Paying the Bill$: Pre-Holiday Gifts to Yourself

I’ll be honest with you, readers, blogging is not a cheap hobby.  We gotta eat, but we don’t want to be obnoxious.  During the upcoming holiday season, we’ll be running posts with gift ideas from our affiliate marketing connections.  We hand screen these companies for unique stuff we think you might actually like and stuff we’d buy ourselves.  If you see something you’d like, click one of the links or pictures to go shopping with our affiliate cookie letting the merchant know you came from our site.  That’s all the cookie does on our end.  It’s harmless and works like a million other cookies you may encounter on your daily web visits.  (ummm, cookies…) We earn a percentage of each sale, which will be applied first to paying the server bill, second to tossing the writers a little scratch for their words. Enough with the explanations, let’s get on to the pretty.

We are fast coming upon a time when we’re all going to be spending money we don’t necessarily have on gifts for friends and loved ones.  We sympathize, and we are on the job of helping you find great gifts, creative ideas for DIY and not putting a strain on your wallet.  You can be the person who finds the perfect gift AND still has money for the savings account on New Years Day.  That’s fodder for upcoming columns, however.  Today is about you.  If you’ve been scrimping and have a little extra in the piggy bank, it’s okay to stimulate the economy with a tiny trinket for yourself.  Here are my personal picks for 10 ways to spoil yourself for less than $25 from our selected advertisers,, Plasticland and Amazon.

Retro Clothing, Mod Clothes, Shoes, HandbagsPlasticland

Plasticland is a quirky, hipster-flavored wonderland of the most delightful mass produced stuff I’ve ever seen.

1. Adorable Glasses Necklace $14.00 (USD)

2. That’s right.  Eat Cake, Bitches! $18.00

3. Invite all sorts of mustache ride jokes with this handlebar corkscrew. $14.00

Think Geek

Moving on to

4. Eleventh Doctor action figures. $24.99 (USD)

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Crash 2-pack

5. Tenth Doctor replica sonic screwdriver. $19.99

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver of the 10th Doctor

6. The Doctor Who Visual Dictionary. $22.99  Yes, there’s a trend here.

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary


And last but not least, the source for all things fabulous and printed, Amazon.  There’s a trend here, too, can you spot it?  I thought you could.

7. Little House on the Prairie 75th Anniversary Edition by Laura Ingalls Wilder. $11.55

8. Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker and Gareth Williams $9.99

9. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim, Lady Hero. $15.47

10. Little House on the Prairie, season two. $21.99

And there you have it, our first quasi-sponsered post.  That wasn’t so bad, was it? 

By Ophelia Payne

Editor in Chief of Persephone Magazine, Ophelia spends most of her time in front of a monitor. She writes long, rambling emails in her free time.

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