There is much to be gained from shopping locally, so here are a few places in town that carry some holiday oriented gifts for the season, all within $30.
Flowers by Lynne has some gift boxes that come in at just under $30 that are customizable, they have certain candies of your choice, a mug, and more if you want. Flowers by Lynne also has a set of shelves full of snowman oriented nick-knacks and ornaments. If you're having trouble making the trip into town, call and ask about delivery.
Sagen's Pharmacy has a whole holiday section, with winter themed tableware and decorations mostly falling under $30. Sagen's also carries a popular designer line of ornaments, "Jim Shore" snowman ornaments that come in at about $15 on average.
The South Bend Pharmacy has an entire holiday section on display particularly focused on the snowman and Santa hanging decorations that come in right at $30. The South Bend Pharmacy also carries these decorative long-legged plush reindeer dolls for about $20, and there are also winter themed plate racks, coming in at around $17.
Elixir Coffee, Tea and Flowers is a good place to look for nice hand crafted gifts, such as the handmade soy candles that come in an assortment of scents, for just $5. Elixir also carries a line of pottery-mugs that come in small, medium and large sizes for $15, $20 and $25 respectively.
If your gift recipient particularly enjoys chocolate, or if you think they would generally enjoy sweets altogether, the German Store in South Bend will be a perfect place to find an item for them. The German Store has gift tins called "German Christmas in a tin," that will come in a large variant for $40, and a small one for $20. The tins contain assorted German chocolates, German chocolate Santa Claus's, German holiday cake and gingerbread, and the large tins also contain a package of German coffee.
Lastly, if you haven't found the perfect gift yet, Dennis Company will be having holiday sales all throughout the holiday season.
Take the opportunity to visit your local merchants this holiday season.