Christmas is an expensive holiday for most people - not the rich, obviously.
If we take into consideration the consumerism lifestyle that's been reigning over societies as of late, we understand better why multinational corporations are getting bigger.
Several local brands and shops are gaining attention in Lebanon ... so how about giving them a bigger push this year?
Lebanon has a wide array of talented youngsters who are creating - in the most artistic, organic, and creative way - products that are of high quality and at good prices.
If you're looking for affordable gifts - under $20 - and shopping locally, then this list will hopefully be of much help.
1. Paintings of memories
2. Unconventional jewelry
Luana El Turk is a mother of two with a tendency to draw the cutest, wittiest, and most relevant designs the Lebanese youth has witnessed.
Prices: $9 mugs, $20 placemats, $18 wood posters, $4 magnets ...
4. Kitchenware and homeware
If you know someone who's obsessed with unique pieces to complete their kitchenware collection or like to decorate their home with funky gadgets, then Kitchenrule's is definitely the place to visit.
Prices: $5 and up.
5. Handmade comfort
All is handmade, all is comfortable.
From scented soap bars, fluffy cushions, to soft scarves and baby clothes, Mellow makes you feel at home, a very cozy home.
Prices: $20 and up.
6. Healthy sweets
7. Homemade peanut butter
How can peanut butter or hazelnut spread be a gift? Well, you go tell those who have a spoonful of peanut butter in their mouth and could swear by it.
8. Organic soap
9. Vintage clothes
For the unorthodox friends or relatives who in no way conform to society and its fashion style, Depot Vente has all the vintage outfits you've seen being all the rage back in the 70s.
Prices: $2 and up.