December 21, 2009

Holidays on a Budget

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend on average more than $700 on holiday gifts. If you’re still looking to spread a little cheer this time of year while saving money, Naperville shops have plenty of great items for less than $25.

For bookworms on your shopping list, you can pick a new read at Anderson’s bookshop. Owner Becky Anderson says a book makes a perfect gift for anybody. “It’s something that you can sit down and it’s hours and hours of enjoyment,” Anderson explains. “It can take you places in your head that nothing else can take you.”

If you’re shopping for a gamer, Anderson’s also carries a new Japanese game called Jishaku. Players take turn placing magnets into an egg carton-shaped cart without attracting other magnets. The first player to run out of magnets wins. “It’s a great gift and a great holiday game,” says bookseller Sally Blackburn.

For those looking to sharpen their wardrobe, socks and ties make excellent and practical gifts. Dean’s in downtown Naperville sells dress socks and holiday stockings ranging from $15 to $20 a pair. You can order a tie from the Tie Bar for $15 each. “They’re all 100 percent silk and they are unique. They’re our own brand,” says Greg Shugar. He and his wife own the Tie Bar.

To satisfy someone’s sweet tooth, you can pick up some mouth-watering goods at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Their candy apples range from $3 to $7.50, depending on the toppings. “Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even the pickiest people to shop for, you can find something in here that they’re gonna love,” says owner Jamie Johnson.

A great gift at parties is a bottle of wine. Tasting DeVine Cellars has about a dozen different wines all for less than $20, including their two seasonal wines for $10 a bottle.

There’s even plenty you can buy for your furry friends. If you’re looking to share the joy of the season with your pets, Two Bostons Pet Boutique has all sorts of treats for your pets.

For a complete Naperville shopping guide, check out No matter what you celebrate, have a happy and inexpensive holiday.


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