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

Each week, Chicago-based style blogger Brad Bennett of Well Spent recommends the can't-miss quality items that won't put a strain on your wallet.


Artex Knitting Mills Knit Caps

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


Prospector Co. Tester Vials Kit

No "chemical additives, colorings, and unnatural preservatives" Samples include: K.C. Atwood Aftershave Splash, Peary & Henson Aftershave Splash, Burroughs Beard Oil, and Miss Annie Jones Shaving Oil Crafted in small batches in the USA Best Price: $16 at Prospector Co.

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


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

Skinny Ties Cotton Knit Ties

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


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.


Tagsmith Flat Wallet

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


PocketToolX PIRANHA Pocket Tool

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

Merkur Long Handle Double Safety Razor

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


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.

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