Gift Ideas

This Woman Did All Her Christmas Shopping At Lowe’s For Under $500

And she only spent about $20 for each person on her list!

Every holiday season I run around like crazy trying to find the perfect gift for each person on my Christmas list. So when my editor challenged me to see if I could do all my Christmas shopping at Lowe’s this year, I thought why not? (I’m there most Saturdays anyway.)

Could my go-to home improvement store really provide a selection of holiday gifts for everyone? I mean, I don’t exactly want to get Aunt Sally a cordless drill.

But, like any good DIY enthusiast, I headed to Lowe’s on a mission.

What I found was a complete surprise—Lowe’s is chock-full of Christmas spirit. Maybe it really is possible to do all of my Christmas shopping in one place. So I went down my list and began checking things off one by one.

For The Kids’ Teachers

Teachers are amazing, so they deserve amazing gifts.  My rule is to get them something pretty, plus something they really want: gift cards. Lowe’s sells beautiful poinsettias—check off the pretty. Pair one with a gift card from the impressive gift card wall, and your kids’ teachers are sure to smile. Done.

Kate Desmond

Poinsettia, $2 each

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Gift Cards, price varies

For My Grandma in Assisted Living

My grandma’s room in her assisted living facility is fairly small, plus she is always cold, so this terrarium ornament and super soft blanket are perfect for her. I can think of many people who’d love either of these gifts—including my daughter. She wanted this super soft blanket, available in three colors, for herself.

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Terrarium Ornament, $8.98

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Curated Collections Throw, $16.99

For My Nephew Who Wants To Be Just Like His Dad

What little kid doesn’t love to mimic their parents? These pint-sized versions of dad’s favorite tools are just about perfect. A kids’ leaf blower and pretend grill? How adorable are they?

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Kobalt Toy BackPack Leaf Blower Set, $19.99

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Weber Children’s Toy Kettle Grill, $29.98

For My Pink-Loving Little Ladies

I wasn’t sure Lowe’s would be able to deliver something for my two girly-girl daughters, but I was not disappointed. From art supplies to a pink tool box, I found some great treasures my girls are sure to love.

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16-Piece Tool Set with Pink Toolbox, $14.98

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Lip Balm Boutique, $8.96

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Sharpie Art Pen Set, $19.98

For My Brother-In-Law—The “Star Wars” Geek

We all know a “Star Wars” fan. This night light is sure to please kids and adults alike.

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Storm Trooper Night Light, $15.98

For My Sister-In-Law—The Fashionista

If your sister-in-law is into fashion like mine is—or simply likes unwrinkled clothes like most of us—chances are she could use this handheld steamer. Portable enough to take on trips and to banish wrinkles quickly when ironing just isn’t in the cards.

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Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Go Mini, $19.97

For My Mother-In-Law Who Always Loses Her Phone

How cool is this tile tracker? Attach this Bluetooth tracker to any item you frequently misplace, and the accompanying app will help you locate it. Genius!

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Tile Sport Bluetooth Tracker, $34.99

For My Brother Who Loves Sandwiches

Paninis are always a good idea. Bring the joy of this toasted delicacy to your favorite sandwich-loving friend.

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Panini Maker and Grill, $19.99

For My Bestie That Has No Time To Cook

Whether you are on team slow cooker (me!) or team pressure cooker, Lowe’s has gifts for the busy mom covered.

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Classic 4-Qt. Crock Pot, $10.99

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Bella 6-Qt. Pressure Cooker, $49.99

For My Kids’ Soccer Coach and Piano Teacher

Whether on the field or tickling the ivories, inspiring kids can make you thirsty. For the person on your list who requires hydration look no further than this stainless-steel tumbler.

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Bubba Stainless Steel 32 oz. Straw Cup, $19.99

For My Dad Who Has Everything And Loves Gadgets

I nearly passed this gem thinking it was just another camo fabric hat. But this hat is so much more due to its lighted bill. Great for projects or night walks. Get this for the guy who has it all. Chances are he won’t have this!

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PowerCap Lighted Hat, $14.97

For My Officemate

OK, OK. I don’t technically have an officemate anymore, unless you count my 3-year-old. But if I did, I’d buy her this tiny cornhole kit because tiny cornhole seems like the best office distraction ever. On second thought, maybe I should pick one up for that 3-year-old of mine…

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Tiny Corn Hole Boards, $7.98

For My Friend—The New Mom

Dust busters are the little known must-have for new moms. Why? Because crumbs. So. Many. Crumbs. This hand vac is the perfect way to say, “I love you and I’m here for you.”

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Black & Decker Smarttech Hand Vac, $14.98

For Me

If my hubs is reading this, I’d like this adorable chalkboard with hooks. How cute is this for the kitchen or entryway?

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Framed Chalkboard, $19.98

For A Newly Driving Niece

Teenagers are hard to buy for, but Lowe’s delivers even for this notoriously difficult group. Check out this big selection of lanyards at a great price. Pair with a gas gift card and you could make any young driver happy.

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Lanyard, $3.28-5.98 and Gas Card, price varies

For My Sister Who Loves The Outdoors

There is lots of hands-free fun to be had in the wilderness with a headlamp. This light makes a great stocking stuffer for kids too.

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Stanley LED Headlamp, $12.97

For My Yoga Instructor

Maybe you don’t have a yoga instructor or yours already has an oil diffuser. Fear not. This could be a great gift for any friend in need of a little rest and relaxation.

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Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser, $29.98

For My Patio-Loving Neighbor

We spend a lot of time on my neighbor’s patio. I’d like to spend more time there. If you are like me, this would be the perfect gift to say thanks (and please invite me back) to your porch-sitting pal.

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Garden Treasures Wind Chimes, $26.48-39.98

For My Random Gift Exchange

Are you confounded by gift exchanges that include a whole bunch of random interests and ages? This is the ticket to success. What technology-using human (isn’t that all of us?) doesn’t need a longer, more durable power cord?

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Tough Tested 6 ft. Braided Cable, $14.42

For My Mom Who Loves Leftovers

These colorful mugs with lids are perfect to store (and transport) leftovers. Break the set up for three individual gifts, or give a whole lot of microwaveable love to your favorite soup junkie.

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CorningWare 6 pc. Microwaveable Mug Set, $17.99

For The Hostess With The Mostest

This might sound weird, but the best hostess gift I ever received was one of these colorful little knives. If your hostess with the mostest loves to cook, you can’t go wrong with this Cuisinart knife set. To maximize value, break up the set into six different gifts, add a seasonal dish towel with each knife and you are the guest everyone will want to invite back.

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Cuisinart 12 pc. Knife Set, $19.98

For My Hubs Who Really Does Want Tools

These handy-dandy tools make the perfect stocking stuffers for the tool man (or woman) in your life.

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Lenox Tradesman Utility Knife, $12.98

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Lenox Multi Bit Screwdriver, $7.98

Nice List! But How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?

The only thing more amazing than this impressive list is the total cost. If I buy everything on this list, I’d spend a grand total of $499.73. That’s for every person on my list. Add in the cost of the gift cards and my total is just over $500. Even more exciting is that most of these gifts fall below the $20 price point, so sticking to family limits is no problem.

Note: A couple of these items are available in-store only, so head to your nearest Lowe’s to find them (or try calling ahead to ensure your local store carries them). The prices listed are accurate as of the time of publication but may vary by market.

One More Thing…

Because gifts are nothing without impressive wrapping, it must also be mentioned Lowe’s has that too. Making it truly a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs.

Kate Desmond