the Kodak New All-In-One Inkjet Printer.  One of my favorite features of this do-it-all printer is that it easily connects and prints from my laptop through our wireless service at home.  This printer also enables folks to print directly from an IPhone, IPod Touch and IPad.  And the print quality of my photos is outstanding, like I had them professionally printed. 

Plus the printer comes with cool template forms that enable the consumer to print out grocery lists, graph paper, line paper, sheet music and even tic-tac-toe.  So if you want to give your manic managed family a big gift for all, this may be the item.  The Kodak printer that I show in the segment is the ESP9250 and it sells for $249.99, although I found it on-line at bestbuy.com for about $100 less.

For the auto aficionado of all ages:  Although this place is designed for kids, adults who love model cars will join in the fun, too.  Like Build-A-Bear Workshop, RideMakerz invites the customer to build a model car from start to finish.  Located in the Westgate Mall next to the Jobing.com arena, we went for my son’s 13th birthday, but his 9-year-old little sis liked it just as much as he did. 

See the segment to see my son’s finished hot wheels and my daughter’s cool hot pink car.  Cars range in price from $10 to $29.  My kids added custom tires, radio sounds and stickers bringing the price up to $35.  Throw in another $25 and they get a remote control.  Although $35 is a bit pricey, the cars are nice quality and the experience is fun.  Check out the store or get a gift card or custom order on-line at ridemakerz.com.

Gifts that give
Giving gal or guy:  My husband’s grandmother asks all of us to give to a charity in her honor instead of buying her a gift.  This year I chose to donate to the American Red Cross.  Once at the redcross.org site, I was able to choose what type of gift I wanted to supply such as hot meals, warm blankets, care packages for our troops and several other charitable items.  I spent $30 for the gift of five blankets to go to families in need.  A free card came in my confirmation email that I printed out and will mail to our grandmother so that she can see the donation we made in her honor. 

If there was something you liked from my list above, wait until Black Friday to get the goods if you can stand the crowds.  The year that I was brave enough to venture out was exhausting, but boy, did I find great deals!  Happy shopping and happy holidays.