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Don’t sweat the small stuff. We’ve got under-a-dollar pencils from India, hand lotion with the most intoxicating smell, and canned sake (yep, you read that right) to top off any set of gifts to loved ones with an unexpected, non-bank-breaking note.
Each of Indian manufacturer Nataraj’s paint-marbled pencils is different from the next and made from vetta wood, which sharpens even more smoothly than traditional cedar. cwpencils.com, $0.30 each
Not that the babes will care much, but Hazel Village’s Max Racoon is hand-stitched and can be washed in the sink. (They will, how- ever, adore his fuzzy fleece fur.) teacollection.com, $42
This year, we’ve seen travel-ready cans of sake in hotels (the new SLS Las Vegas) as well as boutique liquor stores. The Funagachi line ranges from honey sweet to aged and mellow. truesake.com, $5-$10 per canyondershop.com, from $40
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