Homesick Candles, which has one for Georgia. CONTRIBUTED
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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts under $30

Looking for fun, whimsical, thoughtful gifts — which are all under $30?

We’ve got you covered with these budget-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.

Mini Cinema Lightbox. CONTRIBUTED
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Mini Cinema Lightbox, $24.99,

This Mini Cinema Lightbox features three LED power modes: classic white, color-changing, and a hold on any solid color to set your room vibes. Spell out “sweet dreams” or “I got this” or any message really.

This mini lightbox has a black shell and includes letter storage on the back of the lightbox. The new battery compartment slides open easily and takes batteries, or you can use the USB cable (included) for power. Also available in other sizes. The mini is 8 by 6 inches.

Homesick Candles, which has one for Georgia. CONTRIBUTED
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Homesick Candles, $29.95,

Homesick Candles evoke strong emotions from your past and present and are based on a significant event, place or experience. Their candles include Georgia — which includes a fruity, floral fragrance that mixes notes of magnolia and aster flower with Georgia’s peaches and a soft undertone of white musk. Hand poured and nicely packaged, these candles are well-designed with a classic look, and wonderful scents that are soft and pleasing but not overpowering. A perfect gift for a loved one who may be visiting for the holidays. Select another candle — from Boston and New York to Brazil, Mexico and Canada.

Garage Door Studio sells several Georgia-themed pillows and other locally made products. CONTRIBUTED
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Garage Door Studio pillows, $29.99,

These adorable, heartwarming pillows are made locally by Southern Charm Textiles. The pillows, which include the map of Georgia and hearts, are 12 inches by 16 inches with an envelope closure for easy removal. Made with unbleached cotton for a natural and rustic farmhouse look. Sold at Garage Door Studio in Avondale Estates, a shop featuring local art and handmade goods, including jewelry, candles and paintings. Some items are sold online, but this shop with pretty, festive window displays is worth a trip. 128 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates.

Where’s the Money, Lebowski? game. CONTRIBUTED
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Where’s the Money, Lebowski? Party Game, $24.99,

Where’s the Money, Lebowski? is a party game featuring original artwork and 180 open-ended Lebowski-inspired questions. Perfect for a friend or family member who loves the cult classic. At the same time, no movie knowledge is necessary for this party game (for adults), which asks questions like, “Bowling is the sport choice for The Dude, but you never actually see The Dude bowl during the movie. What is something you hope people never see you doing?” The game was invented by Eric Poses, an Emory University grad who now lives in Miami Beach.

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Game of Phones, $20,

Why not turn your iPhone or other smartphone into a crowd-pleasing game? Game of Phones turns your smartphone into the subject of a scavenger hunt between you and your friends. See if you can use their phones the fastest to create an emoji masterpiece, show off the last photo you took, or see who gets a text back first from mom or dad. Collect the most points to win. For those 14 and over.

Toast of the Town glasses, $24 each,

Inspired by her love for her hometown, Baltimore native Stephanie Miller created wineglasses etched with the skyline of her city as a gift for her wedding party, and a series of city glassware was born. Each stemless glass features an iconic cityscape that wraps around it in a continuous panorama. Go with Atlanta for hometown pride or select a glass from one of your travels.

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Atlanta United FC Adidas Snapback Cap. CONTRIBUTED
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Atlanta United FC Adidas Snapback Cap, $29.99,

Whether the person is a die-hard Atlanta United fan or on the bandwagon during this incredible season, it’s hard to go wrong with an Atlanta United cap. Lids also sells many other Atlanta sports items — everything from an Atlanta Falcons spatula for $24.99 to a Braves Baseball Cap Puzzle (a 3-D construction toy) for $29.99.

Atlanta United 2018 MLS Cup Champions Bubbly, $29.95

Timely and gorgeously packaged, this bubbly celebrates Atlanta United's championship with a special bottle in a shimmering gold bottle.  Available at, and should be widely available at wine stores soon. Great gift for host and hostesses.

Lego Spinjitzu Master spinner toy. CONTRIBUTED
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Lego Spinjitzu Master spinner toy, $9.99

This Spinjitzu Master spinner toy features a Spinjitzu spinner with buildable Lego brick handle, spinner element with minifigure capsule and a rip cord. At $9.99, this wallet-friendly toy will go a long way in delighting the Lego-loving (and ninja fan) child in your life, who will enjoy learning different minifigure spinning, rolling and jumping techniques. This battling toy includes a Green Ninja Lloyd minifigure. Widely available at retail stores and online at

Twisty Petz launched this year. Single pack (any animal), $5.99; three-pack (any combo), $14.99. CONTRIBUTED
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Twisty Petz toy bracelets, starting at $5.99

Launched this year, Twisty Petz are cute collectibles that transform from adorable animals into bracelets with a simple twist. Simply twist your bracelet back to your pet friend to bring your Twisty Pet back to life. Wear as a bracelet, necklace or put them on your backpack for the perfect bling accessory. These single packs are small enough for stockings. $5.99 for a single pack of any animal, $9.99 for twin babies, and $14.99 for a three-pack. Widely available at Target, Walmart and other retailers. Online at

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Melissa & Doug Suspend game. CONTRIBUTED
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Melissa & Doug Suspend game, $16.99

This teetering, tipping, balance game is a test of steady hands. Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the midair sculpture transforms. Great for one to four players, and for ages 8 and older. Retails for $16.99; on sale for $13.94 on

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