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ShopSmart: Great Sites for Gifts Under $25

Sites to help shoppers on a budget check everyone off their list; Plus, gifts that give back

YONKERS, N.Y., Nov.12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Finding the perfect holiday gift on a budget can be tough, so ShopSmart's team of expert shoppers set out to find online retailers with great gift ideas that cost $25 or less. The December 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features 25 websites that offer gifts at a wide range of prices and make it easy to find inexpensive, quality options.

"It's possible to find beautiful gifts at bargain prices if you know where to look," said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. "We found 25 great websites for great gifts for $25 or less."

Finding the Perfect Present at the Perfect Price

Below are a handful of sites where shoppers can find gift ideas for $25 or less.  Each site meets ShopSmart's requirements for privacy, contact-info disclosure and customer service.  The entire list can be found in the December 2013 issue of ShopSmart, on newsstands now, and online at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/greatgifts1113.

  1. HarabuHouse.com offers eco-friendly gifts from all over the world. Search by best sellers for lots of choices for less than $25, or start by clicking on the Shop by Price tab.  Shipping: Flat $7.99 fee or free for orders of $75 or more. Returns: 14 days (contact within 7 days for instructions).
  2. Roozt.com features socially conscious fashion and home-accessory companies. For every new registered member, Roozt donates one meal to an American in need. Shipping: Varies by seller. Returns: 30 days from shipping.
  3. Store.ImagineChildhood.com encourages creativity with art supplies and sets, as well as build-your-own kits. Shipping: Starts at $6. Returns: 30 days from purchase.
  4. Shop.CoolMaterial.com has a wide selection of man-cave gear such as sleek black playing cards, whiskey stones, replica vintage Zippo lighters and assorted cool bottle openers. Shipping: Starts at $3.99. Returns: 30 days from receipt.
  5. AlwaysFits.com is stocked with presents for pop-culture lovers such as "Game of Thrones" figurines, Star Wars onesies, and unusual "unBasket" gift sets including a zombie-themed unDead unBasket. Shipping: Starts at $3.07. Returns: 14 days from receipt.

Do-Good Gifts

The December 2013 issue of ShopSmart has also identified 6 gift items that allow shoppers to help others while helping themselves; each gift ideas benefit a worthy cause.  Below are a few examples:

  1. Pier1 Imports UNICEF Greeting Card: Cards are available through the end of the year and    are the perfect delivery method for cash gifts.  Since 1985 sales of Pier1's cards have raised $36 million for the United Nations Children's Fund. Price: $10 to $12 for a pack of 12 cards. Donation: 100 percent. (Pier1.com)
  2. West Elm Charity Mug: Through January 31, 2014, half the purchase price of these cat- and dog-themed mugs goes to benefit the work of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Price: $10. Donation: 50 percent. (WestElm.com)
  3. Apple PRODUCT(RED) iPad Smart Case: This giftable tablet case helps the Global Fund fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in eight African countries. Price: $49. Donation: 100 percent, the equivalent of 10 days of lifesaving medicine. (Apple.com)
  4. Target Bullseye Plush Dog: Available November 3 through the end of the year, this plush supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's race to treat and cure pediatric cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Price: $15. Donation: 100 percent. (Target.com)

For more do-good gift ideas and the full list of sites that offer bargains under $25, check out the December 2013 issue of ShopSmart on newsstands now, and online at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/greatgifts1113.

About Consumer Reports:
Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of  products  and  services  annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

About ShopSmart magazine:
Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication's celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and "best of the best" lists. It's ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmart.org.

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