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Holiday gifts ideas from $5 to $10

Field Notes
The simplicity and sweetness of this three-pack of notebooks make them eye-catching.

Price: $9.95

Where to find: Field Notes Brand,

--DG (Field Notes Brand)
Business Card Holder
These colorful, acrylic business card holders are a nice change from stuffing cards into a wallet. A cutout notch conveniently helps pull out a card easily.

Price: $9.99

Where to find: Moo Cards,

--DG (Moo Cards)
Flying Chocolate Pig
The genius of the flying chocolate pig is in the combination of bacon and chocolate, which is what the chocolate maker, Vosges, is known for. Filled with “hickory smoked uncured bacon” and “deep milk chocolate,” don’t say no. Say, “Yessss.”

Price: $8

Where to find: Vosges,


Wine Monkey
You’re already a thoughtful friend for bringing wine to a party, but why not take it up a notch with this nostalgia-inducing wine monkey? With a wine bottle cozy in the likeness of the ubiquitous sock monkey, it won’t matter (much) what wine is hiding underneath.

Price: $10

Where to find: Urban Outfitters,

--DG (Urban Outfitters)
Hobnob Parlor Smoke Hurricane Tealight
This classic-looking tealight works great for table settings, and its nice smoky look becomes a warm amber-brown when lit.

Price: $8

Where to find: Anthropologie,


5- Way Opener Multi-Tool
This five-way opener multi-tool is handy to have in the kitchen.

Price: $7

Where to Find: Apt2B,

--DG (Stoner Ave.)
Huntington Sweet Orange Marmalade
These 10-ounce jars of marmalade are made from fruit from orange groves once owned by railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington, namesake of Huntington Library in San Marino.

Price: $7.95

Where to find: Huntington Library gift shop, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino,

--JL  (Jason La / Los Angeles Times)
Macarons from Bottega Louie
These macarons are on the pricey side, but they’re tasty and come in a nice box.

Price: $10 for 5

Where to find: Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles,

--JL  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Fugetsu-do mochi
Fugetsu-do has been making mochi in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo for more than 100 years. These doughy balls of sweet rice come with fillings such as chocolate, red bean and peanut butter.

Price: Varies, but a variety of selections is available for $10 or less

Where to buy: Fugetsu-do, 315 E. 1st St. Los Angeles;

--JL  (Diane de Guzman / Los Angeles Times)
A Year of Fortunes
The subtitle of this item reads “without the cookies,” so what you get is a little red book (not that little red book) with a printed fortune for each of one year’s 365 days. But no cookie. The fortunes are printed on perforated slips, which make it easier to tear or share. A favorite: “Being hypnotized is no excuse.”

Price: About $10 each

Where to find: American Rag CIE, Kitson, Vroman’s, the Huntington Library, Small World Books

--AS  (Courtesy of Knock Knock)
John Baldessari eraser
This big eraser, measuring 2.5 inches by 2.6 inches, bears a design inspired by Los Angeles artist John Baldessari’s ‘60s work “Wrong.”

Price: $6.95

Where to find: LACMA Museum Store, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles,

--JL  (Courtesy of LACMA Museum Store)
Bike chain bottle opener
The makers of these bottle openers gather bike parts from across the country. Functioning parts are donated to cycling nonprofits. The rest are resurrected as nifty gadgets such as these bottle openers.

Price: $10

Where to find: UncommonGoods;

--JL (Jason La / Los Angeles Times)
Monopoly Deal
Monopoly Deal is just as fun as its game board version, but it’s quick (games take about half an hour), and you can play pretty much anywhere you can take a deck of cards.

Price: $5.99

Where to find:

--JL (Jason La / Los Angeles Times)
Tamagotchi pet
Kids clamored for these digital pets in the ‘90s. You can feed and play with them like normal pets. Unlike normal pets, though, they’re reincarnated by pressing a few buttons.

Price: About $7 on Amazon

Where to find:; also available at Target and Walmart

--JL  (Jason La / Los Angeles Times)
Original Slinky
Return to the basics. Slinkies can’t talk, and you can’t use them to surf the Internet, but they’ve been entertaining people since the ‘40s.

Price: $5.50

Where to find:

--JL  (Courtesy of POOF-Slinky, Inc.)
“All out of” pad
This is literally a pad with lists of grocery items already printed on it, items that can be checked off when supplies are depleted. Need apples? Check. Yogurt? Check. Paper towels? Check. Now you don’t need to write, only check. And there are a few blank spaces if you need to scribble down something a little unusual, such as ⦠well â¦. kaffir lime leaves.

Price: $6.50

Where to find: Postal Works, Art Center Student Center, Firefly, Tabula Rasa Essentials Inc., Sepulveda West Car Wash, Rose Café, Pepperdine University bookstore

--AS  (Courtesy of Knock Knock)
Google Play gift card
Paying for digital content may be a foreign concept to some of your loved ones, but with a Google Play gift card, which debuted in August, they can buy Android apps without the unease.

Price: $10; $25 and $50 also available

Where to find: RadioShack, GameStop and Target

--JL  (Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP/Getty Images)
Knock-one-back coasters
These drink coasters, which have the words “KNOCK ONE BACK/OR SEVERAL” printed on them, are billed as “indelicate doilies.” Will they encourage your guests to think twice about overdoing it? You never can tell.

Price: $10

Where to find: Kitson, Lundeen’s, Postal Works, Soap Plant/ Wacko, Vroman’s, Pineapple County, Simply Fresh

--AS  (Courtesy of Knock Knock)
Sushi cosmetics case
This sushi-adorned cosmetic case is a fun gift for any California roll aficionado.

Price: $8

Where to find: (
Troll doll
They’re cute, a touch scary and little kids had herds of them in the ‘90s.

Price: About $10 on Amazon

Where to find:

--JL  (Felicity Green)