If you're looking for lower prices on "pampering" type items to fit a tighter budget (especially if you're doing small gifts for a larger group), now is the time to shop. One of my favorite sales starts today: Ulta's (cosmetics store) "Mix & Match 5 for $5" sale. We bought a ton of their nail polish last year for GEMs gifts. Hey, a dollar for a bottle of good nail polish is a great deal! Pair it up with their lip balm and hand cream and you've got a cute thank-you gift that's worth quite a bit more than you paid. I'm all about spending less to give more. They've got fun hair accessories and other good stocking-stuffers for women in this sale too.
If you don't have an ULTA store near you, check it out online (can't say how much shipping will add to your cost, but it's worth a peek). www.ulta.com