Tuesday, December 16, 2008

AFFORDABLE Last Minute Ideas

There's a great little catalogue called Lillian Vernon. In it they have a zillion, inexpensive gift ideas. Here are just a few of my faves:

Skate Bag - Ice or inline. $19.98 or TWO FOR $29.96

There are many choices of kids rolling back packs, luggage, tote bags, sleeping bags, robes, towels, baseball displays and toys so look online at www.lillianvernon.com

Heated Ice Scraper: For windshields, plug into 12V lighter and see ice melt like magic. I haven't tried this but I have scratched my own windshield digging my car out when I lived in CHicago in the mornings. THis sounds like a great idea. $12.98 or GET TWO FOR $19.96 CLICK HERE

Back Seat Entertainment Organizer -- For moms who need room for DVD's toys, baby wipes, kleenex, snacks, this clips onto the headrest of the front seats. $12.98 

Also - Folding Trunk Organzier $14.98

OR go for a 2 section interior organizer for the trunk with 3 mesh pockets and 3 CD pockets outside.  $12.98 CLICK HERE  

Battery Rack and Tester -- I have this and it's brilliant. Store all size batteries in one place (can hang on wall) and check to see if the batteries are working in the same unit.  $16.95 CLICK HERE

Heated Blanket -- good for car or boat! FLeece with 8 ft 12V adapter plugs into lighter. $29.98 CLICK HERE

Retractable dog leash with flashlight!  $16.98 CLICK HERE

Stair Basket  This is a great thing for folks who live in 2 story housesand are constantly needing to take things up and down the stairs. Put the basket on the steps, let it fill all day with what needs to go up (or down) and do it all in one trip. $29.98 CLICK HERE

Wrought-iron Cookbook Stand -- if not this model, there are some lucite ones and wooden ones to be found at other houseware stores if you shop around. Great to keep cookbooks clean while the chef gets messy, and to hold the recipe up and easy to see. Preserves counter space as well.$19.98 CLICK HERE

Rattan Organizer Caddy in a nice deep brown or dark red leather $42.98 CLICK HERE

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