I don’t know about you, but going to the mall or any shopping center this time of year to shop for presents is enough to make me want to skip the holidays altogether and land right in January. I think it has something to do with the fact that I worked in retail all through high school and college and I witnessed firsthand the insanity of last minute shopping with no sense of purpose or meaning. The endless droves of desperate guys, with their arms filled with whatever random items they could find, lined up – all day Christmas Eve – it scarred me for life. But while I hate shopping, I love  finding the perfect gifts for my friends and family! I don’t like buying things just because, so it is important for me to find useful, original, and thoughtful gifts that I know will be appreciated. Thankfully, online shopping has made it possible for me to do that without ever having to wait 20 minutes for a parking spot. Seriously, what did we do before we could just sit down, coffee in hand, and just Add to Cart?

In any case, this year I thought I’d share some of my favorite gift ideas on my 30 Gifts Under $30 tree. All of the items you see can be found for $30 or less (free personalization too), and all of them are gifts I would be super excited to give (or receive!) -Tiffany

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