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Friday Finds: The Santa’s Little Helper Edition | Manolo's Basement of the Bargains

Friday Finds: The Santa’s Little Helper Edition

Normally I stick to things under fifty dollars on friday, but in honor of the official opening of the holiday shopping season, I’ve decided to ignore the limit this week. You’ll find goodies under fifteen dollars and others over two hundred. After all, you’ve got everyone from your Secret Santa at work to your lifelong best friend, to your immediate family on your list. You need inspiration from all price points.

Swiss Army Knife One of the handiest gadgets of all time is the classic Swiss army knife. Now Victorinox has reinvented it in a miniature size with stainless steel blades. At just 2 1/4″ long, it attaches to your key ring for your convenience. It comes with: one small knife blade, scissors, and a nail file. The practical soul on your holiday gift list will love this.

Normally, it runs $140.00, but Saks Fifth Ave is having a huge sale now through the 28th. Right now, even the sale items are on sale. The sale price on this item was $104.00, but now to Saturday it just $62.94!

Oh, and be sure to check out the bonus offers combined with the sale!  For instance, you can get free shipping by using code HOLIDAY9. If you spend at least $400.00 in Contemporary, you can get a $100.00 off card with code CONTEM9. And if you spend at least $100.00 in beauty and you can earn a $25.00 gift card with code BEAUTY9.

Of course, not everyone on your gift list is going to want a knife. Some of us want something a tad more frivolous, possibly involving some gold. I know just what I would want:

Anna Beck Silver and Gold Earrings These sparkly delights are designed by Anna Beck of sterling silver plated with dots of 18k gold.

Best of all, they’re on such a great deal at Nordstrom that you can get a pair for your best friend, or your sister, or your mom…and then get a pair for yourself. After all, they’re half off. You see, they were originally $128.00, but they’ve been marked down to a mere $63.90.

Oh, and if you use the code  HOLIDAY09 at checkout, you can get free shipping on any order of $100.00 or more.

Of course, Christmas is a big day for kids. If you’ve got one (or more) on your list, you could do a lot worse than give them good books.  Of course, if you can get a good deal on them, so much the better!

Polar Express I have a great fondness for the modern classic The Polar Express. This gentle tale delights children of all ages, and the  illustrations are beautifully rendered.

As for the deal aspect, Amazon.com is having a huge Black Friday sale, and this title is among the deals. Regularly priced at 18.95, it’s marked down to just $11.07 for a very limited time. Be sure to check out what’s on sale in toys, homewares, jewelry, and dozens of other categories. Who knows? You might be able to do most of your holiday shopping on one single site.

How about the world traveler on your list? I’ve got something for her, too.

Kashmere Travel Set This travel set by Kashmere includes a pillow, shawl, eyemask, and travel socks made of a snuggly warm wool/cashmere blend so that plane and train travel is more comfortable. It comes in this delicious red, a subtle oatmeal color, or classic black.

The retail price on the set is $375.00, which is more than most of us can afford to spend on one person, no matter how much we think this is the perfect thing for them. Bluefly to the rescue! They normally carry the set for $225.00, which is a lot less but still a little steeper than you might want to spend. Okay, this is never going to be a cheap gift, but for a limited time, Bluefly has sweetened the deal to just $159.99. At that price, you and your siblings could go in together to get dear old mom that Alaskan cruise she’s always wanted to go on and these goodies to help her enjoy it in style.

In fact, the fine folk at Bluefly will even throw in the shipping for free.

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