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Brad Bennett of Well Spent Picks His Top Under-$40 Holiday Gifts

bennett_headshot_blog.jpgAs any avid blog reader knows, there's no shortage on the holiday-gift-guide front. So, for mine, I tried to do something a little different. First, all of the items have something good (read: responsible) about them. They're either manufactured in the U.S., made from environmentally friendly materials, or produced according to fair-trade guidelines. Beyond that, all of the products have some sort of utility. When I put the list together, it was important to me that I include only goods that the recipient could actually get a lot of use out of—nothing disposable. And lastly, every item is under $40. The full list of 40 is over at my blog Well Spent, and below are 10 of my favorites. Hopefully they'll help you to cross a few people off your shopping list.


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Artex Knitting Mills Knit Caps

  • Various materials, including wool and acrylic
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $7 and up at Amazon



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Prospector Co. Tester Vials Kit



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Organic Bamboo Grow Pots

  • Certified organic herbs and soil
  • Handmade bamboo pot
  • Lacquered lid/saucer
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $17 at Bluestone Garden



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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedias

  • Publisher's description: "The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts."
  • Best Price: $21 and up at The Book Depository



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Skinny Ties Cotton Knit Ties

  • Recycled cotton/acrylic blend
  • 2.5-inch width
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $20 at Skinny Ties



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New York Hat Co. Camp Caps

  • Various materials, including wool, nylon, and denim
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $21 and up at New York Hat Co.



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Tagsmith Flat Wallet

  • Full-grain, domestically sourced, vegetable-tanned leather
  • Handcrafted in California
  • Best Price: $30 at Tagsmith



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PocketToolX PIRANHA Pocket Tool

  • Heat-treated, 420 stainless steel
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $31.50 at PocketToolX



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Merkur Long Handle Double Safety Razor

  • Chrome finish
  • Made in Germany
  • Includes 10 blades
  • Best Price: $39 at Amazon



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O'Connell's Surcingle Belts

  • Non-stretch wool surcingle fabric
  • Polished-brass buckle
  • 1.25-inch width
  • Made in the USA
  • Best Price: $40 at O'Connell's


To see the other 30 items, check out the 2011 Good Giving Gift Guide on Well Spent.




Also on Details.com:
Brad Bennett of Well Spent Shares His Favorite Chicago Shops
Brad Bennett of Well Spent Makes a Case for Plain-Toe Boots (and Shares His 6 Top Pairs)
What Well Spent's Brad Bennett Would Rather Open His Wallet for Instead of Rent

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