Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Small Wonders.(Last Minute Gift Guide)

Byline: Sharon Niederman

With imagination and ingenuity, you can give spectacular gifts and stay within your budget

When your holiday budget is small let's say no more than $20 for each gift creativity comes into play in the present-purchasing picture. That is to say, choosing those small-budget presents is where you can really have some fun.

The key when shopping on a budget is to make the gift memorable by adding the priceless values of imagination and personality to the price tag.

A less-than-$20 gift that demonstrates how well you understand the recipient's true self will send the message that you care for and appreciate this person. Such a gift will be a heart-to-heart communication.

Lucky for us, we now enjoy an abundance of shopping opportunities that make choosing small gifts a pleasure. The Nob Hill neighborhood in Albuquerque is a prime shopping area, but little shops around the city also offer great places to hunt for the inspired, personalized present, even for that perennial holiday list dread, the "person who has everything. …

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