Special/Signature Issues » 2011 Holiday Almanac

Best Holiday Gifts for $5 or less.

Need to stuff those stockings on the cheap? Try these.

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Good-luck clay pig from Ten Thousand Villages - TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
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  • Good-luck clay pig from Ten Thousand Villages

1. Bag of shredded money from the Federal Reserve. Price: Free.

Tour "The Fed Experience" exhibit at the Richmond branch and get your own little souvenir of a not-so-prosperous year.

2. Good-luck clay pig from Ten Thousand Villages: Price $4.

These little three-legged pigs, called chanchitos, are made in Chile and given as tokens of love and luck.

3. Handmade soap from Rowhouse Soaps. Price: $5.

Owner Michael Walsh will happily show you how he makes his all-natural, herbal soaps in flavors such as green tea and tangerine oatmeal.

4. Spice mixes from Penzeys Spices. Price: Less than $5 for a quarter-cup jar.

Try the BBQ 3000 rub, black and red spice or China tung hing cinnamon.

5. Chocolate-filled Virginia cookie cutter from the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia. Price: $4.99.

Virginia is for chocolate lovers — and Richmond is marked with a red candy heart.

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